About Dehradun  

 Pilgrims & Picnic Spot Places

Rajaji National Park-
 Founded in 1966, it is spread over an area of 820.42 aquare kilometres. Located in Shivalik ranges, it has 23 species of mammals. Named after Shri C. Rajgopalachari, the last Governor General of India, who was affectionately called Rajaji, this place is a must visit for nature lovers.


 Sahastradhara, or the 'thousand springs' is situated at a distance of 16 kilometers from Dehradun near Rajpur Village. Springs here are biggest draw and allows people get freshen up by putting there fatigued body in the fresh water. The sheer joy of swimming in the fresh water is too tempting and as such it is not a surprise to see plenty of people assembling here to take a splash. Sulphur here is reputed to cure skin infections and contain other medicinal properties as well.

Robbers' Cave (Guchhupani)-
 An ideal picnic destination, it is situated at a distance of eight kilometers in Anarwala Via Garhi cantt. The buses run up to Anarwala village, from where it is a kilometre's trek to this place. One of the features that make this place popular is the fact that a stream of water goes underground and re-appears a few meters away.

Santaura Devi Temple-

 Situated at a distance of 16 kilometres from Dehradun, in Santaur Garh, this temple is extremely popular amongst devotees. As per the popular legend, Santaura Devi and her brothers, on realizing that they cannot withstand the might of their enemies threw their weapons and prayed to god. Their prayers were answered and they were transformed to stone images. Saturdays are marked as the day when the goddess and her brother were transformed into stone.

Malsi Deer Park-
 About 9 kilometres from Dehradun, on Mussoorie Road, is Malsi Deer Park, the most recently developed picnic spot nestld in the foothills of Shivalik range. It is a mini Zoological park and is home to such splendid creatures like deers, panthers, sambhars etc. which attract the visitors and force them to visit again and again. The place also comprises of such attractions like children park and refreshment stalls.

Tapkeshwar Temple-

 Situated on the banks of a rivulet in Garhi Cant., 7.5 kilometres from city bus stand , this Shiva temple is an ancient place of worship. It is called Tapkeshwar because the water drops emanating from a rock, fall on the 'Shivling' located in the same shrine. The fair organised here witnesses the enthusiastic participation of people from every walk of life.

Fun 'N' Food Kingdom-
 Situated in Kohulagarh in Prem Nagar, 11 Kilometres from Clock Tower, it is one of the attractions of the region. With some outstanding water games Fun 'N' Food has established itself as an attraction around Dehradun. The biggest attraction of the place are different games that are introduced here. Games like water slides, water discos, kids pool etc. are extremely popular amongst kids and go a long way in popularizing the spot.

 Nestled in dazzling landscape, five kilometres from city bus stand towards Nalapani via Raipur Road, this place is extremely popular amongst devotees and picnickers. As per a popular legend, Dronacharya has done penance here. The sight of families or a group of school children on an outing is one sight that is not very uncommon here.

 Located at a distance of 10 kilometres from Dehradun in village Saba Sevala Kela via Mohabbewala, is the famous Chandrabani temple. As per the popular belief, this place was the home of sage Gautam, his wife and their daughter Anjani who are worshipped by people of the region. It is also believed that holy river Ganga had manifested herself here and as such the place is also popular as 'Gautum Kund'. Every year devotees jostle with each other to take a dip in this holy 'kund'.

The Great Stupa-
 Situated in Clement Town, via Saharanpur Road, this hundred eighty five feet long structure was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama. The stupa contains four kinds of relice, numerous dharanis and various old and sacred statues in the form of wisdom deities. It was constructed with the purpose of all happiness and benefit. Its purpose is also to dispell all degenerations like sickness, warfare, turmoil, conflict, famine, earthquakes, horrors etc.

Lakshmansidh Temple -
 Located in the lachhiwala forests in in shivalik range, 12 kilometers from Dehradun, towards haridwar/rishikesh is Lakshmansidh Temple. A very popular destination amongst The visitor’s .especially for people with religious bent of mind.


Lachhiwala -
 Twenty –two kilometers from Dehradun is lachhiwala, a popular picnic spot situated on the bank of river song. The biggest advantage of lachhiwala is that it is extremely economical and as such can be enjoyed by people from every walk in life. A boat ride here costs only Rs 5 Crowded during the tourist season, these pales has a lovely picnic garden garden as well. Needless to say that it is equally popular amongst kids as it is amongst elders.

The fun vally -
 Thirty two kilometers from Dehradun, on haridwar road, fun valley. This amusement park is one of its kinds and is often thronged by people visiting Dehradun, rishikesh and haridwar . it has such features like lazy river , multiple water slides , kids pool and water disco . In addition to this it also has racing cars, dragon coaster, mini train, coin games and mini tale –combat games.

Guru ram rai darbar -
 The art from of the region have greatly infused the wall painting at the Durbar Sahib , the seat of Guru ram rai , which were painted in three phases , from early 17th century to middle of the 19th century . They are a slight to behold. The Archaeological survey of India has taken up the restoration of darbar sahib’s wall painting depicting the mughal , rajasthani and kangra style of mural paintings . The walls of the Guru ram Rai Complex present richly decorated painting on various subjects .most prominent are scenes from the mahabharat , gita ,ramayan and Krishna leela . Besides noor jahan , heer –ranjha and laila – majnu , some britishers also find place in the painting of the famous durbar sahib .”

Mussoorie -
 Located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Dehradun, Mussoorie is amongst one of the most frequently visited places and a hot spot for planning an excursion in. Musoorie, the queen of all hill stations, is replete with many stunningly beautiful place, that attract the visitor and have them gasping for more. The weather as well as the vibrant social life also plays its part in making mussoorie one of the most frequently hill station in the country .also the wonderful opportunity that it provides of trekking or merely walking amongst the pines and deodars in the backdrop of the Himalaya is simply amazing. Needless to say that it faces invasion of visitor’s season after season.

Chakrata -
 Famous for its calm environment and pollution free atmosphere, chakrata is situated at a distance of 98 kilometers from Dehradun armed with some of most fascinating locales; it is just perfect for trekkers and nature lovers. Some of the most scenic forests like that of conifers, rhododendrons and oaks provide a perfect opportunity for long leisurely walks.

Lakhamandal -
 It is a picturesque village on the bank of river yamuna , 128 kilometers from Dehradun ,. A mesmerizing place , lakhamandal is surrounded by caves and ancient remains of the temple of lord shiva it is believed that by performing prayers in the temple , one can achieve deliverance from his sins .while carrying out the excavation , ‘Shiva lingams’ of various hues were found , dating different periods of history .

Dakpathar -
 A famous and beautiful picnic spot, it is approximately 50 kilometers from Dehradun. One of the major attractions of the place is hydel power station which is located on the downstream of the dakpathar barrage. There are many guest houses where one can stay and enjoy the scenic beauty of the place.

Asan Barrage -
 A wetland, it lies 50 kilometers from Dehradun, at the confluence of two rivers – yamuna and asan . An ideal place for bird lover as well as water – sport enthusiasts, it enthralls nature lovers with its 66 species of migratory birds. To conserve the endangered species of birds the asan conservation reserve has been formed. asan water sport centre & Resort, GMVN : near asan barrage , it offers water –skiing , kayaking ,sailing and boating (Pedal boats and motorboats) facility to visitors.

Kalsi -
 Situated at the confluence of yamuna and its tributary tons, it is approximately 56 kilometers from Dehradun. Kalsi offers some of the most breathtaking view a of doon valley. The place is just ideal for such recreational activities like an outing or picnic with friends and family, or a quite walk or drive amidst the chirping or birds. kalsi is also witness to the glory of king ashoka , as in 3rd century BC it was the the furthest point of the dominion of this mighty mauryan emperor . The place is also famous for the rock edict of ashoka.

 The Statue of Buddha-
Another of the attraction of Dehradun is great statue of Buddha. This 103 feet high statue of Buddha is dedicated of the Dalai Lama. it is surrounded by beautiful garden with verity of beautiful flowers . A number of visitors, even from far off countries, come here to pay their obeisance to this apostle of peace.

Treks and walks-
Trek to Mussoorie: Before the road to Mussoorie was build. The old trekking route to Mussoorie was the only way to get there (people would walk or ride or be carried up on ‘dandis’) .today, the route still exists and probably quite like it used to be all those years ago. A bus will take you right uyp to Shehanshahi Ashram, from where the trekking route starts and ends at jhari –pani . it is a fairy sleep climb which can take from 2 to about 3 hours for a distance approximately 4 to 5 kilometers .  The entire trek up to the picture palace side of Mussoorie is approximately 7 kilometres. The walk takes you up a stony pathway with lush greenery that a breather and look all around you. The view of the valley behind and the slopes on either side is enough to take away any stress that you might have carried with you.

If you take this trek in the dry season, carry a water bottle. Before you start, have a chat with sunil kumar chai wala who runs the hathi tes – stall below shehanshahi ashram and he will guide you with a quick set of directions.
Walk through the old rajpur village: If you enjoy walking through interesting settlement, then this is a recommended walk for you to take. at the end of the arterial rajpur road , lies the old village of rajpur which is inhabited by people who are mix of Tibetan , Punjabi and garhwali origin , with a sprinking people visiting from abroad .rajpur village or dakpatti is on a steep slope of approximately 2 kilometres .
The climb start from just beyond the famous rajpur ‘pakora –wala’s shop ‘. As you walk, you will see beautifuuly carved facades that a now part of crumbling structures.

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