“Architectural Marvel In Dehradun – FRI “

How many of you remember the movie “Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein and “Student Of The Year”? Well these two are on top of my favorite list as I just loved the songs of RHTDM and I’m a big fan of Alia Bhatt! Isn’t she really very cute? Hold on, relax in today’s update I’m not going to explain my love for Alia but I’m going to tell you some interesting facts about the shooting location of “Student Of The Year”. So some scenes of this debut movie of Alia bhatt, Varun Kapoor and Siddharth Malhotra was shot in FRI (Forest Research Institute) Dehradun. “Let’s explore this architectural marvel in Dehradun – FRI.”




First of all let me tell you all about the history of this architectural marvel. So FRI ( Forest Research Institute) is an institute of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education and is a premier institution in the field of forestry research in India. It is located at Dehradun in Uttarakhand, and is one of the oldest institutions of its kind. In 1991, it was declared a deemed university by the University Grants Commission.

The Forest Research Institute campus hosts the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), the staff college that trains officers selected for the Indian Forest Service (IFS).

It was founded in 1878 as the British Imperial Forest School by Dietrich Brandis.

In 1906, it was reestablished as the Imperial Forest Research Institute, under the British Imperial Forestry Service.


Inside View Of FRI Dehradun


Now talking about the movies that was shot in FRI, in “Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein” it was “Madhvan” and “Saif’s” College and in “Student of The Year” it was shown as “Saint Teresa High School.”  Remember the scene of Student of the Year Competition and when Siddharth was staring at Alia like a silent lover? Okay I guess now you all know how much I loved that movie! Well so maximum scenes of Saint Teresa High School was shot in FRI Dehradun.



The architecture is of rare type, Greco-Roman style which makes it even more stunning and gives it a classic look. This beautiful structure is an amazing combination of Mughal and Roman style architecture. Larger than the Buckingham Palace, the FRI is also home to museums such as the Pathology Museum, Social Forestry Museum, Silviculture Museum, Timbra Museum, Non-Wood Forest Products Museum and the Entomology Museum. Visitors can also take advantage of guided tours on the campus of the FRI which take place daily.



Apart from the main building which is amazingly beautiful and lush green field, visitors can also enjoy a picnic at the Botanical Garden in FRI campus. And yes beware of the monkeys!

I’ve been to FRI twice and I love this place because of its peaceful environment and lush greenery everywhere. Also being a science student I just love exploring places that are related to my major subjects and yes this place is perfect for photography!




FRI is located at a distance of approx 5 km from Dehradun city at Chakarta Road. Dehradun Railway Station is at a distance of 6 km from FRI and the nearest airport is “Jolly Grant Airport.”


Museum is closed on weekends.

No tours between 1 PM to 2:30 PM.

Guided tours operate from 9 AM to 1 PM and then from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

The FRI Museum is open from 9:30 AM to 5 PM daily.


Entry to the main institution is restricted.

Parking of vehicles requires a nominal fee.

Rs.15 per person for entry into the museum.

There are some extra charges for carrying a camera inside.

Also during monsoon season Dehradun receives mild to medium rainfall which makes it even more attractive tourist spot. So if you are planning for your monsoon vacation then Dehradun is a must visit place.

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