11 Best Places to Visit in Dehradun

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Dehradun is a beautiful city in Uttarakhand and also the capital of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Dehra, the name was given by Shri Guru Ram Das Sahib Ji. He held a camp here in Dun . Camp meaning Dehra, and the valley meaning Dun, so that’s how Dehradun got its name. Dehradun city is famous for its tourism, education, architecture, culture, and natural beauty. In this post, I will tell you about 11 best places to visit in Dehradun.

Here are the 11 best places that you must visit on your trip to Dehradun.

Best places to visit in Dehradun:

The Forest Research Institute Museum

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Spread over a large field of 450 hectares, this Museum is located 6 kilometers from Dehradun. This place is quite famous for its magnificent building, which is built in the colonial style of architecture. For this reason, this Museum’s name was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for many years.

This magnificent building was built by the British. If you are interested in the Museums, then definitely come here. There are six museums here. Apart from this, there is also a beautiful botanical garden which is very popular. Along with this, Indira Gandhi Forest Academy is located here.

  • Entry fee: Rs 40
  • Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Mindrolling Monastery

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Mindrolling monastery located in Dehradun is the most famous monastery of the Nyingma sect known locally as a Tibetan monastery. It is considered to be one of the largest Buddhist centers in the country. There is a stupa called great stupa, which is regarded as the largest Buddhist stupa globally. Apart from being a tourist destination, it is also a spiritual school, which is a significant learning center for Buddhist infants. 

Robbers Cave

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Robbers cave is famous as Guchu Pani, which is located 8 kilometers from Dehradun. This cave is a popular place in Dehradun. Robbers cave means den of thieves. It is said that Lootera used to use this cave to escape from the British. It is a river and a group of caves; this cave is 600 meters long. The highest waterfall in this cave is about 10 meters. This place is entirely natural. 

  • Entry fee: Rs 30


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Sahastradhara is a beautiful and famous place which is located 15 kilometers from Dehradun. The flowing Baldi river and the caves around it further enhance the beauty of this place. Due to the presence of sulfur in the water, this place has medicinal properties which remove many skin problems. It is a must visited site in Dehradun.


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Tapkeshwar is a famous cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place is located at a distance of 5 km from the Dehradun bus stand. Here the water keeps dripping from the roof on the Shiva Linga; hence this place is known as Tapkeshwar Mahadev. Many devotees visit here on the day of Shivratri. On this day, the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is organized.


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Situated on the banks of river Ganga, this place is famous in Dehradun. Tapovan is considered to be one of the holiest places in Uttarakhand. According to the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Mentor of Pandavas and Kauravas, Dronacharya did penance here. This place is known for its greenery and grasslands, which is known as Nandan Van. You can also enjoy trekking here.

Tiger Waterfall 

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It is a magnificent waterfall situated at an altitude of about 1400 meters above sea level near Chakrata. Tiger fall is considered to be Asia’s largest natural waterfall, which falls from a height of 50 meters. This waterfall remains in its full flow in the rainy season.

Rajaji National Park

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Spread across 820 square kilometers, Rajaji national park consists of sanctuaries called Motichur Sanctuary, Chilla sanctuary, and Rajaji sanctuary. It is named after the famous freedom fighter Raj Gopal Acharya. This national park is home to more than 315 species of birds and 23 species of mammals. In this national park, the river Ganga covers a distance of 24 km. This national park is open from 15 November to 15 June. 

Malsi Deer Park

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Located at the foothills of Shivalik Range, this deer park is 5 km from Dehradun. Malsi Deer Park has been developed as a small animal garden. Apart from deer in this park, you can see many other creatures like Peacock, Monkey, and Neel.

Asan Barrage

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Located at Dhalipur lake, this place is 27 km from Dehradun. Asan Barrage is a special place for watersports lovers to do boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, and, Rowing. If you are a bird lover, then this place can prove to be a right place for you in winter.

Paltan Bazar

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This market is the largest in Dehradun. Here you will find shops for clothes, accessories, electronics, food, and drink. Paltan Bazar is located near the main hour house of Dehradun. If you go to Dehradun, then definitely come here and also try street food here.

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How to reach Dehradun

By flight: Dehradun has its airport. So if you come to Dehradun by flight, then you will not have any problem. This is your easiest and fastest way to reach Dehradun. Dehradun Airport is well connected to all cities of India. Dehradun City is about 32 kilometers from the airport. If you want, you can go from a Private cab or Shared taxi/bus to Dehradun.

By train: Dehradun’s Nearest railway station will be found in Dehradun City itself. You can either come directly to Dehradun by train, or you can come to Delhi by train. From Delhi, you will get a direct bus to Dehradun. Dehradun is approximately 270 kilometers from Delhi.

Best time to visit Dehradun

It is said that March to June is the best time to visit Dehradun because the weather here is spotless and pleasant in these months. Because of which you will not have any problem doing trekking and other adventure activities. Being a popular tourist destination of India, it is crowded every month of the year. 

Where to stay in Dehradun 

It will be convenient for you to take the hotel around Dehradun railway station or bus stand. By taking the hotel here, you can easily arrange the conveyance for the tourist places of Dehradun. Along with this, there are many veg and non-veg restaurants here, so you will not have any problem eating and drinking. 

If you plan a Dehradun trip, then you must include these 11 best places of Dehradun in your list. I hope, guys, you liked my post on the best places to visit in Dehradun.

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