Dehradun is one of the most important cities of India, not just because of its proximity to loved sites like Mussoorie and religious shrines like Haridwar but also because of the sights and places it has of its own to offer. It is not very far from the Capital city of Delhi and thus a favorite among travelers when planning a quick one day local sightseeing tour.
With its merry people, growing economy and ample explorations of tourism, Dehradun has cemented its place as an important tourist spot in India, frequented by people from all over the world. Dehradun should be on top of every traveler’s list in India.
It is one the oldest cities in India and shines-like a pearl atop some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world- that of the Himalayan ranges. The city is also known as the city of Drona owing to its associations with the great mythological character of Guru Dronacharya.
Package Glimpse of one day Dehradun local sightseeing tour
The ideal time to plan a trip to Dehradun is from March to June as the weather is perfect, neither too hot nor too cold. You will be exploring Dehradun in our private cabs, which are luxurious and have all amenities that you would need.
As a part of the One Day Dehradun local sightseeing tour package, we will be visiting the Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Zonal Museum, Robber’s Cave, Forest Research Institute, Indian Military Academy, Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple and Rajpur Road
In your one day Dehradun city tour, you must take time out to visit the Tibetan Buddhist temple. Dehradun is a diverse town and hosts people from all over the country, mostly because of its forest and military occupation based services. However, Dehradun has also sheltered one of the most prolific yet neglected Tibetan communities of India.
The Tibetan Buddhist temple is located in Clement Town and is frequented by several international and Buddhist visitors. It is famous because of the vivid and larger than life structures one can see there but it is also visited because of the holy school of Tibetan religion. It is rare to find such an amalgamation of devotion and learning, precisely what the aesthetics and constructions of this temple offers to the onlooker.
The temple, built in Japanese architectural style is as recent as the 1960s and was built to protect Tibetan culture, history and religion. The stupa is 220 feet tall and is believed to be the largest stupa in all of Asia, built in Buddhist style.
There is also a spectacular 130ft Buddha sculpture and in addition, there are several beautiful paintings that dawn the walls of the interiors of the temple. The temple has several floors with statues of Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava.
- Must See / Things to Do: Climb up to the topmost floor as it is famous and visited widely for the majestic view of the Dehradun valley that it offers.
2. Zonal Museum
The Zonal museum visit is a must-see on your one day Dehradun tour by car. Located within the Anthropological Survey of India for which Dehradun is famous, the collection is the key to understanding the central and western Himalayas cultures and anthropologies.
The museum is located on Haridwar Road and is not very far from the major locations. It offers a glimpse into the ways and world of mankind and helps us understand our development. The museum was opened in 1971 and has been receiving a plethora of visitors ever since.
In a city like Dehradun, cradling amidst the gigantic Himalayan ranges and human civilization, a historic exploration becomes all the more important. The museum specializes in a variety of human sciences and explorations, like forestry. It also studies agriculture, space exploration, and oceanography.
A visit during your tour to this location is a must and will add to the educational results of your trip especially when with young kids full of curiosity.
- Must See / Things to Do:The space and oceanography parts of the museum are especially interesting so don’t miss out on these.
Located eight kilometers from the center of Dehradun, the Robber’s cave is a very popular tourist destination. In your one day Dehradun sightseeing tour by private car, one must take time to visit this beautiful creation of nature. This cave, locally known as Gucchupani, is extremely unique as it is formed by five hundred meters of indent in the Himalayan ranges.
The Himalayan ranges are famous for their majestic expanses and thus, such a pool of water and liberation works like an oasis in the middle of the hot city life of Dehradun and is thus, frequently visited. The cave is about ten meters long and is made up of the very vital mineral of conglomerate limestone.
Located in the village of Aranwala, this abundance of natural wealth is a must see for all nature enthusiasts as it explores nature and its majesty. The place offers several trekking experiences and also works as a delightful picnic spot for visitors.
A short journey outside of central Dehradun and lo behold, you find yourself amidst the clear waters from the mountains, composed of the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna that is proximal to the city. The best time to visit the location is during monsoons, many locals also believe the place and its rocks to have medicinal value.
- Must See / Things to Do:Take part in one of the trekking experiences offered here.
The Forest Research Institute is one of the oldest and the most premier institutes of its kind in the country today. It is a part of the Indian Council for Forestry Research and should also mandatorily be a part of your Dehradun local sightseeing tour.
It was built and formed by the British and is built in the Greco-Roman architectural style. It has a vast collection of collectibles and artifacts, so much so that it has created six self-sufficient museums of its own. Across the two thousand acres of luxurious green expanses, visitors are often seen taking long serene walks.
The Botanical Garden located on campus is also a major tourist attraction; many of them celebrate small picnics in the tranquillity of the best of nature and environment. Some of the world’s best forest museums are located on the forest research institute’s campus, all available to visiting tourists at very affordable rates.
The museums specialize in branches like social forestry, pathology, silviculture, timber, non-wood forest products and entomological studies. The Dehradun valley is a symbol of natural harmony and glory and thus visits to places such as this become essential in your trip, the FRI is a must see the place for all.
- Must See / Things to Do:Spend some time in the expansive, serene lawns and enjoy a quiet picnic here.
The majestic Tapkeshwar temple should be a part of your Dehradun sightseeing package as it enables a cultural understanding and most importantly because the location is a treat to the eyes. The temple has strong religious anecdotes and history attached to it.
It is believed that it derives its name from the water droplets of the surrounding river that keep dropping systematically on the Shiva linga, the place of worship in the temple. The mandir is also said to have originally belonged to Guru Dronacharya from the famous Indian mythology of Mahabharata. The cave where the droplets occur is thus also known as Drona cave.
Keeping in tune with the several religious shrines of Uttarakhand, this temple is revered greatly as well and visitors from all across the city, state and the country come to take blessings.
The temple campus also comprises of several sulfur hot springs which seem to be of medicinal value and thus add to reasons why one must visit the temple. During the festival of Shivratri, large festivities of fun, frolic, and religion are planned in and around the temple.
- Must See / Things to Do:The beautiful sulphur springs are a great place to relax by.
6. Rajpur Road
Finally, in your Dehradun one day tour package, you can include a visit to Rajpur Road, the most populated and visited areas of Dehradun. It is full of several shopping complexes and cafes that one can visit to enjoy the hill-top view with. The visitors can try several street special menus and dishes at affordable prices and also buy souvenirs for their loved ones.
Dehradun is very famous for its bakeries, some of which are a must-see for foodies across the world. Some of the best momos and Tibetan food can be tried and tested in Dehradun because of its large and well organized Tibetan markets.
- Must See / Things to Do:Do visit the Kalsang Ama Cafe for their awesome cuisine!
Thus, because of its rich history, expanses of the most luscious and beautiful greenery, serene cafes and extravagant temples, Dehradun makes up for a great and comfortable trip outside of the hassle of city life and is a place everyone should visit to find tranquillity.