Dehradun

5 Things To Do In Dehradun To Check Off Your Bucket List

Written By: Mehrosh Shamim

Whether you are a nature lover, adventure enthusiast, history, buff, or someone seeking tranquility, this charming city has something for everyone. From exploring ancient temples and lush greenery to embarking on thrilling tracks and indulging in mouthwatering local cuisine, Dehradun offers an unforgettable experience. So, fast and your seatbelt has been back on a journey to discover some of the most exciting things to do in Dehradun.

1. Paragliding 

2. Camping

3. Shopping at Tibetan Market

4. Trekking at Rupin Pass

5. Go Birdwatching at Asan Barrage

1. Paragliding

 

Paragliding is one of the most thrilling activities in Dehradun. Views of Doon Valley and Dehradun's Deep Valley can be seen from here. Paragliding in Dehradun is done under the supervision of a licensed pilot and lasts between 8 and 20 minutes, depending on the package you choose. It takes you from above 4,000 feet to enjoy an aerial look.

Tip: Before and after the activity, avoid consuming heavy foods or alcoholic beverages.

  • Take-off Point: Maldevta

  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • Price: Starts from INR 3,000/- (approx)

  • Time Duration: 8 to 12 mins, and 15 to 20 mins (as per the package you choose)

  • Best Time To Visit: May to September 

  • Weight Limit: 30 kg (minimum), and 90 kg (maximum)

  • Location: Dehradun

2. Camping


Camping in the lush valleys of Dehradun will rejuvenate your soul. The campsite provides double-occupancy lodging in alpine tents. Sit around a toasty bonfire with your loved ones and have fun under the starry sky. You can also engage in activities such as trekking, swimming, and barbecuing. You may also enjoy light music, bonfires, and exciting activities, making it one of the best things to do in Dehradun.

  • Timings: Open 24 hour

  • Price: Starts from INR 1,000/- (approx)

  • Location: Raipur, Dehradun

3. Shopping at Tibetan Market


Lighten your wallet a little because shopping is a must-do activity in Dehradun. Tibetan market is well-known for its multicoloured woollen outfits. They are run by the Tibetan population, and their culture is reflected in the handicrafts and Garhwali jewellery offered here. Beautiful wind chimes and a range of wooden art pieces can also be purchased. Enjoy the wonderful momos and popular hot noodles with butter soup served in the Tibetan Market.

  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

  • Location: Dehradun near Parade Ground

4. Trekking at Rupin Pass


This high-altitude trek is situated at a height of 15,250 feet and is considered one of the highest-range expeditions for trekking in India. The trek crosses through warmer landscapes and follows through the colder ones gradually. The Jhaka village or the Hanging village is possibly one of the best places to explore during a trek. 

  • Best Time To Visit: May-June (Pre Monsoon), Sep-Oct (Post Monsoon) 

  • Rupin Pass Trek Distance: 52 km

  • Maximum Altitude: 15,250 ft

  • Rupin Pass Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

  • ATM: The last ATM location before your hike begins is in Purola, which is on the road to Dhaula

  • Start Point/ End Point: Dhaula, and Sangla

Suggested Read: 5 Tranquil Places To Visit In Dehradun For An Unforgettable Trip

5. Go Birdwatching at Asan Barrage 


Asan Barrage is one of the top things to do in Dehradun and is located 32 km west of the city. Every year, thousands of birds of hundreds of species flock to its waters, including some of the world's most uncommon and endangered bird species. It is also known as Dhaulipur Lake. A shopping centre is located near the Assan Barrage. In the wild, you can see mallards and red crested pochards swimming. 

  • Best Time To Visit: October to March

  • Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

  • Location: Near Dakpathar, Uttarakhand

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. What can I do in Dehradun?

A. Dehradun offers a variety of activities for visitors of various types. Dehradun will never cease to wow you with the various enjoyable adventures you may have there, whether you decide to walk or go paragliding, see the Robber's Cave, or have a swim in Sahastradhara.

Q. What are the most enjoyable outdoor activities in the Dehradun District?

Aside from all of the fantastic viewing and scenic locations, Dehradun provides some great options for outdoor activities such as Naag Tibba Trekk, sunrise trek at Kunjapuri Temple, and Jungle Safari at Rajaji National Park.

Q. How to reach Dehradun?

A. Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport is 22 miles from the city core. A 45-minute cab ride from the airport will easily get you into the heart of the city. Regular train services connect Dehradun to major cities. 

Q. How long should you stay in Dehradun?

A. It takes about 2-3 days to tour the city of Dehradun and make the most of your time.

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