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Ever Wondered Why Dehradun Is So Popular Among Backpackers? Find Out Why
By Ruchi Joshi
12 Mar, 2023
Famous for its quality of education, Dehradun is a must-visit for backpackers because of the possibility of exploration in abundance along with it being closer to nature compared to a lot of big cities. Get ready to appreciate the bliss of peace upon your visit and cheer for a small town in the mountains. The people are as lovely as the view Dehradun offers. Hold a conversation with the locals and check it out for yourself. We bet you will sense the homely feeling when you’re in Dehradun. Lastly, there are many reasons why Dehradun is so popular among travellers. Read on to know more.
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Weather Conditions To Expect:
Dehradun’s weather is something that will catch your eye and make you fall in love with it. Unpredictable at times but mostly pleasant and soothing, you can expect the weather and temperature to be moderate throughout the year.
Summer in Dehradun is usually between March to June and the temperature ranges approximately between 13° C to 35° C. If you are coming from parts of the country and world where there is extreme temperature during the hot months then a trip to Dehradun would be perfect for you in summer.
With mild to medium rainfall, Dehradun and its greenery find a new vibrancy and life during monsoon. You can expect the temperature to be anywhere between 20°C to 32°C in July, August and September.
Late November to February is considered winter for Dehradun and the average temperature is approximately 3° C to 22° C. You must carry a set of warm clothing owing to the cold weather in winter. If you are planning a romantic getaway then we would suggest you visit Dehradun between November to February.
How To Reach Dehradun
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The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, located at a distance of approximately 20 km from the Dehradun city centre. You can easily find a cab to drive you to the town. It will hardly take you half an hour or so from the airport to the Dehradun city centre in the hired taxi.
Dehradun, being the capital city of Uttarakhand, is well connected to all the major cities of the country through the railway. You can book yourself a train to Dehradun for the trip.
It is up to you whether you want to travel through the state transport buses or private AC buses. The bus depot is located near Dehradun railway station and it is well connected to all the major cities with a frequent and efficient bus system.
If you are travelling to Dehradun in your private vehicle you can take NH 58 and 72 if you’re coming from Delhi. It is well connected through roads to all the major cities so you need not worry whether you are travelling from Chandigarh or Lucknow.
Things To Do In Dehradun
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Explore The Pahadi Culture
Part of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, people in Dehradun speak majorly Garhwali, Gorkhali, Punjabi, Sindhi, Kumaoni, Urdu, English and Hindi. You can experience the authentic pahadi culture through various food items like Singal, Aloo Ke Gutke, Gahat Ki Dal, Jhangora Ki Kheer, Kumaoni Raita, Sani Hui Muli, Kandalee Ka Saag, Singodi, Kaafli, Arsa, Bal Mithai, Kulath Phanu, Gulgula, Rus, Chicken Korma, Kesar Halwa, Sei, Bhatt, Tibetan Momos, etc. You can even witness numerous fairs that happen throughout the year around Dehradun where you will be exposed to not only the traditional arts and crafts but also the traditional attire of the Garhwali people. It makes for a unique experience to add to your travel scrapbook.
Seek Your Thrill
There is something about mountains which brings a fresh breath of thrill to the whole experience of travelling. Since Dehradun is a hilly region you can expect adrenaline-inducing and adventurous activities readily trying their best to get your attention. From camping to paragliding, you are at liberty to choose your poison. Be rest assured that you will have lots and lots of fun. The Dehradun terrain offers an exploration through the various trekking trails. Expect to see the best of the views as you gear up for the adventure and reach Har Ki Dun. The twists and turns of the roads of Dehradun are great for cycling.
Magical Waters (and Caves!)
Among the most iconic places in Dehradun is the Sahastradhara waterfall. If you translate it into English, it means "thousandfold spring". The multiple cascading waterfalls are a beautiful sight to behold, especially during monsoon months as the flow becomes stronger and louder. It is considered to have healing properties owing to the presence of Sulphur in the water. An absolute not-to-miss destination is Robber's Cave. This 600 meters long cave has a river flowing inside it along with a 10-meter-high waterfall. The view is mesmerizing and thrilling. You even take a tour down Tiger Falls - an untouched gem of nature.
Taste The Diversity
Get a closer insight into the daily life and beliefs of the locals and their culture through the various places of worship. The diversity is evident as you visit Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple which is carved out in a cave and then step into the peaceful ambience of one of the largest Buddhist monasteries known as Mindrolling Monastery. The architecture tells you the stories of the deities. It is heartwarming to see the numerous religious and cultural groups blending into each other so effortlessly.
Get Closer To Nature
Dehradun will expose you to a life that is one with nature. The rich wildlife in terms of animals, plants and vegetation gives a perfect detox from city life. You can opt for a jungle safari at Rajaji National Park to spot elephants, tigers, wild boar and over 400 types of birds among many others. The serenity and tranquillity can be enjoyed with a walk in the Forest Research Institute or the woods of Dehradun. There are plenty of options to get closer to nature.
The Hosteller Dehradun
Whether you are on a workation or a weekend getaway, our hostel in Dehradun is well-equipped to serve you. You can choose from dorm rooms and private rooms. The high-speed free internet and our cosy dedicated workspace will ensure your work never suffers and nor do you. In your free time, you can hang out at our open terrace area which doubles up as a gaming zone with table tennis. Make friends, jam with like-minded people and have a wonderful time at our in-house cafe that has delicious food options. The best part is that we are located in a prime location which makes it easier for you to access the local spots as well as the markets.