Looking for the best places to visit in India? Well, India is the biggest country and there are so many places to visit here. One of them is Dehradun. It is the capital of Uttarakhand near the Himalayan foothills. Dehradun includes so many places to visit here, so let’s see the Best place to visit in Dehradun.

1. Robber’s Cave

The Robber’s cave is a river cave and is also known by the name of Gucchu Pani, formed in the Himalayas about 8 kilometers from the Dehradun in the north-eastern state of Uttarakhand. It is a favorite picnic spot for all the young couples and fun-loving people. It is located near Anarwala village. It is a natural cave from where the river flows inside the cave. This place is very popular as a tourist spot and now it is being maintained as a Uttrakhand state. This cave is 600 meters long which is divided into two parts and has the highest fall of water about 10 meters.

In the central part, there is a fort wall structure, but now, it is broken and consists of an extremely narrow gorge formed in a conglomerate limestone area on Doon Valley Dehra plateaus. It is a perfect location for those who are interested in seeking adventure and thrill. The cave also has some extraordinary cold water springs which are underground. It helps to cool down the super hot summer afternoon temperature. If you are planning to visit the Dehradun then you should visit here. 

Timing- 7:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Entry Fee- INR 25 For Indians And INR 100 For Foreigners

2. Dehradun Zoo

Another place to visit in Dehradun is Zoo, the place where you can find lots of animals. It was first named as Malsi Deer Park. This beautiful landscape has approximately 350 different types of animals and birds. It also has an aquarium, an adventure park, a beautiful garden and many more. It is the perfect destination for animal lovers and wild-photography. You should visit here once.

Timing- 10:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Entry Fee- For Adults INR 25 And INR 10 For Kids

3. Forest Research Institute

The Forest Research Institute has an imposing Colonial and Greco-Roman style of architecture and it is one of the oldest and famous tourist spots in Dehradun. This forest is spread over 4.5 square kilometers and stands proud in the beautiful valley of Dehradun, Uttarakhand.  It is a home for hundreds of trees and also a vast lush green campus. Forest Research Institute is a place where there are so many buildings, museums, roads, and cottages spread across the vast area. Those buildings are one of the rarest assimilations of Indian Architecture and they serve as an ideal example of the Colonial masterpiece which left the impressions of the British Architecture in India. This place has a pure and beautiful aura which provides its visitors as a  perfect place to be in and enjoy with family and friends.

If you visit this place then you not only get to know about the history and knowledge but also get to be a part of our ancient heritage. The FRI is the oldest institute of its own kind that has gained recognition at the world level. Forest Research Institute is listed in the Guinness Book of Records which has the largest brick structure in the world. The massive Botanical Museum is also in the institute and has been attracting a lot of tourists throughout the years. The campus has 6 museums and all are worth visiting. These museums depict the natural environment comprising of timbre, entomology, Non-wood forest products and much more. Trekking through the mountainous campus to see the exotic birds will make the trip more special.

Timing- 9:30 AM To 5:00 PM
Entry Fee- INR 15 For Indians And INR 100 For Foreigners

4. Mindrolling Monastery

Amongst the biggest Tibet Monasteries in India, Mondrolling Monastery is a place to watch out for. This monastery contains several beautiful gardens, Tibetian art forms, the tallest Stupa in all Asia and many more. However, the most attractive part is the tall statue of Lord Buddha which attracts many of the tourists towards it. It is located at the foothills of Himalayas, this place must be surely on everyone’s radar while visiting Dehradun. Thus, you seriously can’t afford to miss this place. Don’t worry, it will not going to burn your pocket!

Timing- 8:00 AM To 12:00 Noon And 2:00 PM To 7:00 PM During Summers & 9:00 AM To 12:00 Noon And 2:00 PM To 6:00 PM During Winters
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

5. Clock Tower

The Clock tower is also known as “ghanta ghar”, which is a very famous tourist attraction and lies in the heart of the city. Its construction was started in 1948 and got complete in 1953. What makes this tower special is that there is a Glod Plate at the top of the tower where we can find the names of all the Freedom Fighters who fought hard for the independence of India. The building of the tower has six faces and each faces also has a clock installed on it. This clock tower design is inspired by the rare – Greco styled architecture. This Tower’s hexagonal shape gives it a distinguishing feature. The height of each tower is 85 meter and also there is a gold plate on which the names of several freedom fighters are written. This clock tower is situated in Rajpur road and surrounded by numerous business centers.

The original name of the tower was “Balbir tower” which was built as the mark of independence in India, as a sign of celebration. The much-respected Lal Bahadur Shastri inaugurated the monument. It is a renowned landmark of the city and was built by the British before the independence of India. This Clock Tower is located at the central of Dehradun which is also known as the Rajpur Road, this clock can be seen from a far-off distance. The Ghanta Ghar is the most iconic monument of the history that stood the test of time and withered every storm and it is something that every Doonite is proud of and let’s all hope the clock gets restored and starts ticking like it was in the good old days. 

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

6. Shikhar Fall

Want to be at a peaceful place? Visit here! It is one of the most frequently visited Waterfalls in the city of Dehradun. It is truly a trekkers paradise where you can find many unique species of birds plus a number of butterflies. The charming waterfall makes this place a popular picnic spot. Here you can spend some valuable time with your family and friends and also click some photographers of yours and beautiful nature.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

7. Tiger View Jungle Camp

This place serves as a natural habitat for the Endangered species of Tiger. One can enjoy Safari at this jungle camp for spotting the tiger, moreover, camping in the wilderness which proves to be a unique experience. The serene views of mountains, lush green surroundings and of course the majestic wild animals make it a not to miss place for anyone.

Timing- 9:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Entry Fee- Charges as per jeep for Jungle Safari

8. Sahastradhara

The meaning of Sahastradhara is ‘’thousand fold spring’’ which is a famous tourist attraction place in Dehradun. the beauty of the waterfall and caves are the main attraction of this place. The Sahastradhara is situated at about 11 km away from the Dehradun city, which is near the Robber’s Cave. The temperature of the waterfall is always lower than its surroundings. Its beauty attracts a lot of travelers towards it. Here you can also enjoy ropeway rides. This ropeway ride provides an airy trip to their gorgeous mountain tops. During the monsoon, the waterfall is increased and it turns its floral vegetation which is delighted the visitors. The water in Sahastradhara has fallen about 9 meters. It is an amazing experience to bathe in the water of Sahastradhara. 

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

9. Zonal Museum

The Zonal Museum, located in Dehradun and is very popular for its collection of artifacts relating to the origin, development, and sustenance of mankind on earth, and also stands witness to the ancient living conditions and the customs of its people. It is located at a distance of 500 m away from the Forest Research Institute and 5 km away from Dehradun Railway Station. The Zonal Anthropological Museum is situated on NH-72 in Dehradun. This museum was built by the Anthropological Survey of India in the year 1971. It exhibits the origin and some social customs of the early inhabitants of people in the Himalayan foothills. Here, you will found many physical and cultural anthropology of Western and Central Himalayas.

Timing- 10:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Entry Fee- INR 50 For Indians And INR 200 For Foreigners

10. Lacchiwalla

The Lachhiwala is also known as “National Park” which is good for a picnic destination. Lacchiwalla is famous for its lush greenery which attracts tourists. It is located a small drive away from Dehradun. The Lachhiwala provides us a calm and loving environment for visitors. Children and elders all come here and enjoy the beauty of Lachhiwala. It is a popular summer distinction, so many visitors come to watch this place. Similarly, many people hit this place in summer to relief from the scorching heat. Some enjoy this place to watch the beauty of nature while some enjoy this place for recreational activities which are present here, such as swimming, trekking around the woods, birds watching and etc. Nearby this place, the Laxman Siddh Temple is also located and sometimes the visitors also want to watch this temple also. The major attractions are the verdant forest which is a man-made water pool and a scenic setting. All overseen by the forest department of the country. If you plan to visit Dehradun then also watch this Lachhiwala place. 

Timing- Sunrise To Sunset
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

11. Tapovan Temple

The Tapovan Temple is situated at the bank of the holy river Ganges. It is a sacred shrine in the Raipur district of Uttarakhand, which is 5 km away from the Dehradun city.  The name of this derivation from Sanskrit is ‘Tapas’ which means as a penance and the word ‘Vana’ means as a forest. It is famous as the place where Dronacharya, the teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas performed penance. This is also known as a “Rudreshwar Shiv Mandir”, situated very close to the glacier of Gangotri which is a paradise for the once that love trekking. As it is a slightly high altitude, due to this, the climate of this region remains pleasant throughout the year, excluding winters. During winters, the region around the Tapovan Temple gets decorated with snow which increases the beauty of this temple. The best time to visit here is from March to August.

Timing- 6:00 AM To 8:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

12. Trekking in Dehradun

In Dehradun, Trekking is one of the favorite and interesting activity that attracts travelers. The Jwala Devi, George Everest, Bhadraj Temple, Shivalik ranges, Doon valley, Dakpather, Asan Barrage and so on are some of the main places which are mentioned as a trekking in Uttarakhand. The Pachhwadun region is a starting point of a lot of treks. Trust me, it is truly a paradise for trekkers. 

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

13. Kedarkantha Trek

The height of KedarKantha Trek is around 3,800 meters. And, this Kedarkantha trek offers you to visit this with 6 days vacation with the taste of perfect adventure and jaw-dropping experiences. This Kedarkantha trek is prominent as a winter Trek. It has got an unmatched beauty in winters. This place is covered with snow and looks like a blanket of snow. The Kedarkantha is a very beautiful place which is scored as a Lord Shiva. The history of Kedarkantha is based on mythology and beliefs which is the favorite place of Lord Shiva. It is such a lovely ridge peak that is accessible throughout the year with a plethora of rewarding adventures. This trek to this peak also gives you an opportunity to explore the exotic flora and fauna of the protected area of Govind National Park. This summit is perched at an altitude of 3850 m. If you reach the peak then you can not describe your feeling in words on top of a summit, it is an indescribable movement. There is a sense of achievement, the feeling you have earned this view. The kind of internal confidence you gain after an adventurous summit climb is difficult to shake. This place is perfect for those who are seeking light adventure accompanied by scenic beauty.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

14. Kalsi

Kalsi is one of the smallest villages in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, it is also known as the gateway to the Jaunsar-Bawar tribal region Dehradun District. It is located between Dehradun and Chakrata hill station along the banks of the river Yamuna and is also a confluence of the rivers, Yamuna and Tons. This charming village is located at a height of 780 meters away. The most popular attraction of this village is the Ashokan Rock Edict, a monument that has quite a significance in Indian history. Ashoka is the Great Mauryan King which was engraved in this Edict in 253 BC. Summer is the best time to visit in Kalsi. Someone can enjoy popular activities such as boating, water skiing, sailing, swimming, canoeing, camping, and trekking and someone can also go fishing after receiving a permit from the concerned authorities of the village. Kalsi is a famous place for its ancient architecture, beautiful views, picnic sport, and water streams. DakPathar is a popular place to visit in this village.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

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