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Top Choice Indian in Dehra Dun

Chetan Puriwallah

If you're looking for that authentic (and delicious) local dining experience, you've found it. Unlimited thalis are served on plates made of leaves in this bustling no-frills joint, and you just pay for the puri (de…
Top Choice Market in Dehra Dun

Paltan Bazaar

The congested but relatively traffic-free area through Paltan Bazaar, running south from the clock tower, is a popular spot for an evening stroll. Here you can pick up everything from cheap clothing and souvenirs to…
Buddhist Monastery in Dehra Dun

Mindrolling Monastery

The region around Dehra Dun is home to a thriving Tibetan Buddhist community, mainly focused on this monastery, about 10km south of the centre in Clement Town. Everything here is on a grand scale: at more than 60m t…
Museum in Dehra Dun

Survey of India Museum

Instruments used to accomplish the monumental task of mapping India in the 19th century are displayed here, including some designed especially for the mission by its leader, George Everest. See beautiful brass trans…
Indian in Dehra Dun

Kumar Vegetarian & South Indian Restaurant

This popular, sparkling clean restaurant serves what surely comes close to the Platonic Form of a masala dosa (curried vegetables inside a crisp pancake), which is the main reason locals flock here. Other Indian dis…
South Indian in Dehra Dun

Moti Mahal

Locals consistently rate Moti Mahal as one of the best midrange diners along Rajpur Rd. An interesting range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options include Goan fish curry and Afghani murg (chicken), along with tr…
International in Dehra Dun

Salt & Cravings

This international bistro connected to Hotel President features one of the more modern and diverse menus in Dehra Dun, including sandwiches, wraps, pastas, and a wide range of dinner entrées. Desserts include ice cr…
Notable Building in Dehra Dun

Forest Research Institute Museum

The prime attraction of this museum is the building itself. Set in a 5-sq-km park, this grand remnant of the Raj era – where most of India’s forest officers are trained – is larger than Buckingham Palace. Built betw…
Hindu Temple in Dehra Dun

Tapkeshwar Temple

In a scenic setting on the banks of the Tons Nadi River, you’ll find an unusual and popular Shiva shrine inside a small, dripping cave, which is the site of the annual Shivaratri festival. Turn left at the bottom of…
Mausoleum in Dehra Dun

Ram Rai Darbar

The unique mausoleum of Ram Rai, the errant son of the seventh Sikh guru, Har Rai, is made of white marble, with paintings covering the walls, archways and ceilings. Four smaller tombs in the garden courtyard are th…