Dehradun is the capital of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, near the Himalayan foothills. At its core is the 6-sided Ghanta Ghar clock tower. To the southwest is Paltan Bazaar, a busy shopping area. Just east is the Sikh temple Gurdwara Nanaksar, topped with ornate white and golden domes. In Clement Town to the city’s southwest, Mindrolling Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist center with shrine rooms in its Great Stupa.
In the city’s northwest, the over-100-year-old Forest Research Institute contains a large museum with sections including pathology and timber. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, nearby Tapkeshwar Mandir is a Hindu temple on the Asan River attracting many pilgrims, especially to its sacred cave. Farther northeast, a cold river stream flows through a natural cave formation known as Robber’s Cave. Northeast of the cave, deer and Indian antelope roam Malsi Deer Park, a popular picnic spot.