Dehradun Travel Guide and Places to Visit Nearby

Dehradun Travel Guide – The city of Love

Doon(Dehradun)– The capital city of Uttarakhand is an international tourist place welcoming thousands of tourists to explore the beauty of nature. Nestled in the majestic Himalayan hills, this ancient city is known for its beauty, deep ravines, streams, gushing, lustrous valleys, detectable cuisine followed by heart-soaking outdoor activities.

The beautiful town of Dehradun is referred to as the gateway to the Mussoorie and Garhwal region. One of the oldest cities in the country was ruled by the Sikhs, Gorkhas and Mughals before coming under the reigns of the British. Dehradun is a well-known world education hub hosting, some of the prestigious institutions like the FRI Dehradun(Forest Research Institute), Doon School, IMA(Indian Military Academy), ONGC, Welham Schools, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Studies, Survey of India and Botanical Survey of India etc.

A rolling city, spotted with magical places, dabbled in history is an ideal spot for those who want risk in their life. Try hands in adventure sports like paragliding, skiing, angling, and river rafting. Being a host of a large Cantonment area, the city is a popular retirement spot. Dehradun city is also famous for aromatic long grain rice – Basmati Chawal(Rice) and delicious Litchis.


Stats of Dehradun District

  • District Headquarters: Dehradun
  • Population of Dehradun: 16,95,860
  • Area: 300 sq Km
  • Best season to visit Dehradun: Throughout the year
  • Literacy rate: 77%
  • Altitude: 682 m

Best Places to Visit in Dehradun

Mussoorie: Mussoorie, known as the Queen of hills is located at a height of 2000 meters is one of the most beautiful and popular hill stations and resorts of Uttarakhand. It was set in the year 1823, by Captain Young during the British era and is 34 Km from Dehradun(the city of love).


Tiger View Jungle Camp: Nothing can be better than this in the Dehradun district for a true wildlife lover and photographer, finding opportunities for Jungle Camping and Tiger spotting in nearby Goolar Khalla village.

Gun Hill: It is the second-highest mountain peak of Mussoorie and had a gun mounted over it, which was fired to hear mid-day. Traveling by the 400-meter long ropeway connecting to the Mall road to Gun Hill is quite amazing and exciting.

Sahastradhara: A beautiful and lovely waterfall with thousands of fold springs is popular for its rouse beauty. The Baldi river, swimming pools, and caves are added to the charm location.

Assan Barrage(40 Km): The wetland near the junction of rivers Assan and Yamuna attracts a large number of migrant birds and is an ‘Ornithologist’s paradise.

Nag Devta Temple: The ancient temple of Nag Devta on Cart road is 6 km away from the Dehradun town and is popular among devout followers, who believes that wishes are fulfilled here.

Robber’s Cave: Popularly known as Guchhu Paani or Gucci Paani. The cave has a scenic location bounded by majestic hills in suburban areas. The cave has 1 Km trek and pristine streams after that.

Dehradun Zoo: When you are in Dehradun you must visit the Dehradun Zoo to see the local animals and birds found in Uttarakhand and others also.

Bhadraj Temple(15 Km): This temple is dedicated to Lord Balbhadra(Balram), brother of Shri Krishna. Paranomic view of Doon Valley and Chakrata ranges.

Surkhanda Devi(35Km): This temple of Surkanda Devi is located 8 Km from Dhanaulti. The temple offers a beautiful view.

FRI: Forest Research Institute of India is located in Uttarakhand Dehradun. FRI is also the best place to visit in Dehradun daily hundreds of visitors visit FRI.

Jwalaji Temple(9Km): The fane amidst succulent forests afford a fine and majestic view of Himalayan peaks, Doon valley and Yamuna valley.

Rishikesh(20Km): Rishikesh, the place of sages is an important pilgrimage and sacred place on the right bank of the holy river Ganga. It is surrounded by Shivalik ranges on the three sides and is the starting point for the Garhwal and Char Dham pilgrimage.


These were Dehradun places to visit where you can enjoy your holidays.

How to Reach Dehradun

By Air: Nearest airport for Dehradun is Jolly Grant Airport(24Km). Public transport and private taxis and cabs are available from Airport to Dehradun anytime.

By Train: Dehradun is a well-developed city of Garhwal and it is well connected to the rail network to the major cities of the country. Some of the trains from Dehradun to Mussoorie Express(to Delhi), Doon Express(to Calcutta), Rajdhani(Varanasi), Dehradun Express(to Mumbai). 

By Road: Dehradun is well connected by a good network of roads and highways. Lucknow – the city of Nawabs is 544Km from Dehradun and Delhi is 245Km.

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