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Place : Uttarakhand
Altitude : 2200 feet above sea level
Temperature : Summer 23 to 41°C, Winter 5 to 23°C
Significance : One among the oldest cities of India
Best Season : February and march.
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Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand is a hill resort is blessed with adventure, beauty, serenity and culture. It is an ideal gateway to several tourism destinations in Uttarakhand state like Mussoorie, Dahpathar, Kalsa, Surkanda Devi etc. Situated at an altitude of 2200 feet above sea level, it is one of the oldest cities in India. The city is known for its temples, reputed schools, central govts establisments, culture and scenic views. It is situated between the two most important rivers in India, Yamuna and Ganga. Dehradun is best to be visited during the months of february and march.

Sight Seeings in Dehradun

Benog Tibba (Hill)

Set an at an altitude of 2104 mts above sea level, it is 9 km west of Mussoorie. Jwalaji Temple, dedicted to Durga Devi is situated on the top of this hill. Surrounded by thick forest Benog Hill, the hill offers a panoramic view of Yamuna Valley, Aglar River Valley and Doon Valley.


Situated 11 km from Dehradun city, Sahastradhara is one of the most popular picnic spots in Uttarakhand.

Sahastradhara meaning “thousand fold spring” is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Uttarakhand state. Sahastradhara is blessed with sights that are beautiful beyond words. It has a sulfur water spring of very low temperature. Since it has water drips from limestone stalactites, making the water is rich in sulfur and remarkable medicinal value. The Baldi river and the caves provide a breathtaking view.

Santaura Devi Temple

It is located just 16 kms from Dehradun, in Saturgarh. The legends behind this temple is that, Santaura Devi and her brother prayed when they couldn't face the invasion of Mughal army. A light flickered and within moments they both transformed into stone images. It is most crowded on Saturdays, as it is considered to be the day, marks the transformation of the Goddess into stone. Time : 6:30 am and 07:00 pm, Open all days.

Bhadraj Temple

A famous temple dedicated to Lord Bal Bhadra (Balraman), brother of Shri Krishna, is an ideal spot for trekking via Park Toll - Clouds end, Dudhi. Bhadraj offers a picturesque view of the Doon Valley, Jaunsar Bhabar area and Chakrata ranges. It is 15 kms from Dehradun.


Lachiwala is situated just 17 km from Dehradun on the Haridwar-Rishikesh Road along the banks of River Song. It is a most popular resort for picnicing. At Lachiwala the stream enters into different pools which are spread over 700mts of area. The water level is from 4ft height to 7ft in different pools. Here, one can witness a man made water pools, a respectable turn of nature lovers, trekkers and bird watchers busy with their activities. Lachhiwala also shelter a variety of colorful bird species. The place also provides accommodation to tourists in the Forest Rest House nestled in the greenery.

Malsi Deer Park

It is located 10 kms from Dehradun, on the foothills of the Shivalik mountain range. It is a well maintained zoological park. The park boasts two horned deer, Tiger, Neelgai, Peacock and many other animals. It is an ideal spot for picnicking.
Timings 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Robber’s Cave

The Major attraction in Dehradun, Robber’s Cave is a river cave formation where river flows inside the cave. The cave is about 600 meters long, divided into two main parts. In the central part there is a fort wall structure which is now broken. Also known as Guchhipani, it is an ideal destination to spend the holiday in an immaculate atmosphere. It is 8 kms from Dehradun. 1 km trek from Anarwala Village, will lead to the refreshing stream of Robber’s Cave. The area is surrounded by imposing hills showcasing an amazing scenario of nature’s beauty.

Tapkeshwar Temple

It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated around 8 km from Dehradun, on the banks of a stream, in Garhi Cant. The temple derives its name 'Tapakeswar' from the natural dripping of the water drops over the shrine from the rocks of the cave. Rajaji National Park

Situated at the edge of the sprawling Dehradun Valley, the Rajaji National Park has a wide variety of fauna with over 23 mammal and 300 bird species. The park is spread over an area of 820.42 sq. km. in three Districts- Dehradun, Haridwar & Pauri Garhwal of Uttarakhand State. The forest department arranges facilities for wild safari inside the park which enables the visitor to have a look at the flora and fauna. The National Park open between 15th November and 15th June every year. Read More

The Kalinga War Memorial

It is the only war memorial of its kind in the world for being the only one that's built by an army to honor its opponent's army. The war took place between the Gurkha soldiers and the British Army in the year 1814. It is said that Brave Gorkhas were protecting the fort from the British Army for six weeks without any food or water. Impressed by their bravery, the Britishers erected the Kalinga War memorial in Dehradun.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

The Museum, Forest Research Institute

Sprawling over an area of around 2000 acres, this research institute was founded in 1878, as the British Imperial Forest School, by Dietrich Brandis. An architectural Marvel, the building is one of its kind and well maintained. Surrounded by dense green, breathtaking architecture and cool atmosphere make this as a worth visit place. It houses six museums related to forestry, which include museums on social forestry, pathology, silviculture, timber, non-wood forest products and entomology which is worth a visit.

Chetwoode Hall (The Indian Military Academy)

Cetwode Hall is located around 8 km from the main city Dehradun, on Dehradun-Chakrata Road. Also known as Indian Military Academy, the building is named after the legendary founder of the Academy, Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode. It has a museum housing collections of 20th century military artifacts. From here one can get panoramic view of the Tons River silhouetted by the Himalayas.

Sai Darbar Temple

It is situated 8 Kms along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Road. Built with glittering marble stones, the temple adorns numerous beautiful paintings. It holds high spiritual value, and is thus visited by tourists across the country.

Ram Rai Darbar

Situated in the heart of Dehradun city, it is a magnificent monument of great historical and religious significance. The city took its name after Guru Ram Rai established his "dera" (camp) in "dun" (valley) in 1676. This 'Dera' 'Dun' later on became Dehradun.

Clock Tower

Built by the British, it is one of the most significant landmarks in the city of Dehradun. A beautiful tourist attraction, this tower has six faces. At present, this clock tower is not functional.
Char Siddhs The Char Siddhs comprise of 4 temples around Dehradun -Lakshman Siddh (along the Dehradun-Rishikesh road 12 km from Dehradun), Kalu Siddh (near Baniyawala), Manak Siddh (near Shimla Bypass Road) and Madu Siddh (near Premnagar). These four small temples are important pilgrimage tourism site in the region. It is believed that visitng all four Siddhs in a single day will fulfill a devotee's wishes.

Mindrolling Monastery

It is situated in Clement Town area of Dehradun. Locally known as Tibetan Monastery, it was established by Rigzin Tendak Lingpa in the year 1676. It is said that the temple in Clement was designed and painted by around 50 artists which took 3 years to complete this monastery. The monastery is attributed to Khenchen Rinpoche. One of the major attractions of this monastery is the stupa which is popularly known as the Great Stupa. It is 185 ft tall and 100 sq. ft in width, make it the world's largest stupa.

The monastery houses a college for advanced Buddhist Studies known as Ngagyur Nyingma College or Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies.