Famous Places to Visit in Dehradun | History, Climate and Hotels

Top Places to Visit in Dehradun

Dehradun places where the beauty lies in the heart of the people. The Valley which calls everyone out loud to come, visit the place and get to know the colors of life and the colors of the place. The place which bounds everyone visiting the place into its arms. The place where life is filled with the different colors of the rainbow. Such is the place known as Dehradun.

Dehradun is one of the most beautiful places situated in mountain ranges of the Himalayas, in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is also the capital of Uttarakhand. About Dehradun, it is one of the most magnificent places in Uttarakhand which is not only famous for its natural beauty but is also well known it being an amicable city. The adorable city has the charm to attract and tempt each one, not only to come and visit the place but also to make the place their home. The name Dehradun comes when the Dehradun is breached into 2 pieces that are Dehra and Dun. In which Dehradun means camp and Dun means valley. If we want to praise a person, we generally say that the person has all the qualities. He is the person who has beauty with brain. If we use the same proverb for Dehradun that the place has its sublime beauty with brain. Then I don’t think it would be an incorrect appreciation. Because the place has got it all. The natural beauty that has majestic mountains with extensive waterfalls and all over greenery with the big malls, showrooms, massive buildings that are the major attraction of the place. Dehradun has a great number of population. There we can see all the people from each and every part of the country. The culture and tradition of Dehradun is basically the Garhwali culture but because of the people present there from all over the country. It has become a place where we can find and see each and every color of different and number of Cultures and traditions.  The place is a hub of Education. There are a number of schools and colleges. People from every part of the world come here for their education. The beautiful Dehradun is like a Rainbow with each different color complementing each other.

History of The Valley

Dehradun was founded in the early 18th century by Guru Ram Rai the elder son of 7th Sikh guru, Guru Hari Rai. He came here in 1675 and settled in Dhamawala village where the annual Jhanda fare is still held in his memory in the fifth day after Holi. Dehradun was an independent kingdom and later a part of Nepal. Nepal lost Dehradun to England when India was colonized by the Britishers and was now called Dehra while the district was known as Dehradun. Dehradun municipality was established in 1867 and in 1900 railways made its way to Dehradun via Haridwar. In 1901 Dehradun was the district of British India in the Meerut division which laid in the hill station of Mussoorie. During the second world war, the Dehradun central internment camp was the major prison camp to detain German, Australian, and Italian who were living in or visiting British colonies in Asia before the war. Post Independence the other parts of Garhwal and Kumaon were merged with the united provinces which were later named as the state of Uttar Pradesh. On November 9, 2000, the state of Uttarakhand was created from northwestern districts of Uttar Pradesh. Then Dehradun was made its provisional capital. Since then the city has maintained continuous development.

Area of Dehradun

Dehradun is spread in the area of about 100 sq mi. It has an elevation of 435 m with the population around 5,000. Things to do in Dehradun/Other attractions of Dehradun

Jolly Grant Airport 

Jolly Grant airport is 25 km away from Dehradun and It is the largest commercial airport in Uttarakhand. It is a beautiful place situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. It also has a very beautiful location.


Lachhiwala is 22 km away from Dehradun. It is famous for its scenic beauty and beautiful surrounding. The place is actually famous for being a picnic spot for Children’s. It is a beautiful place with amazingly pleasant weather. If you anytime visit Dehradun make it your spot for enjoying a picnic.

Lakhawar Fair

This fair is one of the most famous fairs in Dehradun which is held every in the month of September to October. The main aim of the fair is to delineate their Garhwali culture with the melodious songs, traditional dances and other events are held.

IMA (Indian Military Academy)

IMA is one of the major attractions in Dehradun. It is 6km away from Dehradun. IMA is the place or academy for the training of officers of the army. It is beautifully located between the foothills of Himalayas. Looking at the place makes oneself feel proud of being an Indian. The location and the place it is mesmerizing.

Tapkeshwar Temple

Tapkeshwar temple is also a major attraction of Dehradun. This is one of the religious places in Dehradun. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is about 5 km away from the center of Dehradun. Being a temple it is also a major tourist spot where a large number of tourists come and visit the place. The temple is set on the banks of the Asan River. The river enters the cave of the temple and the waterfalls on the ceiling of the Shiv ling. Thousands of devotees come to place for the darshan of  Lord Shiva during Shivratri.

Robber’s Cave

Robber’s Cave is again one the most visited tourist place in Dehradun. It is 8 km from Dehradun. The place has large rocks that form the cave.  The water is running there in the natural formation. It is about 600 meters long. If we walk on the chilled water, at a distance we will find a small waterfall but walking a bit more we can see a large waterfall where streams of water appear and disappear underground. Where does the water go nobody knows it.


 Sahastradhara is a famous picnic spot for the tourist to visit. The meaning of Sahastradhara means ‘Thousandfold Spring’.  It is about 14 km from Dehradun city. The place has a waterfall of about 9 meters and also there are built beautiful caves for the tourist to spend their time and relax. It attracts a large number of tourists. If you visit the place and feel tired. Your all tiredness will disappear looking at the exceptional beauty. You can also take a bath under the waterfall and then relax at the luxurious cave.

Forest Research Institute (FRI) 

The famous Institue of India. Forest Research Insitute is one the oldest and leading Insitute in the field of Forest. It was established in 1906. It is the most famous institute which was accepted as a university in 1991 is also one of the most famous tourist spots in Dehradun. It would be around 4 km from Dehradun. The place is famous for its parks, beautiful gardens, and Landmark Museum.

Tiger Falls 

Tiger Falls is 87 km from the valley at Chakrata. The place is also known as  Keraao Pachad and Kailu Pachad in local languages. It is about 1395 m above sea level. The place is a must-see for all the tourists visiting Dehradun. Though, it is also a famous spot for the tourist.  The place has large waterfalls and lakes to allure the visitors.

Clock Tower 

The clock tower is the landmark of the valley. The place has no significance without it. The place is also known as Ghanta Ghar. The major attraction of the clock tower is the Paltan market, which is the famous spot for shopping, the street food, which is the tastiest food found all over the place. The Tower was built before independence because of which the clock of the tower doesn’t work but still, the place is only known because of it and the most important part of it.

Tibetan Buddhist Temple 

One of the most beautiful, religious and peaceful places of the valley is the Tibetan Buddhist Temple. The place is famous for its beautiful architecture, sublime interior designs and all over greenery. The place with being a religious spot also has great scenic beauty. The place is mostly crowdie on Sundays because the place is properly open on that day for offering prayers.

Malsi Deer Park 

Malsi Deer Park is again one more most visited tourist place in the valley. The park is situated at the foothills of the Shivalik. Deer Park has many animals like two-horned deer, Neelgai’s, Tigers and Peacocks. If you are a nature and animal lover, You are definitely going to fall for the place.

Climate of Dehradun

The Climate of the valley depends upon the season. In Winters the Climate is cold, while in summers it is Warm. Well, the place has a moderate temperature.


Summers of Dehradun is Warm and temperate. Earlier it ranges between 36 degrees and 16 degrees Celsius but because of the day by day increase in global warming, the summers of the valley have become hot and humid. Now it ranges between 39 degrees Celsius and 18 degrees Celsius.


During the rainy season, the place looks like a paradise. The cleaned roads, Watery forest and view of the wet and clean mountains give a panoramic view. The average rainfall id 2073.3mm annually.


The winters of the valley are really cold. The morning is foggy and the place is at its best during that season. The temperature ranges between 23 degrees Celsius to 5 degrees Celsius.

Best  time to visit Dehradun

From the month of March to June is the best time to visit Dehradun. This is the best time when the weather is beautiful and pleasant and one can enjoy all the adventure activities. And you can visit all the places in the valley. Because that is the time when the beauty of the tourist’s spot is at their peak.

But if you plan to come during the rainy season (From July to September) The place looks beautiful and moreover you can visit the place and relax your soul out here enjoying the scenic view.

Routes to Reach Dehradun

Dehradun is directly connected to every city with motorable roads, proper railways.

By Air – You can reach Dehradun by air through Jolly Grant Airport which is 25 km from Dehradun. You will easily get regular flights from your place to Jolly Grant Airport. It is well connected to the major cities through Airway.

By Train– The route to Dehradun is well connected with railways. You can easily reach Dehradun by major cities through railway. There are two trains that are connected to Dehradun which are Shatabdi Express and Mussoorie Express.

By Road– You can easily reach Dehradun by every major city. It is very well connected with the major roads. Deluxe, Semi- Deluxe, and Volvo each kind of buses are available to reach Dehradun. It is around 260 km away from Delhi. It takes 6 hours to reach Dehradun from Delhi. You can easily catch the buses from Kashmiri Gate Bus Station. Taxis are also available for the valley.

Where to stay?

The Valley has a number of small, Big, multi-starred hotels with high maintenance and proper accommodation facilities. From the luxuries to the normal budget.  You can easily find hotels, motels, lodges for your stay with better quality in the budget.

Some of the hotels for your stay in Dehradun are:

#1 Sandstone Hotel

#2 Sarovar Portico

#3 The Pearl Grand

#4 Lemon Tree Hotel

#5 Hotel Saffron Leaf

#6 Hotel Aketa

#7 Hotel Softel Plaza

#8 The Solitaire

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