Sunday, 29 July 2018

Sahastradhara Waterfall Dehradun

Sahastradhara Dehradun
Sahastradhara Waterfall Dehradun
Sahastradhara is a very popular waterfall in the Dehradun. During summer it would be fully filled with tourists and local natural beauty lovers. Sahastradhara is not a single waterfall. Sahastradhara means a collection of thousands of waterfalls. ‘Sahastra’ means thousand and ‘Dhara’ means waterfall. It is a naturally beautiful place to spend time with family or friends. Sahastradhara is famous for Sulphur water where tourists come for taking a bath in the waterfall.

Sahastradhara- Bunch of Springs

Sahastradhara Dehradun
Waterfalls at Sahastradhara Dehradun
As per name Sahastradhara, it is the collection of thousands of waterfalls. There are lots of small waterfalls in the hilly area. All springs collectively join and making a big waterfall. These waterfalls are Sulphur water containing. You can see lots of small waterfall there who join in the Sahastradhara. You will not found anywhere such a big waterfall easily in Dehradun. Tourists come here to take a water bath. They feel refreshed after the bathing in Sahastradhara water. Men, women, kids and the elderly person also come here to enjoy the natural water pool.

Sahastradhara Water Benefits

The water of Sahastradhara popular for its therapeutic and medicinal value since ancient times in India. Sulfates are easily dissolved into water. Hills of Sahastradhara area has sulfur-rich rocks. Waterfalls on limestone rocks converted the water into sulfur waterfalls. Sahastradhara is Sulphur containing waterfall which is beneficial for curing skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and arthritis. Other than skin diseases it is also beneficial for the nervous system, insomnia problems.

Sahastradhara Dehradun
Sulfur water spring at Sahastradhara Dehradun
There is a signboard also at the entrance of Sahastradhara mentioned that peoples suffering from skin diseases can be cured by taking a bath in Sahastradhara water. Sulfur water is good for the bath only. Sahastradhara water is not good for drinking purpose. So avoid to drink it. Especially for small kids, sulfur water can cause diarrhea.

Sahastradhara- A Picnic Spot of Dehradun

Sahastradhara is the best place for the picnic spot in Dehradun. Tourists enjoy the whole day here in the lap of nature with the beauty of the waterfall. The water level is not so deep so kids and adults can easily take water bath. There are rubber tubes also available for those who don't know swimming. You will find here many types of food and drinking items for enjoying the moment. So you don't worry about anything here all facilities are available here.

Sahastradhara Water Amusement Park- Joyland

Sahastradhara water park
Sahastradhara Water Amusement Park- Joyland
At Sahastradhara there is also an artificial water amusement park named Joyland. This man-made water park enhances the beauty of Sahastradhara area and provides more options for tourists to enjoy the place. So it becomes a good picnic spot. Sahastradhara Amusement Park is good for kids and also for youngsters. Swings and waterslides of the water parks giving us the extra fun of bath. Joyland is not free in charge so there is some Sahastradhara water park entry fee which changes time to time.

Sahastradhara Ropeway

Sahastradhara Ropeway
Ropeway at Sahastradhara Dehradun
The ropeway is very common in hilly areas so you will see ropeway also in Sahastradhara. For seeing the panoramic view of the Sahastradhara from the top of hills you can go for the ropeway. At the top of the ropeway, you can enjoy the picnic. There are also various types of shops such as snacks, food, and wooden item shop. Here you can spend 1-2 hours. Sahastradhara ropeway charges were Rs. 150/- per person for going up and down. Ropeways provide us airy trips which very exciting for many tourists. There are lots of fun and enjoyment facilities available at the ropeway Manideep. Such as Children park, Discotheque, games parlor, adventurous sports, restaurants, etc.

Sahastradhara Prachin Shiv Mandir

Guru Dronacharya was Lord Shiva devotee. So at Sahastradhara, you can also see Mahabharat time’s ancient Lord Shiv temple. This Prachin Shiv Mandir is situated in the Dronacharya cave. You can go there and worship of Lord Shiva and get blessed. There is another very famous Lord Shiv temple in Dehradun which is also related to Guru Dronacharya. It is the Tapkeshwar temple which is too ancient than Mahabharata era.

Guru Dronacharya Temple at Sahastradhara

Sahastradhara waterfall
Guru Dronacharya Temple at Sahastradhara
Dehradun is also popular as Dron Nagari. There is Guru Dronacharya temple near the entering gate of Sahastradhara. Temple is small and situated at height. There are few stairs for reaching to temple. You have to remove your slippers before entering the temple. There are few shops near to the temple where you can purchase Prasad to offer in Guru Dronacharya temple.

Sahastradhara Study topic for Geology Students

Sahastradhara is not only the tourist destination of Dehradun. It is also a study topic for Geology Students. Students from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun and other institutes come here to study various aspects such as Paleoclimatic, Sedimentological, Geomicrobiological and Paleomonsoonal of Sahastradhara caves. There are seven small and big caves which are the main attraction of Sahastradhara for tourists and Geology students.

Sahastradhara Falls in Baldi River

Sahastradhara is situated near the bank of Baldi River and Sahastradhara spring water falls into the Baldi River. Baldi River enhances the natural beauty of the Sahastradhara area. Baldi River is one of the rivers of the Song River basin.

Facilities at Sahastradhara

Sahastradhara waterfall Dehradun
Shops at Sahastradhara Dehradun
Sahastradhara is the perfect place for full enjoyment. There is every type of facilities available for all age group peoples. The list of facilities available facilities listed below.
  • Lockers
  • Washrooms
  • Changing rooms
  • Wooden items shops
  • Food and Snack shops
  • Hotels and restaurants 
  • Various types of game stalls and shops.
  • Parking facility for two and four wheelers.
  • Swimsuits and bathing cloths available on rent for everyone.
Things to be Note before going to Sahastradhara
  • Camera allowed.
  • Use of plastic bags is prohibited.
  • Pets are not allowed. So keep it in mind.
  • There are no Sahastradhara entry charges.
  • Drinking of alcoholic drinks is fully prohibited at Sahastradhara.
  • Footwear’s are not allowed inside the temples, waterfall and in the river.
Sahastradhara Best Time to Visit

Sahastradhara is popular due the water bath in the waterfall. So tourists come here during summer season mainly. So from March to June is the best time to travel Sahastradhara. July to August is the rainy season so avoid to come to Sahastradhara during this time. You can also visit Sahastradhara after rainy season but environment and water also chilled.

Sahastradhara Timings

Sahastradhara waterfall Dehradun
Entrance of Sahastradhara
There is no entrance gate which will be closed or open for tourists. So you can go anytime there. You can go there in the early morning and return in the evening. So the timing will be for summers at 07:00 am to 07:00 pm. The total time of visiting this place depends on you how much time you will want to spend here. Minimum you have to spend 2-3 hours to see all the major attractions of Sahastratdhara.

How to Reach Sahastradhara 

Sahastradhara waterfall Dehradun
Bus stand of Sahastradhara Dehradun
Sahastradhara has situated approximately 12 km far away from the Ghanta Ghar. From the Dehradun ISBT Bus stand, it will be 15 km and from the railway station, it will be 16 km. There is a local city bus facility available for Sahastradhara. You will get the Dehradun to Sahastradhara bus from Parade ground near the Ghanta Ghar. The bus fare is only Rs. 17/- per person for Sahastradhara. The bus will reach at Sahastradhara within 20 minutes.

From the railway station, you have to take a private taxi or cab. You can also go to the Parade ground and take Sahastradhara city bus.

From bus stand ISBT there is no direct bus for Sahastradhara. So you can go by booking a private taxi or cab. There is Vikram from ISBT to Ghanta Ghar and Parade ground so you can also go there by using it.

From the Jolly Grant Dehradun Airport, Sahastradhara is approximately 28 km far away so you have to book a taxi or cab.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Mandir Dehradun

Tapkeshwar Temple Dehradun
Tapkeshwar Mahadev Mandir Dehradun
Tapkeshwar Mahadev Mandir is the most famous Lord Shiva's temple of Dehradun. It is popular by various names as Tapkeshwer Dham, Tapkeshwer mandir and Tapkeshwer temple. Tapkeshwar Shiv temple is a natural cave which is situated near the Tons River. This cave is also famous as 'Dron Cave' because Guru Dronacharya did 'Tapasya' here. There is a Swayambhu Shivling inside the cave on which water drop fall naturally and regularly. That’s why this Shiv temple called as Tapkeshwar. Around the temple, greenery, river, and springs make this place naturally beautiful.

Tapkeshwar Temple History

History of Tapkeshwar temple starts with Guru Dronacharya. Guru Dronacharya came here for doing Tapasya of Lord Shiva. They did twelve years Tapasya for Lord Shiva. Guru Dronacharyawantst to learn archery from Lord Shiva. Guru Dronacharya's wife wanted a child then they again start Lord Shiv worship. After some time, Guru Dronacharya's wife gives birth to a baby boy. Guru Dronacharya named the child as Ashwatthama.

Ashwatthama does not drink the milk since birth so he doesn't know about the milk. Once he knows about the milk by his friend. So he demanded the milk from his mother. Ashwatthama’s mother was unable to give him milk. Then Ashwatthama goes to his father, Guru Dronacharya for milk. His father was also unable to give him milk because he had no cow. Guru Dronachrya suggested to Ashwatthama to do Tapasya of Lord Shiva for the milk.

Ashwatthama started the Tapasya of Lord Shiva. He did very hard Tapasya for Lord Shiva by standing on a single leg. Lord Shiva very happy with Ashwatthama Tapasya and came to in front of him. Lord Shiva asked to Ashwatthama for demanding his wish. So Ashwatthama demanded milk. Then the stream of milk started from the cave and dropping on Shivling. Ashwatthama drinks this milk from the Shivling's feet. Later on in Kalyug due to misuse of this milk, this milk turns into water.

Tapkeshwar Temple Dehradun Popular for Many Reasons
  • Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple has self-manifested (Swayambhu) Shiva Linga.
  • Tapkeshwar temple is popular as Guru Dronacharya Tapasthali and Dron Gupha.
  • Tapkeshwar temple is also famous for Ashwatthama birthplace.
  • Natural cave Shiv Temple of Dehradun.
  • Ancient Shiv Temple of Dehradun.
Tapkeshwar Mahadev also famous as Dudheshwar Mahadev

After Ashwatthama's Tapasya, Lord Shiva blessed to him in Tapkeshwar temple. So there was continuously milk dripping on Shivling. So that time this temple was popular as Dudheshwar. Tapkeshwar temple another ancient name before Dudheshwar and Tapkeshwar was Deveshwar Mahadev Mandir.

Prachin Shiv Mandir of Dehradun, Uttarakhand

There are many Shiv temple in Dehradun such as Shri Prakasheshwar Mahadev Mandir. Tapkeshwar temple of Dehradun is Prachin Shiv Mandir because the temple is old than the Mahabharata times. ‘Prachin’ is a Hindi word used for very old and historical things. The description of Shri Tapakeshwar Shivling found in Kund Puran Kedar section as the name of Deveshwar and Tapakeshwar. So it is believed that this temple is about six thousand years old.

Tapkeshwar Dham Dehradun

Tapkeshwar Mandir Dehradun
Tapkeshwar Dham Dehradun
Tapkeshwar Dham means where Tapkeshwar God stay. Both side area of Tons river of Tapkeshwar temple known as Tapkeshwar Dham. There are also other Gods temples and statues on the other side of the Tons River. You will find Guru Dronacharya’s temple also here. Other than Tapkeshwar temple, other Gods temples are listed below.

Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir Tapkeshwar Dehradun
Mata Vaishno Devi Gupha Mandir Dehradun
  • Mata Vaishno Devi Gupha Mandir
  • Santoshi Mata Mandir
  • Maa Durga Temple
  • Shri Bhadrakali Sanya Shidh Sakti Peeth
  • Hanuman temple
  • Very large statue of Lord Hanuman
Tapkeshwar Swayambhu Shiv Lings

There is two Shiv Linga in the Tapkeshwar temple. Both are believed as self-manifested (Swayambhu). There will be continuously water dripping on main Shiv Linga. The other Shiv linga covered with the Rudraksha. For cover the Shivling there was 5151 Rudraksha used. Shiv devotees can see both Shiv linga and worship them.

Lord Shiv Linga Worship and Shringar
  • Rudrakshmay Shringar of Shivling occurs on every Trayodashi of the month. Rudrakshmay form of Shivling called Deveshwar Shiv.
  • Shivling's special Shringar (makeup) called Tapeshwar Mahadev which occurs on every Sunday and Thursday.
  • During Sawan month special worship of Lord Shiv every day.
  • Special worship of Shivling with Shringar on Monday.
  • On Mahashivratri magnificent worship of Shivling.
  • Grand worship with decor during Navratri.
Tapkeshwar Temple River

Tons River at Tapkeshwar Temple
Tapkeshwar Temple River
Tapkeshwar temple is situated on the side of Tons River. Tons river is tributary of Yamuna River which flows through Garhwal region. Tons river in Mahabharata times called as Tamsa. Its other name was Devdhara. There is a small bridge on the Tons River for going another side of the river. During the summer water level of this river becomes low. But during the rainy season, the water level becomes so high and temple maximum parts go under the river water.

Except for the rainy season, you can take bath also in the Tons River. Many Shiv devotees go for Shiv Darshan after taking bath in Tons River. There are lots of fishes in the River. So you can feed them here. Foods for Fish is also available here. There is also sulfur- water springs near the temple.

Tapkeshwar Mandir Dehradun Flood

Dehradun is a hill city so during the rainy season water level of rivers going suddenly so high. So avoiding such places for traveling during in rainy season is a better option. In 2017 many pilgrims were trapped in Tapkeshwar temple. The sharp rise in the water level of the Tons River due to the heavy rain that the surrounding stairs were sunk. Due to the thunderstorm of Tons River, devotees could not get out of the temple for three hours.

Tapkeshwar Temple Dehradun Timings
  • Tapkeshwar temple is open on all days of the week.
  • The temple opens in the morning at 06:00 am and closed in the evening at 07:00 pm.
  • For visiting this naturally beautiful, calm and nice place you have to spend almost 2-3 hours
Tapkeshwar Temple Entry Fee

There are no entry fees for the entry in the temple. From the main entrance to the temple, there are 300 stairs. It is difficult for elderly people to go up or down using stairs. There is a new electric lift is started for the elderly people and incapable peoples who want to visit Tapkeshwar temple. For the lift using there are minimal charges of Rs. 50/-.

Tapkeshwer Mahadev Mandir Best Time to Visit

Tapkeshwar Mandir Dehradun
Tapkeshwar Mandir Photo
As per climate of Dehradun best time to visit Tapkeshwar March to May and August to November. During December to February, very Dehradun becomes very chilled. As per festivals time, you can go there at Mahashivratri. During the Hindi Sawana month, lots of Lord Shiv devotees come to Tapkeshwar temple. Tapkeshwar temple is situated near to the river so you have to avoid a visit here during the rainy season.

Tapkeshwar Fair on Mahashivratri

Annually there is a huge fair is organized on the holy festival Mahashivratri. On this day lots of devotees of Lord Shiva come from various places of Dehradun and from nearby cities to visit here. So if you want to visit this place on this day you have to come as soon as possible in the early morning. There will be a long queue of men and women devotees’ separately.

Various types of’ shops arrange during this festival. Various types of Jhula for kids and youngsters will be here. During this festival, you will found various shops offering Bhang laddu, bhang sharbat, Bhang Pakode, etc. You will also found Kandamool fruit also during this festival. Free Prasad and food distributions are arranged by the temple committee during the Mahashivratri for all devotees.

Important Points for Tourists and Devotees
  • Parking space is available for two or four wheeler vehicle but there is no parking stand. So parking is on your risk.
  • The camera allowed in the temple. So enjoy photography with a naturally beautiful location.
  • Slippers or shoes are not allowed in the main temple so keep outside the temple or keep it at Prasad shops.
  • There is less space in the cave and it may be slippery. So move slowly inside the temple.
  • There will be snakes in Tons River or sides of the river to keep it in mind.
  • Keep kids with you. Kids can move here and there in the temple.
Prasad and Refreshment Shops near Tapkeshwar temple

There are lots of shops in Prasad near to Tapkeshwar temple main gate. They offer you Prasad at different rates such as Rs. 21/- to 151/-. You can take milk or water for pouring on Shivling. After the worship of Lord Shiva, you can take snacks here. There are small refreshment shops which offer you many foods and drink items.

How to Reach Tapkeshwar Temple Dehradun

Tapkeshwar temple is situated in the Garhi Cantt, Dehradun. It is approximately 6 km from the main city of Dehradun. You can get direct city bus service from the ISBT bus stand for the Garhi Cantt. The Tapkeshwar temple is approximately 2 km far away from the city bus stoppage of Garhi Cantt. You can also go there without any vehicle. It will be 15-20 minutes walkable distance if you are single. You can book a private taxi or cab it will be a good option for going Tapkeshwar temple from anywhere in Dehradun. If you have own vehicle it will be best.

From Dehradun Railway station: It is only approximately 7.5 km from the Dehradun railway station. There is a city bus stoppage at the railway station so you can go direct Garhi Cantt or Ballupur chowk. From Ballupur chowk you will get a Bus or taxi to go Garhi Cantt.

From Dehradun Bus Stand: The distance between ISBT bus stand and the Tapkeshwar temple is 9 km. There are a direct bus and taxi services for the Garhi Cantt from the ISBT bus stand Dehradun.

From Dehradun Airport: The distance between Jolly Grant Dehradun airport and the Tapkeshwar temple is 35 km.  So booking a private taxi or cab is the best option from the airport for visiting Tapkeshwar temple.

Tapkeshwar Temple Dehradun Address

Tapkeshwer Mahadev Mandir
Tapkeshwar Colony,
Garhi Cantt, Dehradun,
Uttarakhand 248001