COME AND EXPLORE DEHRADUN
COME AND EXPLORE DEHRADUN AND THE DESTINATIONS BEYOND WHERE THE HISTORY
SLEEPS IN MONUMENTS
Surprises have been hidden in Dehradun, the bustling capital city of Uttarakhand lying in the Himalayan foothills. Uttarakhand, earlier known as Uttaranchal, was formed after the division of Uttar Pradesh and it is located in the Garhwal Region , 236 Km. away from New Delhi in the north. Dehradun is not an ordinary city to be put on the back – burner of your tour program , but a unique fascinating location locking in many surprises for you to unlock and this can be made possible by giving an overriding consideration to visit this historical capital city . Following are some of the ancient locations in Dehradun to be visited where the monuments located can tell you of its history.
MIND ROLLING MONASTERY
Mindrolling is the gathering point for Dehradun’s prosperous Tibetan community and Located in Clement town.It is one of the major monasteries of the Nyingma School. It was re-established in India in 1976 . Since then it has gained the reputation as one of the famous and major centers for learning. The five – storey Great Stupa is one of the main highlights and to top it all there is a 35 m-high gold statue of Buddha also, beautifully adorning the monastery. The 185 ft. stupa is believed to be the largest one in the world. In addition, there are a series of rooms displaying the relics and Tibetan art . There is a college in the complex where the ancient system o f Dozogchen teachings is practiced as was done in the original monastery,which was set up in Tibet in 1676.
This famous temple , about 7 Km. away from the city and amidst forest and lovely low hills, is located on the banks of a rivulet in Dehradun. This place got its name from the water that flows from the hills in the form of water droplets. The water originating from a rock falls drop by drop on to the Shivling placed in the shrine. The sanctum is housed in a system of natural caves that creates a dramatic experience. When the annual fair is held in this temple on the occasion of Shivaratri, pilgrims throng this temple in large numbers.
Locally known as Gucchu Paani, this is one of the fascinating and exciting detours around Dehradun. The Robber’s Cave has many surprises to thrill you. A stream gushes through a narrow limestone gorge, about 600 m. long, and you have literally to wade through knee – deep water that finally empties into a waterfall. This particular location is more ideally meant for those who are audacious and physically robust and fit. Aged people and children visiting the Robber’s Cave have to remain more cautious and alert. Though trekking through this cave requires more caution on the part of the aged tourists and children, it does however not mean that this cave is deserted. Once you enter the cave, lot of tourists can be found inside enjoying the sights.
This is one of the oldest picnic spots of Dehradun and still very popular with the tourists. Sahastradhara stands for “ Spring having thousand folds “. This is not an ordinary waterfall to be found , for the waters are believed to have sulphur content thus possessing healing powers to eliminate various ailments. A cave here is also very famous and a hot tourist spot, for sage Dronacharya is believed to have mediated inside it.Rainy season will be more ideal to pay a visit to this waterfall, when water rushes in torrents and go berserk pushing its way ahead with great velocity. As there is a good natural retreat just 17 Kms. away from Dehradun, make your plan to visit this place also. On your way, you can also come across a unique restaurant complex serving ethnic cuisine from thirteen villages of Uttarakhand and so its name is given as 13 Gaon.
FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE ( FRI )
This is India’s premier Authority on Scientific Forestry, thus signifying that Dehradun is also very famous from the educational point of view. It is a unique Forest Research Institute spread over an area of 450 hectares of lush land in the enchanting Himalayan foothills. Dehradun can be proud of the fact that half of the country’s forest officers have graduated from this Institute. This magnificen t Forest Research Institute is a reminder of the British Raj since it was built during their regime to train its imperial forest officers in 1906.This Institute is housed in a massive building said to be larger than the Buckingham Palace and houses museums such as the Timber Museum and the Non Wood Forest Products Museum among others. Main highlights include a cross – section of a 700-year-old deodar tree, precious paintings and invaluable exhibits on the medicinal uses of various herbs of the forest.
This massive clock tower located in the heart of modern Dehradun is a prominent landmark on Rajpur Road. In the ancient time also, this clock tower remained as a landmark.This pre – independence clock tower producing the resounding chime across the surrounding regions has been shot in many scenes of the Hindi Cinemas . This giant tower has clocks on each of its six sides . As the clock tower stands amidst Govt. office buildings, prominent establishments, restaurants and busiest markets of Dehradun , its surrounding is always bustling with life.
Riverstone Cottages are located on the serene and tranquil banks of the river Tons in the Shivalik Foothills. The waters of the river Tons while flowing make a soothing gurgling sound creating a very pleasant feeling around the place. The river cottages offer candle-lit-dinners by the river side,the best time to visit this unique house restaurant is in the evening. This resort has also arrangements to entertain walk – in visitors, who do not intend to spend the night. A stay in the river cottages in the evening will be entirely a pleasant experience on your visit to this location. There is also Tibetan Market off the parade ground selling trendy clothes, shoes, watches, exquisite wooden art pieces, Garhwali Jewellery, beautiful wind chimes , knitted woolen sweaters , jackets and mufflers of various colours etc. In addition, there is a plethora of consumables that can be bought if you can manage to pull off a good bargain. This is a good market for a good buy .
Almora , located about 335 Km. away from Dehradun, is such a town where ancient t temples representing various dynasties exist , some of them are dating back to the 12th century. This place has steeped in breathtaking natural beauty. Many species of birds, which are usually seen in the pine forest, can be sighted here. Almora can be reached within seven hours of journey from Dehradun.
This beautiful location is beyond Dehradun and can be reached after nearly two hour’s Journey by road.This place is situated on the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. Devprayag is an ideal stopover for the pilgrims proceeding to Badrinath. The adventure sport River Rafting is a very popular activity here and there are lots of facilities for tented accommodation along with packages. This location is also very renowned for other adventure sports like Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking, Cycling and Archery etc.
This is an enchanting lush hilly place requiring about one and half hour’s journey by road to reach, if set out from Dehradun. Chopta is often described as a mini Switzerland for its extremely eye-catching and absorbing natural beauty and has been gifted with deodar trees and pine forest by nature. Also added to its charm are Rhododendron blossoms, when not covered in snow. Chopta is the starting point of treks to Tungnath Mandir.
Now plan to spend your holidays with family at Dehradun, the historical capital city of Uttarakhand with the Himalayan foothills in its backyard and also other captivating tourist destinations lying beyond it such as Almora, Devprayag and Chopta.
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