Friday, 23 March 2012

Dehradun - Abode of Drona

Quick Facts
Situated in: Uttaranchal 
Also Known As: Abode of Drona
Main Attractions: Tapowan, Tapkeshawar Temple, Chandrabani, Sai Darbar Temple, Tibetan Temple, Robber's Cave, Malsi Deer Park, Sahastradhara, Laxman Siddh and Santala Devi Temple
Suitable Time To Visit: November to March

Whether you are an adventure seeker, a discerning traveller or looking for a spiritual journey, Dehradun offers almost everything as per your choice. Commonly known as the 'Abode of Drona', Dehradun is a hill station, serving as the capital of newly created state of Uttarakhand. Situated in the Great Indian Himalayan ranges, the charming city draw a large number of tourists from India and foreign countries as well. An ancient city, Dehradun finds its description in Ashoka's inscriptions dating back to 250 BC, even today can be seen outside the city.

The city remained an important centre for Garhwal rulers, later on the British captured the area and developed it as a hill resort. Besides a hill resort, Dehradun also houses the headquarters of several National Institutes and Organizations, namely ONGC, Forest Research Institute and Survey of India. Dehradun is also home to some of India's noted educational and training institutes like Indian Military Academy, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) and Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC).

Dehradun has its own domestic airport, Jolly Grant Airport (25 km), which is served by flights from Delhi. Dehradun Railway Station in connected by trains to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other parts of the country. National Highways, State Highways and good roads connect Dehradun with rest of the country.

For accommodation, plenty of good hotels are available in the town of Dehradun. You may stay in hotels or guest houses, as per your requirements and budget.

Any trip to Dehradun is incomplete without some shopping activities. The shops at Dehradun sell traditional handicrafts, which you can buy as souvenirs for family members, relatives or friends.

Major Attractions in Dehradun
Tapowan: Tapowan is situated on the Dehradun - Rajpur Road, about 5 km from the city bus stand. Set amidst the picturesque surroundings, Tapowan carries an interesting legend linked to Guru Dronacharya.

Tapkeshawar Shiv Temple: Tapkeshawar Shiv Temple is an Dehradun Tourismancient place of worship in the Garhi Cantt. Area, just 5 kms away from city bus stand. This temple can be easily reached by road. During the occasion of Maha Shivratri devotes throng the temple to participate in the fair and pay their obeisance to the presiding deity.

Chandrabani: Chadrabani Temple (Gautam Kund) lies at a distance of 7 km from Dehradun. According to a legend this place was inhabited by Maharishi Gautam, his wife and daughter who are even today worshipped by the people. Every year thousands of devotees visit this temple to take a holy dip in the sacred Kund.

Forest Research Institute: A forest based training institute in India, Forest Research Institute is located 7 km away from Clock Tower on the Dehradun - Chakrata road. Established in 1906, the Forest Research Institute is one of the oldest institutes of its kind in the world and highly acclaimed worldover. The research institute houses a Botanical Museum, which you can visit.

Indian Military Academy: Indian Military Academy (IMA) is situated at a distance of 8 kms from the city centre. A government owned premier training institute for Army Officer, the Indian Military Academy is functional from 1st October 1932. Here you can see War Memorial, Museum, Library. Shooting Demonstration Room, 18 holes Golf Course and Arms and ammunition.

Sai Darbar Temple: Sai Darbar Temple is 8 km away from the city centre along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Road. The temple due to high cultural and spiritual importance draws large number of tourists and devotees.

Tibetan Temple (Buddha Temple): Adjacent to Sai Darbar Temple is the Tibetan Temple, dedicated to Lord Buddha.

Robber's Cave (Guchhupani): The Robber's Cave is a perfect picnic spot, situated 8 kms away from the bus terminal. To visit Robber’s Cave you need to take bus up to Anarwala village and further a trek of one kilometre to reach this spot.

Malsi Deer Park: Malsi Deer Park is a well developed mini-zoological park, just 10 km from Dehradun. The park also has a children's park flanked by splendid natural surroundings.

Sahastradhara: Sahastradhara is located 11 kms away from Dehradun, popular as a picnic spot. The 9 mts high waterfall, the River Baldi and caves provide a spectacular sight to the place. The Sulphur spring is another attraction at Sahastradhrana, people believe that the water of the spring possess medicinal properties and cure skin infections.

Laxman Siddh: Laxman Siddh is a famous temple about 12 kms away from Dehradun. People visit this temple in large numbers, especially on Sundays.

Santala Devi Temple: Santala Devi Temple is situated Dehradun Tourismat a distance of 15 kms from Dehradun. A place of religious and cultural significance, the temple draws people from far and near places.

Asan Barrage Water Sports Resort: Asan Barrage Water Sports Resort has been developed by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam in 1994. Also known as Dhalipur Lake, this resort is situated on Chandigarh - Shimla highway. Here you can enjoy water sports like water skiing, rowing, kayaking, boating, canoeing etc. During the winters you can see large number of avian species, especially migratory birds here.

Rajaji National Park: Established in 1966, the Rajaji National Park spreads over an area of 820 sq. kms. Set in a lush green valley of Shivalik ranges, the park houses a wide range of floral and faunal species including 23 species of mammals and 315 bird species.

Rishikesh: Often referred to as the 'place of sages', Rishikesh is a spiritual town, located 24 kms away from Haridwar. In addition to a pilgrimage destination, Rishikesh is also an ideal destination for people who are interested in yoga and meditation. For adventure seekers Rishikesh offers adventure options like trekking and rafting. Major tourist attractions of Rishikesh include the Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhoola, Raghunath Temple, Ashrams and Yoga Centres.

Mussoorie: A famous hill station of north India, Mussoorie is located at a distance of 34 kms from Dehradun. Popularly known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', Mussoorie has the attractions, namely Camel's back road, Mussoorie Lake, Gun hill, Kempty Fall and Vinod Mountain Quail Sanctuary.

Haridwar: One of the major pilgrimage centres of India, Haridwar is situated at a distance of 45 kms from Dehradun. Hardiwar is the gateway to Chardham (four pilgrimage destinations) of Uttarakhand and has the tourist attractions like Har ki Pauri ghats, Mansa Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple and Bharat Mata Temple.