Assan Barrage

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Assan Barrage, Dehradun Overview

An amazing place bustling with life, the richness of nature and beauty, Assan Barrage is a bird lover's paradise and a naturalists' heaven with its artificial lake attracting thousands of birds of varied species. Assan Barrage was formed due to the confluence of two great rivers of Uttarakhand _ã_ Assan and Yamuna River. The area created by their confluence is today a place full of life, biodiversity and the most unique bird population in the world.

Assan Barrage attracts thousands of birds of hundreds of species every year to its waters among which are some of the most rare and endangered bird species in the world. Located 32 km west of the city of Dehradun, Assan barrage is a wonderful place to be one with nature and bask in its infinite glory. The place buzzes with life and as such is a paradise for all the bird lovers out there. It is also popularly known as Dhaulipur Lake and is thronged by tourists and students alike who come to marvel at its beauty and bird life.

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Except for the monsoons (August-September) the place is fit for traveling all year round. The weather is very pleasant in this region allowing one to comfortably enjoy one's exploration and sightseeing. If traveling during winters than you will have to protect yourself with some layers of woolens as the temperatures drop down pretty low in this part of country. The Doon Valley of which Assan barrage is a part looks marvelous all year round.

Travelling within the city is largely on foot or by car.

Dehradun should be the preferred location for staying. The city has great accommodation options suiting all budget sizes.

Travel to Assan Barrage for one of the best experiences for photography and wildlife.

One can buy beautiful handmade woolen clothing items such as pashminas, shawls, stoles, scarves and throws in the city's most popular market Paltan bazaar.

The experience of watching thousands of birds of hundreds of species converge at one spot with all their beauty and color is just out of worldly.

For a decent night time entertainment head to Rajpur Road which has many great bars offering great entertainment.

Try out some amazing Garhwali and Kumauni cuisines such as aloo ke gutke, gahat, chainsoo and kaapa.

Nanking Restaurant, Moti Mahal, Lhasa and The Orchid.

Once you reach Dehradun, head to the Assan Barrage. There isn't much of an itinerary that you need to stick to here, except to enjoy an unparallel bird watching experience.

Leave early in the morning for the Barrage from Dehradun to encounter some rare bird life as well as to avoid traffic.

  • Air: Dehradun has its own airport which connects it to the rest of the country. Flights come in daily from all the major cities in the country. One can easily get a cab for Assan barrage or catch a bus from the airport.

  • Rail: The city has its rail head which connects it to the country. Trains from all parts of the country terminate at Dehradun. Cabs are easily available for Assan Barrage outside the railway station.

  • Road: Assan Barrage lies 32 km west of Dehradun and is well connected by a highway that goes towards Poanta Sahib. Public and private buses ply regularly connecting Dehradun to Assan Barrage.


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