PLACES TO VISIT IN DEHRADUN
Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand is situated in the Garhwal region and is one of the most visited tourist places of India. The name Uttarakhand is enough to light up anybody’s face. Dehradun is one of the counter magnet cities that were built to help Delhi deal with over population in a much better way. Dehradun, because it is located on the foothills of the beautiful Himalayas, it has also become one of the most preferred tourist destinations. The stunning landscapes and the soothing climate have made this place a favorite place of travel. It doesn’t matter if you are a nature love or just an adventure seeker, Dehradun has a piece of everything that as a tourist you may look for. This place is also very well connected to most major cities of our country and thus traveling to Dehradun is easy. Situated close to Rishikesh and Haridwar, if you have never out Dehradun in your bucket list of travel, you should do so no and start planning for a trip soon. The city also has a strong historical significance to it. It is said that Dronacharya who used to a guru to Pandavas and also Kauravas was born in Dehradun and also lived here. Another story about Dehradun is that Ram along with his brother Laxman is said to have visited Dehradun after fighting Ravana. And because this city has a history; you will also find several ancient temples that are equally historically significant. So on your trip to Dehradun, make sure to visit these tempels and also other places of attraction. We have listed down several attractions of Dehradun that you must explore. The network of roads being well developed, exploring place is easier and very convenient.
Barkot is a quaint and charming hill station in Uttrakhand that is pretty popular for the scenic beauty. This beautiful town is nestled at a height of 1220 meters above sea level that will treat you to the warm culture of the locals here. Barkot is an apt choice of place for adventure seekers since this town has many trekking opportunities. Situated on the banks of Yamuna River, it is located at just 48 km away from Yamunotri. Once you trek your way up, you will be treated to stunning, panoramic sights of the majestic Bandar Poonch Mountains. Most people stop at Barkot on their way to Yamunotri and also Gangotri since those two places are a part of the Char Dham pilgrim spots. However, the next time when you plan to explore any of these places, we would highly recommend for you to explore Barkot. Even though, Barkot has always been under explored compared to the other tourist attractions in Uttarakhand, a visit to this town is an absolute delight for nature lovers and also adventure junkies.
There are many trekking routes in Barkot along with white river rafting opportunities. And for those who just enjoy the company of nature, there are also some spectacular views of picturesque landscapes that lets you spend idea evening quietly and peacefully. The one and most important advantage of Barkot is that because it is a lot less commercialized and unexplored, the beauty of this town is still the same and untouched. You will hardly find any traces of modernization which also adds up to the many reasons of why you must absolutely visit this quaint town. You can visit Barkot between April and October since during winters this region sees heavy to moderate snowfall. Reaching Barkkot is also pretty easy from Dehradun and even Rishikesh. There are many buses that ply regularly to Barkot.
If you also plan to stay in Barkot for a night or more, you also do not have to worry anything about accommodation. There is no dearth of stay options in Barkot. From guest houses to hotels and even dharamsalas, you will find all types of accommodation that fits your budget. However, you wouldn’t really find any luxury hotels here. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in this area. A trip to Barkot ensures you get the much needed respite from the hectic schedule of your lives. Just visit any Ashram and you will find solitude. Whenever you visit, always carry an extra pair of woolen clothes because temperatures here drop significantly at night.
Pindari Glacier is what the country calls it, but if you ask the locals and they will call it as the Soul of Kumaon. The Pindari Glacier is one of the most beautiful and also the easily accessible glaciers around the Himalayan region. It is situated in the south east region of Nanda Devi and is one of the popular tourist attractions of Dehradun. The Pindari Glacier has been a major tourist point, especially for people love mountaineering. The glacier has many challenging and thrilling trekking trails along with the panoramic views of picturesque landscape and untouched environs. The rugged beauty of the glacier is what makes this place so beautiful. This glacier is the main course of the alluring Pindari River. If you have been planning for quite some time to visit and explore this stunning glacier, let us tell you that the only means to reach here is by trekking. To cover the entire trekking route to Pindari and the return journey will take approximately 10 days.
There are two trails that will take you to Pindari Glacier. One is through Saung village and the other one is from Loharket. The trekking trail from Saung is the most popular one and also a scenic one. The glacier is a long stretch that goes through Loharket, Bageshwar, Dhakuri pass and also Khati village. The inhabited Khati village is the last village on the trail.
The best part about this trail is that on your way you will be treated to spectacular views of untouched and pristine surroundings. You will also get a chance to get a glimpse of the beautiful Pindari River. If you are a photography enthusiast, then do make sure to keep your cameras handy and all set to click some really beautiful pictures. The streams of this river flow to form cascading waterfalls. The only accommodation options near Pindari Glacier are the tents and camps that are provided to visitors. The temperature being somewhere around 20 degree Celsius, always carry winter clothes to keep yourself warm. Also carry your on water and food when you are on a trekking expedition.
Another major attraction of Dehradun is the beautiful Clement town that is popular for housing the world’s biggest stupa. Nestled in between the stunning foothills of Himalayas, the monastery that you get to see in Clemet town is one of the biggest tourist attractions of India. It is also said to be one of the biggest Buddhist centre of the country. Clement town also borders another attraction called the Raja National park. Apart from the monastery and large stupa, it is also home to several popular institutions. The reason why most people visit the Clement town is owing to these beautiful attractions. Mind rolling has a meaning to its name and that is place of perfect emancipation in Tibetan.
It is said that this beautiful temple is the product of 50 skilled artists who put efforts to design and paint the structure. It took them almost three years to get this temple built. The two reasons why you must visit the Mindrolling Monastery is for peace and for its architectural beauty. The interesting part about this particular monastery is that it has faced and braved several natural calamities and also attacks. The stupa in the monastery is what attracts people from all over. Built as a symbol for world peace, the stupa stands tall at 185 feet in length and 100 sq feet in width. It is flanked by beautiful and lush green garden and stupa amidst such scenic beauty looks magnificent. You will also get to see the 03 fee tall statue of Buddha that was built in the honor and dedication of Dalai Lama.
If you do plan to visit and explore this charming Clement Town then let us tell you the monastery also has accommodation. You should consider staying in a monastery for a fulfilling experience. While you enjoy your stay , you can also explore the local cuisine of Dehradun , especially the vegetarian Tibetan cuisine that is served at Mindrolling Monastery. It is an absolute delight for foodies.
Pauri is also a great attraction situated 155 km from Dehradun. People who visit Dehradun should definitely include Pauri in their list of places to visit. It is a small and charming village that is flanked by spectacular snow capped mountains. It is located in the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand and is also filled with dense deodar forest. Nature lovers are sure to love this place, since Pauri looks nothing less than paradise. Unlike most hill stations that have been ruined due to modernization, Pauri still retains its charm and allure. The serene picturesque landscapes and the views of the Nandadevi and Trishul that are two of the majestic peaks is a sight to behold. Pauri is delight also for adventure junkies. Pauri has several trekking and paragliding options. The trekking trail begins at Landsowne and the trail has several scenic views of nature. Apart from all this, Pauri is also home to many temples like Kandoliya, Mahadeva, Nagdev and also Hanuman and Laxmi Narayan and thus it also serves as a pilgrimage site. It is visited by many pilgrims and is also an ideal place for shoppers. You can shop for many handicrafts that Pauri is well known for.
One of the most popular tourist destinations of Uttarakhand is the Robber’s cave in Dehradun. For those who love adventure, Robber’s cave is going to be pure delight. Robber’s cave got its fame thanks to the disappearing portion of river and also the trekking trail that take you up to a stunning waterfall. The cascading waterfall is a sight worth watching. There is nothing better than witness such beautiful sights amidst nature. Also the trek between two cliffs that go through a dark cave is a very thrilling experience that you must have at least once in a lifetime. The trek is worth all the efforts since the views of untouched nature and its beauty is something every person loves especially city dwellers. People who do not love trekking also have no reason of disappointment since you can reach the point on your vehicle, but a walk of 1 km cannot be avoided. Trekking has an advantage and that is, you will get to see the famous disappearing river. At one point, you see no river and then after a certain distance it reappears. Magical, isn’t it? The trekking is open on all days a week from 7 am to 6 pm. You must definitely explore the Robber’s cave for an enriching experience that leaves a pretty lasting impression.
The Tapkeshwar Temple is a cave temple that was built in dedication to Shiva who is the presiding deity. Tapkeshwar temple sees many pilgrims visiting especially during their annual Tapkeshwar Mela thus also making it one of the busiest pilgrim centers of Dehradun. And if you are non believer, you too have a reason to visit this famous temple of Dehradun and that is the location of the temple. It is situated between two beautiful hills and the water falling from the top of the cave on the Linga is a sight that is sure to leave you awe struck. Because this temple is dedicated to Shiva, Shivratri is a festival that is celebrated with much pomp and joy here. During this festive time, the temple sees thousands of pilgrims. The cave where you will find the temple also has a name and it is called as Drona Cave. If the beliefs are anything to go by, it is said that Dronacharya who was the guru of both Pandas and Kauravas used to stay on this cave. There is also an idol of Hanuman outside the temple. Reaching the Tapkeshwar temple is easy since it is located at just 9 km away from the railway station and 6 km away from the main city of Dehradun. The temple is open for visitors from 6 am to 7 pm on all days of the week.