Sprawling mountains and landscapes
One of the most beautiful places in the country, Dehradun is known for its sprawling mountains and landscapes. The capital is Uttarakhand has the beautiful Doon Valley that lies in the foothills of Himalaya and Siwalik Range.
With its natural beauty, Dehradun offers enough to make a traveler stop. While it is popular for the institutions that British left behind, like Forest Research Institute Museum, the Wildlife Institute of India and Indian Military Academy, most people who visit Dehradun and nearby areas are more interested in invigorating themselves.
The main Dehradun in itself is a hectic city, with a lot of hustle-bustle. But if you want luxury or budget resort in Dehradun, you should opt for places in the vicinity. Nauka Hills Resort is one such place. Located outside the major locations of Dehradun, it is well-connected to the city and areas like Mussoorie and Himachal Pradesh. At the same time, it is far enough to keep you away from the commotion of cities.
People Group Things to Do in Dehradun and Other Areas
Paltan Bazaar :
Running south from the South Tower, Paltan Bazaar is a funky marketplace where you can enjoy the culture of Dehradun. It is relatively traffic-free, but mostly crowded. Shop cheap clothing, souvenirs and trekking gears from this place.
Survey of India Museum :
This is the place where you can some of the best designed instruments for mapping India in the 19th century. Here, you can find brass transits and scopes along with a variety of other items. However, the museum isn’t open to public and you will have to contact the Surveyor General’s office for permission to visit.
Mindrolling Monastery :
Buddhist community thrives in Dehradun. If you are interested in exploring the religion and way of life, then this monastery is the place to be. The Great Stupa here is one of the tallest in the world. Everything in this monastery is designed to be grand. So, there’s a 35-high gold statue of Buddha, which is dedicated to Dalai Lama.
Forest Research institute Museum :
Larger than the Buckingham Palace in London, this museum is best known for its beautiful building. It is a grand remnant of the British Raj. This is the place where most Indian forest officers are trained. The place has stunning Mughal towers with Roman columns and elegant cloisters and formed arches. It also features several beautiful paintings.
Ram Rai Darbar:
Enjoy free communal lunches and explore Sikhism at this place. The unique mausoleum is for Ram Rai, the son of seventh Sikh guru, Har Rai. The place has four smaller tombs for Rai’s four wives.
Several other places to visit nearby:
For instance, there’s Malsi Deer Park, which is a beautifully developed tourist spot. Then, there’s Rajaji National Park that has a magnificent eco-system. You can request the resort to provide you further information about major places of interest in and around the region.
Bird Watching in Dehradun
Bird Watching in Dehradun or Birding is an activity that a lot of people enjoy in Dehradun. The place is perfect for recreational observation of birds.
The area starting River Ganges to the east and River Yamuna to the west is perfect for watching birds in their natural habitats. Nauka Hills Resort has places like Asan Barrage located not too far, where you can enjoy birding experiences. Rajaji National Park is another place that’s accessible through the resort where you can go and enjoy some fun time observing birds.
In Dehradun valley, the best time to explore birds from autumn to winter when a number of migratory birds from Pale arctic and Upper Himalayan region gather here. Spring to Post-Monsoon is the period to watch local residents. Currently, over 400 species of birds can be seen in this valley, while over 600 birds can be observed in the surrounding hills.
Some of the best places for Bird Watching
Located 20 km from Dehradun, Karvapani forest is a dense Sal Forest with beautiful fresh water springs. The lush green beauty of this place makes it perfect for migratory birds throughout the year. The forest is rich in wildlife.
Rajaji National Park and Asan Barrage :
The un-spoilt National Park and forest is a tiger reserve and features over 200 leopards. This place is also known for its wild elephants. Asan Barrage is a region that’s located 28 km off Dehradun and is flanked by Yamuna River. The place is a haven for bird-watchers.
Just 22 km from Dehradun is Lachhiwali, a picnic spot that’s popular amongst sightseers and bird watchers in the country.
The modern forest of Thano is popular among birdwatchers. The place has stunning biodiversity and enchanting landscapes. The relatively unexplored birding area is perfect for treks and hikes as well.
We all love to go for picnics with family and friends during our holidays. A picnic brings about excitement, exhilaration and breaks the monotony in our daily lives. Tracking on the mountains reaching the tons river. Dipping feet in the water or throwing pebbles. Spending time enjoying the cool breeze is fun.