Unexplored Places Near Dehradun
Uttarakhand’s capital, Dehradunis located right in the lap of nature. Situated in the foothills of Himalayas, Dehradun is the idyllic getaway for a perfect holiday. However, owing to its popularity, Dehradun is becoming a tad bit crowded. So we’ve collated a list of hidden marvels that you can explorein the vicinity of Dehradun.
Mussoorie is popularly known as the ‘queen of hills’. This famous hill station in Uttarakhand is apeaceful summer retreat. It has incalculable hidden jewels such as Sir George Everest House (the famed man after whom Mt. Everest is named), Kempti Falls, Gun Hill – the second highest peak in the city after LalTibba. Another place that you must visit is the famed Jwalaji Temple. Families can also enjoy boating at Lake Mussoorie.
Located at a distance of 32 km from Dehradun, Dhanaulti is a quaint hill town nestled amidst the lofty peaks of Himalayas. It is loaded with various fascinating tourist places. One such place is the Surkanda Devi Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Sitting atop a hill, the temple requires you to trek for about 1.5 km. It is revered by Hindu pilgrims. You can also visit the Eco Park, which has been developed and maintained by the state’s Forest Department and houses two sections – Ambar&Dhara offering panoramic view of the adjoining hills. The picturesqueBarehipani and Joranda Falls, which are situated in the Simlipal National Park, are stunning too.
Nestled in the valleys of Uttarakhand, is the cantonment town of Chakrata. Located 87.7 km away from Dehradun, it can be reached via Mussoorie. It has numerous attractions such as the famous Tiger Falls, the Karst (limestone) topography at Budher, the temple complex at Lakhamandal, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and associated with the Pandavas. If you are a bit of a history buff, then you must also visit Kalsi, which is home to the Ashokan Rock Edict in Pali.
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Rishikesh is a famous pilgrimage hub in India. With numerous sacred sites such as Lakshman Jhula, Ganga Aarti, Kaudiyala and Raghunathji Temple, it is thronged by swarms of tourists from all across the country. However, there’s much more to this quaint town than religious tourism. Adventure lovers will be pleased by the variety of activities that take place in this town – river rafting, mountain biking, camping and bunjee jumping.
A religious pilgrimage and photographer’s delight, Haridwar is one such location in Uttarakhand that is a must visit. From beautiful evening aartis to mesmerizing view of the Ganges, travellers enjoy every moment spent here. A short drive away from Rishikesh, this destination is usually crowded with tourists from all over the world. While you’re on a vacation to Uttarakhand, don’t forget to visit this holy city that comes alive during the evenings.
Situated barely 78 km away from Dehradun, Kanatal is a destination with miles of solitude around. It is enclosed by scenic mountains and rivers and is an adventure enthusiast’s delight. Camping & trekking are some of the main attractions for the tourists. You can also make a trip to the nation’s tallest damn- the Tehri Dam built on the Tehri Lake, which is known for its boating activities. Completely unfazed by any kind of human intrusion, Kanatal is a refreshing place for some quiet time. For nature lovers and budding photographers, another great alternative is the dense wilderness and the natural springs of the Kodia Jungle.