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Dotted with tourist attractions, Dehradun is a popular tourist destination of Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal.

Dehradun Tourist Attractions

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple DehradunThe flower-carpeted valley of Dehradun cozily rests on the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, at a height of 2,200 ft. With its Victorian buildings, the place looks like a traditional mural and still radiates the flavor of the British Raj. An acclaimed city of India; its popularity lies on the various academic institutions and research centers that it houses. In addition, being a major gateway to religious places like Haridwar and Rishikesh and located en-route to the hill station of Mussoorie, it is treaded by swarms of tourists every year. Here are some of the major tourist attractions of the place, to be included in sightseeing tours.

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Located at the outskirts of the city, at a distance of 5.5 km from the city centre, this cave temple sprawls on the banks of a seasonal river. It is dedicated to the Hindu Deity 'Shiva' and derives its name from the Hindi Word Tapak, which means 'to drip'. Water naturally drips on the 'shivling' (holy stone) from the ceiling of the cave. According to legends, during the time of the Mahabharata, Lord Shiva made milk flow from this cave for Ashwarthama, son of Rishi Dronacharya.

Forest Research Institute (FRI)
Located to the northwest of the city center, on the Kaulagarh Road, is the vast campus of the Forest Research Institute (FRI). Established by the British in 1906; the institute constantly strives towards the preservation of the various species of India's forest wealth and is one of the best institutes in the world on the science of forestry. The six museums located within its premise house diverse specimens of Indian flora and fauna and remain open for the public on weekdays.

Survey of India
Established in 1767, the office of Survey of India is located at a distance of 4 km from the city centre and forms an important landmark of the place. A repository of ancient maps and documents; it determined the height of Mount Everest, under the initiative of Sir George Everest; the then Surveyor of India. The peak was later named after him. It is a must-visit, especially if you are on the lookout for ancient maps.

Wadia Institute Of Himalayan Geology
One of the best institutes of the country on Himalayan Geology, Wadia Institute conducts various studies and research works on the subject. It also houses a museum that displays the geological diversity of the Indian subcontinent, with its different samples of rocks and semi-precious stones. With the display of the fossils unearthed in the Himalayan region, the institute also throws light on the birth of the Himalayas.

Located around 14 km from the city centre, the cold sulphur spring of Sahastradhara is believed to have healing powers. People visit the place to bathe in the therapeutic waters of the spring and the dripping caves nearby, to get rid of diseases like polio. Many people also bathe here for fun. With its picturesque surroundings and a 9-meter high waterfall, the place also serves as an ideal picnic spot.

Malsi Deer Park
Situated at a distance of 10 km from Dehradun, en-route to Mussoorie, this newly developed park lies on the foothills of the Shivalik mountain range. With its tranquil atmosphere and its collection of deer, neelgai, ducks and rare birds, this sanctuary serves as an ideal tourist spot. People traveling to Mussoorie generally halt here for a short break, before resuming their journey to the Himalayas. The mini-zoo, coupled with a children park, makes it very popular among children.

Shakya Centre
Located at a distance of 12 km to the north of the city centre, lies the famous Tibetan Gompa (temple) known as the 'Shakya Centre'. Embellished with frescos; this Buddhist monastery poses a beautiful sight. There is also a center of Tibetan medicine next to the Gompa. A small settlement of Tibetan people now resides at this place. The serene atmosphere and monks, with their genteel aura, lends this place its unique charm.

Robbers Cave
Famous as 'Guchu Pani' among the locals; the Robbers Cave is an excellent picnic spot located at a distance of 8 km from the city centre and 1 km from the nearby village of Anarwala. At this place, one can witness a strange phenomenon of nature - a stream of water gushes underground and quite mysteriously, re-appears a few meters away. A secluded place surrounded by hills; it becomes a perfect spot for embracing nature's glory.

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