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Places Near Dehradun

There are a host of tourist places near Dehradun. You can visit Badrinath (314 kms), Auli (approximately 273 km) and Chakrata (98 kms) from here. Other closer getaways include:

Mussoorie, the highly popular north Indian hill resort is 34 kms from Dehradun. In the evenings, the lights on the hills of Mussoorie can be seen from the valley.

About 8 kms from Dehradun is Robber’s Cave, also known as Guchhu Pani. A popular picnic spot, the cave is reached after a kilometer trek up the hills. Here, waters of a spring vanish underground and reappear some distance away.

For wildlife enthusiasts Malsi Deer Park, situated on the outskirts of Dehradun, is another place that is a must-see. A zoological garden, it is home to a large number of deer, which include the Indian antelope a.k.a. Nilgai and the two-horned deer. You can also enjoy watching a variety of birds here. One of the most famous pilgrim places near Dehradun is the Tapkeshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Apart from that Santala Devi Temple is about 15 kms from the city. Visit Roorkee and Saharanpur are two major north Indian towns very close to Dehradun (approximately 71 kms and 70 kms respectively). While Roorkee is famous for its Engineering College established in 1847 and now declared a University, Saharanpur is well known for its woodcarving. Once a summer retreat of the Mughals and an army base for the British, Saharanpur is also an important source of fruits supplied to the whole of north India. You can also pick up great furniture from here.

Rishikesh (approvimately 44 kms) and Haridwar (approximately 54km), on the banks of the Ganga, are religious sites for Hindus. The Beatles came here in search of succour in the 1970s, Hindus come here in search of salvation and to immerse the ashes of their dead, tourists from the West flock here even today on a spiritual journey, to practice yoga and meditate at the many ashrams in these holy towns. Both places are no more than an hour and a half's drive from Dehradun.

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