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Namaste, I'm Rushil (@philosophical_bewakoof), and I'm from Dehradun, India. I live in a small town called Clement Town which is secluded from the rest of the city and I love it as it is flourishing with nature, beautiful weather, and peaceful monasteries!
There are a lot of cool breakfast cuisines in India, but the most sought-after breakfast, and my personal favorite, is Chhole Batthure (fried white flour flatbread, with chickpea curry and salad). My go-to place is Rajkumar's. It is very popular, so it is usually full. You can order the food home, but I recommend heading out to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city!
Over the last few years, there have been a lot of new cafes and restaurants opening up in the city. A few of my favorites would be Barbeque Nation, and Kalsang Ama Cafe. I would suggest, for those that aren’t vegetarians you simply cannot go wrong here.
Otherwise, I know when visiting a city there is usually not much time to sit down and eat a meal in the middle of the day, so if that is the case then The Buffet is the perfect spot for a quick bite.
If you want to get some shopping done, then there are a couple of beautiful markets which I love: Paltan Bazaar and the Tibetan Market.
If you want something more peaceful though, then I suggest heading to the Mind-rolling Monastery.
But, if you are feeling something more high-end then I recommend Black Pepper, for some delicious dine-in dinner.
Dehradun is certainly not a busy city per se and there are loads of place to chill. People love driving up to Maggi point to enjoy the stunning sunsets, get some fresh air and enjoy the cool breeze on their faces. However, if you’re looking for something even more calming, then you can chill in the Mind-rolling Monastery or take a walk around Jheel Lake.
If you are one for adventure, there are a lot of riverside spots you can visit. The most common places are Robber's Cave or Lacchi Wala. Or you can drive up to the secluded highlands like Kimadi and enjoy the dramatic views.
In the evening, you can find locals enjoying the sunset and talking a walk across the town. The best thing about Dehradun is that you can find lots of authentic food. People usually try Tibetan dishes like Thukpa and Laphing and you can find these on the corners of Tibetan Market in the midst of the city, or in the local market near the Mindrolling Monastery. You can also try Nepalese recipes like Momos, they are the heart and soul of Dehradun, and are served across the city. However, my favorite recommendation is Siliguri’s, or you can try a purely Indian snack combo like Samosa/Pakoras with Tea. Indians love tea. Again, it’s pretty common to find these across the city, but I would recommend visiting Sardarji Pakore Wala at the foothills of Old Musoorie Road.
The best area would be close to Clock Tower. Here, you’ll be in the center of the city, everything is at an equal distance, and the hostels and hotels are usually really good prices.
Best time would be between late Monsoon and early Spring - so between October and March. If you are lucky, you can witness snowfall during late winter in Mussoorie, a hill station that is just an hour's drive away!
Dehradun is best for almost anyone, especially those interested in experiencing the culture here which you can find in the Tibetan monasteries like Mind-rolling, or the Hindu Temples. The River Ganges in Rishikesh city nearby has a couple of Punjabi temples such as Poanta Sahib, and you can also enjoy a trek to George Everest and Mussoorie or feel the clouds at Clouds End!