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General Information about Dehradun

Dehradun is a hill town in the foothills of the Shivalik ranges in the Garhwal region with two perennial rivers flowing through it and is popular for its historic civilization as well as the huge number of adventurous options it provides. Legend has it that it was founded by Guru Dronacharya, a famous character from the Indian epic- Mahabharata. It has always been an important religious center for Sikhs, Mughals and Gurkhas. The most interesting fact about Dehradun is that it never gets too hot in summers and rarely has snow cover in winters.

Other than the host of a vibrant terrain of valleys, streams, sceneries etc. Dehradun has a spiritual side to it with a number of temples as well as an exciting and adventurous hue with paragliding, skiing, river rafting and angling. It is also a popular picnic spot with gardens, parks and widespread landscapes. The places to visit here include Clock Tower, Chetwoode Hall, Tapovan, Tapkeshwar temple, Robber's cave and many more. Also ancient temples and ruins have been found in the nearby areas, which are almost 2000 years old.

This hill station is also the gateway to some of the famous tourist hotspots like Mussoorie, Nainital, Haridwar, Rishikesh etc. Dehradun is also the home to the ever famous Indian Military Academy, which gives out some of the best officers of the Indian Army. Dehradun is also extremely famous for the Doon Valley, which houses the famous Doon School, thus making the city an educational hotspot as well.

It is well connected by Road, Rail and Air.

Though Dehradun offers a number of choices, what one must try while here, is the local cuisine. These include Kandalee ka saag, Gahat ki Daal, Aloo ke Gutke, Nimbu, Kaafli, Gulgula as well as some traditional sweets that one just cannot miss such as Bal Mithai, Arsa, Jhangora ki Kheer and more. Other than the local flavors you can also relish North Indian cuisine, South Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Tibetan and Continental cuisines in Dehradun.

An Ideal Itinerary

Day 1 - Once in Dehradun, take some rest and begin your trip with a stroll through the local market, especially the Paltan Bazaar, a fascinating market, with its share of amazing streets and alleys, just near to another famous site in Dehradun city, The Clock Tower on the Rajpur Road. You can buy curios, handicrafts, souvenirs among many other things here.
Day 2 - The next day, you should set off officially for the trip, starting with blessings from Lord Shiva at the holy Tapkeshwar Mahadev Mandir. Not very far from here, at a distance of approximately 6.9 km. is the Robbers' Cave, a popular picnic cum adventure sports hotspot for the bold travelers. By evening, you can hop back to your hotel for some rest, for the journey might be quite tiring.
Day 3 - The final day should be reserved for a trek to the Malsi Deer Park, a wildlife reserve, where you can witness some rare breeds of deer prancing about. For the historical enthusiasts, and the qualified applicants of the CDS exams, the Indian Military Academy is always open for you.

Few Places of Interest

Robber’s Cave
Located at the suburban areas of Dehradun, Robber’s Cave is the most loved picnic spot in this hill town. Popularly known as Guchu Pani or Guchhipani, Robber’s Cave is situated at a distance of 8 kilometers from the city center. The caved is surrounded by hills and is a perfect getaway for those looking forward to peace and composure.

The Museum
Established in the year 1971, The Museum, also known as the Zonal Museum, is located inside the Anthropological Survey of India on Hardwar Road. The museum is dedicated to explain the origin and customs of the people living in the foothills of the towering Himalayan peaks. The physical and cultural anthropology of Western and Central Himalayas are preserved in this museum.

Tapkeshwar Temple
The holy abode of Lord Shiva, Tapkeshwar Temple is a famous cave temple in Dehradun. Located on the banks of a stream, this temple is one of the best pilgrim centers in this hill resort. The river penetrates into the cave and the water drops dribble from the rocks on the Shiva Linga offers an ethereal feeling. The Cool Sulphur springs around the temple have a therapeutic value which makes it a superb dipping spot for pilgrims. Legend has it that Lord Shiva poured milk on Ashwathama, the son of Dronacharya.

Located on the banks of sacred Ganges, Tapovan holds a significant place in the religious domain of Dehradun. Legend says that Dronacharya underwent a severe penance at this particular place. Today, this place abounds with Sadhus and sages who believe that reparation and penance are the only way to please the almighty.

Mindrolling Monastery
Mindrolling, literally means “Place of Perfect Emancipation” in Tibetan Language, is a renowned monastery of the Nyingma sect. Established in 1676 by Rigzin Tendak Lingpa, Mindrolling monastery is one of the largest Buddhist Viharas in India and an architectural marvel. A centre of excellence, this monastery is dedicated to disseminate knowledge about Buddhist scriptures, Tibetan lunar calendar, Traditional Tibetan medicine, astronomy and calligraphy.

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