I grew up in this city and my heart still craves for more..
Dehradun or Doon Valley is the capital city of Uttarakhand, located on the foothills of Himalayas and with rich history that links to Ramayana & Mahabharat. It is well connected to other Himalayan tourist destinations holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Chota Char Dham.
The tourist destinations can be divided into four or five areas: nature, sports, sanctuary, museums and institutions.
Climate- The climate of Dehradun is humid subtropical, although it varies from tropical: from hot in summers to severely cold, depending upon the season and the altitude. The nearby hilly regions often get snowfall during winter.
Culture- Dehradun is a part of the Garhwal region, therefore the local customs of the Garhwali people have had a great influence on its culture.Hindi and Garhwali are the primary languages spoken. Other languages spoken in the region are English, Punjabi, Nepali, Tibetan, and Kumaoni
Transport- It is appox 236kms from New Delhi.
• By air: Jolly Grant Airport is 25 km from the valley of Dehradun. Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet offer daily flights from Delhi.
• By Road- You can also drive down on 6 lane expressway or take a Volvo bus from ISBT, Delhi. There are frequent buses to dehradun which you can board as per your convenience.
• Railways: Dehradun railway station has service to major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Vadodara and Varanasi. Some fast trains running to and from Dehradun include the Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express and Nanda Devi Express. Dehradun will soon got a metro rail in near future, The project is under Designing phase.
Must not miss places within the city limits – (Budgeted)
1- FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE / FRI-
I am sure this place will never fail to mesmerize you for its architectural beauty and the location will take your breath away. More than half a dozen movies , Krishna Cottage, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, Kamra No. 404, Paan Singh Tomar, Nanban, Student of the Year, Dilli Khabar, Yaara and Dear Daddy were majorly shot in this campus.
Established as Imperial Forest Research Institute in 1906.Styled in Greeko Roman Architecture by C.G. Blomfield, the main building was inaugurated in 1929 by then Viceroy Willingdon. It is now a National Heritage site.The building was listed for a time, in the Guinness Book of Records, as the largest purely brick structure in the world.
FRI also contains a museum on forestry. It is open from 9:30am to 5:00pm daily, which an entry fee of Rs 40 per person and a nominal entry fee for vehicles.
2- MINDROLLING MONASTERY/TIBETAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE -
It is one of the largest Buddhist centers in India and also one the popular Dehradun tourist places.The Buddha Temple was constructed in 1965 by Kochen Rinpoche and few other monks for the protection of religious & cultural understanding of Buddhism. It is believed that the temple was designed and built by around 50 artists who took three-years to create the structure. Locally known as Tibetan Monastery, the monastery is known for its architectural beauty. The wall paintings inside the temple depicting the life of Lord Buddha are simply spectacular.
Sahastradhara, meaning thousand fold spring. It is a warehouse of excellent beauty of caves, waterfalls and terrace farming on steppe by the local people.
A ropeway (aerial tramway) is provided to reach the hill top in Sahastradhara to find a park and a temple. The view is pleasant from the hill top.
A very old Shiva temple known as Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple along with Drona Guha (Guru Dronacharya's cave) is present in this location, providing a good mythological scenario and an essence of historical importance to the place. People visit and worship here
This place has numerous hotels for stay and restaurants for the food. Having food besides the nature adds up the pleasantries and keeps you fresh and healthy.
4- TIBETAN MARKET-
This is a great place to buy Tibetan handicrafts and jewelry at bargain prices. A place that leaves shoppers spoilt for choice, this location is famous for wind chimes, exquisite wooden art, traditional Garhwali jewelry, a wide selection of colorful hand knitted woolen clothes like sweaters, jackets, mufflers and fine wooden handicrafts. When you are visiting here don't forget to try the famous momos and piping hot noodles that are a culinary specialty of Tibetan Market.
5- MUSSOORIE ~ QUEEN OF HILL-STATIONS
Keep one day for mussoorie. On your way do stop and visit the shiv temple,the only temple where devotees cannot offer donations to the God. This place is very peaceful with scenic beauty.
Enjoy maggi points that offers awesome maggi cooked in different styles and reach Mussoorie. Enjoy Kempty fall, company garden and a spectacular view from lal tibba and stroll on mall road.
Trekking and paragliding is another attraction here.
And the trip ends.....
well you can see much in 3 days but i guess one should not rush but enjoy and experience one particular place to the fullest.
I shall share soon another trip where i will share my experience about other connected and must visit places from Dehradun.
Keep travelling, keep living!!