Explore Dehradun

Fascinating history and intriguing mythology meet at the crossroads of this beautiful hill-station, one of the most popular in the country. Just 240 km from Delhi, nestled in the rolling Doon Valley and at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun is surrounded by high mountains and lush Sal forests. Known for its pleasant year-round weather and scenic surroundings, the city is a gateway to several popular hill-stations like Mussoorie and pilgrimage sites like Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Offering a blend of unparalleled landscape and modern amenities, bustling Dehradun is a city for both business and leisure. Once a retirement haven, today it buzzes with excitement, yet has managed to retain its laid-back vibe. Quaint cafés and lounges rub shoulders with heritage monuments and bazaars.

The education hub of northern India, the city is home to iconic institutions like Welham and Doon School, alma mater of stalwarts like former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Olympian Abhinav Bindra, and renowned author Amitav Ghosh. The Indian Military Academy is also located here. Said to have been established by Sikh guru Ram Rai in 1675, the city is also known as the abode of Dronacharya, the famed teacher from the epic Mahabharata. Fascinating history and intriguing mythology meet at the crossroads of this beautiful town, one of the most popular vacation spots in the country.

Places to Visit in Dehradun

Sahastradhara, also known as Thousand Fold Spring, is a beautiful place surrounded by caves and the Baldi River.

Known for its high sulfur content, the spring water is said to have medicinal value. Other than this, the lime content in the spring water has given way to limestone outcrops and ridges. During the monsoon season, the water comes thundering down the rocks, offering a magnificent view.

Robber's Cave

Also known as Guchu Pani, Robber's Cave is a 600m-long cave with small waterfalls

Small waterfalls and a river flowing inside this cave. It is said that during the British times, robbers used to treat this cave as a hideout, and hence, the name. It is among the top 10 places to visit in Dehradun, cave location is Anarwala Rd, Garhi Cantt, Dehradun, and open time is 7 AM - 6 PM

With extraordinary cold water underground springs, the cave cools down during the scorching-hot summer-afternoon. It is a perfect picnic spot amidst the natural beauty of Uttarakhand and must be visited at least once.

Tapkeshawar Temple

Situated on the banks of the Asan River, Tapkeshwar Temple is popular as the oldest Shiva temple in Uttarakhand.

The Tapkeshwar Temple, also known as the Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, is located at a distance of 6.5 kilometres from the city centre of Dehradun. A humble cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, this revered temple is situated along the banks of a river which imparts it a unique sanctity. This cave was once the abode of the famous guru Dronacharya and hence is also known as Drona cave

Forest Research Institute

Are you interested in plants, birds, animals and other areas of forestry? Then make sure you visit Dehradun's Forest Research Institute.

This popular institute in the field of forestry research was established in 1906 and is known for its eye-catching colonial and Greco-Roman styles of architecture. Although an educational institution, it is open to visitors as well. It houses 6 museums, displaying the research on different areas in forestry. Surrounded by natural beauty, the institute attracts many nature lovers and picnickers as well.

Rajaji National Park

Nestled amidst the majestic Shivalik ranges, Rajaji National Park is a picturesque destination for wildlife buffs and nature lovers.

The national park is spread over an area of 820.20 square kilometres and known for housing over 50 species of mammals and 300 species of birds. You can take a jeep or elephant safari here and spot a range of fauna, including some endangered ones, such as the Asian elephant, tiger, Himalayan black bear, wild cats and sloth bear. If you love birdwatching, keep your binoculars and cameras handy for some rare sightings.

Mindrolling Monastery

The Buddha Temple, also known as Mindrolling Monastery, was founded in 1965 by His Eminence Kochen Rinpoche

a small group of other monks in Tibet to preserve and spread Buddhist teachings and culture. The Buddha Temple complex, one of the four Tibetan religious schools, was built in the Japanese architectural style and has a 103-foot-tall statue of the Lord Buddha. Nyingma is the name of the temple complex, whereas Kagyu, Sakya, and Geluk are the names of the schools housed there. There are statues of Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava on all five of the temple's levels, which rise to a height of approximately 220 feet