Tourist attractions in Dehradun: Dehradun is a modern and one of the youngest cities in India built and planned after independence. Tourist attractions in Dehradun do not lie in ancient historical monuments. The city boasts of its amazing architecture and landscape that is undoubtedly a treat to eyes.
The brilliance of modern architecture has created a quite a few tourist attractions in Dehradun. The city stands aloof at the foothills the Shivalik ranges. Landscaped green patches and tree-lined boulevard compliment the neat rectilinear residential quarters.
Among the Tourist attractions in Dehradun, following are important:
At an altitude of 1370 m from the sea level and almost 15 km away from Mussoorie, you will have the opportunity to see one of the finest waterfalls in India. From a great height water cascades down a hill and dives straight into a plunge pool. A narrow winding stair will lead you to the plunge pool and the view of the waterfall from the very bottom is breathtaking. There is dense vegetation in the area and you will surely love the rippling cascade.
Sir George Everest was the first Surveyor General of India and it was after him that the highest mountain peak in the world was named. He lived at Park Estate and both the laboratory and the building still stand. The place offers a picturesque view of the Doon Valley. The snow bound Himalayan range and the beautiful Yamuna valley is just the perfect place for adventure sports like trekking and leisure tours like picnic.
Built in the year 1939, Lakshman Jhula has turned out to be the chief attraction of Rishikesh. The bridge is made of iron but it is completely suspended. If you walk in the middle of the bridge you will find the bridge swaying mildly. You can not simply ignore the beauty of the surroundings. There is also another similar suspended bridge called Ram Jhula. These two beautiful suspended bridges are two hot destination in Rishikesh.
On the bank of river Ganga, hundreds of people come here every day to take a dip in the holy river. The gentle murmur of the river is very fascinating. In the evening you will find thousands to people sitting on the bank to watch the religious function called "Arati" conducted during evening every day. The place is peace personified. You will not even notice when it has become dark. Time will seem to fly past you.
Just one hour drive from Rishikesh uphill is the Vasishtha Goofa where famous saint Vasishtha meditated on the banks of the Ganges. The cave is very peaceful and is indeed a perfect place for meditation. Rishikesh is also famous for its hiking trails and white water rafting. This is one tour that you will remember for a long time.
Just 6 km away from the city of Haridwar, this temple is situated atop a mountain on the bank of river Ganga. Neel Parvat (Blue Mountain) as the mountain is called, is just a 3 km trek from Chandighat. In the Hindu mythology, Goddess Chandi symbolizes power. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess who it is believed killed a demon. Although you can climb the hill, there is also a ropeway for the not so strong visitors.
Har Ki Pauri ghat is the prime tourist attraction of Haridwar. This wonderful riverside bank was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is said that all the sins that a mortal commits are washed out by bathing at this river-bank. In the evening just when the Sun is about to go down below the horizon, priests perform the religious rite on the bank of the river. This is extremely scenic and people join in the devotional song. After the ritual is over, small candles are floated on the river. The place looks enchanting. The atmosphere is very peaceful and you will surely love it.
This Bird Sanctuary is located on the major Ganges river (or Neel Dhara) at the Bhimgoda Barrage. Situated at a distance of 3.5 km from Haridwar, it is a paradise for bird watchers and home to numerous migratory birds during the winter season.
It is a ropeway used to reach the Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Shrines. It offers a quicker and easier approach to visit the temples and a picturesque sight of River Ganges and Haridwar.