- 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.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.