Dehradun is the Capital of Uttarakhand state also known as Dehra Doon or Doon valley. The town is located in the foot hills of the Shivaliks ranges. The town is placed at the northern part of the state in India at a distance of 235 kilometer from the capital city, Delhi. It is according to the Hindu mythos that the city was found by a Brahmin teacher Guru Dronacharaya, the city is also popularly known as the 'Adobe of Drona'. The site is so popular among the people of India for the best educational institutions.
The city is known for its pleasant climate and provides a gateway to the popular hill stations like Nainital, Mussoorie etc. and pilgrim sites like Haridwar and Rishikesh. The city receives high amounts of rain during the monsoon season and get really cold during the winters
The name Sahastradhara literally means ‘The Thousand Fold Spring’ is a popular tourist destination in Dehradun. It comprised of waterfalls, caves and steppe farming lands and provides a totally marvelous and rejuvenating experience to its visitors. The name is due to the water that drips from the limestone stalactites in the caves and its waterfalls.
Sahastradhara is a sulfur water spring of very low temperature and remarkable medicinal value. The aesthetic beauty of the site is exaggerated by the Baldi River and the caves. It lies at a distance of 14 kms from the Dehradun bus stand.
The 600 meters long river cave (Robber's Cave) is known by the locals as Gucchupani. The cave is divided into two main parts with its highest fall being 10 meters long. The place is known for its unique natural phenomenon known as the disappearing stream. The place was believed to be used by the robbers to hide during the British Raj hence owing to its name.
It is a natural cave formation where rivers flows inside the cave. The place is a tourist site and is maintained by Uttarakhand State. Local bus services are available up to Anarwala village, from where it is a kilometre's trek away
Tapkeshawar Temple is considered to be the oldest Shiva temple in Uttarakhand and is located at the banks of the Nandi River. The Temple is located within a cave which is characterized by naturally dripping water over the Shiva lingam placed here. The cave is also the site to the shivratri festival that happens every year.
According to the holy epic Mahabharata, Guru Drona is said to have resided in this cave for a period of time. The temple's natural cave is named Drona cave after him. Water trickles down the ceiling of the cave and drops on the Shivalinga creating a magnificent image.
Forest Research Institute
The premier research institute of forestry in India is located in Dehradun. The Forest Research Institute was established in 1906 as the British Imperial Forestry Service. The site also contains a museum for forestry with six main sections that are Pathology Museum, Social Forestry Museum, Silviculture Museum, Timber Museum, Non-Wood Forest Products Museum and Entomology Museum. It has also being featured in many Bollywood films like Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, Paan Singh Tomar, Nanban, Student of the Year etc.
Malsi Deer Park
Now known as Dehradun Zoo, Malsi Deer Park as the name suggests is a perfect way to spot a deer in its natural habitat. There are many birds and other animals around too but they are kept enclosed in a cage. Spread over an area of 25 hectares, Its main objective is conservation of wild animals, to develop an education centre and a rescue centre for wild animals.It is located on the foothills of Shivalik Range(Mussoorie) on the Mussoorie Road.It is about 10km away from Dehradun and 23km from Mussoorie..
Lachhiwala is a perfect outing spot near Dehradun. Located in the middle of forest on Dehradun- Rishikesh highway, it is filled with man made pools which are safe to use and remain abundant with water. Spend some time here to relax in the lap of nature. Because of being away from the city, this place has become one of the favorable picnic spots in this city of north India.
The Laxman Siddh Temple, a famous temple of Laxman, Lord Rama's younger brother, is even worth visiting for people, who love to visit places of worship. This temple is located nearby.
The Tibetan Buddhist temple is one of Dehradun’s famous landmarks and is known for its beautiful architecture, impressive interiors and peaceful surroundings. The wall paintings inside the temple depicting the life of Lord Buddha are simply spectacular. The temple was constructed in 1965 by the Tibetan community in India as an imitation of a Tibetan Monastery.