Dehradun Travelogue

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Dehradun made me fall in love with travel and writing all over again with its vivid landscape dominated by nature.

One of my most favourites states in India is Uttarkhand as it has a varied landscape full of natural sights that always manage to bring a smile on my face.

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In this story, you will read about Dehradun and what its sights mean to me. From the Forest Research Institute that has the Pathology Museum, Social Forestry Museum, Entomology Museum, Silviculture Museum, Non-Wood Forest Products Museum and Timber Museum to the Rajaji National Park the sights here are varied. This is a unique repository of Shivalik biodiversity, the park is spread over an area of 820 square kilometers and is home to Asian elephants. wild boars, spotted deer, Sambhar, Himalayan Black Bear and over 300 species of birds. Also see the Malsi Deer Park spread over 25 hectares, an ex-situ conservation site for wild animals and Tapkeshwar Temple on the banks of the Asan river.


Must Try Cafes

  • Kalsang Ama Café: check out their pizzas, fries, coffee and desserts.
  • Orchard: for the Thupka, Kothey and Momos.
  • Café De Piccolo: for coffee, waffles and pasta.

Books based in Dehradun

  • Memoir of Dehradun Hardcover by G. R. C. Williams
  • The Everest Hotel by I.Allan Sealy
  • Delhi is Not Far by Ruskin Bond
  • Our Trees Still Grow In Dehra by Ruskin Bond
  • Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

Sightseeing Checklist

  • Robber’s Cave
  • Sahastradhara
  • Forest Research Institute
  • Mindrolling Monastery
  • Tapkeshwar Temple
  • Rajaji National Park
  • Malsi Deer Park
  • Assan Barrage

Read the full story that first appeared as the cover story of Vistara’s Nov-Dec 2020 issue here

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