Rishikesh: Rishikesh is an ideal spot for white water rafting and camping on the river beach. Rishikesh comer under the shivalik range of the Himalayas and the place is also the home of numerous temples. It is one of the busiest places of Uttarakhand where lakhs of tourists visit every month throughout the year. Rishikesh is situated 54kms from Dehradun.
Haridwar: Haridwar is situated at an altitude of 295mts above sea level on the banks of the sacred Ganga River. It is the gateway to the Char Dhams of Hindus situated in Uttarakhand, namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri. Haridwar is also written as Hardwar. The meaning of Haridwar in hindi language means Dwar of Hari or Gateway to God where ‘Hari’ means god and ‘dwar’ means gate. Haridwar is visited by lakhs of devotees every month to take a sacred dip in the holy water of Ganga River. Kumbh Mela will be celebrated after a long span of 12 years in Haridwar in the year 2010. Har-ki-Pauri, Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi are the main attraction of the town. Haridwr is situated 53kms from Dehradun.
Mussoorie: Mussoorie is one of the most visited and most popular hill stations of India. Visited by lakhs of tourists throughout the year, Mussoorie is set in the foothills of Himalayas in the Dehradun district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand state. Mussoorie is situated 35kms from Dehradun and is set at an elevation of 2005mts above sea level.
New Tehri: New Tehri is the only planned town of Uttarakhand state which was created during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the pristine water of the massive Tehri lake. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads and is being turned into a major adventure tourisn destination by the state government in coming months. Tehri is situated at a distance of 104kms from Dehradun.
Chamba: Chamba is one of the best excursion of Dehradun as the place offers panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range and the sacred view of the Bhagirathi River. Chamba is situated 85kms from Dehradun at an altitude of 1676mts above sea level. Unlike Mussoorie, Chamba provides peace and tranquillity far from the chaos at other hill sations. The place is quite and serene with pine and deodar trees everywhere.
Kanatal: Kanatal is situated 68kms from Dehradun on Mussoorie-Chamba Road in the Tehri District of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Kanatal is a picturesque lake with pristine water which was forgotten and the lake almost died. Kanatal is now emerging as a popular tourist destination. The lake stands at an elevation of 8500mts above sea level amidst forest and lush fruit orchards. The peacefulness of this place is impregnable, the reflection of the enchanting surroundings blesses the place with illusionary elements of life and the sound of the wind is the only thing that could be listened without making an effort.
Chakrata: Perched at an elevation of 2270mts above sea level in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state, Chakrata is a cantonment area situated between Yamuna and Tons river amidst coniferous, rhododendron and oak trees. Chakrata is a place blessed with natural beauty and panoramic views as to its east lies the famous Mussoorie and on the west lies Kinnaur. Chakrata is an ideal spot for nature lovers, bird watchers, adventure lovers and wild lifers as the place is more than capable of satisfying their needs. Chakrata is situated 95kms from Dehradun.
Kempty falls: Kempty Falls is popular amongst the tourists who visit Mussoorie and this cascading waterfall has successfully lured tourists from the very beginning. This place was developed as a tourist spot by John Mekinan in year 1835. Kempty falls is located 46kms from Dehradun on the Chakrata road surrounded by high green mountains at an altitude of 4500ft. The fall offers astonishing view of scattered drops of water falling from the height of 40ft and the waterfall splits into five streams and it looks like that the streams are doing jumping and doing somersault with each other. Normally the falls are closed during the monsoon and stay open in the summers. You can have a vitalizing bath in this beautiful waterfall.
Neelkanth Mahadev: Thousands of devotees visit Neelkanth Mahadev every month throughout the year. According to mythology this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during ‘Sagar Manthan’ which turned his throat blue and was thus the place was named as Neelkanth. Neelkanth and Mahadev are names of Lord Shiva. It is situated 66kms from Dehradun city on the summit of the hill across the sacred Ganga River.