Dehradun District

Dehradun District | PLACES TO SEE | Dehradun District | TOURISM
Dehradun District | PLACES TO SEE
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  • Buddha Temple/Mindrolling monastery: Mindrolling monastery also known as Buddha temple situated in Clement town of Dehradun district was built in 1960s and is a replica of the original monastery in Tibet. One of the four Tibetan religion schools, the mindrolling monastery is named Nyingma, other three being Shakya, Kagyu and Geluk. Shakya college, well maintained gardens and the five-story stupa are the major attractions of Mindrolling Monastery. 35 meters high gold Buddha Statue fills the tourists with peace and tranquility. Similar to other Buddhist Stupas and monasteries, Tibetan art is prevalent on the walls and roofs of Mindrolling Monastery. Popularly known as Great Stupa, the world’s largest- 60 meters tall stupa was inaugurated on 28th October 2002. To see the interior decorations and designs of Buddha temple, you must visit on Sunday. Other days you will enjoy on the garden and shops and take pictures.
  • Sahastradhara: Sahastra meaning thousands and Dhara meaning taps or spring- Sahastradhara is one of the most visited destination in Dehradun 14Km from the main city. People go to Sahastradhara to take bath in the sulphur spring with medicinal and healing property for skin diseases. The water of the the spring and nearby water fall combine to make Baldi river which flows towards Lachiwala and finally combines with the Ganga.
  • Khalanga War Memorial: Situated on the Sahastradhara Road, Khalanga War Memorial, also called Kalinga War Memorial, 6Km from the clock tower of Dehradun is the only war memorial created by army in memory of its foe. Britishers, highly impressed by Gurkha (Nepali) soldiers who fought for six weeks without food and water, erected Kalinga (Khalanga) war memorial to show their admiration towards Gurkhas. British fought with Gurkha soldiers at Nalapani, the then Nepal state and defeated the Gurkha.
  • Char Siddhs: Manak Siddh, Madu Siddh, Laxman Siddh, Kalu Siddh are the group of four temples- small, beautiful and attraction to hundreds of visitors everyday- situated in four different places of Dehradun. Manak Siddh is near Shimla Bypass Road 5Km from the main city and Madu Siddh is near Premnagar 9Km from Dehradun, Lakshman Siddh is 12Km from the main city of Dehradun on Dehradun-Rishikesh road, Kalu Siddh is near Bhaniyawala 22Km from the main city of Dehradun.
  • Lachiwala: 17Km from Dehradun City and 6Km from Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, Lachiwala is popular tourist destination of Uttarakhand. You can even take bath at the manmade water pools on a flowing river amongst the forest. Loved by picnickers and mostly travelled by nature lovers and trekking lovers, Lachiwala lets you enjoy bird watching.
  • Robber’s Cave: 8Km from Clock Tower Dehradun, Robber’s Cave is situated in Vijaypur near Anarwala village of Dehradun city. Naturally built cave with scriptural interior attracts visitors and fills them with pleasing smile. It is believed that robbers hid in the Robber’s cave, also called Gucchhu Pani from Britishers.
  • Ram Rai Durbar: Ram Rai Durbar was established by Shri Guru Ram Rai at Jhanda Mohalla to protect  and spread the principles, traditions, ideals and philosophy of Hinduism throughout the world. Also called Durbar Sahib, Ram Rai Durbar is famous religious of the Udaseen sect.
  • Forest Research Institute Museum: Spread in 500 hectare land, built between 1924 and 1929, Forest Research Institute (FRI) Museum was designed by CG Blomfield. Old fashioned and dry displays on every aspect of forestry in India along with the animal, bird and plant paintings by Afshan Zaidi, display on the medicinal uses of trees and part of a 700 year old deodar tree are the major attractions of the FRI Museum but the red brick building with Mughal towers, arches and Roman colums itself keeps visitors spellbound.
  • Malsi Deer Park: On the way to Mussoorie, 10Km from Dehradun, Malsi Deer Park at the foothills of Shivalik range attracts hundreds of tourists daily with its pleasing environment and the picturesque view it provides. As the name suggests, Malsi Deer Park houses lovely Deers that you can see grazing and treading softly from a distance but you cannot go near to them. Tiger, Neelgai, Rabbits and Peacock are also seen in the park.
  • Santaura Devi Temple: Believed to have its connection with Ramayana period, Santara Devi Temple situated in Santaur Garh, 15Km from Dehradun city attracts huge number of devotees on Sundays. Legend says that Santaura Devi and her brother who found themselves unable to withstand the Mughal army threw their weapons and prayed to God. A flicker of light transformed them into statue. The stone images or statues are worshipped with great love and devotion by the locals.
  • Sai Durbar Temple: Spectacular marble stone temple with Sai Baba’s idol in its core, Sai Durbar Temple attracts hundreds of visitors both devotees and tourists, everyday. The ornamented interior, hilly settings and peaceful environment of Sai Durbar Temple drag peace lovers and Hindu devotees equally. Unlike other Hindu templs, Sai Durbar Temple is open for people of any caste and creed which establishes it as the jewel in Hinduism.
  • Triveni Ghat: Triveni is a spot where three rivers meet. Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh is the holy confluence of river Ganga, river Yamuna and river Saraswati. Devotees take dip at the holy confluence to get rid of all sins committed and achieve salvation. Evening Aarati at Triveni Ghat is popular among the people of Dehradun, Haridwar, whole of Uttarakhand, whole of India and the Hindu devotees outside India. you will be enchanted with the floating diyas, flowers and the singing of sacred Mantras and bhajans at Triveni Ghat. The huge statue of lord Shiva sitting in bull and the statue of Krishna-Arjun in chariot depicting the initiation of Mahabharata war captivate you.
  • Bharat Mandir: Bharat temple in Rishikesh enshrines the statue of lord Vishnu with Shankha, Chakra, Gada and Padma in four different hands, made up of single saligram (the stone which is worshipped as form of lord Vishnu). Bharat is considered to be the incarnation of lord Vishnu and Bharat temple is mentioned in great Hindu holy epics Vishnu Puran, Mahabharata, Geeta, Vaman Puran and Narsingh Puran. Every year in the day of Basant Panchami the Shaligram is taken to Mayakund and bathed. The return journey is a grand procession. People believe that if any devotee perform 108 pradakshina (rounds) of lord Hrishikesh Narayan on the day of Akshya Tritiya, the lord fulfills all her/his wishes.
  • Kempty Falls: 15Km from Mussoorie on Chakrata road, Kempty falls has a stunning beauty that attracts tourists on the way to Mussoorie. 4,500 feet above sea level, the fall enchants you with water drops falling from 40 feet splitting into five streams, jumping over each other and fascinating the viewers. You can enjoy a refreshing bath in the waterfall Kempty falls. If you are searching for a picnic spot on the area, you can go to Lake Mist, 5Km before Kempty on Mussoorie-Kempty road. Kempty River flowing through it and the small waterfalls created by the river make Lake mist the jewel of Queen of hills, Mussoorie. Boating is also available at Lake Mist.
  • Jwalaji Temple: 2,240 meters above sea level, Jwalaji temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga is 9Km west of Mussoorie on the top of Benog Tibba/Hill. Jwalaji temple offers you a fascinating view of Aglar River Valley.
  • Bhadraj Temple: Devoted to Balaram, the elder brother of lord Krishna of Hindu holy epic Mahabharata, Bhadraj derives its name from Bal Bhadra- another name of Balaram. Situated on west of Mussoorie, view of Himalayan treks on the one side and Indian plains on the other side keep you spellbound with their magnificent beauty.  Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary, Chakrata ranges, Dakpathar, Doon Valley, High Himalayan Peaks, Jaunsar Bawar and Shivalik ranges are the prominent sites from Bhadraj Temple.
  • Landour Hill Station: Adjoining Mussoorie hill station, cantonment town and hill station Landour sits on the lower western Himalaya in Mussoorie range extending between 2,250 meters to 2,377 meters above sea level. 35Km from Dehradun, Landour hill station entertains hundreds of tourist every day.
  • Nag Tibba: 16Km from Landour hill station, Nag Tibba range sits 3,022 meters above sea level and is the highest peak among the lesser Himalayas that includes Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal, branched off from the great Himalayas. The name derives from the local belief of Nag Devata residing on the tibba (hill). Locals offer prayer to Nag Devata each year asking for the protection of their cattle.
  • Surkanda Devi Temple: Surkhanda Devi temple is one of the 51 shakti peethas of India and Nepal. When lord Shiva was unconsciously roaming around the Indian and Nepali hills with his wife Sati’s dead body on his shoulder, Sati’s head fell at the place and later, Surkhanda Devi temple was established there. Surkhanda Devi Temple is among three devi temples- Surkhanda, Chandrabadani and Kunjapuri.
  • Jharipani Falls: Jharipani falls is 8.5Km from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Jharipani road where you can go by local bus upto Jharipani and 1.5Km trek will lead you to the Jharipani falls providing enchanting beauty and breathtaking view.
  • Major Destinations in and nearby Dehradun district are – Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple | Mussoorie Hill Station | Kalsi Dehradun | Mahasu Devta Temple | Chakrata Dehradun | Assan Barrage Birds Sanctuary | Rishikesh