Dehradun Travel Guide: A Traveler’s Handbook To Explore The Capital City Of Uttarakhand!


Dehradun or “Home of the Valleys”, is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand surrounded by the mighty ranges of the Garhwal Himalayas. This capital city is situated at an altitude of 1400 feet and offers a great experience to adventure lovers, couples and families. Home to beautiful natural caves and spectacular waterfalls, it is a relaxing spot for those planning to get away for the weekend. Since the summer is already on the rise, take a quick break in this beautiful city and don’t miss out on enjoying the best of what it has to offer. Dehradun Travel Guide,

Best time to visit

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The best time to plan a holiday in Dehradun is between March-June. During this time, the city receives a large number of people who come here to enjoy the pleasant weather. While the weather is favorable for tourists, there are chances to explore the best sites and indulge in some adventure activities. The temperature reaches a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 17 degrees.

how to reach

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by road

There are many private buses that run between Delhi and Dehradun and it takes at least 5-6 hours to reach. Apart from this, travelers can drive their cars from Delhi to reach the city via NH72A.

by flight

The nearest airport to Dehradun is Jolly Grant Airport which is located at a distance of 20 miles from the main city. One can reach the city by hiring a taxi, which will cost around Rs 2,000.

by train
Dehradun is a major station on many rail lines and timings may vary according to the origin station.


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Must see place

When you are in Dehradun, make sure you don’t miss any of these places that are located close to the city.

1. Sahastradhara

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Sahastradhara literally means “thousand-fold waterfall”, located at a distance of 14 kilometers from Dehradun city. It is one of the famous places to visit in Dehradun which is known for its natural caves and waterfalls. Apart from this, Sahastradhara is also known for its medicinal and therapeutic properties. There are many water pools around this place in which water drips from limestone stalactites, which turns into sulfur pools.

Place: Khiroi, Uttarakhand 246422
Exploration time: 3 hours

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2. The Robber’s Cave

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Daku’s Cave or Gucchu Pani is one of the best places to visit in Dehradun. Located in Anarwala village, 8 km from the main city, this place attracts adventure lovers and couples who want to escape the unbearable heat. This place is famous for its natural caves which are filled with cold water and provide a unique experience. The name of the Robbers’ Cave was given by the British when they came to know that the robbers used to hide at this place after the robbery.

Place: Gukupani, Malsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248003
Exploration time: 3 hours

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3. Lachhiwala

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Surrounded by Sal trees, Lachhiwala is a famous picnic spot located on the Haridwar-Rishikesh Road in Dehradun. Located at a distance of 22 kilometers from the main city, this place has been renamed as “Nature Park”. This place is not only for families, but this place is also famous among trekkers and bird watchers. This place is crowded throughout the year and people can also enjoy the experience of staying in a forest rest house.

Place: Lachhiwala Range, Uttarakhand 248008
Time: 7 am – 6 pm

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4. Pinnacle Fall

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Shikhar Waterfall is one of the most famous picnic spots in Dehradun which is located at a distance of 13 km from the main city. You have to trek through waterfalls and pass through shallow ponds to enjoy seeing different species of birds and insects. This trek is of 1 km which is quite easy to cover even for beginners. It is truly a paradise for nature lovers and photographers.

Place: Kairwaan Gaon, Dumal Gaon, Uttarakhand 248009
Exploration time: 30 minute

things to do

There are many things to do in the city besides sightseeing. If you’re confused about what to do, take a look at these exciting things.

1. Shopping

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For shopaholics, Dehradun is an ideal place to visit and explore the endless shopping options. There are many shopping markets and malls where one can go for shopping. Some of the famous markets in the city are Paltan Bazaar, Indira Market, Pacific Mall and Cross Road Mall.

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2. Golfing

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For golf enthusiasts, Dehradun is one of the many places where they can enjoy a great time playing their favorite game. DSOI Golf Clubhouse is one of the most famous golf clubs of the city located on Vijay Path. Apart from this there are several other smaller golf courses located in the city.

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3. Cycling

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Cycling is one of the common and great activities in Dehradun. The city’s pleasant weather encourages people to cycle and explore the city. The city has complete cycling tracks that start from Rajpur Road and run for at least 20 kilometers on the Old Mussoorie Highway.

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And with just this guide, you are all set to go and visit this small town as soon as summer starts in the country. From natural caves and waterfalls to sightseeing and shopping spots, there are a lot of things to do here. Then what are you waiting for? Plan your quick vacation in Dehradun and enjoy a blissful getaway away from the scorching heat.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dehradun

Are there enough ATMs in Dehradun?

Yes. Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and also a commercial hub. Thus there are many ATMs located across the city which are easily accessible to tourists and residents.

Are there any pubs and bars in Dehradun?

Yes. There are many pubs and bars located in Dehradun city which are open to young people. Compared to the nightlife of Delhi and Mumbai, the nightlife of the city is a bit subdued but still it manages to attract a good crowd.

What are other destinations near Dehradun?

Dehradun is located close to many other attractive attractions like Mussoorie, Chakrata, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Kanatal.


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