Located some 236 km north of India's capital New Delhi, Dehradun in the Doon Valley is the capital city of Uttarakhand and a very charming tourist place. Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, this is a destination known for its picturesque landscape and enjoyable climate. Scenic natural beauty is visible all across here, and being gateway to many popular places, Dehradun has been among the most visited tourist spots in India.
Natural beauty apart, a range of attractions invites tourists from all parts of the globe here to relish adventure sports, temples, parks et al. Many fairs and festivals add to the charm of Dehradun. The Office of Survey of India is a place of prime importance and a tourist place as well. If the Forest Research Institute invites for its 6 museums of flora and fauna, then the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology grabs attention for its museum that shows Himalaya's geological diversity.
If the Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple and Tapkeshwar Fair add religious fervour, then the nearby Mussoorie mesmerizes for its startling exotic scenery of mountains, waterfalls and all-round greenery. Other popular tourist attractions in Dehradun include Shakya Center, Malsi Deer Park, Tapovan, Lakshman Siddh, Rajaji National Park and Robbers Cave.