Shaheen Bagh (a boutique resort and spa)

Excursions Dehradun

One of the most beautiful places in the country


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. Shaheen Bagh 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.

Shaheen Bagh can also organize Nature Walks, treks and tours on prior request.



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.

Asan Barrage Water Sports :

A water sports has been developed at the Asan Barrage by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam in the year 1994. Asan Barrage was created in 1967 and it is popularly known as Dhalipur Lake. Situated 43 kms from Dehradun on Chandigarh-Shimla highway, the resort offers facilities like water skiing, boating, rowing, kayaking, canoeing etc. Wildlife lovers have an added bonus during the winter season as migratory birds can be seen in the vicinity

Dakpathar :

45 Kms from Dehradun, Dakpathar is a beautiful tourist spot in the western Doon Valley, amidst the Shivalik range. Dakpathar has emerged a wonderful tourist spot under the Yamuna Hydel Scheme. The place is connected by a regular bus service from the Parade Ground and Highway Bus Stand near the Railway Station, Dehradun. Accommodation is available in a Tourist Rest House with swimming pool facilities.

Indian Military Academy :

The Indian Military Academy became functional from 1st October 1932 with a course strength of 40 Gentlemen Cadets. Brigadier L. P. Collins, DSO, OBE was the first Commandant. The first course had on its rolls Sam Manekshaw, Smith Dun and Mohd Musa. All of them later became the Chiefs of the armies of their respective countries namely India, Burma and Pakistan. The course was christened as 'PIONEERS'. The government acquired the estate of the erstwhile Railway College at Dehradun, which had the appropriate buildings and a fairly extensive campus to meet the requirements of the Academy at its birth. The IMA building in Dehradun is known as Chetwode Building after the name of Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode, who was then the Commander-in-Chief of India. IMA is located at 8 kms on Dehradun-Chakrata road and 3 kms beyond F.R.I.

Lachhiwala :

3 Kms from Doiwala and 22 Kms from Dehradun, on the Hardwar/Rishikesh road is Lachhiwala. The serene and blissful spot is famous for its picnic spots. The place also provides accommodation to tourists in the Forest Rest House nestled in the greenery.

Laxman Siddh :

12 Kms. Away from Dehradun towards Hardwar/Rishikesh is a famous temple known as the Laxman Siddh. Legend has it that a sage underwent penance over here. Due to easy accessibility the temple is visited by a large number of people especially on Sundays.

Malsi Deer Park (ZOO):

10 Kms. From Dehradun, enroute Mussoorie is situated a beautifully developed tourist spot lying at the foot hills of the Shivalik range. Malsi Deer Park is a mini-zoological park comprising of a children's park enveloped by beautiful, natural surroundings. Alongwith the attractive environs the availability of refreshments makes the place an ideal sight-seeing cum picnic spot.

Chandrabani Situated 7 Kms from Dehradun on the Dehradun-Delhi road is the famous temple of Chandrabani(Gautam Kund). According to the mythological beliefs, this spot was inhabited by Maharishi Gautam, his wife and daughter Anjani who are widely worshipped by the people.

It is believed that the daughter of heaven-Ganga had manifested herself on this spot which is now popularly known as the Gautam Kund. Every year devotes, in large numbers, take a dip in the holy Kund. 2 Kms away from the main road, located in the mdst of Shivalik hills, the place is a beautiful tourist spot.

Robber's Cave (Guchhupani)

An ideal place for a picnic, Robber's Cave is just 8 Kms away from the City Bus Stand. Local bus services are available upto Anarwala Village, from where it is just a Kilometre's trek to the spot.

Sahastradhara :

Sahasratra Dhara, laterally meaning, the 'thousand fold spring' is situated at a distance of 11 kms. from Dehra Dun. The place makes an ideal picnic spot and is of immense attraction to visitors. The Baldi river and the caves provide a breathtaking view.

The water here has a fall of about 9 metres and leaves an incrustation of lime of all its touches. Particles thus accumulating over the centuries have formed a projecting ledge, and a sort of cave, from the roof of which falls a perpetual shower. There is also a sulphur spring in which visitors often take bath. Its water is said to cure skin infections and possess other medicinal properties.

Sai Darbar:

Situated 8 Kms along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Road, is the Sai Darbar Temple. This place holds a high cultural and spiritual value and is visited by tourists from across the country and foreigners as well.

Tibetan Temple:

Situated on Rajpur Road near the Sai Darbar Temple is a huge and colourful temple of Lord Buddha.

Santala Devi Temple :

About 15 Kms from Dehradun to reach the famous temple of Santaula Devi, one can utilize the bus facilities till Jaitunwala, then it is a 2 Kms drive to Punjabiwala by a jeep or any light vehicle and further it is a 2 kms trek to the temple. The temple stands as a symbol of the faith people have in the temple and has a great cultural and religious significance. Santla Devi, alongwith her brother, on realizing that they would not be able to face the Mughal Army , abandoned their weapons and began to pray. A light flickered and within moments they both were transformed into stone images. It is within the fort that the shrine was built and Saturdays marks the transformation of the Goddess into stone.

Tapkeshawar Temple:

Tapkeshwar Shiv Temple is an ancient place of worship and is situated on the banks of a rivulet, in the Garhi Cantt. Area, 5.5 Kms from the city bus stand, the temple is well connected by road. It is named Tapkeshwar as water droplets, originating from a rock, fall on the Shivling placed in the shrine. People in large numbers participate in the fair organized on the occasion of Shivratri and pay their obeisance to the deity.