The Himalayan Foothills


The Himalayan foothills, also known as the sub-Himalaya or the Shivaliks, is a majestic sight to look at! From Jammu, the Himalayan foothills culminates into a continuous zone through the Kangra valley, and then extends, through the Sirmaur district, to Dehradun, and further on the Bhabbar tracts of Garhwal and Kumaon.

The longitudinal valleys that lie between the Shivaliks and the greater Himalayas, are known as Dun valleys; and Dehradun is a significant example of such valleys with a length of 35 kilometers and width of 25 kilometers.

Situated in the mountain ranges of the lower Himalayas of Dehradun, is one of the exquisite resorts of the Himalayan foothills, which speaks for its beautiful ambiance and locale.

But the "Doon valley" has been through a drastic transition over the years. During the 19th century, the hills were covered with a dense growth of acacia and pine forests, but in less than two generations, the entire scenario has changed.

Although the Himalayan foothills in many places have given way to a badlands topography of knife edge ridges, it is still a treat to the tourists. The hilly tracts of Dehradun facilitate the travelers to indulge into many adventure sports such as:
  • trekking
  • jeep safari
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • camping
  • mountain biking
  • para gliding
  • many other water-sports like water skiing,rowing, kayaking, canoing, fishing and angling, river rafting and so on.
Among the most important tourist spots of the Himalayan foothills in Dehradun are:
  • Robber's Cave
  • Mundali
  • Bidhauli
  • Sahastradhara
  • Rajaji National Park
  • Tapovan.
  • Kalanga monument
  • Asan Barrage
  • Lachhiwala
Therefore, the Himalayan foothills of Dehradun, which might seem to be rugged and harsh, has its share of ethereal beauty. So why not explore what nature has in store in the Himalayan foothills of Dehradun!

Last Updated on 14 March 2013