I have been to Sahastradhara several times in the past. Whenever I am in Dehradun, I make it a point to visit this beautiful and charming place. This February I happened to be in Dehradun and on the next day I went to explore Sahastradhara once again. Sahastradhara (सहस्त्रधारा) is a Hindi word which means “thousand springs”. This majestic destination is one of the major attractions in Dehradun, Uttrakhand and is located at a distance of 18 km from the city centre. This natural wonder is famous for its springs, waterfalls, caves with crystal clear water in there, besides a sulphur water spring that is believed to have healing properties. What I like about Sahastradhara is its serene atmosphere, the river that flows between the town that has been converted into several swimming pools by small check dams. This time I extra time to explore the several springs, waterfalls and caves.
Best Time to Visit Sahastradhara
I have visited Sahastradhara throughout the year. During winters this used to be our camping site for a week or so. For tourists the best time to visit is from March to June and from September to December as during these months, the weather is pleasant, and the rainfall is low, making it an ideal tourist destination. However, if you are looking to experience the magic of Sahastradhara in its full glory, try coming here during monsoon season, which lasts from July to August. The rainwater cascading down the hills with waterfalls in full throttle and with the river and streams that comes to life, it all creates a surreal and breathtaking view. While outdoor activities may be limited during monsoon, the natural beauty of Sahastradhara is at its peak during this time and it would be a delight for nature lovers and photographers.
Delhi to Dehradun
Getting to Sahastradhara and for that matter Dehradun is relatively easy. I have come from Delhi to Dehradun by bus, train and my own car several times. Earlier I had a Maruti Alto but now with TATA Nexon in my stables, I prefer driving from Delhi to Dehradun in my own car. There are however multiple modes of transport available to reach the destination.
By Air. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun, which is about 27 km away from Dehradun and 35 km Sahastradhara. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a bus to reach your destination.
By Train. The nearest railway station to Sahastradhara is the Dehradun Railway Station, which well-connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and other major cities of India. Once you reach the station, you can take a taxi or a bus to reach Sahastradhara.
By Road. Sahastradhara is well-connected by road, and there are taxis and local bus services available that run frequently throughout the day. One thing I like about Dehradun city is the local bus service that connects virtually any place in Dehradun. You can also drive to Dehradun and to Sahastradhara, the highways are in super excellent condition.
Sahastradhara has a range of activities and sights to explore, and here are some of the must-see attractions.
Sahastradhara is known for its stunning waterfalls, springs and the river. The name of the destination itself means “thousand-fold spring.” The waterfalls cascading down the hilly terrain, creates a stunning visual spectacle. The best time to witness the waterfalls is during monsoon season when the water flow is at its peak. The sounds of the waterfalls and the cool mist make for a refreshing experience.
Sulphur Water Spring
Sahastradhara is also known for its sulphur water springs, which are believed to have medicinal properties. The water in the springs contains sulfur and other minerals, which are said to have therapeutic benefits for the skin and body. Visitors can take a dip in the springs and enjoy the rejuvenating experience.
Sahastradhara Maheshwar Temple
Apart from its scenic beauty, Sahastradhara is also known for its spiritual significance. The Sahastradhara Maheshwar temple is one such religious attraction for pilgrims and devotees. It is located on the way to the waterfalls and caves. Its tranquil atmosphere and location make it a must-visit place for anyone looking for a spiritual experience.
The Sahastradhara Ropeway is another major tourist spot and a must do activity. The cost of the ropeway ticket is Rs 200/- for both ways which we found quite reasonable considering the experience it offers. The ropeway ride offers a mesmerizing view of the entire surrounding area, the valleuy, hills and the villages around Sahastradhara. Once you reach top and get down there, you will be surprised with the beauty of the place. There is a children’s park which is very well maintained and beautiful. There is also temple dedicated to Sai Baba temple besides a restaurant. View from the rooftop of the restaurant is fantastic. Visitors can capture the breathtaking views of the lush green surroundings, the valley and the Mussoorie hills.
The road leading to Sahastradhara is called the Sahastradhara Road. This road and the area is quite popular with people looking to buya residential property. Sahastradhara Road is also home to the IT Park Dehradun, which is a hub for the IT industry of the entire region.
Camping in Sahastradhara
Sahastradhara was once a haven for camping and fishing. With the urbanization and unchecked constructions all over the place, the site is less popular for camping activities now. Nevertheless, one can explore and find few camping sites which located in the middle of nature, surrounded by the lush greenery. Camping under the stars is a unique experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Where to Stay in Sahastradhara
Sahastradhara has a range of accommodation and dining options available to suit every budget and preference. Here are some of the best options for accommodation and dining in the destination.
Sahastradhara has mostly budget hotels that offer comfortable accommodation at affordable rates. The hotels are clean, hygienic, and equipped with all the basic amenities. We have stayed in Sahastradhara during peak season and the charges can be anywhere starting from Rs 1000 to 2500.
Another option is to stay in hotel of your choice and budget in Dehradun and come to Sashastradhara for picnic and sightseeing during the day and returning back to your hotel in Dehradun in the evening.
Food in Sahastradhara
There are a number of restaurants and dhabas all along the streets of Sahastradhara. All north Indian and South Indian food is readily available here. We reached Sahastradhara at 1100 am and the first thing to do here was to have breakfast of Paranthas which were quite decent.
Places of Interest near Sahatradhara
Some popular places of interest for tourists coming to Dehradun or Sahastradhara are as follows.
Robber’s Cave is a natural cave formation located about 8 km from Sahastradhara on Rajpur Road. It is also known as Gucchu Pani by the locals. There is a small river that flows inside the cave. One has to walk though this water body to go deeper inside the caves. Robber’s cave is a popular spot for picnics.
Tapkeshwar Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located about 9 km from Sahastradhara in a picturesque location surrounded by hills and forests, and it’s known for its natural cave and waterfalls.
Mindrolling Monastery is a beautiful Buddhist monastery known for its stunning architecture and serene surroundings. It’s a great place to learn about Buddhist culture and philosophy. The monastery is located about 13 km from Sahastradhara,
Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is wildlife sanctuary located only 22 km from Sahastradhara. This wildlife sanctuary is home to a variety of animals such as tigers, elephants, leopards, and deer, and it’s a great place to go on a safari or a nature walk. However, one should be careful of wild Elephants, especially while driving during the night.
Forest Research Institute
Forest Research Institute, popularly know as FRI is located about 10 km from Sahastradhara. FRI is a premier institute for research in forest related subject. The institute is known for its beautiful colonial architecture and lush green surroundings. It is a great place for picnic as well. A must visit place in Dehradun.
Shikhar Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in Rajpur, Dehradun. One has to hike a little bit from the road head to reach this stunning waterfall. The waterfall is surrounded by lush green forests and is a popular spot for picnics and hiking. The distance between Shikhar falls and Sahastradhara is only 15 km.
Malsi Deer Park
Malsi Deer Park is a popular wildlife sanctuary known especially for its large population of deer. The park is also home to a variety of other animals such as peacocks, rabbits, and birds. This park is located on Mussoorie Road, about 7 km from Sahastradhara. As you are reaching Rajpur there is a diversion, take the left turn and just a km from there on the right side of the road is located the Malsi Deer Park.
Located about 20 km from Sahastradhara, Lachhiwala is a popular picnic spot. Lachhiwala is known for its natural beauty and serene surroundings and lush green forest. It is a great place to relax and unwind.
Lachhiwala Nature Park
Lachhiwala Nature Park is located in Lachhiwala. This beautiful park is known for its natural beauty and the large number of migratory birds. It is popular for its natural water park and people enjoy swimming in the small river located in the middle of the park during summers. It is also a great place to go for a nature walk or a bird-watching.
In conclusion, Sahastradhara is a beautiful destination that has a perfect combination of nature, adventure, and culture, and has something for everyone. Whether you are a nature lover, an adventure enthusiast, Sahastradhara has something to offer for everyone. From the beautiful waterfalls, caves, river to the scenic views, from the adventurous activities to the delicious local cuisine, Sahastradhara has a charm that’s hard to resist. The best time to visit is between March to June and September to December but one can come here any time of the year.
Q1. What is Sahastradhara famous for ?
A1. Sahastradhara which means a thousand springs is a popular tourist spot located in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state in India. This tourist destination popular both with locals and outsiders is known for its natural beauty, springs, river, picnic spot and the Sahastradhara ropeway.
Q2. Which river flows in Sahastradhara?
A2. The river that flows in Sahastradhara is called Kali Gad which is a tributary of the Song River. The Kali Kad river merges into the Song river at Raipur. (source – wikipedia)
Q3. What are the therapeutic properties of Sahastradhara?
A3. Sahastradhara is known for its therapeutic properties due to the presence of sulfur and other minerals in the water. The water is believed to have healing properties that can help with various skin and respiratory problems. People carry sulphur water in their bottles.
Q4. Is Sahastradhara safe for swimming?
A4. Yes, Sahastradhara is safe for swimming but one should be cautious. Swimming is one popular activity in Sahastradhara. The entire Kali Gad river that flows in Sahastradhara has been turned into several swimming pools. Those who do not know swimming can get rubber tube tires on rental.
Q5. What is the best time to visit Sahastradhara?
A5. The best time to visit Sahastradhara is from March to June and September to December when the weather is pleasant. However, one can come here any time of the year.
Q6. Is there any entry fee to visit Sahastradhara?
A6. Yes, there is an entry fee for vehicles entering Sahastradhara beyond a certain point. The entry fee is Rs 50/- which includes free parking.
Q7. What are the nearby attractions to Sahastradhara?
A7. There are a lot of attractions near to Sahastradhara which are Robber’s Cave, Tapkeshwar Temple, Malsi Deer Park, and Mindrolling Monastery.
Q8. How to reach Sahastradhara?
A8. Coming to Sahastradhara is very easy if you are coming from outside Dehradun. Sahastradhara is well-connected by road, rail, and air. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, and the nearest railway station is Dehradun Railway Station.
Q9. Is there any accommodation option near Sahastradhara?
A9. Yes, there are many several accommodation options in Sahastradhara, mostly budget hotels. One can even stay in Dehradun which is at a distance of 20 km and come to Sahastradhara from there.
Q10. What are the precautions to be taken while visiting Sahastradhara?
A10. Sahastradhara is relatively a safe place. However, one should take some precautions like wearing comfortable shoes, carrying sunscreen and to be careful while swimming in the river.
Q11. Can one take a dip in the sulfur water at Sahastradhara?
A11. Definitely one can take a dip in the sulfur water at Sahastradhara. There is a pond where one can take a dip.
Q12. What is the distance between Dehradun and Sahastradhara?
A12. The distance between Dehradun and Sahastradhara is around 18 kilometers and takes about 30 minutes to reach Sahastradhara from Dehradun.