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Forest Research Institute


14.3/5(30 Ratings)

Forest Research Institute Overview

Ranked 3 of 35 sightseeing in Dehradun

Forest Research Institute (FRI) is located in the north-west centre of the city, on the Kaulagarh Road. Sprawling over an area of around 2000 acres, this research institute was established in 1906.

The main attraction of this institute is the building itself, which has been constructed in Greco-Roman colonial style. This building houses six museums related to forestry, which include museums on social forestry, pathology, silviculture, timber, non-wood forest products and entomology.

In addition, the place also houses a Botanical Garden, which is a popular picnic spot among travellers. Besides, inside the estate, there is Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy that trains probationer officers of the Indian Forest Service.

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Beautiful and lush green!

Beautiful and lush green!  Video Review

Forest Research Institute

12th Aug 17

Good place to know about Forest

Good place to know about Forest  Video Review

Forest Research Institute

4th Jun 17

Excellent architecture

Excellent architecture  Video Review

Forest Research Institute

Muhammed Razil
23rd Jan 17

Prime Tourist Spot

Prime Tourist Spot  Video Review

Forest Research Institute

Nishesh Singhal
18th Dec 16

Inside Forest Research Institute

Inside Forest Research Institute  Video Review

Forest Research Institute

Nishesh Singhal
18th Dec 16

Lush Green Surroundings

Lush Green Surroundings  Video Review

Forest Research Institute

Pritish Kumawat
13th Aug 17

Awesome infrastructure

Awesome infrastructure  Video Review

Forest Research Institute

Jintu Das
12th Aug 17

Good place to visit

Good place to visit  Video Review

Forest Research Institute

Harendra Barwar
12th Aug 17

Nice to go around

Nice to go around  Video Review

Forest Research Institute

Patel vipal
28th Jan 17

Peaceful place

Peaceful place  Video Review

Forest Research Institute

Nishesh Singhal
18th Dec 16

What travellers are saying about Forest Research Institute

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  • Below Average 1
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
9:30 AM -6:00 PM
9:30 AM -6:00 PM
9:30 AM -6:00 PM
Public Holidays:
9:30 AM -6:00 PM

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Sukhvinder singh

Sukhvinder singh5.0/5

5 reviews

FRI Visit

It is good place to visit, Roman Architecture . Very beautiful building . And forest research center. Must visiting place and its worth experiencing it has 6 Museum of forest research to experience . Pathology Museum, Social Forestry Museum, Silviculture Museum, Timber Museum, Non-Wood Forest Products Museum, Entomology Museum

Avinash singh

Avinash singh4.6/5

6 reviews

A must watch place.

This is a very nice place to visit, I would say a must watch place in Dehradun. If you have to see the type of woods, warm, termites, aurveda medicines, spices and many more . It takes around 3 hours to visit, The campus is very wide and lush green. An awesome place.

Vikram bhardwaj

Vikram bhardwaj5.0/5

1 review

I came to know that many films are shoo ted there

The experience was good. The place is clean and close to the nature. It is full of peace. There is a museum which is wonderful. Many parks and canteen facility. Overall my experience was great.
  • I came to know that many films are shoo ted there

Sanjeev  Dass

Sanjeev Dass5.0/5

67 reviews


FRI as its known mostly is the oldest building made by the britishers. It houses the FORST RESEARCHE INSTITUTE and is one of the most beautiful buildings in Dehradun and India. The building is located in lush green surroundings and a must visit.

Muhammed Razil

Muhammed Razil4.3/5

22 reviews

Excellent architecture

Forest Research institute, located in Dehradun is one of the top sightseeing places in Dehradun. The main attraction is its main building in the campus. The architecture of this building is just awesome. It's an excellent piece of British architecture. A good place to walk around with family and couple. We are not allowed to sit in the lawn over there. But we can enter inside the campus to see the different 3 museums.It's a craziest shooting location of bollywood college movies. 'Student of the Year' is one of them.Also one can enjoy the greenery inside the campus.

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Saurav  sinha choudhury

Saurav sinha choudhury2.1/5

32 reviews

Visit only if you are interested in botany, zoolongy etc

First the good points: the majestic building of the forest research institute of british architecture with lush green surroundings is a place to click pictures. The scene as one can see in pics ... Looks like an university or college from abroad. No wonder the place featured in a bollywood movie.Now the second part which is the museum inside. That is only for those who have ample knowledge of forestry, zoology, botany etc. I hope they can appreciate the specimens as for us laymans those things dint mean much. FRI can make the specimens interesting by making the displays little interactive or easy to understand.

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  • Visit only if you are interested in botany, zoolongy etc
  • Visit only if you are interested in botany, zoolongy etc

Richa Goel

Richa Goel3.9/5

12 reviews

Nice and green location

Beautiful location. We clicked loads of pics here. The movie 'Student of the year' got shooted here. It has huge collection of fossils. You can enjoy them if you love history.

Arunav Singh

Arunav Singh4.3/5

42 reviews

Excellent place to visit in Dehradun

It is more commonly known as FRI by the locals and you can get buses from all over town to there i. e easily accessible. One should not miss an opportunity to go there as you will be amazed to see such greenery, cleanliness and a quiet atmosphere. You can visit the museums and have a look at the variety of flora and there are some really old fossilised tree samples and anyone would be amazed to see it. Take atleast 3-4 hours and do as much photography as you can. This place with its AWESOME British architecture will swoop you off your feet and will surely stay in your memory forever.Do give it a chance if you are in Dehradun.

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Prabal Singh

Prabal Singh4.6/5

25 reviews

Awesome place

Seen in movies like Student of the year, this place is highly recommended for people who visit Dehradun. A family place, neat, clean and a photographer's delight. People could be seen here for pre-wedding photography now a days. Awesome place to see.

Kamal Dahiya

Kamal Dahiya4.3/5

112 reviews

Feel true nature

Forest Research Institute is 3-4 km away from Dehradun, it is also known as FRI. If you want to know about nature, you'll find most type of trees here. You can learn about trees in the museums, there 6 museums are situated in FRI. You will see amazing work of woods and you will be amazed to see the art of wood work in museum and most amazing thing that you will find is 700 years old trees wood.

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Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

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Nishesh Singhal

Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
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Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

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Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

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