Weekend in Dehradun

25th Oct 2017
Photo of Weekend in Dehradun 1/1 by Archana Permi
A view of Dun Valley from ropeway station at Sahastradhara

Dehradun is a prominent city located in North India, which also serves as the capital of Uttarakhand. The city is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India, owing to its wonderful attractions and proximity to other tourist destinations. Located in the foothills of the Lower Himalayas, Dehradun also serves as the gateway to other pilgrimage and tourist spots like Haridwar, Rishikesh and Mussoorie.

Let's take a look at a few of the attractions in and around Dehradun, which can be visited over the weekend:

Indian Military Academy

An offbeat destination among tourists, the Indian Military Academy or IMA is one of the crown jewels of Dehradun. Located around 8 km from the main city, getting there is relatively quick and easy- just book a cab in Dehradun. The IMA became functional more than eight decades ago, and the alumni of this academy have since played a huge part in shaping the future of our nation. Attractions within the academy include the Museum, War Memorial, Shooting Demonstration Room and the 18-hole Golf Course or the FRIMS. The IMA is a must-visit for any patriotic Indian; just staring at those gigantic gates would make your visit worth it.

Forest Research Institute

Also located around 8 km from the main city, Forest Research Institute is another destination which is not frequented by many tourists. The Forest Research Institute was established in 1906, as the Imperial FRI- it still retains the magnificent colonial architecture. The main attraction of this place is the main building, which was recently declared a national heritage site and was styled in Grecko-Roman by architect C G Blomfield in 1929.

The FRI has over 2000 acres of scenic and calm fields, with the trees planted in meticulous straight rows. Other attractions around include the Botanical Garden and the museums. The entry fee is low, at just Rs. 10 per head.


Sahastradhara literally means "thousand-fold spring", and the place is famous among the residents and tourists visiting Uttarakhand. The spring is located around 14 km from Dehradun, so getting a car on rent in Dehradun to get there would be a great idea.

Sahastradhara has a collection of water pools and water falls, where the water is known to have medicinal and therapeutic value. This is because the water drips from limestone stalactites, turning it into sulphur springs. Sahastradhara also has a serene, calm environment and is known for its rich vegetation and many open caves. Families can also take their children to Joyland Water Park, which is a theme park located close to the Sahastradhara.


Mussoorie is also known as the "Queen of Hills", and for good reason, too. The hill station, located around 35 km from Dehradun is known for its tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking views. Savaari Car Rentals from Dehradun will help you traverse the scenic road to this pretty place, while ensuring that you do not miss even one beautiful sight during the journey.

Mussoorie has panoramic views, an amiable climate and varied flora and fauna, making it the best place to visit from Dehradun. The Mall, Gun Hill and Camel's Back Rock are a few of the major tourist spots in Mussoorie, but these are only a few of the many awesome places spread around the hill station. If you love cold weather and awe-inspiring views, Mussoorie is definitely the place to go to.