in the mountain of the Himalaya, Dehradun in one of the odlest cities
of India. Also known as the Abode of Drona, Dehradun has always
been an important centre of the Garhwal rulers which was captured
by the British. the headquarters of many National Institute like
ONGC, Survey of India, I.I.P. etc. are located in the city. Dehradun
has a string of premier educational institutes like the forest Research
Institute, Rashtriya Indian Military College and the Indian Military
is favoured tourist destination as it attracts tourists, pilgrims
and enthusiasts From various walks of life to its serene environs.
Add to this the abundance of special Basmati rice, tea and leechi
gardens which contribute in turning the city into a paradise.
facts about Dehradun
Area : 300 Sq. kms.
Altitude : 640 mts. (2100 ft)
Season : Ideal round the year
The temple is situated on the banks of a rivulet, in the Garhi
Cantt. Area 5.5 kms. from the city bus stand, the temple is well
connected by road. It is named Tapkeshwar as water droplets, originating
form a rock, fall on the Shivling placed in the shrine. People in
large numbers participate in the fair organised on the occasion
of Shivratri and pay their obeisance to the deity.
12 kms. away from Dehradun, towards Rishikesh
is a famous temple known as the Laxaman Siddh, Legend has it that
a sage underwent penance over here. Due to easy accessibility the
temple is visited by a large number of the people especially on
Situated 7 kms. from Dehradun, on the Dehradun-Delhi road is the
famous temple of Chandrabani (Gautam Kund). According to the mythological
beliefs, this spot was inhanited by Maharshi Gautam, his wife and
daughter Anjani who are widely worshipped by temple. It is believed
that the daughter of heaven Ganga had manifested herself on this
spot which is now popularly known as the Gautam 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 hill,
the place is a beautiful tourist spot.
Santala Devi Temple
About 15 kms. from the Dehradun to reach the famous temple of Santala
devi, one can Utilize the bus facilities till jaitanwala, then it
is a 2 kms. drive to punjabiwala bya Jeep or any light vehicle and
further it is a 2 kms. trek from punjabiwala to the temple The temple
stands as a symbol of the faith people have in the temple and has
great Cultural and religious significance.
Situated 8 kms. along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Roadm is the Sai
Darbar temple. This place holds a high cultural and spiritual value
and is visited by tourist form across the country and foreigners
as well. Tibetan Temple Situated on Rajpur Road near the Sai Darbar
is a huge and colourful temple of Lord Budha.
Situated on the extreme western region of Mussoorie
town, this temple is dedicated to Lord Balbhadra, brother of Shri
Krishna. About 15 kms from Mussoorie,
Bhadraj offers a commanding view of the Doon Valley and Chakrata
Situated at an elevation of 3,030 mts above sea level near village
Kaddukhal, the temple of Surkanda Devi is about 40 kms from Mussoorie
and 8 kms from Dhanolti. Visitors can go up to Kaddu Khal (Devas-thali)
by Bus or by Car from where the temple is about 2 kms on foot.
Temple (Benog Hill)
9 kms to the west of Mussoorie and at an altitude of 2104 mtrs. is the Jwalaji Temple. It is situated
on the top of the Benog Hill and has an idol of Mata Durga in it.
The temple is surrounded by these forests and offers a panoramic
view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon valley and Yamuna valley.
This ancient temple, situated on Cart Road is about 6 km from Mussoorie.
20 kms. from the Mussoorie on Dehradun
road. A famous Temple of Lord Shiva, is an ideal spot on the road
to Dehradun. It is located in the Modest of Hill Valley.
The Bharat Mandir is the oldest temple in Rishikesh,
near the Triveni Ghat. This temple is dedicated to Bharat, the younger
brother of Lord Ram.
This is the main temple at Laxman Jhoola and one can see the sculptures
of all Gods and Goddesses in this thirteen storey mansion.
The idol of Lord Satyanarayan has been enshrined inside the temple
located enroute to Rishikesh, 10 kms. away from Haridwar.
The visitors use this place as a station to halt for a casual worship.
This is an ancient temple dedicated to Shatrughan, Lord Ram's brother
and is situated 5 kms. away from Rishikesh.
The Neelkanth Temple is situated on top of a hill across the Ganga.
According to mythodology, after the Sagar Manthan Lord Shiva drank
all the effluent venom here, which turned his throat blue, hence
the name Neelkanth.
A sacred bathing spot on the bank of the river Ganga where devotees
take holy dips and offer prayers. Triveni Ghat is believed to be
the confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati
river. The Aarti ceremony at Triveni Ghat, on the south end of Rishikesh,
takes place at the sundown.
A suspension bridge across Ganga situated 5kms. from Rishikesh,
on the way to Badrinath. Originally,
there was a hanging jute (rope) bridge till 1889. This was rebuilt
with iron ropes. It is believed that Ram's brother Lakshman crossed
the river here on a jute rope. On the west bank, there is a Lakshman
On the side of this famous bridge is the well known Shri Raghunathji
temple. ie. Shri Ram is said to have visited this beautiful place.
This bridge is the main way for people going up the hills and down
to the Gita Bahvan and Swarg Ashram.
A suspension bridge between the Shivanand Ashram and the Swargashram.
It provides an atternative to a boat ride from one bank of Ganga
to another . Its construction is similar to that of the Lakshman
Ashram (The Divine Society)
Founded by Swami Shivanand, This well known spiritual centre is
renowned for its lectures on spiritual life. Meditation and Yoga
classes can be attended in the morning and evenings. A person can
stay here for short term study and for longer three - month courses,
one must write at least a month in advance.
Places To See
Malsi Deer Park
10 kms. from Dehradun, enroute Mussoorie
is situated a beautifully developed tourist spot lying at the foot
hills of the Shivalik range. Malsi Deer Park is a mini-zoological
park comprising of a children's park enveloped by beautiful natural
the attractive environs the availability of refreshments makes the
place an ideal sight seeing cum picnic spot. Sahastradhara Sahastradhara
is a cold sulphur water spring, with hing medicinal value. The Baldi
river and the caves provide a breathtaking view. Situated 14 kms.
from the city bus stand, and connected by a regular bus service
and private taxies, this is an ideal place for family picnics.
An ideal place for a picnic, Robber's Cave, is just 8kms. away
from the city Bus Stand. Lachhiwala 3 kms. from Doiwala and 22
kms. from Dehradun, on the Haridwar-Rishikesh road, is Lachhiwala.
The serene and blissful spot is famous for is picnic spots.. The
place also provides accommodation to the tourists in the forest
Test House nestled in the greenery.
7kms. from clock Tower, the Forest Research Institute on the Dehradun-Chakrata motarable road is the biggest forest based training institute
in India. Most of the forest officers are product of this insitute. The F.R.I. with its majestic building also houses a Botanical
Museum. Indian Military Acadeny Situated 8 kms. on Dehradun - Chakrata
road and 3 kms. beyond F.R.I. (Dehradun) is a premier training
institute for Army officers.
The academy has the following places of tourist interest. 1.Museum
2.Library war memorial arms and ammunition shooting demonstration
room & Frima Golf Course [18 HOLES]
Approximately, 5 kms. from the city bus stand on the Dehradun - Rajpur
Road, this place is situated in beautiful surroundings. Legend has
it that guru Dronacharya had done penance in this area.
5 kms. uphil from the clock tower, on general mahadev singh road
is situated the wadia institute which institute which houses a unique
museum of the Uttarakhand glaciers.
Zoological Survey of India
Founded in 1916 the Zoological Survey of India, 5 kms. away of Kaulagarh
road, a department under the Ministry of Environment and Forests,
is a premier Nastional Institute exploring the faunal
diversity of the country. It undertakes surveys in all the biogeographic
zones to collect, identify, collate and inventories faunal diversity
of our country. The museum of this institute has a variety of Himalayan
38 kms. from Dehradun is Murroorie with its green hills and varied
flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill station. It offers a wonderful
view of the Himalayan snow ranges to the north-east and the Doon
valley, Roorkee, Saharanpur and Haridwar
to the South, creating an almost serene atmosphere for the tourists.
Rishikesh, also known as the 'place of sages' is Haridwar,
at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga. It is believed
that God by the name of 'Hrishikesh' had appeared as an answer to
the hard penances by Rabhiya Rishi and henceforth the place derived
Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 24 kms from Dehradun.
It is connected among other places, to Amritsar, Howrah, Bombay,
Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi and other major cities.
Dehradun is connected to other parts of India with a wide network
of road route.