Dehradun is easily one of the most popular hill stations in India. Though easily accessible by all modes of transportation, taking the road would be the best way to experience this heaven. The drive will take you through dense forests on the hilly road and if you're lucky, you might even see a wild elephant or leopard pass you by. The fresh and dewy hill air will infiltrate your lungs and put you in a great mood right away. In terms of things to see, there is Robber's Cave, a river cave formation and Sahashtradhara, which is also a stunning sight of nature consisting of sulphur springs. But more than its sights, Dehradun is the perfect place for a family getaway. After all it has everything that you could need for a relaxing holiday. The town has many vintage bookshops (Natraj Publishers, The English Book Depot), college campuses with hilly backdrops, architectural marvels (such as the Forest Research Institute), alleys filled with quaint restaurants, adventure sports gear shops and forest resorts and hotels to fit every budget. Vishranti, a resort tucked away discreetly in the Sal forests of the Doon valley, deserves a special mention for its beauty and luxury. The city is a haven for foodies as Dehradun offers a lot of variety and affordability in its cuisine. Restaurants and cafes such as Doon Darbar, renowned for devour-worthy Mughlai dishes and The Buffet for its mouthwatering burgers, cutlets and coffee, are popular options.
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Forest Research Institute
Visiting the Forest Research Institute (FRI) may sound too mainstream, but trust me there's no way you should miss the experience of walking through this campus. FRI was constructed by the Britishers and is Dehradun's precious jewel. Away from the noisy bazaar roads and the sound of car horns, you can peacefully have a slow-paced walk enjoying nature, and listening to the Cicadas call out in the jungle! FRI is located on the Hill Road in Dehradun, and shares its boundary with the prestigious Indian Military Academy, which you can only see from outside its main gates.6) Thano Village walk
Camel's Back Road
Beginning from Library Point to Kulri Bazaar, Camel Back Road is one of the must visit area in Mussoorie. One can witness a sentimental dawn and dusk from this street effortlessly. A flawless approach to stroll with nature at all around, Camel Back Road is tad bit jammed in summers morning and evening.Visitors likewise get a kick out of the chance to appreciate snacks and astounding perspectives of Doon valley from this street. A 180 years of age British Cemetery additionally get guest eyes while strolling at Camel Back Rd. Auto Rickshaw or steed rides are accessible for the individuals why should not able long strolls. Camel Back Road is situated at the focal point of and one can reach effectively at Camel Back Road via autorickshaw or by foot. Closest rail is at Dehradun railroad station (34 kms) and air terminal at Jolly Grant Airport (56 kms).A wonderful tranquil stroll under the nature will dependably support placidness and inward peace. Camel Back Road gives the same involvement in Mussoorie. This 3 km long street is named as Camel Back Rd because of the vicinity of regular design of rocks formed like a camels bump toward the end of street.
Bhatta Falls is in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. The Bhatta falls has been one of significant attractions of Mussoorie. Situated at a separation of 7 kms from the township of Mussoorie this spot has been produced as a noteworthy visitor spot. Bhatta falls shares the absolute most beautiful destinations with a little stream coursing through the site. The stream is loaded with green growth which makes it unfit for swimming. A little lake with crisp that is found close-by that is produced to stimulate the guests. This little lake gives some chance to the voyagers who consider having a plunge in the water. Alongside swimming offices the lake likewise give some chance to sculling too. Encompassed with some most appealing kids' park and outlandish picturesque excellence this spot is effectively congenial through nearby transport administrations and auto rickshaws. The voyagers can likewise convey their private autos to near to puts which are very much joined with streets. The most alluring sight of Bhatta falls is the area with the extended piles of Mussoorie which add to the grand magnificence of the fall.
Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun, also known as Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, is one of the most famous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated by the forest side, the main shivalinga at the temple is inside a natural cave. Water drops from the ceiling of the cave trickle down over the shivalinga in a continuous downpour, making for an interesting spectacle. The beautiful temple of lord Shiva established in between the two hills. Travelers from and around Uttarakhand state pay visit to Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple for its religious significance and adventurers go to see the water drops dripping in the Shiva ling in Drona cave. The water that drops down vanishes underground and can be seen only few yards away in the form of a stream. In Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple, cool sulphur-water springs where devoted pilgrims take bath before entering the temple.(Source : Wiki) There is a small stream of water there as i mentioned above.
Laxman Siddh Temple
Surrounded by dense trees there lies this very ancient temple Laxman Siddh. It is believed that this is the same place where Lord Laxman, brother of Lord Rama underwent repentance after slaying the demon king Ravana. Saint Swami Laxman Siddh underwent penance and cremated at this site.4. Sahastradhara–
Spot the best Burgers & Bread Rolls across the city at The Buffet! Buffet Snacks Shop is a small fast food joint located in Rajpur Road opposite to Gandhi Park. It is one of the famous fast food corners where you can enjoy the perfect crispy burgers at the price as low as Rs 18. No, we are not joking! The most amazing thing is it can beat Mcdonald's burgers. Apart from Burgers, you can enjoy Bread rolls, all types of shakes & coffee at a very nominal price.Why Buffet? Of course for their Macdy level burgers (that are cheap too) & awesome shakes especially milkshakes & banana shakes.Why not Buffet?If you don't wanna deal with a huge rush out there!K.C Momo's & Soup Bar @ Jakhan- Rajpur Road
If you really want to get inside the heart of Dehradun, go to its bazaars, by-lanes and back alleys. Unlike a big metropolitan city, Dehradun keeps its charm by maintaining the old shops and favourite spots intact. Visit the Clock Tower, Paltan Bazaar, Ashley Hall, St. Joseph's school, which are some of the main attractions at the centre of Dehradun. There is no limit to roaming around in the heart of Doon, however visiting all the places should take about half a day.15) The old Dehradun walk
The Kalinga Park & Fort hike is quite short as compared to many others on this list. On this hike, you will get to see the Kalinga Fort and the war memorial, which was made in the memory of Gorkha soldiers who fought against the British. The Kalinga Park is 5km away from the centre of Dehradun, on the Rajpur-Shastradhara highway. The walk is absolutely refreshing and you can do this hike with Been There Doon That!5) A walk inside the Forest Research Institute
Before a more sophisticated version of Dehradun developed, old Doon remained untarnished, keeping itself away from the urban demands of a growing population. Old Dehradun is near the Saharanpur Chowk, and very close to the railway station. You can visit Guru Ram Rai's Darbar, and spot old mansions that have been impeccably maintained by the owners. Mataon Ka Sthal is behind the gurudwara where four wives of the guru stayed. According to historian Lokesh Ohri, "It depicts the amalgamation of three architectural designs – Mughal, Sikh and Garhwali". This sthal is also called the 'Tomb Of Mothers'. If tea plantations interest you, visit the Dehradun Tea Company. The citizens of Dehradun fought with the government to keep these tea gardens from being cut down for creating a smart city, so you can imagine how beautiful this place is going to be. It should take you a little more than half a day to explore Old Dehradun.
Kalsang AMA Cafe
It was almost dark while spending time at the monastery. The exploration and admiration of the city was ending. However, the best time was yet to arrive to catch up with one of her best friends over a cup of tea. After searching in Zomato, she was surprised to know that her favorite café in Delhi has opened up its outlet in Doon as well. AMA Café, popularly known as the Kalsang AMA at Rajpur road in Doon is worth visiting with friends for all those who are fond of Tibetan and Buddhist culture. Colorful prayer flags, images of Ladakh, handwritten wall pieces, lampshades, delicious sandwiches along with hot cup of tea and a friend beside were worth calling off a day.
6. Clement Town
6. A tour to Clement Town: This is like a smaller town in Dehradun itself. Bordering Rajaji National Park and being away from the crowded areas of the city, one can spend an entire day at this calm and unique township. Several bars, restaurants, hotels, educational institutions and multinationals can be found in this area. Explore the beautiful Tibetan Campus with its Mindrolling Monastery, the world’s largest Stupa – World Peace Stupa and a 103 feet high statue of Buddha dedicated to the Dalai Lama.
4. Paltan Bazaar
4. Shopping: For those who like shopping or want to take back some nick-knacks, pick some ceramic pieces of the famous ‘Khurja’ work along Rajpur Road uphill. These beautifully hand-made and printed pieces of kitchenware, tableware, soap-dishes, pots, vases and an entire range of utilities are worth every penny. Looking for some unconventional shopping? Head to the local shopping bazaar ‘Paltan Bazaar’, south from the landmark ‘Clock-Tower’ for a congested but good walking experience. Choose from a range of fabrics, ready-made material, souvenirs and cheap clothing to a wide variety of cakes, pastries, samosas and more. For the people who cannot live without shopping at malls, try Crossroads Mall at old Survey Road, Pacific Mall at Rajpur Road and the City Junction Mall at Clement Town. Image: Paul Hamilton
We Doonites prefer eating Bun Tikkis over Burgers and in Dehradun, you can locate many Bun Tikkis Stalls scattered across. And the most popular one is -A Bun Tikki wala at Dwarka Store Chowk. Yes its awkward to call him just a BunTikki wala since his identity is unknown. He get recognized with its stall location at Dwarka Store, EC Road. The crispy tikkis with chatni, dahi & onion is been put in two slices of Buns and you are ready to feel its explosive taste & aroma, price being just Rs 20.ChetanPooriWala @ Hanuman Chowk
In Dehradun, you will find many famous restaurants that serve authentic South Indian cuisine like Dosa, Idlis, Bada, Uttapam etc. Madrasi Dosa is unique among all of them. Located at main Chakrata Road, (and one at Pared Ground too), this stall is famous for its authentic taste and reasonable price. Since its just a stall, you'll have to eat your food standing, but believe me the taste is worth to be enjoyed without your sitting comfort.Bobby Fast Food Corner @ Gandhi Park
Mahatma Gandhi Park
Bobby fast food corner is situated just beside the Gandhi Park, opposite to Orient Cinema. The food corner is famous for its freshly prepared chowmein, Chicken Momos and Soups. The stall commences in the evening 5'O clock opened till 11 at night. I can still feel the lip smacking taste of Chicken Soup topped with a big chunk of Amul Butter.A must try street corner, if you are passing by Gandhi Park area!Maggi Points @ Mussoorie Road
If you are a sweets lover and looking for some popular sweet corners around the city then Kumar Sweets is a must try! They serve varieties of sweets from Rasmalai, Pan Sweet to Chocolate Barfi & Rosogulla, each one being so mouth-watering. My Recommendations- Paan wali mithai, Rasmalai & Faaluda Kulfi in summers!Gaylord Ice Cream Parlour @ Paltan Bazaar
So far, she visited two places of completely different style and nature. Now it was time for her to give some solace to mind and soul. Her immense love for mountains and monasteries are inextricable. Located in the Clement town and around 4kms from ISBT, Buddha Temple/Mindrolling Monastery is famous for its extravagant Buddhist structure and is another famous stop worth adding to the itinerary. For a peace lover, it was love at first sight. She was completely astonished while looking at the magnificently constructed temple that has five floors enshrining the statues of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava combined with its ornate wall paintings. The entire premise reflects the true essence of Buddhism.
For a mountain lover, it was almost impossible to fall in love with a city, which is crowded and populated and polluted. However, with this visit all the stereotypes are broken. Entire time spent in Doon was a pure bliss and she felt happy to admit that one single day was insufficient to admire and preserve its beauty in heart. She would also suggest to her readers visiting all the places mentioned above to re-look and re-shape the thinking of Doon before considering it as a mere pit stop. It is much more beyond writing it in a piece of paper.