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Attractions in Dehradun


Tapovan - Tapovan is a sacred site about 5 km from the city center on the Dehradun-Rajpur Road. The place is located in the picturesque Doon valley and according to popular belief, Guru Dronacharya, the teacher of warfare to the Kauravas and Pandavas, undertook his penance here.

Kalsi - About 5 kms away lies Kalsi, famous for an Ashokan pillar with an inscription in Devnagari and another Ashoka rock edict built around 450 BC. The Archaeological Survey of India preserves the pillar and the edict.
Temples in Dehradun

Robbers Cave - Also known as Guchu Pani, and situated at a distance of 8 km from the city center, Robbers Cave is a beautiful picnic spot. On display here is one of natures strange phenomena; a stream of water goes underground here and reappears a few meters away. The cave is surrounded by hills and is a beautiful getaway for those looking for peace and quiet of the hills. Buses are available up to the nearby Anarwala village, from where the caves are only a kilometer away.

Chakrata - Chakrata known for its serene environs and pollution-free atmosphere, is situated at a distance of 98 kms from Dehradun at an elevation of about 7000 ft. The northern part of Chakrata sub-division provides a fascinating landscape for trekkers and nature lovers. Virgin forests of conifers, rhododendrons and oaks are best suited for long walks.
Tapkeshwar Temple,  Dehradun
Tapkeshwar Temple - Situated in the Garhi Cantonment area, 5.5 km from the city center is the Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple. It is a cave temple, on the banks of a seasonal river, dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the only significant temple in Dehradun. Beside the river are steps that lead to a cave in which water drips from the ceiling on a shivling. It is after the dripping that the temple derived its name 'Tapkeshwar'.
Malsi Deer Park - At the foothills of the Shivalik range, about 10 km from Dehradun on the road leading to Mussorie, a new tourist spot named the Malsi Deer park has been developed. The park with its deer, neelgai, and a variety of birds makes it an ideal excursion site. It also serves as a picnic spot where the tourists en route to Mussorie can take a break. A mini-zoo with a children's park and lovely natural surroundings attract tourists of all age groups.

Laxman Siddh - This temple is 12 km off Dehradun on the way to Rishikesh. It is one of the few temples in the region, which can be accessed by a motorable road. Legend has is that Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord ram underwent his penance here for killing the demon king Ravan.

Sahastradhara - Around 14 km from Dehradun is the cold sulphur water spring called Sahastradhara. The spring is believed to have exceptional medicinal value and the dripping caves and a bath in the Baldi River near the spring are said to revitalize the body and soul. Many people come to the spring in the hope of being cured from polio and other such ailments. Set amidst the picturesque bounty of nature, Sahastradhara has become quite popular with tourists off late.
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