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10 Top Tourist Places To Visit In Dehradun
The capital of the newly formed state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India. A picturesque hill station with pristine lakes, mesmerising landscapes, sprawling tea plantations, ancient colonial architecture and serene ambience, Dehradun offers a perfect hideout for all worn out souls. Dehradun is an experience where you become one with nature. From Robber's Cave to Sahastradhara, Chetwode Hall to the famed Clock Tower, Dehradun is traveler's delight. Here are the top 10 tourist places to visit in Dehradun.
Sahastradhara or a thousand fold spring is located 16km from the city. The falls not only add to the scenic beauty of the place but is also popular for its therapeutic qualities. The water contains sulphur which helps in curing skin diseases.
Forest Research Institute
The Forest Research Institute was set up in Dehradun in 1906 to facilitate research activities associated with forests. Apart from its educational significance, the imposing building with strong colonial and Greco-Roman architectural influence and sprawling grounds is a treat to the eyes. The institute also houses six museums accessible to the public. Open from 9am to 1pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm, entry to these museums is free.
Dehradun is popular for the Indian Military Academy. Inside the academy is the small yet charming Chetwoode Hall where arms and ammunitions and military artefacts of the 20th century are displayed.
Also known as Guchchu Paani, Robber’s Cave is an exotic picnic spot and popular tourist destination. It has a natural cave with water flowing inside. A stream of water goes underground and appears a few metres away. The cave is surrounded by beautiful hills and this serene spot is an ideal getaway for anyone looking for peace and quiet.
Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Located on the banks of a rivulet, Tapkeshwar temple is the abode of Lord Shiva and one of the most popular pilgrim centres of Dehradun.
This is a Buddhist Monastery built in Tibetan Nyingma tradition in 1676. It is one of the largest Buddhist viharas in India. Over the years it has been a victim of attacks and calamities and owes its present structure to Khochche Rinpoche. The monastery imparts education in different academic fields and also houses Ngagpur Nyingma College which is one of the largest Buddhist institutions in India.
The largest non-chiming six-faced clock, the Clock Tower in Dehradun is the most popular landmark of the city and can be seen from a distance. The Clock Tower has six faces which makes it unique and one of its kind in Asia.
The Kalinga War Memorial
The Kalinga War Memorial was constructed by the British to honor their foe, the Gurkhas or Gorkhas.
The Char Siddhas
This refers to a group of four temples located across Dehradun. It is believed that visiting all the four temples in one day will fulfil a devotee’s wishes. The word siddha means wish. The char siddhas are Lakshman Siddh, Kalu Siddh, Manak Siddh and Madu Siddh.
On the banks of River Ganges bounded by lush green foliage is a scenic spot of absolute bliss and serenity. The quiet and holy ambience of the place fills one with a sense of peace. It is believed that it is here where Dhronacharya had undergone his penance. Today the place is full of sadhus and sages undergoing penance to appease God. Tourists visit Tapovan to witness the rituals here and to enjoy the quiet environment.