The name Tapovan has been derived from two Sanskrit words ‘tapas’ meaning pain or suffering and ‘vana’ meaning forest. This literally suggests a forest of spiritual practice. Traditionally in India, the places where the sages and hermits used to meditate and seek spiritual bliss came to be known as Tapovan.
One such place is Tapovan nestled on the Dehradun-Raipur road, a place to find peace and quietude. This tranquil place is located about 6 km from the city centre, Clock Tower. Surrounded by lofty trees and the bubbling river that flows nearby, Tapovan also houses a Shiva Temple which is famous among the locals and is thronged by many Hindu devotees during Shivratri.
Mythological tale related to Tapovan
Whether it’s the heavenly aura of this place or the sweet solitude that one can experience here, Tapovan has never been out of sight. There is a popular belief that Guru Dronacharya, the royal teacher of Kauravas and Pandavas had undergone a serious penance here. This religious belief has tempted many curious souls who come to explore Tapovan.
Why you should explore Tapovan’s wilderness?
If you are a nature addict then you must visit Tapovan as it exhibits lush greenery. One can feel the munificence of nature here or visit the Khalinga War Memorial, the only war memorial of its kind which was erected by the British to pay honour to the Gurkhas. A Shiva Temple is also nestled in the wilderness of Tapovan, where you can pay obeisance to the deity. Other famous attractions that you can visit from Tapovan are Sai Baba Temple, Malsi Deer Park, Pacific Mall, MDDA Park, Sahastradhara and Gandhi Park.
How to reach Tapovan
Tapovan is idyllically situated on Dehradun-Raipur road and is located about 14 km from ISBT, Dehradun. This picturesque place is about 46 km from Rishikesh, 55 km from Haridwar and around 250 km from Delhi. Dehradun railway station is the nearest railhead at 7 km Tapovan. Jolly Grant airport at 30 km away is the closest airport. You can book a cab or travel by taxi till Tapovan as there are a number of transport facilities availability till Tapovan.