Located around 2250 feet above sea level and 34 kilometers from Mussoorie, Dehradun is a picturesque hill station in the charming Doon Valley. Dehradun has a close connection with the Indian mythology. Legend has it that it was founded by Guru Dronacharya, a famous character from the Indian epic- Mahabharata. It has always been an important religious center for Sikhs, Mughals and Gurkhas. Are you planning a trip to Dehradun, here are the most interesting fact about Dehradun is that it never gets too hot in summers and rarely has snow cover in winters.
How to Reach Dehradun from Delhi
The railway station in Dehradun is well-connected to all major cities in the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Indore.
The Jolly Grant Airport is a domestic airport in Dehradun. It is located around 20 kilometers away from the city center. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi.
The National Highway number 58 serves as a link between Delhi and Dehradun. The journey via car/taxi cab will take around 4 hours and 37 minutes. There are overnight deluxe A/C bus services run by Uttarakhand tourism from New Delhi to Dehradun.
Attractions in Dehradun
Located at the suburban areas of Dehradun, Robber’s Cave is the most loved picnic spot in this hill town. Popularly known as Guchu Pani or Guchhipani, Robber’s Cave is situated at a distance of 8 kilometers from the city center. The caved is surrounded by hills and is a perfect getaway for those looking forward to peace and composure.
Established in the year 1971, The Museum, also known as the Zonal Museum, is located inside the Anthropological Survey of India on Hardwar Road. The museum is dedicated to explain the origin and customs of the people living in the foothills of the towering Himalayan peaks. The physical and cultural anthropology of Western and Central Himalayas are preserved in this museum.
The holy abode of Lord Shiva, Tapkeshwar Temple is a famous cave temple in Dehradun. Located on the banks of a stream, this temple is one of the best pilgrim centers in this hill resort. The river penetrates into the cave and the water drops dribble from the rocks on the Shiva Linga offers an ethereal feeling. The Cool Sulphur springs around the temple have a therapeutic value which makes it a superb dipping spot for pilgrims. Legend has it that Lord Shiva poured milk on Ashwathama, the son of Dronacharya.
Located on the banks of sacred Ganges, Tapovan holds a significant place in the religious domain of Dehradun. Legend says that Dronacharya underwent a severe penance at this particular place. Today, this place abounds with Sadhus and sages who believe that reparation and penance are the only way to please the almighty.
Mindrolling, literally means “Place of Perfect Emancipation” in Tibetan Language, is a renowned monastery of the Nyingma sect. Established in 1676 by Rigzin Tendak Lingpa, Mindrolling monastery is one of the largest Buddhist Viharas in India and an architectural marvel. A centre of excellence, this monastery is dedicated to disseminate knowledge about Buddhist scriptures, Tibetan lunar calendar, Traditional Tibetan medicine, astronomy and calligraphy.