Buddhist Temple at Clement Town in Dehradun is attracting tourists from all over the country due to its matchless wall paintings in pure gold colour, meticulously depicting in events in the life of Lord Buddha.
This structure, which was built in 1965, is a replica of original monastery in Tibet. It was created under one of the four schools of Tibetan religion named ‘Nyingma’, while other three being Kagyu, Sakya and Geluk.
About 50 artists took almost three years to paint the walls of the exemplary structure with gold paint.
According to temple authorities the religious establishment was built to preserve and promote Tibetan culture in the country.”The architecture of chorten (Stupa) is Japanese, although its builder was an Indian. We believe that it is Asia’s largest reliquary. It is 220 feet in height. The temple constructed here has five floors. Every floor has a Buddha statue and Gurupadmasambhava’s statue amongst others,” said Tenkyab Lama, manager, Buddha Temple Committee.
The tourists who visit the temple are spellbound to see the colourful paintings on the wall. They describe the serene surroundings of the temple premises as meditative.
The Stupa accommodates about 500 lamas who are studying there. The residents are being provided with free clothing, eating and medical facilities.
Forest Research Institute
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The Forest Research Institute is an institute of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education and is a premier institution in the field of forestry research in India. It is located at Dehradun in Uttarakhand, and is one of the oldest institutions of its kind. In 1991, it was declared a deemed university by the University Grants Commission.
Founded in 1878, as the British Imperial Forest School, by Dietrich Brandis.
In 1906, reestablished as the ‘Imperial Forest Research Institute’, under the British Imperial Forestry Service (IFS).
The ‘Indian Forest College’ was established in 1938; officers recruited to the Superior Forest Service by the states and provinces were trained there.
FRI also contains a museum on forestry. It is open from 9:30am to 5:00pm daily, which an entry fee of Rs 25 per person and a nominal entry fee for vehicles. There are six sections in the museum:
1. Pathology Museum
2. Social Forestry Museum
3. Silviculture Museum
4. Timber Museum
5. Non-Wood Forest Products Museum
6. Entomology Museum
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This place of natural beauty, located in the city of Dehradun in the Uttarakhand state, is a land of verdant forests. Because of being away from the city, this place has become one of the favorable picnic spots in this city of north India. People visit this place to spend quality time with their friends or family.
Tourist Attractions in Lachchhiwala.
This forest land mostly attracts people, who are nature lovers. However, the place is often visited by those who go for a trip to the Dehradun city. Apart from the sightseeing, the main attraction of the area is the huge man-made pools, where people can enjoy swimming. The lush greenery and fresh unpolluted air make the place an ideal destination for trekking. Besides that, these rich natural forests are home to a number of bird species. The chirping of the colorful birds fascinates numerous bird watchers from all over the state. A bird watching guide is sure to enhance your enjoyment of bird watching by helping you spot specific species of birds.
The beauty of this region can make you spend some quality time in solitude and even fall in for the nature. For that, the grassland as well as the marshes along the side of the River Song are some of the best places to visit. These areas of Lachchhiwala are known for being home to some of the migratory birds as well.
The Laxman Siddh Temple, a famous temple of Laxman, Lord Rama’s younger brother, is even worth visiting for people, who love to visit places of worship. This temple is located nearby.
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As its name depicts “Thousand fold springs” in English, Sahastradhara is one of the most beautiful scenic spots in Dehradun. Its name derives from the fact that the water literally drips down from limestone stalactites numbering thousands formed in a sort of a grotto or cave making it a famous tourist destination.
Sahastradhara has an aged appeal and magnificence drawing both local and tourists alike. An age old temple and Drona cave-named after the Guru Dronacharya of Mahabharata period- is present here in Sahastradhara which acts as an abode of prayer and worship for devotees far across India.. The presence of a sulphur spring near the falls has medicinal and healing properties for any skin cure diseases or ailments. Strangely enough the many sulphur springs n falls ebb into a channel which is the source of the Baldi river which flows along the villages and continues towards Lachchhiwala(river song) and finally falls into the holy river of the Ganges.
From Sahastradhara facilities are provided for trekking, adventure, yoga, meditation and village tourism as well as outdoor recreation for corporate and individuals who wish to spend a weekend in a pollution and noise free environment.
The hills cut in steps providing for steppe farming is a visual delight and forms a panoramic view for the locals as well as tourists. The main tourist season is from Baisakhi to July in summers and October to March in the winter season when the river Baldi is in its natural flow.
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Robber’s Cave (locally known as Guchhupani) is a river cave formation located approximately 8 km from the center of Dehradun City (Utatrakhand, India).
The cave is about 600 meters long, divided into two main parts.
The cave has a highest fall of about 10 meters. In the central part there is a fort wall structure which is now broken. It consists of an extremely narrow gorge formed in a conglomerate limestone area on Doon Valley’s Dehra plateau.
An ideal place for a picnic, Robber’s Cave is just 8 Kms away from the City Bus Stand. Local bus services are available upto Anarwala Village, from where it is just a Kilometre’s trek to the spot.
It is a natural cave formation where rivers flows inside the cave. The place is a popular tourist spot and is now being maintained by Uttarakhand State. Local bus services are available up to Anarwala Village, from where it is a kilometer’s trek away.
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
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The Indian Military Academy, Dehradun (also known as IMA) is the officer training Academy of the Indian Army. IMA was established in 1932.
The academy is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 8 km west of Dehradun in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. The campus is on National Highway 72, which separates the North and South Campus. The campus of the academy originally spanned 206 acres which was transferred to the academy along with existing buildings from the Railway Staff College. The academy area is 1,400 acres (5.7 km2).
The IMA Museum on the campus displays artifacts of historic importance. Among other war relics, it displays the pistol of Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi of the Pakistan Army which he surrendered to Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora after signing the Instrument of Surrender to end the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.
The IMA War Memorial, with its pillars and columns of Dholpur stone, pays homage to the alumni of the academy who have fallen in the course of action. At the sanctum sanctorum of the memorial is a bronze statue of a Gentleman Cadet with a sword presenting arms. The memorial was inaugurated by Field Marshal Manekshaw on 17 November 1999, just weeks after the Kargil War. IMA officers led and fought in the war, with some of them becoming household names in India for their gallantry. Among their ranks were two Param Vir Chakra recipients and eight Maha Vir Chakra recipients.