A trip to Dehradun

Hi to all my ghumakkars,

After so long I was able to make a short road trip to Dehradun. First of all I checked  for the details from my ghumakkari’s site and planned the way.

We started our journey for short trip to Dehradun on 17th June by 0600 am, but my plan was to leave my place(near Palam) much early by 0430 am. As we all know kids never wake up on time when needed. I tried to follow the route which I was able to find from google map but I just missed a turn and it took nearly one and half  hour to get out of delhi and be on road to Dehradun.  On the way from Mohan nagar, Meerut and so on. I was also stuck in a gas station in Delhi-UP border for CNG which was unsuccessful, as the electricity went off, no genset in that pump.

The trip was very nice. We were able to see the greenery which we miss in Delhi. We used the by-pass from Saharanpur which was nice with greenery on both side and a nice road though single road .We found less traffic on the railway crossing at Iqbalpur village, on the way towards Roorkee, Mohund.

This was my first trip to hill by road, but enjoyed it. My kids enjoyed the trip, my wife was also nervous but when passed the hilly roads she looked relieved.

We reached at around 0230 pm and looked for hotel. We found nice one, Hotel Clister, situated in good and peaceful location but still on main road.

After a little rest, we went out for local sight seeing. We went to Buddha Temple maintained by the Tibetian’s. Then went for Tapkeswer Temple were its said that Dronacharya prayed and at that time instead of water, milk used to drop. Who knows!

That was the end of day, as no other place could be visited, it was 0930 pm. We started our local sight seeing on the next day. Trip started at 1000 am, starting towards Robber’s cave nice place the climate which was on previous day hot, now was cloudy and cooled down a bit, we all enjoyed the spectacular view of the cave kids enjoyed the entrance and we all enjoyed the cold water. It was also drizzling when we came out of the cave. The next destination was towards shastradhara, we enjoyed the view but could not found the namely view. Bit disappointed, only could locate the water-park type theme. The maintenance of a tourist spot was not seen as it should be, there is no parking facility, no management, but parking ticket is high.

Robert’s Cave

We planned to return to home. It was about 0230 pm, when we left. On our way back we stopped by for lunch in Dehradun only, namely in Chinese bamboo restaurant, waste of money and time, not good in service, not good food and still charges were too much. We all were disappointed. Tried to refresh our mood with some ice cream and coke. Way back we followed the same path got stuck in the Iqbalpur railway crossing but for short while, wife managed to do some fresh village vegetable shopping, then we also managed to shop for mangoes from the road side mango shop by farmers.  We reached to home by 1200 am, all drained out kids were sleepy and we too.

We enjoyed the trip, have good memories and among them one odd bad.

I would like to request that the Dehradun Authority should put some road signs for the most famous and visited places, like we were unable to find any road signs for Buddha or Tapkeshwer temple on our trip. Though I would like to thank to all the localites who were helpful and friendly.

We are looking forward for another trip to the Doon valley but now exploring the other places….

(By the way my trip photos are available on flickr.com link- http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhijitbose/7564347256/ )

Till then, bye to all my fellow ghumakkars………..


  • Hi Abhijit, It is nice to know about Dehradun which happens to be my birth place. I am ashamed to say that I have never been to Robbers cave although I lived there for 21 years. But this time, I certainly will. You have taken very good photographs.

    • Abhijit says:

      Thanks Shushant, for your comments. My family is still looking forward to go to Dehradun again to visit more.

  • rajesh priya says:

    bahut badhia abhijit,achchha post hai,aur main yahan har ghumakkar se ek hi request karta hun aapse bhi kar raha hun ki jis hotel me thhehre ho uska perday charge kya tha ye bhi post karo aur khud se rating bhi do ki rate ke according facility mili ya nahi.hotel room rent dene se jo wahan jayenge unhe hotel chunane me aasani hogi.

    • Abhijit says:

      Dhanyawad Rajesh, aapke tippani ke liye. Aur jahan tak hotel ke bare mein kahunga aacha aur saaf suthera hotel hai, room’s, room service tatha staff behaviour aacha laga. Parking suvidha thi. hotel mein restaurant hai aur khana badhiya tha. location wise on main road par aur dehradun entrance par hai. Value for money, per day rent mole-bhav kar ke 1500/- tha with tax.

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Short and sweet post !

    we use to visit Dehradun at least 4-5 times /year, Robber’s cave (Guchu pani) is one of my favorite place to hang out during summers.

    Bamboo restaurant on Sahastradhara road was suppose to be good restaurant , if it is the same one than I am shocked to know that.

    I have written a series of post (4 post) on Dehradun , when ever you get time go through it.


  • Surinder.Sharma says:

    Hi Abhijit,
    Really good description. I also wonder how can be drive out from Delhi. So many roads. I just sit in bus or train and Driver knows route very well. Photos are very good. Chinese bamboo restaurant may be favourite in Tibetian, but we like treaditional food which we eat from years. Thanks a lot for share your journey, I will also write “Sylvan Tal”, hope you will give your comment. by the way you ever heard about “Sylvan Tal” before.

  • Abhijit says:

    Thanks to all fellow ghumakkari’s, for your lovely comments and replies.

  • Tx for sharing your trip to Dehradun, very small & but beautiful city…

    Dehradun was my first long drive destination (Decemeber 2007) and enjoyed our drive through Rajaji National Park. Though, I did pass through that place numerous times before in my bike and after that also…always enjoy the place.

    Like you, we were also very disappointed about Sahastradhara. What we heard about the place and what we actually experienced was totally different. Even, local people also feel the same.

    You can also plan to visit F.R.I. in your next visit…a must see place for all Tourists


  • Nandan Jha says:

    Long time Mr. Bose.

    Doon, now the capital of Uttrakhand, has quite a few things to offer. Also Mussorrie and Dhanolti are a short ride away. I have been to Doon many many times but could never manage to visit ‘Robber’s Cave’. Your photo makes it tempting enough to visit this place whenever I go that side next.

    Hope to read more from you. Best wishes.

    • Mahesh Semwal says:


      Robber’s cave road also goes to Mussoorie , it will meet near by Malsi on main Dehradun – Mussorrie Road.

  • vinaymusafir says:

    Good photos. I have only visited at Tibbat temple. And also Malsi Deer Part on my way to Mussoorie.
    That was really fun.

  • Nitish Kumar says:

    Hi Abhijit,
    Being an old post, not sure if you would respond or not, but wanted to ask about hilly roads for a first time driver like you. I am driving to there by January 25th and never been to hilly roads (though have drove roughly 28k Kms otherwise)

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