A quaint chalet, delectable food, scenic panoramas – Drona Nagri, Doon Valley, or Dehradun is a must-visit. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, proudly boasting the scenic backdrop of the Garhwal Hills Dehradun city is located at an altitude of 435 meters above the sea level. The peaceful milieu, coupled with activities of leisure, high mountain ranges, developed industrial sectors, and economical property prices have made it home to a diverse community. With its root linked to Ramayana and Mahabharata, the ‘Dronanagari’ has an amusing history and heritage background, which makes it an even more desirable destination to explore.
Whether you want to breathe in the fresh air, soak up small city life, or experience good weather, the capital city of Uttarakhand, ‘Dehradun’, enables you to do that and much more. Cited in the Doon-valley, this popular hill station has transformed into an education hub. Also known as the ‘School Capital of India’ the city offers excellent education opportunities, with the famous institutes like Forest Research Institute (FRI), UPES, Graphic Era and Dev Bhoomi Group of Institutions. Therefore, by any chance, if you want a reason to stay in this beautiful city, you can enroll yourself or any of your companions into these famous institutes. This will help you kill two birds with one stone; firstly you can get a quality education for your future and secondly you can get a chance to stay or at least visit this heaven time and again.
How to Reach Dehradun
Reaching to Dehradun is not much of a problem as the Doon Valley is well connected to all the major cities in the country. One can reach Dehradun without any hassle taking any option to be it through Air, Train, or Road.
Dehradun has its own airport, namely Jolly Grant Airport. One can take a direct flight to the city. And from airport (31 kms away from the city) can travel through any public transport.
One can reach Dehradun through train from all across the country. Trains like Nanda Devi express, Shatabdi, Jan Shatabdi express etc., ensure prolonged connectivity to Dehradun via railways. From railway station (2 kms away from the city) one can take any form of public transport to commute.
There are several public transits available to reach Dehradun from all across the country. Because of the excellent road connectivity with the major cities and town, the city is easily accessible through personal vehicle or various public transports.
Climate in Dehradun
The climate of Dehradun is generally moderate. Due to the city being situated amidst the hills, the temperature can vary distinctively. Valley is beautiful in every season, be it in the warm summers, chilly winters or crisp monsoons. Each season create its own distinct magic on the city.
Best Time to Visit Dehradun
Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun is a soothing retreat which can be visited at any time of the year. An ideal season for visiting Dehradun is the summer season when the climate is pleasant. Monsoon and autumn season is also worth visiting as the unpredictable shower makes the city seem even more beautiful. But if by any chance you love snow, then winters are your time as you can witness the snow in the surrounding areas while sipping piping hot tea on a chilly evening.
Places to visit in Dehradun
Dehradun has a plethora of options available to explore. Various tourist destinations like famous temples, markets, waterfalls and local scouting spots in the city, there is a lot to be explored and experienced in the city. The few amidst the most famous places to visit in Dehradun are
Sahastradhara-Charming Beauty of Waterfall
Sahastradhara as the name translates ‘thousand fold springs’ is a perfectly picturesque destination situated at about 11km from the city. The location attracts a lot of travelers because of the water’s, medicinal properties and therapeutic value. The serenity, tranquility and the Sulphur-rich water make this a popular tourist destination in Dehradun.
Tapkeshwar Temple- Spiritual Retreat
Located at a distance of 7kms away from the hustle and bustle of the city it is a simple, charming temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated along the banks of the river, the temple embarks a unique sanctity and positive vibes. This destination, apart from being a spiritual retreat, is also a perfect picnic spot because of its pleasant atmosphere and the untouched natural beauty that the place offers.
Buddha Temple-Engross in Tibetan Culture
Surrounded by the colorful flags, tombs, bells and beautiful garden, the serene landscape of Buddha temple is definitely worth a visit. Situated in the heart of the city the Buddha temple is a perfect place if you want to spend a moment away from the beautiful chaos which the city offers!
Paltan-Bazaar And Tibetan Market-Go Crazy Shopping
You came to Dehradun and didn’t shop; then you have definitely missed a whole lot of fun and good stuff. The two most famous markets Paltan Bazaar and Tibetan Market will help you get some pocket-friendly buys. The shops here offer each and everything starting from clothes, ornaments, household items to stationery. And once in Paltan bazaar do not miss the Chatt Gali at the entrance of the market otherwise in the greed for some good stuff you will miss the finger-licking food.
Malsi Deer Park- Heaven for Nature Lovers
Dehradun Zoo, earlier known as Malsi Deer Park, is a heaven for all nature lovers. The place is rich in flora and fauna, which makes it a perfect spot to indulge in the raw beauty of nature while enjoying the picturesque locations and vibrant wildlife.
Forest Research Institute- An Architectural Marvel
Spread over 2000 acres Forest Research Institute (FRI) is a premier institution in the field of forestry and research. Nestled in the backdrop of Doon Valley the institute has an imposing Colonial and Greco-Roman Style of architecture. Been part of the production for various Bollywood films and commercials the location attracts a lot of tourists.
Lacchiwala- Raw Beauty of Nature
One amidst the famous picnic garden spot encircled between the Sal Trees is a spot untouched and unspoiled by the humans. The place, along with a serene and calm environment for the people to relax, also offers economical boating opportunities. This place should be a must on your visiting list if you want to experience nature at its best.
Assan Barrage- Bird Lovers Paradise
An artificial lake formed due to the conflux of two great rivers of Uttarakhand namely Asan and the Yamuna is an attraction for the varied species of birds. The place is a great place to marvel the beauty of nature as well as the birdlife. It is a heaven for all the birds’ lover out there.
Rajaji National Park- Experience the Magnificent Ecosystem
A lush valley nestled amidst the Shivalik mountain range is a perfect destination for nature and wildlife lovers. The park is spread over the area of 820 sq.kms. The place being the home for various species of flora and fauna need time and patience to be explored. Therefore, the authorities provide accommodation facilities at the park as well.
Chakrata-Explore the Hidden Treasure
Located at an altitude of 700 feet, the small hill station is an ideal location for adventure junkies as it is a perfect spot for activities like climbing, trekking, and skiing. The place is also famous as the backpacker’s paradise and a beautiful location for people seeking offbeat tranquil destinations.
These are the few most beautiful and exciting destinations situated amidst the scenic charm of the city. Visit Dehradun once, the city itself will make you come back again and again!
Mussoorie-Drive into Queen of Hills
The colonial hill station has been a big attraction for the tourists. The beautiful hill station situated at an altitude of 7000 feet above the sea level offers a pristine natural beauty with cool and pleasant atmosphere throughout the year. The pleasant atmosphere, picturesque location, and unadulterated nature make it a perfect retreat.
Robber’s Cave- Thrill amidst the Majestic Hills
Also known as Guchhupani situated 5kms from the main city; the spot is a perfect location for one seeking adventure and thrill. Believed to be the home of Lord Shiva Robber’s cave is basically a narrow gorge formed amidst the majestic hills. The location is the perfect picnic spot where one can have fun while enjoying the mesmerizing beauty of the location.
How to Reach Dev Bhoomi Group of Institutions
Dev Bhoomi Group of Institutions one of the preeminent institutes in Dehradun is well connected with the city and therefore is easily reachable. Situated on Chakrata Road Navgaon, Manduwala; DBGI is approx 15kms away from Clock Tower. One can reach the institute either through their personal vehicle or can use public transport readily available from any spot in the city.