One Day Trip to Dehradun: The Ultimate Guide

Written By: Abhilasha Prasad

 Do you want to explore a place where nature meets adventure?  Well, you can experience both in your one day trip to Dehradun. The capital of Uttarakhand is renowned for its pleasant year-round climate and picturesque surroundings. It abounds in caves, waterfalls, rolling hills, and natural springs. If you have only one day, here are the top attractions in Dehradun you can consider visiting. 

" In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." — John Muir

1. Robber's Cave

The cave was created by nature between a limestone and conglomerate rock. You can go inside the cave to view some breathtaking waterfalls. You can experience nature's captivating splendor while exploring the cave and bathing. Robber's Cave, also known as Gucchu Pani, is a popular tourist attraction in Dehradun and is said to be the holy home of Lord Shiva.

Special Tips: Bring extra clothing when you visit the cave because you can get wet while exploring it.

How to reach: The distance to Robber's Cave from Dehradun is only 8 kilometers. To visit the cave, transportation can be reserved in advance. Also, numerous local buses and taxis may take you there.

Exploration Time: 3 hours

Entrance Timings: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

2. Mindrolling Monastery

Located in Clement Town, it is the largest education hub for Buddhists. It is a must-see location on your one day trip to Dehradun. Mindrolling monastery studies the lunar calendar, Tibetan medicines, calligraphy, and Buddhist structures. There are more than 300 monks educated on this premises. The architecture also swooned away the visitor's mind. 

Special Tips: The monastery has a shopping arcade to buy religious artifacts and souvenirs. 

How to reach: The monastery is about 4 kilometers from Dehradun's ISBT (Inter-State Bus Terminus). You can easily catch a bus or book a cab to reach your destination.

Exploration Time: 2 hours

Entrance Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

3. Sahastradhara

Sahastradhara is home to beautiful caves and waterfalls. Sahastradhara waterfall is renowned for having medicinal qualities in its water, not merely for its aesthetic appeal. A well-known water park is close to Sahastradhara. Many water slides, swings, and rides are there inside the park.

Special Tips: Trek through the rocky cave and the area around spring if you're seeking an exciting adventure.

How to reach: Sahastradhara is about 14 kilometers from Dehradun. This popular location is easily accessible by car. You can easily take buses, autos, or cabs to get to your destination.

Exploration Time: 3 hours

Entrance Timings: 8:00 AM to 7:00 AM 

4. Tapkeshwar Temple

It is a temple to Lord Shiva that was constructed inside a cave. In the Tapkeshwar Temple, you can engage in a variety of adventurous pursuits in addition to praying. Mountains, a river, and a thick forest encircle the temple location. You can go trekking to explore the area. On your one day trip to Dehradun, seeing the Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is worthwhile. 

Special Tips: You can see outstanding celebrations if you're fortunate enough to visit the temple on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

How to reach: The temple is adjacent to the city of Dehradun. Govind Nagar, the closest rail station, is just 7.5 kilometers away. If you want to go to the temple quickly, you can also hire cabs.

Exploration Time: 2 hours

Entrance Timings: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

5. Malsi Deer Park

The park is one of the popular attractions in Dehradun to relax and get away from the hectic city life. It is a tiny zoological park, which makes it a fantastic site for photographers because of its lovely setting and diverse species. The park is provided with peaceful, natural settings that are ideal for picnics or sightseeing.

Special Tips: Since the park is huge and must be visited on foot, tourists are advised to wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

How to reach: Between Dehradun and Mussoorie, on Mussoorie Road, is where the park is located. It is located 10 kilometers from Dehradun and can be reached in 25 to 30 minutes by bus or auto rickshaw.

Exploration Time: 2 hours

Entrance Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Monday) 

6. Zonal Museum

For visitors interested in learning more about the history and culture of the Himalayas, the Zonal Museum is one of Dehradun's top tourist attractions. The museum offers a glimpse into both the early residents of the Garhwal region and their subsequent generations' way of life and social mores.

Special Tips: The museum is always closed on 2nd Saturdays and Sundays. 

How to reach: Dehradun Junction, which has excellent connections to important North Indian towns, including New Delhi, is the railroad station nearest to the Zonal Museum.

Exploration Time: 2 to 3 hours

Entrance Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

7. Forest Research Institute

Don't forget to stop by India's oldest research institute, the Forest Research Institute, on your one-day trip to Dehradun (F.R.I). The FRI Institute is designed in the Greco-Roman and Colonial architectural styles. IFRI has appeared in several Bollywood films, including Krishna Cottage, Student of the Year, and others.

Special Tips: Each person must pay INR 15 to enter. The cost of the tickets, however, would increase to INR 50 if you choose a tour guide.

How to reach: The distance between the institute and the Dehradun Train Station is only 6 kilometers. This location is easily accessible by taxis, cars, and buses.

Exploration Time: 3 hours

Entrance Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit Dehradun? 

Due to exceedingly nice and attractive weather, March to June is the ideal time to visit Dehradun. 

What are the most famous places to visit in Dehradun? 

Sahastradhara, Robber's Cave, and Malsi Deer Park are popular places of interest in the city. 

What should I do in Dehradun for a day? 

Some places in Dehradun can be explored in a day, like Zonal Museum, Paltan Bazaar, and Forest Research Institute

How long would it take you to visit Dehradun? 

Dehradun is explored with a minimum of 3-4 days. 

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