Resting in the foothills of the world-famous Himalayas, Dehradun borders the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers, creating one of the most scenic vistas in India. From parks to gardens, exotics temples, bustling bazaars and exhilarating outdoor recreation, this nature-filled enclave widely embraces its traditions.
Things to do
Thrill-seekers in Dehradun can enjoy trekking, river rafting, skydiving, mountain cycling and hot-air ballooning. Bring along a picnic when visiting the 600-metre-long Robber’s Cave, where you can admire a cascading waterfall and see its mysterious naturally occurring water phenomenon. Visit the Forest Research Institute Museum, a brilliant red structure showcasing Roman and Mughal architecture.
Don’t miss seeing Tapkeshwar Temple, which is located within a damp cave near Tons Nadi River that boasts cool sulphur springs for bathing. The Tibetan Buddhist temple is known for its spectacular wall paintings and towering Buddha statue dedicated to the Dalai Lama.
Make your way to the iconic six-faced Clock Tower on Raipur Road, where you’ll be within walking distance of the city’s vibrant shopping bazaars. At Paltan Bazaar, seek out the precious shawls knitted by local Tibetan women. Head over to Chowk Bazaar to find Himalayan scarves dyed naturally with indigo, pomegranate and henna.
Dehradun is a foodie paradise with a kaleidoscope of flavours from Indian, Chinese and Tibetan eateries. Lhasa Restaurant is a favourite spot for traditional Tibetan food, while Ginger “N” Garlic dishes out Indian specialties. Follow tantalising aromas to Ellora’s Melting Moments, which serves stuffed buns, pastries, puddings and “stick jaws” candies.
Jolly Grant Airport lies 20 kilometres outside Dehradun, where you can rent a car or take a taxi or bus. The city is pedestrian-friendly, with Rajpur Road and Chakrata Road leading to most attractions. Auto rickshaws are also available.