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  • If you seek the right  information regarding things to do in Dehradun, you need to skim through this article. Settled amidst the Himalayas, Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. It is a standout amongst the most wonderful resorts in India, making it a significant tourist destination.

    The name Dehradun is a melange of two words "dera" which means camp and “dun" which means valley. It proffers a plethora of options for thrill seekers and also some amazing picnic spots for you and your dear ones. 

    So go camping in this charismatic valley and trek through the captivating mountain ranges of Bhadraj and Nag Tibba. Paraglide above the enchanting landscape and also explore the vegetation and wildlife at Rajaji National Park. 

    Here are some of the best things to do in Dehradun:

  • 01Paragliding

    Paragliding

    Feel the adrenaline rush; go flying into that infinite sky. Soar high and witness a heavenly panorama of Mother Nature. One of the most exhilarating things to do in Dehradun is Paragliding. Get an aerial view of the immaculate beauty of Mussoorie, Chakrata ,Tehri Lake, Purola , Pauri and Rishikesh. 

    Be the daredevil and explore the customer friendly packages offered here. One can be fearless as Paragliding here is a two seat ride, where your pilot is properly trained and qualified. The flight lasts for approximately an hour and the bookings can be made in advance. So, just book your tickets and get ready for a breathtaking experience.

    Best time to visit: June to December

  • 02Trekking

    Trekking

    Trekking and Camping have always been amongst those activities that help you revitalise. Situated at the base of the Shivalik Crests, Dehradun is a hub for all the adventurers. Being at an elevation of 640 M above the sea level, amidst the lush green hills; Dehradun is a base camp for numerous trekking trails. 

    These trekking trails will take you up to a height of 1800-2000 M. Trek to Chhaskhet, Bhadraj Hill, Nag Tibba are some of the challenging and popular trekking routes in Dehradun. So zip your pull over, tie your shoelaces and embark on this expedition.

    Best time to visit: June to December

     

  • 03Forest Research Institute

    Forest Research Institute
    Image Credit :  krupal-Flickr

    The Forest Research Institute (FRI) is one of India's foremost organisations. It is a significant and unique institute, dealing in research related to forests. Situated on rich green grounds and stretched across 450 hectares, the FRI is an enticing place to explore. It was developed by the British and till date stays one of the most stupendous structures constructed amid provincial times. The blend of Greco-Roman and Colonial architecture is highly admirable.

     This campus encompasses laboratories, libraries and herbariums and is also an abode to several museums like Pathology Museum, Social Forestry Museum, Silviculture Discover places to visit in Dalhousie and experience both peace and exhilaration amidst the picturesque landscape around this hill station.  

     Museum, Timbra Museum, Non-Wood Forest Products Museum and the Entomology Museum. The fees to enter the museums is Rs.15 per person.  One can take advantage of the services of tour guides who will take you around the institute and give you information. The campus is an excellent place for photography. It was also used as a set for the well known movie Student of the Year.

    Timings:

    9 AM TO 1 PM

    2.30 PM TO 5.30 PM

  • 04Robber's Cave

    Witness the miracle of Nature at the Robber’s Cave, which is approximately 8km from Dehradun. Robber’s Cave is a 600 M elongated naturally formed cave. A river passes through this cave making this place a perfect picnic spot for family and friends. 

    The weird and wonderful thing about this place is that a stream of water miraculously appears in the Robbers Cave and vanishes under the ground and then reappears a few yards further.  It is a very pristine and peaceful place and hence intrigues several tourists. Robber’s cave is a must-visit place when in Dehradun.

    Timings- 7 AM to 6 PM

  • 05Shopping at Tibetan Market

    Shopping at Tibetan Market
    Image Credit : Ajay Tallam-Flickr
    Lighten your pockets a little, because things to do in Dehradun are incomplete without Shopping. The popular Tibetan market is based near Parade Ground Road and also near Rispana Pul in Dehradun.These markets are extremely well-known for its multi coloured woollen garments.

    They are run by the Tibetan community and their culture is showcased in the handicrafts and Garhwali jewellery sold here. One can also purchase stunning wind chimes and a variety of wooden art pieces. Savour the delicious momos and the popular hot noodles with butter soup, served at the Tibetan Market. So collect some souvenirs and cherish the memories from Dehradun.

    Timings- 10 AM to 10 PM
  • 06Sahastradhara

    Sahastradhara
    Image Credit : ankyuk-Flickr

    The idea of an ideal vacation is to admire the exquisiteness of the environment and to attain peace in its captivating aura. Witness nirvana at Sahastradhara in Dehradun and forget about all your tensions and stress. It is popularly known for its serene vista.

    The word Sahastradhara means 'Thousand fold spring'. The beauty of this waterfall during the rainy season is spellbinding. The water here contains Sulphur and is said to have medicinal properties. The magnificent waterfall and the alluring atmosphere make this place a perfect getaway. Spend some quality time with your peeps here and share some joyous moments.

    Timings- 7 AM To 7 PM

  • 07Rajaji National Park wildlife safari

    Rajaji National Park wildlife safari

    Do not forget to add Rajaji National Park to your things to do in Dehradun list. If you are a nature lover, then this place is a heaven on earth for you. Capture the mesmeric panorama and the flora and fauna in your cameras. This place is an abode to approximately 400 species of birds.

    There are also several animals in the Park like the Tiger, Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Cheetah, hog deer, barking deer, Leopard Cat, Civets, Himalayan Yellow-Throated Marten, Sloth Bears, Pythons, King Cobra, Common Krait, Indian Cobra and the Monitor Lizard, Asian Elephant and many more. The best way to travel around the park is to go for the wildlife jungle safari and explore the wilderness with family and friends.

    Safari timings - Morning 06:00 AM to 10:00 AM,Afternoon 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM.

  • 08Asan Barrage Water Sport Resort

    Beat the heat and the boredom; indulge in some exhilarating  water sports. The Asan Barrage Water Sport Resort is built near the Dhalipur Lake approximately 43 km from Dehradun. Being located on the Chandigarh- Shimla highway this resort is easily accessible.

    It proffers a variety of water games for all you adrenaline junkies. Gather your dear ones and escape to this world of adventures. One can take part in activities like water skiing, boating, rowing, kayaking, canoeing etc. During the winters migratory birds can be seen in this area, thus attracting a lot of wildlife admirers and photographers.

    Best time to visit: June to December


Attractions

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Deer Park

After Rajaji National Par, Malsi Deer Park is the most visited wildlife centre in Dehradun. This is a mini zoological park turned out to be one of the favourite picnic spots or hangout places in the city, ideal for family outings or school excursions. The herds of deer meandering freely in their habitat through the scenic Malsi reserve forest area ensures an amazing sight before the eyes of its visitors, incomparably beautiful. Unlimited number of birds can also be found inside the park together giving a mind blowing views. For kids, there are fun rides and space for games also. The weekend witnesses the flooding of people towards the park. The park is situated just 10 KM away from Dehradun city at Mussoorie Road.
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Tapkeshwar Temple

Dehradun houses one of its most visited temples, Tapkeshwar where Lord Shiva is the presiding deity. Blessed by natural extravagant sights abundantly, the prominent feature of this temple is the main Shivlinga that is kept sacredly inside a cave. The temple resides by the side of thick forests and the natural cave drops water from the roof little by little to give away the Shivlinga more beauty and in turn it appears as an amusing spectacle. The temple is existing in a location which is easily accessible, it is hardly six kilometers away from the city. Shivratri is the biggest festival celebrated at the temple when thousands of pilgrims come and pay tribute to the deity. The cool sulphur- water springs are an additional feature the temple proudly possesses within it. The devotees will take a bath in these springs before they enter inside the temple.
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Guchhupani, Rober's Cave

An authentic picnic spot for fun lovers and couples, Gucchupani or as officially known as Cobber’s Cave in Dehradun. The cold springs inside a natural cave are the attractive factor of Gucchupani, the unusual springs go underneath through some places inside the cave. There are a number of small and large waterfalls as well exhibiting the natural beauty at its level best and thus a thorough refreshing time will be promised to its visitors, regardless of the season. The cave is located just 8 KM away from Dehradun city, one can reach until Vijaypur by bus and then have to take a trekking route of 1 KM to reach the caves. As the caves with rifts in it give away the best soothing time to mind and body especially during summer.
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Asan Barrage

A barrage located at the confluence of Eastern Yamuna Canal and Asan River is Asan Barrage in Doon Valley, Dehradun. The barrage contributes well in the process of electricity generation and the dam is the reason for the creation of the Asan Reservoir or Dhalipur Lake. An adorning spot for bird lovers, the surrounding acts as a haven for 53 species of native birds and 19 types of migratory birds. Recently this man-made wetland is declared as a bird sanctuary as well. The Asan River also has a prominent significant when we talk about Asan Barrage as the river is a combination of different streams in the Doon valley. GMVN water sports complex near the barrage is quite famous for providing the thrilling water activities like water skiing, rowing, paddle boating, kayaking, double waters skiing, mono-skiing and motor boating.
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Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September
Duration: 3 Days
Altitude: 3680 m

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Robber's Cave

Witness the miracle of Nature at the Robber’s Cave, which is approximately 8km from Dehradun. Robber’s Cave is a 600 M elongated naturally formed cave. A river passes through this cave making this place a perfect picnic spot for family and friends. 

The weird and wonderful thing about this place is that a stream of water miraculously appears in the Robbers Cave and vanishes under the ground and then reappears a few yards further.  It is a very pristine and peaceful place and hence intrigues several tourists. Robber’s cave is a must-visit place when in Dehradun.

Timings- 7 AM to 6 PM

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Rajaji National Park wildlife safari

Do not forget to add Rajaji National Park to your things to do in Dehradun list. If you are a nature lover, then this place is a heaven on earth for you. Capture the mesmeric panorama and the flora and fauna in your cameras. This place is an abode to approximately 400 species of birds.

There are also several animals in the Park like the Tiger, Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Cheetah, hog deer, barking deer, Leopard Cat, Civets, Himalayan Yellow-Throated Marten, Sloth Bears, Pythons, King Cobra, Common Krait, Indian Cobra and the Monitor Lizard, Asian Elephant and many more. The best way to travel around the park is to go for the wildlife jungle safari and explore the wilderness with family and friends.

Safari timings - Morning 06:00 AM to 10:00 AM,Afternoon 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM.