Dehradun: What's there to do?

#1 Apr 5th, 2004, 11:04
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I study Hindi at ANU (Australian National University) and will be doing summer school in Dehra Dun in Jan/Feb 2005.
Can anyone reccomend hotels/websites/restaurants/methods of getting there? Even the hotels in the Lonely Planet seem pretty pricey by Indian standards.
Any info would be appreciated, save me from trawling through hundreds of webpages (which somehow all seem to have the same info anyway, just presented in a different design...)
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I lived in Dehra Dun for just under a year.

Unfortunately, I never stayed in hotels there - I lived with a family. Given the length of your stay, you may want to consider procuring paying guest accommodations. I can't be of much help there. If you can find something in Vasant Vihar, it's likely to be pretty safe and quiet.

I can, however, let you know all about the good restaurants in Dehra Dun. Most are near the clock tower on Rajpath Rd.

Kumar Vegetarian: Simply the best food I had in India. Rich north and south indian yumminess.

Hotel President or Hotel Madhuban: When you get a hankering for decent, albeit expensive, western food. They also have good byt overpriced Indian food.

There is now a Nirula's and Barista - they cropped up after I left the city.

Garry's has excellent Indian and western fast food.

Avoid Ashirwak restaurant like the plague; you're likely to get the plague if you eat there. We all got sick immediately.

Vivek's has pretty decent Chinese food.

Based on when you'll be there, you'll enjoy beautiful Himalayan views. Try to make it up to Mussoorie during your stay.

Be warned: it is going to be cold, particularly at night. Bring lots of warm clothes, and you can buy woolens there.

I know this city pretty well - I even have a bunch of helpful phone numbers for travel agents, doctors, etc. Let me know if you're interested in more info.

Shannon




Also - as for getting there. Will you be arriving from Delhi? If so, the Shatabdi Express leaves every morning, and there are a number of other train options.

You can hire a taxi for the trip. This tended to cost us about 2100 Rs.

There are loads of bus trips up to Dehra Dun as well - app 100 rs.

Where in the city are you studying?
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Most are near the clock tower on Rajpath Rd.
You mean Rajpur Road.
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I spent about 10 minutes trying to decide what the hell that street was called...I knew it was Raj something!

Yes, I mean Rajpur
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On Rajpur road opposite the buddhist monastery is a guest house called 'Krishna guest house'. Its a peaceful, clean and homely place run by a young couple, Jayant and his wife Renee. They live there with their 2 daughters. They usually have western travellers staying there too. I happened to chance upon this place years back. It might suit u as I believe transport to center of town and where action is, is available. You can also climb the hill upto mussorie from here. I always do it everytime i am these parts. The contacts are and website::
tele no is 0135-2734009.The address is 'Krishna guest house-186/3 rajpurRd.
dehra Dun-248009.
The E mail add is ; jayren@vsnl.net.
website: Krishnaguesthouse.tripod.com

Sorry guerik, just curious, I thought the hindi school is up in Mussorie at Landour. Or maybe u r not there for the hindi course?
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u might have to add an extra 2 in front of the tel numbers. This is the case with most numbers in india recently. so the number might be 22734009. And the mobile 0091 135 3108614 or within india it should be 01353108614.
Its all there on their website...I hope its working...
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Thanks for all the tips guys, any more greatly appreciated!
How easy is it to get around town?

The classes are being held at the Hotel White House/White House Hotel, I can stay there but it looks relatively pricey given the write-up it gets. It's through my University (so I get credit toward my degree), otherwise I would just do a local course for cheaper
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Hey I have stayed at the 'White House' .......(hotel). Way back 10 years! It has an excellent location and center of town, (walking distance) next to the town end of Rajpur road. This place has a history and is I think among the oldest. However I don't remember it being pricey at all. Actually it was pretty run down and looked like it must have seen better days. But it had a colonial look, charm and feeling about it that made one feel good staying there. Away from the traffic and u can stroll around the garden. ...Well that was then I hope it hasn't changed much since. The rooms were affordable budget ranged.
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Dehradun: What's there to do?

I am heading to India in about 7 1/2 weeks (Aack! ) and may be heading straight to Dehra Dun as soon as I get there (after maybe 2 days in Bangalore). I'll be in India for a while, but as this is my first "taste" of India, I don't want to be secluded from all things Indian. So, here's the question: What is there to do in Dehra Dun? It doesn't have to be spectacular. Most anything will be new. But, the guide book makes it sound really, really boring and the only things it lists to do are actually in other towns near there. Is there ANYTHING interesting to check out in Dehra Dun in a week?
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Welcome to India. U have not mentioned why u are heading to Dehradun. Do u have some assignments there? From a tourist's point of view Dehradun is not a destination by itself. Well u can make some cool excursions to places like, Mussourie, Dhanaulti...
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Nothing much.

You can go to Mussorie, Hardiwar or Rishikesh.
visit Sahastradhara water falls, they are really nice.
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Visit the Forest Museum in Dehradun
You may also go to day excursions to Mussories, Rishikesh, Haridwar
Don't forget White water rafting at Rishikesh.

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You can go and try to prise those darn Maps out of the India survey institute!!

Great Maps diificult to buy!!
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It seems the latest in thing in Dehra Dun is to trap Leopards.
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The best thing to do in Dehradun is visit great Sakya centre on Rajpur Rd. The vikrams (public autos) ply the route or take auto. From bus station it's around 140Rs and should be about 60Rs from town.
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