The best things to do in Dehradun run the whole gamut, from clandestine caves, resounding waterfalls, verdant forests and adventure sports, to temples, museums, wildlife sanctuaries and tribal bazaars. Dehradun in Uttarakhand is a tourist destination off the beaten path. Marvel at the grandeur and architecture of the massive Forest Research Institute, dedicated to the study of forestry. Make a trip to Zonal Anthropological Museum and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. The latter is a premier institute dedicated to the palaeontology and glaciology. Pay your respects at the scenic Tapkeshwar Temple, situated on the banks of Asan River; the Mindrolling Monastery, which is a result work of 50 talented artists at work, and the Guru Ram Raj Gurudwara, which is the epitome of Islamic and Hindu architectural harmony. However, one of Dehradun’s most sought-after travel attractions is the Guchhupani/Robber’s Cave. A river flows inside this spectacular cave. Take a safari through the Rajaji National Park, home to the tiger and elephant. Visit the cascading Sahastradhara waterfall, whose water is touted to have healing powers. Enjoy the man-made pools at Lacchiwala. Engage in keen bird-watching at Asan Barrage, Dhalipur Lake.
The area is a sanctuary for many endangered bird species. Shop woollens and Doon Rice, besides the regular wardrobe necessities, at Paltan Bazar. Get educated about the oil and gas value chain and better automobile fuel options at Subir Raha Oil Museum. Bicycle your way through the pretty MDDA Park and the scenic Malsi Deer Park, which is a mini-zoo. Dehradun is close to many hill stations, including Mussoorie. Some of its other neighbours are Rishikesh and Haridwar. Dehradun is perhaps best known as a hiking and trekking destination, but is offers a plethora of other thrilling outings such as paragliding, hot balloon riding, rappelling and kayaking. Dehradun also boasts a very unique cuisine, which takes inspiration from Tibetan and North Indian food culture. You must try Chilli Momos at Kalsang, Soup at Singh Soup Bar, Poori Thaali at Chetan Poori Waala and Milk Rusks from Standard Bakery. The best things to do in Dehradun are not simply done, but tasted, felt, breathed and imbibed.