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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions in Dehradun?

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Blessed with astounding natural beauty, Doon Valley is one of the oldest cities in India. Known for its culture, temples, educational centres and scenic views, Dehradun is a crowd puller. Want to know more about what this beautiful city has to offer? Allow us to take you on a whirlwind tour of some popular places of attractions which are worth exploring.

  • Asan Barrage
    Attention bird lovers, naturalists and Ornithologists! Don’t forget to make your way to the Asan Barrage while you are in Dehradun. The beautiful lake is a great picnic spot in Dehradun and also a perfect place if you enjoy bird watching. You can treat yourself to the rarest species of migratory birds which are spotted at the barrage including Adwall, Wigeon, RC pochard, Tufted, Pintail and Shoveller, just to name a few. The place also calls for some moments of relaxation when you have to do nothing, just sitting idle and contemplating the natural beauty that is widely spread across you. For the hungry stomachs, there is a small outlet which serves excellent Maggi at INR 25. The best months to visit the Barrage are October to March.

    You can hire a private cab or taxi from Dehradun for reaching Asan Barage.

    Address: Dehradun Valley
    Dehradun-Paonta Road

  • Sai Darbar Temple
    A wonderful example of the Indian secular fabric, Sai Darbar temple is a famous pilgrim site as a number of devotees flock to this temple to pay their respects. Set in a tranquil surrounding far away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city, the temple offers you a perfect environment to pray at peace.

    Address: Rajpur Road

  • The Kalinga War Memorial
    A testament to the might of the brave Gurkha warriors, the Kalinga war memorial was established by the British. The Anglo-Gurkha war took place between the Gurkha soldiers and the British Army in the year 1814. A one of its kind war memorial across the globe, no wonder, it is flocked by tourists all across the year.

    Address: Sahastradhara Road

  • Sahastradhara
    An exotic picnic spot, it literally means "a thousand fold spring". With green trees enveloping the entire area at numerous places and many small waterfalls gushing through the stream, it is a favourite among tourists and residents alike. The spring has some extraordinary medicinal values which is said to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. It is located at a short drive from Dehradun and is a must visit if you are in this beautiful city.

    Address: Sahastradhara

  • Laxman Siddh
    Located in the interiors of the Lachhiwala Forest, the temple is an ideal blend of blend of spirituality and culture. Every Sunday a fair is held where thousands of disciples gather to pay their respects to the holy Samadhi situated in the premises of the temple.

    Address: Dehradun

  • Tapkeshwar Temple
    You will be surprised to know that this beautiful temple has strong connections to Hindu mythology. This is the place where Drona, the guru of Pandavas and Kauravas of the Mahabharata, meditated. It attracts a large number of devotees mainly during Shivratri. Situated on the banks of rivulet, the temple has a scenic background which is an added advantage for the people visiting this place.

    Address: Garhi Cantt Area

  • Robber’s Cave
    If you are interested in an adventurous hiking on your Dehradun trip, head straight to Robber’s Cave (also known as Guchu Pani or Guchhipani), which has a knee deep stream flowing out of it. You will be greeted by a roaring waterfall and some rocks when you reach the end of the cave. With all this, no wonder, it makes for a marvellous picnic spot. Beyond this cave, there is a tunnel and you will be welcomed by ankle deep water and the tunnel opens out to a wonderful meadow like place. However, if you are planning a trip to Robber’s cave during monsoons, we advise you not to do so as streams swell to massive proportions during rains.

    Address: Near Dehradun Bus Stand

  • Forest Research Institute (FRI)
    Nestled amidst a sprawling woodland area, the FRI emerges as a nature lover’s haven with its colourful fauna and flora life. You will experience a slice of the old world charm as you walk through the grand colonial buildings and trust us when we say that the tour would be a satiating sightseeing experience for you. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the in-house museum which has an interesting collection of wildlife exhibits.

    Address: P.O. New Forest
    Telephone: +91-135-2755277
    Official Website: http://fri.icfre.gov.in/

You can also include Clock Tower (Rajpur Road), Chetwoode Hall (IMA, Dehradun), The Gurkha Fort (Tapovan Forest Area), Ram Rai Darbar (Jhanda Mohalla) and Tiger View Jungle Camp (Raipur) in your local attractions list in Dehradun.

Happy sightseeing!

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