Nestled between the Himalayan foothills to the North and the Shivaliks to the South, Dehradun offers a breathtaking scenery to its visitors. It is situated at an altitude of 1400 ft in the Doon Valley between two of the most important rivers in India, the Ganga and Yamuna. Dehradun is also known widely known as the ‘City of Schools’ or the ‘School Capital of India’ as it plays home to various renowned educational institutions which is also one reason why it sees a host of visitors every year. Dehradun is also a beautiful location for a holiday trip involving outdoor activities like picnic and trekking along its beautiful open spaces.
Although Dehradun sees a large number of visitors, it doesn’t have a huge array of accommodation establishments. There are no 5 star hotels yet although there are a few high end luxurious hotels in Mussoorie which is about 34 km uphill of Dehradun. You could check the list of hotels of Oyo rooms in Dehradunor simply take a stroll down Rajput road where most of the hotels are lined up in a stretch. Although there are plenty of auto rickshaws and buses available for you to get around the city and the cheapest mode of transport for you would be a shared auto-rickshaw, the best way to explore Dehradun is by foot. Since it is a compact place, you will be able to complete your tour around town in 30 minutes without stopping by for long. However if you wish to have a more detailed look around here are some places you should have a look at.
Kalinga War Memorial– This unique one of a kind war memorial located in Sahastradhara road is the only war memorial of its kind in the whole world where a memorial has been erected by one side to honour the opponent or the foe. The British erected this war memorial to honour their foes, the Gurkhas (or the Gorkhas).
The Char Siddhs– A group of small temples around Dehradun namely – Lakshman Siddh, Kalu Siddh, Manak Siddh and Madu Siddh are together called the Char Siddhs. These small temples built around beautiful scenic view runs along a belief that visiting all four Siddhs in a single day will fulfill a devotee’s wish.
The Museum– This huge museum with lavish environs is one of the largest forest institutes anywhere in the world. The place is filled with collections of the rarest artefacts related to the origin, development and sustenance of mankind on earth. Admissions are free and the place is always packed with people.
Markets– Take a stroll around markets like Paltan Bazaar, Balakram market and Indra market and shop for various locally made garments and accessories. You will also find some of the latest trends of street wear in these markets.
Rajpur Road– From international food chains to normal Indian stalls selling street food from all across India, to spending your night in one of the hotels, Rajpur place is one place you cannot avoid going during your stay in Dehradun.
There are all these and many other places to visit in Dehradun which you will only get to see and experience only after you really visit this beautiful place!
Dimpy Roy is a travel writer working with an Online Travel Guide. She guides travelers to various resources where they can find best Oyo rooms in Dehradun and choose the best one.