Today, Dehradun is one of the most developed cities of India. Dehradun hill station
is a world full of adventure, spiritualism and tranquility, amidst the Shivalik
ranges the foothills of Himalayas, Dehra Dun is an entry point for all the trekkers
and mountaineers on to their journey into the Garhwal Himalayas. The ski resort
at Auli near Dehradun attracts enthusiasts from all over the country and abroad.
The resort has skiing facilities like cable car, Ski lift, chair lift, snow-beaters
etc. The valley of flowers, Har-ki-Doon, Dodital, and Pindari glacier etc. make
excellent trekking routes from Dehradun. A gateway to the popular hill station of
Mussoorie and the pilgrimage centres of Haridwar and Rishikesh, Dehra Dun is well
known for the famous Forest Research Institute and the Indira Gandhi National Forest
Academy. Doon Valley stretched between the two rivers Ganga and Yamuna is a picturesque
town with moderate climate with a number of places of tourist interest
Mussoorie is one of the most beautiful hill stations not only in Uttarakhand, but
the whole of India. It is named after Mansoor, a shrub which is indigenous to this
area. Popularly known as the 'Queen of hills' in India, the place seems like a 'virtual
paradise' on earth. Lush green forests and lofty mountains add the scenic town.
With a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain ranges in the north-east, and sparkling
views of the Doon Valley and Shivalik ranges in the south, the hill resort offers
its visitors real scenic delights. Mussoorie was discovered in 1827, by Captain
Young, an adventurous British military officer, along with Mr. Shore, the resident
Superintendent of Revenues at Dehradun. They were captivated by this extraordinarily
beautiful place and jointly constructed a shooting ridge here. Today, Mussoorie
has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The romantic weather
of the town is a pleasant change from the heat, humidity and dust of the plains.
Mussoorie also acts as the gateway to the holy shrines of “Gangotri” and “Yamunotri”.
With cascading waterfalls, lush green forests, mystic Himalayas, grassy slopes and
awesome valleys, Mussoorie offers its visitor the real experience of being in the
lap of nature. The city's raw and unhampered beauty has a majestic aura about it.
It seems as if nature has blessed this city with everything required for becoming
a visitor's paradise. A summer tour to Mussoorie will indeed be an enchanting experience
for any tourist.
Sahastradhara is one of the most beautiful and serene picnic spots in Dehradun.
It is very popular amongst both the locals as well as the tourists coming to the
city. Its name emerges from the fact that the water literally drips down from limestone
stalactites numbering thousands. During monsoons the water flow increases and in
turn the floral vegetation of the area increases significantly, much to the delight
of visitors. The water comes from a hill. Sahastradhara is situated around 15 kms
east of Dehradun Bus stand in the state of Uttarakhand. The nine metre fall of water
of Sahasradhara through the lime shelf unconsciously stuns the visitors. It has
an aged appeal and magnificence which only matches the healing powers of its waters.
Sahastradhara also has a Sulphur spring near falls which has the medicinal properties
and supposedly cures skin diseases or ailments. In addition to curing the skin disorders,
the healing water also has additional restorative distinctiveness. Due to these
properties of the waters, many people come here just to take a dip and then relax.
This temple is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, situated approximately 8 km from
Dehradun, on the banks of a stream, in Garhi Cant. This place holds a lot of reverence
amongst the devotees of Lord Shiva.
Santaula Devi Temple
About 15 Kms from Dehradun is the famous temple of Santaula Devi. One can utilize
the bus facilities till Jaitunwala, then it is a 2 Kms drive to Punjabiwala by a
jeep or any light vehicle and further it is a 2 kms trek to the temple. The temple
stands as a symbol of the faith people have in the temple and has a great cultural
and religious significance. Santaula Devi, along with her brother, on realizing
that they would not be able to face the Mughal Army, abandoned their weapons and
began to pray. A light flickered and within moments they both were transformed into
stone images. It is within the fort that the shrine was built and Saturdays mark
the transformation of the Goddess into stone.
Tapovan is on the Dehradun-Rajpur Road. situated in the Doon Valley . Tapovan is
believed to have been the spot where Guru Dronacharya, the teacher of warfare to
the Kauravas and Pandavas, underwent his penance.
Dehradun is also renowned for its academic institutes. Dehradun is home to the institutes
like the Anthropological Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India, Indian Institute
of Petroleum, Rashtriya Indian Military College, Zoological Survey of India, Wildlife
Institute of India, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, and Indian Military Academy.
Chakrata is a small town near Dehradun which served as an infantry
base during the British rule. It is especially known for tranquil, beautiful and
pollution free surroundings. The hill station is positioned between the Rivers Tons
and Yamuna at an altitude of 5,500-6,500 ft. The region was earlier known as Jaunsar
Bawar from the local Jaunsari tribe, which still has a remarkable presence in the
area. Chakrata is an access-restricted, special entry military cantonment with foreigners
not allowed to drive inside the area. One has to show Indian identity proof before
entering this secluded paradise.
Chakrata is located approximately 92 kms from the city of Dehradun in Uttarakhand.
The Kalsi Army check post allows only Indians to drive through to Chakrata where
one has to pay a toll fee.
The check post at Kalsi allows people to enter only at specific timings in the day
which varies with the season. If one misses one time period then he/she has to wait
for at least 2.5 hours before he/she can think of going inside. The timings start
at 7am and then after every 2.5 hours. It is the permanent stronghold of the mysterious
and Special Frontier Force, also recognized as ‘Establishment 22. It is the only
traditional Tibetan unit of the Indian Army which was gathered after the Indo-China
War of 1962. During spring season, red Buransh flowers are in full bloom. Special
juice is acquired by crushing the flowers with mortar and pestle. At a distance
of exhausting but enlightening eight kms hike from Chakrata lays the famous Tiger
Falls. The place is pure poetry when all the elements of the gushing water, lush
greenery and the charming pond come together.
About 20 kms away from Chakrata, is Deoban surrounded by impenetrable Deodar forests.
Positioned at an elevation of 2200 m, Deoban offers a comprehensive view of the
Himalayan ranges. Located at a distance of about 60 kms from Chakrata is Lakha Mandal. This region has legendary worth due to its connection with
the epic Mahabharata. It is believed that the Kauravas built ‘Lakshagraha’ here
to set ablaze the Pandavas alive.
Robber’s Cave also known as Guchhupani and Lachhiwala
Though they have different attractions to entice people, both these places are ideal
examples of the treasures of nature in Uttarakhand. Guchhupani is basically a natural
cave with an ice cold spring where erstwhile robbers used to hide from Britishers.
Lachhiwala, on the other hand, is a picnic spot with just enough uncovered area
amongst the forests with a river flowing nearby.
Guchhupani or Robber’s Cave is located in Vijaypur near Anarwala, about eight kilometers
from Dehradun Clock Tower. Since it is quite in the interiors of Anarwala village,
sometimes one has to trek or take a sturdy vehicle to reach the place. This place
as a picnic spot was established by the British Officials in the mid of their rule
here. It is popular and is considered unusual because the freezing spring goes underground
at someplace, reappearing a few meters away from the underground tunnel. This stream
passes through cave, a natural rift in the mountains.
Lachhiwala is also a famous outing destination between the locals. It is located
just three kilometers from Doiwala and about 22 kms from Dehradun. The place is
really serene and striking being absolutely untouched by any kind of commercialization.
Though many people prefer to go only for the day but the government has set up a
guest house for overnight visitors.
Chandrabani is seven kms from Dehradun on the Dehradun-Delhi road is the famous
temple of Chandrabani. According to the mythological beliefs, this spot was inhabited
by Maharishi Gautama, his wife and daughter Anjani who are widely worshipped by
the people. It is believed that the daughter of heaven Ganga had manifested herself
on this spot which is now popularly known as the Gautama Kund. Every year devotees,
in large numbers, take a dip in the holy Kund. 2 Kms away from the main road, located
in the midst of Shivalik hills, the place is a beautiful tourist spot.