Dehradun, a city considered to have a very rich and eventful history, is the capital city of Uttarakhand. Earlier known as Dehra, Dehradun lies 236 km north of New Delhi. The capital city is well known for its cool weather. Dehradun is normally reviewed as a base camp for many pilgrimages. Despite being the most populated city of the state, Dehradun is also the cleanest city of the state. The beautiful edifices have a western touch to them as most of them were built during the British colonial rule.
Following is a list of the most amazing places that can be visited in Dehradun:
1. Robber’s cave:-
About 8 km away from the township of Dehradun is located the very fascinating Robber’s Cave. Also known as Gucchu Pani, the Robber’s Cave is a river cave formation in the Himalaya. This very scenic beauty is spread over a distance of 600 mt between the beautiful Himalayan rocks. One can reach this place by boarding a bus from Dehradun ISBT to Vijaypur. A simple trek from Vijaypur will take you to the Robber’s Cave.
2. Rajaji National Park:-The Rajaji National Park, named after C. Rajagopalachari (vital Indian Freedom Fighter), is an Indian National Park formed by merging three wildlife sanctuaries in the areas namely, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries. Spread over an area of 820 km², the Rajaji National Park covers three districts of Uttarakhand namely, Saharanpur, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. People usually pay a visit to this National Park for its very eminent Tiger Safari. The principal attractions of this place are the Asian Elephant, the Bengal Tiger, Striped Hyena etc.
3. Forest Research Institute:–
Summoned as one of the oldest of its kind, Forest Research Institute located in Dehradun, is also one of the best architectural masterpieces in the state. The prestigious museums inside the premises are just icing on the cake. There are five museums namely, Timber Museum, Pathology Museum, Entomology Museum, Silviculture Museum and NWFP Museum. This place has also been used as a shooting location for the Bollywood movie ” Student Of The Year”. The greenery here won’t allow you to bid goodbye to this place.
4. Buddha Temple:-
Finding peace in the uproar is not a very good idea, just make your way to the Buddha Temple. Believed to be the largest Buddhist reliquary in Asia, Buddha Temple is visited by hundreds of tourists as well as international Buddhism lovers. The beautiful gardens at the place make it a great picnic spot. The sculptures here asks one to stay there and look at them forever. The temple is open for public on Sunday only while the temple gardens are open for all 7 days. To reach Buddha Temple you need to book a cab from Dehradun ISBT.
One planning a trip to Dehradun and not keeping Sahastradhara in their bucket list is a hard thing to believe. Sahastradhara, the meaning of which is “the thousands of water sources that the water divides into” totally justifies its name. The Sulphur springs here let you wash off skin problems as well. Tourists may fill up at the restaurants nearby which serve all the essential cuisines. Despite of mostly being crowded, people don’t hesitate to step into this place. In a nutshell, the jaw-dropping waterfalls here will surely make your day.
So these were some of the most mesmerizing places that one should not miss while planning their next trip to the city of Love And Fun. Apart from these, there are other places as well which one may visit like Fun Valley (for some adventure), Tapkeshwar Temple (in order to get closer to the maker of the universe), Gandhi Park (for peaceful evening walks).