Here’s why you’ll not regret visiting the land of lychees, Dehradun
Quaint chalets, delectable food, scenic panoramas – Drona Nagri, Doon Valley, or Dehradun is a must visit
Dehradun, also known as the Land of Gods, Lychees, Aromas, and Taste, has been a favorite among tourists to escape the summer heat in the adjacent towns. The peaceful milieu coupled with activities of leisure, high mountain ranges, developed industrial sectors, and economical property prices have made it a home to a diverse community.
Whether you want to breathe in 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, housing elite institutes like the Doon School, Indian Military Academy (IMA), Forest Research Institute, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing and DIT, and University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES).
A trip to this snow-laden hill station is incomplete without diving into its rich heritage. Get there and you’ll understand how the art and cultural activities in Dehradun are co-connected with the city’s traditions, artwork, and history. Bookmark this page to know everything about Dehradun.
Things to do in Dehradun
If you are keen to know more about this city, the best way is to visit the local art and cultural festivals. Among the several festivals hosted in Dehradun, Jhanda Fair, Bissu Fair, Tapkeshwar Fair, and Uttarakhand Mahotsav are worth attending. Temples being a part of the city’s age-old traditions and culture, they are the best source of understanding the people, place and past of Dehradun. Other famous places in Dehradun that one must explore are Tapkeshwar temple, Guru Ram Rai Darbar, Sai Darbar temple and Laxman Siddh.
The landscape of this city is vivid and colourful, giving it a majestic charm that complements its beautiful architecture, structures and temples. The soothing climate and towering Himalayan peaks add to the beauty of this city and has managed to make Dehradun a famous place of travel on India’s map. There are several sights to cover in and around Dehradun, so if you are planning to take a trip, make sure you include these places in your list.
Indulge yourself in a road trip to a quaint little hill station cited at the confluence of Tons and Yamuna river, popularly known as Barkot. The scenic view from an altitude as high as 4000 sq. ft is simply breath-taking, especially for those who love snow. To get a taste of the Tibetan culture, visit the Clement Town which is known for its stupa and monastery. Clement Town houses the Mindrolling Monastery which is one of biggest Buddhist centres in India.
If you are a nature or adventure enthusiast, then a trip to Robber’s Cave should not be missed. The gushing waterfall, lake, and a perfect site to trek between the two cliffs through a dark cave makes it an exciting spot to witness. With this, you can also trek to the Pindari Glacier, also fondly called as the ‘soul of Kumaon’ for being the source of Pindari river and offering majestic views. Besides, there’s also Paonta Sahab Gurudwara and Deer Park which can be covered and admired.
Quick Bites & Endless Sips
When talking about Dehradun, one cannot afford to miss indulging into kesar kulfi at Kumar sweet, urad-dal-pakauris from the Garhwal hills, besan laddoos at Ganpati, and chocolate cake at Sunrise bakery. There are also several multi-cuisine restaurants, street joints and fast food chains that offer a mix of different foods, so rest assured to find your favorite dish at any of these places.
Shop till you Drop
If you are fond of shopping and want to pick souvenirs, find your way to Paltan Bazaar, a local market located in the heart of the city. Here, you’ll find a range of books, jewelleries, handicrafts, shawls and brassware items that you can pick to gift your loved ones. For those who want to take a stroll at a mall, try Crossroads Mall, Pacific Mall, and the City Junction Mall.
Majority of the local population in Dehradun speak Garhwali and Kumaoni. However, being an education hub, Hindi and English are widely spoken too.
How to Reach Dehradun
You can reach Dehradun either through rail, road or air. There are various flights operating from Delhi to Dehradun. If you want to take a train, Dehradun is well connected to major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Allahabad, Kolkata, and Chennai. Traveling roadways by taking a bus is a lot more feasible since there are a number of luxury and semi-luxury buses plying from cities in and around Dehradun.
The beauty of the queen of hills cannot be defined in words, it should be better witnessed and experienced.