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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 do this activity: 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 do this activity: June to December

  • 03Visit Forest Research Institute

    Visit Forest Research Institute
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    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

    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

  • 05Shopping at Tibetan Market

    Shopping at Tibetan Market
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    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
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    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.

  • 08Camp in Peace and Tranquil Atmosphere of Dehradun

    Camp in Peace and Tranquil Atmosphere of Dehradun
    Rejuvenate your inner self with camping in the verdant valleys of Dehradun. Since the city is one of the gateways to adventures, a small stopover with camp having delicious food and bonfire will be perfect for all. These camps are usually isolated from the main city center and provide an ardent beautiful view of hills around.

    One can smell the fresh air, settle in comfortable tents, walk in the jungle and fall in love with the awesomeness!
  • 09Cycle along Mussoorie Road

    Cycle along Mussoorie Road

    After some relaxation in the valleys, get ready for a simple yet exciting activity of cycling along the Mussoorie road. Probably, one of the most beautiful things to do in Dehradun, this slow-motion trip will expose through the distinct terrains, mountain passes while you catch the routes like Rajpur, Sasasthradhara, Maaldevta or Purkul.

    Location: Routes like Rajpur, Sasasthradhara, Maaldevta, Purkul, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Ponta Sahib.

  • 10Picnic and Fun at Malsi Deer Park

    Picnic and Fun at Malsi Deer Park

    What could be more amazing than making a joyful picnic in midst of flora and fauna? Well, just hop into Malsi deer park where you can find soothing greenery, happy deer and they all are capable of making every visitor cheerful. And not only deer but you also get to see exotic birds, parrots, neelgai, 2-horned deer and much more.

    This wildlife picnic spot is also loaded with waterbodies, slides for kids and canteen for healthy eatables. Do not miss a chance to spend some quality time with your family and kids, while in Dehradun.

    Location: Dehradun zoo which is 10 km from Rajpur road

    Timings: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM

    Distance from bus stand: 16.5 km

  • 11Spend a Day at Fun n Food Kingdom

    Spend a Day at Fun n Food Kingdom
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    Let some fun take you high on the rides with Fun n food village! This first Amusement and Water Park of Dehradun encompasses 13 high tech rides, awesome Picnic Area, Boat Club, Water Slides, Wave Pool, Rain Dance, Kids Pool, water activities and all.

    And moreover, it is studded with lush green lawns and fountains, lets one gaze at them for unlimited time. This place is just perfect for a family visit or a group of friends who wish to spend a day at leisure and fun.

    Location:
    Village Kohlupani, Nanda Ki Chawki, Near Prem Nagar

    Timings: It is open for all between 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM

  • 12Explore the Beauty in Another Way with Kedarkantha Trek

    Explore the Beauty in Another Way with Kedarkantha Trek

    Those who love to explore nature through treks and hikes, they have a brilliant option of Kedarkantha trek. Dehradun acts as its gateway from where one needs to travel to Sankri via Mussoorie. The trek takes up high at an altitude of 9100 feet, experience heavy snow in winters and lush greenery in summers.

    So do not wait, pack bags, wear jackets and hit the place while savoring natural beauty all through the way.

    Location: Dehradun to Sankri is 7 to 8 hours by road, from where one hikes above to reach the peak.

  • 13Shopping at Paltan Bazaar

    Shopping at Paltan Bazaar
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    A trip without shopping is not a trip complete! And when you have Paltan Bazaar in your destination, the wish can be fulfilled where a bunch of coffee shops, food joints and bakeries wait to get explored.

    One can pass through famed school crowd in the lanes and help yourself in buying antiques, local jewelry, budget fashion wear, limited edition books and much more to calm the pleasure of shopping distinct items. The huge clock tower in the middle is another major attraction for all the guests within the city crowd.

    Timings: The shops and cafe keep on glittering in between 10.00 AM to 10.00 PM

    Distance from bus stand: 8.8 km

  • 14A Spiritual Tour to Mindrolling Monastery

    A Spiritual Tour to Mindrolling Monastery

    Settled in the abode of Himalayas, Mindrolling monastery offers a serene and peaceful environment and is one of the largest Buddhist centers in India. Visiting the monastery is surely one of the essential things to do in Dehradun which is known for its grandness, architecture, beautiful Buddha statue and the walls that explain Buddha's life in detail.

    Fill your heart in spiritual tone and dive into the new world with Mindrolling monastery.

    Location: Mindrolling Monastery, Clement Town, Dehradun

    Timings: Open for all, all Days- 9:00am to 7:00pm

    Entry Fees: Nothing! Seek peace without paying any cost!

    Distance From bus stand: 9 km

  • 15Visit the Distinct Location of Tapkeshwar Temple

    Visit the Distinct Location of Tapkeshwar Temple

    The temple is located on the river banks of Tons Nadi river and one of the very ancient space to offer prayers. Hosting a fair on every Shivratri, it attracts hundreds of devotees and let them relish in the peace. The major shrine is lying within the cave where water drips on the Shivling, giving the name of Tapkeshawar Mahadev.

    The cool sulfur water springs are an additional feature the temple where the devotees love to take a bath before they enter inside the temple.

    Entry fees: None!

    Timings: 9 am to 1 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm all days of the week.

    Location: Garhi Cantt, Birpur, Dehradun

    Distance From bus stand: 6.5 km

  • 16Observe the Serenity of Tiger Falls

    Observe the Serenity of Tiger Falls

    Tiger falls are boasting the surrounding natural beauty and are lying comfortably in Chakrata. A hidden gem of Dehradun’s proximity is cascading form 50m and also a major picnic spot to the young hearts. One needs to trek down a good 5 km to be here within which the trail is loaded with calm greenery.

    Moreover, the pool that forms beneath is an amazing place to dip in own feet, relax, click pictures and embrace it all. Not just this, those chirping birds and tiny animals will be a part of your fun, making the day most exciting than ever.

    Entry fees:
    None!

    Distance From bus stand: 88 km by the drive to its base, after which you need to trek for another 5 km

    Location: Chakrata
  • 17Trek to Har Ki Dun

    Trek to Har Ki Dun

    While you are in Dehradun and those snowy peaks catch your attention, just step on and fix a plan to reach Har ki Dun. This trek lets you pass through green meadows, allows to camp in calmness, give you an instant freshness and make one fall in love with it. Though a little tough on one side, new energy picks up every morning as the peak is near and you grab the altitudes easy.

     A splendid view of sprawling wild orchids will be along the trail, and if lucky, encounter the wilderness of the Himalayas like Barking Deer, Bores, Leopards and the likes. At those heights, spend the night under the star clad sky and enjoy the lovely aura. 

    Location: Dehradun to Sankri is 7 to 8 hours by road, from where one hikes above to reach the peak.

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Attractions

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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