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Ideal duration: 1-2 days
Best time: Throughout the year
Nearest Airport: Dehradun
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Nestled amidst the Doon Valley in the state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is a very popular hill station that beckons solo travellers, families and couples alike. Proudly boasting of a scenic backdrop of the Garhwal Himalayas, Dehradun is located at an altitude of 1400 feet above sea level and has a pleasant climate all year round. Regardless of whether you want to explore family-friendly tourist spots, try thrilling adventure activities with your friends, or watch a mesmerizing sunset with your partner amidst the mountains, Dehradun is the answer.
As you would expect from a city located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun abounds in caves, waterfalls and natural springs. One such extremely popular spot is Robber's Cave, which is a natural cave surrounded by hills. Dip your feet in the ice-cold water or walk through it - travellers are free to take their pick, making Robber's Cave one of the most popular picnic and excursion spots in the city. Another popular spot for nature lovers is Lacchiwala, where you can sit and enjoy a relaxing sunset around the man-made lake and the lush greenery around it. Lacchiwala also has arrangements for trekking and birdwatching, if you're up for it.
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One of the underrated destinations of India, Dehradun is a beautiful place and an escape from reality with a soft spot for nature lovers like myself. This first week of April, I went to Dehradun for the second time with my friends and it was just picture perfect. The weather was cool enough to provide relief from the sizzling heat of Delhi and act as a natural air conditioner. This is one of the places where I could just chill and hang out with my friends by the lake instead of visiting a million spots. The only place we visited was the Forest Research Institute and we're actually glad because it was THE place for the nature lovers, science geeks and for bomb instagrams if I say so myself. Since we were on a budget -like all students usually are- we chose to live in cabins for about 4-5 days and the whole trip cost us under 5K per person! May I say perfect?
Dehradun is a traveller’s delight for a number of reasons. Start with Buddha temple and Sahastra Dhara and have lunch at the cafes around. Put aside some hours to explore the famous Forest Research Institute. Shop at Paltan Bazar and enjoy the delicacies at Kumar Sweet after seeing the Clock Tower. The Ellora’s Bakery and the Riverstone Cottages are also a good option to treat your palate. March-June is the busiest period here.
To explore the real beauty of Dehradun, try walking around this compact town instead of hiring a cab or going by bus. A walk through this town requires approximately half an hour. If you are a bookworm, then make sure to visit Book World and The English Book Depot. Although the places near Dehradun such as Haridwar and Rishikesh are dry, you will find several bars here. If you are looking for satisfactory hotels, try looking around Rajpur Road. There is no dearth of food joints and apart from local cuisine, you can also find Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Maggi Point and Cafe Coffee Day here. Once here, do visit Haridwar, Mussoorie and Rishikesh.
Well connected by rail, road, and air. Acts as a connecting hub for a lot of places in Uttarakhand.
Congested in peak seasons. Expensive for budget travelers. Not much to do within the city.
People who want a break from the humdrum of the mundane routines. People visiting farther places in Uttarakhand can make a night stop here or take rentals from Dehradun.