Maldevta "A Popular Picnic Spot in Dehradun"
Maldevta is a popular picnic spot snuggled in the Raipur area of Dehradun. This picturesque place exhibits ethereal natural beauty, offering a gorgeous vista of the Himalayas and the pristine Song river flowing nearby. It is enveloped with exotic flora-fauna that catch the attention of everybody.
Many people come here to bathe in the glimmering stream and to trek in the wilderness of the wooded beauty. The place sees a lot of visitors during summers, who come here to beat the heat and enjoy to soak themselves in the cool water of the riverine.
Things to do:
Maldevta is a safe haven for the nature lovers and adventure bugs. The virgin trails around this place lure the wanderers to trek and explore the tiny hamlets outlining the area. For spiritual bliss, pay obeisance at the Maldevta temple which is the star attraction of this place. A swift flight of stairs will lead you to the temple where you can bow your head in faith.
One can enjoy a plethora of recreational activities from swimming, camping, bird watching to photography. Many bikers throng here to dirt their bikes on the slithering terrains of this place.
Camping and Sightseeing:
Camping at Maldevta is fun, you can pitch your tents here but since the area is occupied by dense forests, so it is frequented by wild animals at night. Therefore, it is advised to camp in groups or with the tour operators. While camping at this place, you can have a bonfire night under the sheath of stars and wake up to a view of the glaring sun.
People often come here with groups or families and prepare lunch at the riverside. The place also offers sightseeing options to some of the nearby places like Sahastradhara, Khalinga War Memorial, The Gorkha Fort of Dehradun or the Nalapani Fort, St. Francis Church, Tibetan Market and Paltan Bazaar.
Travellers can visit here between 10 am to 6 pm.
Things to Remember while visiting Maldevta:
Since Maldevta is concealed in the sequestered area of Doon Valley. It is advised to leave early and return back before dark. Take packed lunch or buy food from the restaurants en-route Maldevta as there are no food-joints here. Don’t play loud music near the river area as wild animals thrive in and around the woods, which may harm their ears.
Many people come here to picnic and leave the place in a mess. Plastic bags and paper plates can be seen floating in the river bed, which eventually makes the river polluted. So take garbage bags to collect the trash and dispose of safely after reaching home.
Best Time to Visit:
Maldevta can be visited all around the year as the weather always remains pleasant here. Since Maldevta is known for its riverine, it has become a famous summer spot and is mostly visited between the summer months of April-July.
How to reach:
Maldevta is located in Shripur near Raipur, Dehradun. It is situated at a distance of 17 km from Clock Tower and about 22 km away from ISBT, Dehradun. It is advised to take shared auto or cabs to Maldevta as the bus, autos and magic only travel midway and will leave you at Raipur. Dehradun railway station at 18 km away is the nearest railhead to Maldevta and Jolly Grant airport at 32 km is the closest air connectivity from here.