Dehradun and mussoorie
Dehradun and mussoorie Rajaji National Park is distinct for its pristine scenic beauty and rich bio-diversity. A paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, the wildlife of the park is blessed with elephants, tigers, leopards, deers and ghorals as its best known life forms. Three sancturies in the Uttarakhand, Shivaliks – Rajaji, Motichur and Chila were amalgamated into a large protected area and named Rajaji National Park in the year 1983 after the famous freedom fighter Late Sri C. Rajgopalachari; popularly known as “Rajaji”.This area is the North Western Limit of Asian elephants. Spread over an area of 820.42 sq km, Rajaji is a magnificient ecosystem nestled in the Shivalik ranges and the beginning of the vast Indo–Gangetic plains, thus representing vegetation of several distinct zones and forest types like sal forests, reverine forests, board–leaved mixed forests, scrubland and grassy. It posseses as many as 23 species of mammals and 315 bird species.The abundance of nature’s bounties heaped in and around this park, are bound to attract a large number of wildlife conservationalists, nature lovers and eco-friends to visit this most breathtaking wilderness area.
Located at a distance of 6.5 kilometres from the city centre of Dehradun, the Tapkeshwar Temple is a humble cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Simple and charming in its appearance, this revered temple is situated along the banks of a river which imparts it a unique sanctity. A Shiva Linga is enshrined in the main complex which is believed to grant the wishes of all those who seek the Lord’s blessings. Water trickles from the ceiling continuously on the Shivalinga, making it an interesting spectacle to watch. This cave was once resided by the famous guru Dronacharya and hence is also famous as Drona cave.
One of the popular destinations in Dehradun, Tapkeshwar Temple is one of the most visited temples in the region. Residing in the lap of gentle green mountains, this destination is thronged by young travellers as an unlikely but ideal picnic spot as well. After taking a short trek through the forest, you are confronted by the simple yet inspiring edifice of the Tapkeshwar Temple.Cool sulphur water springs here are available for pilgrims to take a bath in before they enter the main temple. Once you enter the main complex, you are confronted by the magnificence of Lord Tapkeshwar, who is called so owing to the constant dripping of holy waters from the ceiling and onto the deity’s head. Holy chants and the ringing of temple bells will transport you into a world of the divine where you can sit back and introspect. Visit the Tapkeshwar Temple to rediscover your bond with the Supreme Almighty.
Malsi Deer Park
Malsi Deer Park is situated in the beautiful city of Dehradun and is a heaven for nature lovers. One gets to explore the wilderness and unparalleled beauty here like never before. The park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and offers to be a great relaxing point when one wishes to take a break from the humdrums of city life. The park also serves a popular picnic spot for families who come here to relax and have some refreshment together. The park is blessed with salubrious climate, beautiful natural surroundings and an attractive environment which make it an ideal sight-seeing cum picnic spot. Tourists from all around the country visit this park to witness the many species of animals that inhabit this zoo. The park is mainly famous for deers. Apart from deer one can also spot Tiger, Peacock, Rabbits and Neelga. For those looking for a great place to visit with kids, Malsi Deer Park in Dehradun is the place to explore.
Gun Hill, Mussoorie
tourist place in mussoorie Said to be an extinct volcano, Gun Hill is the second highest point in the entire area of Mussoorie standing tall at an altitude of 2024 meters! The scene from the top of this hill is a panoramic view of the snow-clad Himalayan ranges right beside the widespread Doon Valley and a full view of the hill station of Mussoorie. The meadow of the valley is eden-green with thigh-high grass and erect tree trunks. The mountains in the distance coronating the valley as the coloured flowers act like its garland. The sky above this looks like a roof of bright blue, with fluffy patches of cotton casting shadows on the valley. Fog tinted trees catching a glimpse of the shining sun as the white caps of the Himalayas glisten in the light.
Kempty Falls, Mussoorie
Located on the way between -Mussoorie roads, Kempty Falls is a beautiful cascade of water that falls to the ground from a mighty altitude of 40 feet. Surrounded by high mountain cliffs, Kempty Falls is nestled at an altitude of around 4500 ft above the sea level. This place was developed as a picnic destination by John Mekinan owing to its captivating surroundings and scenic beauty. One of the most renowned waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Kempty Falls offers a mesmerizing panoramic view as the water falls from the mountains.
The name of Kempty Falls is taken from the terms “camp and tea” implying the elaborate tea parties that were once organized here in evenings eventually leading to a localized name Kempty. Offering a stunning view of water stream cascading down from a great height, it divides into five channels. The pond formed at the bottom of the falls make an excellent spot for swimming and bathing. A flight of stairs leads to the pond where one can soak in the fun with friends and family. Quite famous among the tourists as a picnic spot, this perennial waterfall is crowded almost throughout the year.
Lake Mist, Mussoorie
The place is ideal for spending the moments of repose with your family and friends. The pristine lake is among the most beautiful destinations in the Queen of Hills i.e. Mussoorie. The emerald waters are covered by green forest terrains from sides giving the whole scenario a resplendent image.It comes on the way to Kempty Falls. It feels great to spend time with the serenity of nature’s bliss. It is one of the most beautiful things to be seen in Mussoorie. Another plus point is that the place is less crowded hence you can enjoy the calmness in the laps of nature. It is a gem of attraction.