Trip of 2017 was to Dehradun. I had ample time to explore the whole city. I was there for six days and I visited almost all the tourist spots, malls and theatres. In Dehradun, they call it, ‘been there, doon that.’ Out of all the places I explored in Dehradun, I have selected five which according to me were the places to explore.
It is a must visit place in Dehradun. It is a cave with a waterfall. Why is it called robbers’ cave? I don’t know the history behind the name but it is a must visit place. If you are passing by the city to Mussoorie or other northern cities, you must visit this place and then go ahead. It is one of the best marvels of nature in India. Away from pollution, it will give you the feeling of fulfilment. The beauty of nature will make your soul happy. The water in the cave won’t touch your feet, it will touch your soul.
Tip: visit this place in shorts and slippers or have an extra pair of clothes.
Sahastradhara is basically a waterfall. There is a lot of stuff made around that waterfall. There is a water park which is not maintained properly. A ropeway which won’t excite you. Waterfall will compensate for everything not good. The sound of water will generate peace and positive vibes inside you. The flow of water and cool atmosphere will help you in falling in love with the place. It is an artist’s paradise. They can sit by the fall and sketch or write the poem to describe the beauty of nature.
Tip: take an extra pair of clothes as you may not resist taking a bath under the fall.
F. R. I
Forest Research Institute. It should not be called an institute. It is a huge natural paradise for the students who study there. F. R. I is so beautiful that movies like Lakshya, Student of the year were shot there. It is under control of Indian military and it is very well maintained by them. If it would have been under control of any other body then it would have lost its charm. Words can’t describe its greenery. It is another must visit place in Dehradun. If I am given another chance in life then I will do my studies in that institute.
Tip: visit this place if you have ample time because the museums and the campus will at least take two hours to explain themselves. And if you decide to explore the whole institute then four to five hours will fly away. Have heavy breakfast or lunch before stepping in F. R. I’s huge campus.
It is very different from other temples. It will be a new experience for you if you are unaware of buddha dynasty. They pray in a completely different manner. And you will be introduced to a lot of new concepts related to connecting with the god and making a wish.
Tip: visit this place only if you are interested otherwise it will be a waste of time.
It is a typical mall with a multiplex and a food court (with a lot of popular food chains) on the top floor (fourth floor) and the stores of clothing brands on the three floors below. I am mentioning this as a place to explore because I didn’t expect that kind of a mall in Dehradun. And as I mentioned, there are lot of popular food chains in that mall (almost all). So, if you want to have food from your favourite food chain then Pacific Mall is the place to be at in Dehradun. Moreover, it is a center of attraction for the people with two premium (popular) hotels to stay nearby.
Tip: visit this place only if you are planning to spend two to three days in Dehradun.
I have been there and doon that. If you are planning to visit doon (Dehradun) then keep these places in mind and plan accordingly.
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