Words fail to describe Uttarakhand. Some call it 'heaven on earth' while others call it the abode of Gods'. However one thing is for sure, whoever comes here once is mesmerized forever.
The hills of Uttarakhand have all the ingredients for adventure, packed with excitement and thrill - an unexplored valley, towering peaks, flowing rivers, snow-capped mountains, a splendid combination of flora and fauna and vast tracts of virgin snow. It offers some of the best venues for adventure sports such as skiing, river rafting, canoeing, paragliding and rock climbing.
Founded by Guru Dronacharya, according to the epic of Mahabharata, Dehradun is today one of the most developed cities of India. Situated on the threshold of a world full of adventure, spiritualism and tranquility, amidst the Shivalik ranges, the foothills of Himalayas, and is an entry point into the Garhwal Himalayas. A gateway to the popular hill station of Mussoorie and the pilgrimage centres of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Dehradun boasts of the famous Forest Research Institute and the Indian Military Academy. Doon Valley finds its place between the two most important rivers of India Ganga and Yamuna,. The thump of tuskars of Rajaji national park, the rhymes of water at kempty falls, the silence of snow capped Dhanaulti hills and the bells of aarti of haridwar all add life to the beautiful stretch of the land. The magic of city is felt to be believed and is picturesque with moderate climate and a still many more number of places of tourist interest. The city is well connected by rail and road.
It is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand. It's also a starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the rivers Ganga and the Yamuna. According to legend, the city is supposed to be as old as Varanasi. There are more than 300 temples in the town, which are mostly dedicated to almost every god and goddess.
It serves as a gateway to the Himalayas. The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation. There are many temples, some ancient, some new along the river Ganges. There are a many ashrams and Yoga institutes here.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known for its association with Mahabharata. 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 has derived its name 'Tapkeshwar'. it is believed, Lord Shiva made milk flow from this cave for Ashwathama.
12 Kms. Away from Dehradun towards Hardwar/Rishikesh is a famous temple known as the Laxman Siddh. Legend has it that a sage underwent penance over here. Due to easy accessibility the temple is visited by a large number of people especially on Sundays.
Picnic Spot Places
Mussoorie and kempty falls
Known as the queen of hill stations Mussoorie is located at a height of 2,500 meters in the green Himalayan range. Mussoorie is an excellent respite for tourists and people who want relief from the hot sultry conditions of the plains. Nature has gifted Mussoorie everything which makes a place beautiful. Mussoorie is one hour journey from Dehradun. So, some people come here to spend their week ends. Kempty Falls, located 15kms. from Mussoorie are the biggest attraction of the place. With water cascading down from an altitude of 4,500 feet and splitting further into five cascades it offers a panoramic view.
Unspoilt, unexplored Dhanaulti is as close to nature as can be. Rows of Deodars, vast green meadows and a gentle cool breeze greet you about 30 km from Mussorie beyond Landour. Dhanaulti provides excellent views of the snow capped Himalayan ranges. From Dhanaulti one can take a day trip to Surkhunda Devi about 10 km away. One has to trek for about 2 km to a height of about 3000m which provides a 180 degree view of the mountain ranges from the top.
Tibetan temple, clement town
The World Peace Stupa in Clement town is the largest in the world offering a panoramic aerial view of the city. Surrounded by soft and supple grasslands, this tibetian temple is a must visit place in Dehradun. Bestowed with the state of the art Buddhist statues, a tibetian monastery and shopping hangouts, this stupa is situated in the subtle cantonment area of the city.
Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is situated at a distance of 23 km from Dehradun. This densely forested sanctuary is known for its elephants, barking deer, leopards, sambar and peafowl and a variety of birds. The forest around this region contains 3 sanctuaries, Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla. In the year 1983, the three parks were merged into one and named Rajaji after the great freedom fighter C. Rajagopalachari., it is especially known for its elephant population.. Rajaji is a magnificent ecosystem at the beginning of the vast Indo-Gangetic plains, and has the vegetation of several zones and forest types. It is home to as many as 23 species of mammals and 315 bird species. The park has a implausible safari at Chila stretched across the banks of river Ganga.
Around 14 km from Dehradun is the cold Sulphur water spring. 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 rejuvenate 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.
Malsi Deer Park
It is situated at the foothills of the Shivalik range, about 10 km from Dehradun, 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 Mussoorie can take a break. A mini-zoo with a children's park and lovely natural surroundings do their bit to attract tourists of all age groups.
In 1866, the British turned Chakrata (92km from Dehra Dun) into a cantonment. Located at a height of 2,135m, the place offers an excellent view of the Himalayas.
Situated on the outskirts of the city, is a famous view point. Also known as Guchu Pani, and situated at a distance of eight 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.
It is located in the "Golden Triangle of Uttarakhand" - Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh and is equidistance from all three towns. It's an integrated leisure complex, combining in one place an amusement park, water park club facilities, an overnight stay resort with beautiful cottages, and highway motel-cum-rest stop incorporating multi-cuisine food court and shopping arcade. Amongst the special attraction for children are go-carting, India's longest water slide and the biggest wave pool in North India.
Forest Research Institute
It is the main centre of research and planning in the fields of flora and fauna in India. Established by the British in 1906, the institute is dedicated to the preservation of India's varied and much-threatened flora and fauna. With the Mussorie ridge as its backdrop, the institute is home to six museums that are open to the public on weekdays.
From an intersection along the Chakrata Road, 5 Kms from Clock Tower on General Mahadeo Singh Marg is located the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. The institute houses a unique museum on the Uttaranchal Glaciers.
Indian Military Academy (IMA)
The Indian Military Academy became functional from 1st October 1932 with a course strength of 40 Gentlemen Cadets. Brigadier L. P. Collins, DSO, OBE was the first Commandant. The IMA building in Dehradun is known as Chetwode Building after the name of Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode, who was then the Commander-in-Chief of India. IMA is located at 8 kms on Dehradun-Chakrata road and 3 kms beyond F.R.I.
Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP)
The Indian Institute of Petroleum is located in the beautiful valley of Dehradun situated at the foothills of Himalayas. The Institute was setup in October 1959, as a National Laboratory under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to provide technological backup and to train the cadres required for the petroleum industry.
Founded in 1916, the Zoological Survey of India, 5 kms away on Kaulagarh road, a department under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, is a premier National Institute exploring the faunal diversity of the country. It undertakes surveys in all the biogeographic zones to collect, identify, collate and inventories faunal diversity of our country. The museum of this institute has a variety of Himalayan faunal diversity.
Dehra Dun is located at 675 meters above sea level in the Doon Valley. It is about 250 kms north-east of Delhi and is well connected to the capital by road and rail and now by air. The Doon School nestles in the Doon Valley with the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas to the north and the sal-clothed Shivaliks to the south. On the east and west, the Valley is bound by two of India's most famous rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna. The climate has three main seasons- the summer heat is confined to mid-April, May and June followed by a long wet monsoon from July to September.
School: Spread over 32 acres encircled by over 700 trees, with the Himalayan foothills providing the backdrop and facing the Rispana River, stands the Welham Boys School, Dehra Dun.
Welham Girls School
The school is located in the prime residential area of Dehra Dun. It is equipped with spacious classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories for Science, Computer science and for Home Science, and two well-stocked libraries.
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