Dehradun is nothing like it used to be. The river streams have been made narrower to make space for wider roads. More colonies have come up where the forest area used to be; the forest area where we as kids, would go for day hikes. Not very long ago, I came across an article that talked about how Dehradun had lost the charm that originally attracted the Britishers to come here and set up their holiday homes, and how nature trails eventually made way for metalled roads. Development has come to Doon, but only at the cost of its beauty and serenity.
I don't completely believe that Dehradun is done and dusted. Behind the tall buildings and the hard roads, there are still those old roads and trails that Ruskin Bond had mentioned in his books. The good old days may not completely come back, but there's a whiff of it somewhere out there.
There is so much more to Dehradun than just making it a pit stop on the way to Mussoorie. Explore Dehradun through these day hikes, and get a feel of the real spirit of Doon – the one that Ruskin Bond, Stephen Alter, and so many famous writers attempt to encapsulate in their writings. Trust me, there is nothing better than getting lost amongst the Deodars!
Below is a list of day hikes and short treks that you can attempt the next time you visit Dehradun.
1) The Barlow Ganj hike