In a nutshell
"Nestled between the Ganga and the Yamuna, It has the country's first full sized ice arena, known for the fairs of Magh and Jhanda,titled as the 'abode of Drona' it is one of the oldest cities of the country.Dehradun is the perfect blend of hilly culture and city. "
The gorgeous city of Dehradun gets its name from the combination of the two words Dehra and Doon meaning camp and valley in the midst of the Shivaliks, respectively. The place has great importance as it houses the National Institute for Visually Handicapped. The place is enriched with Tourist spots like the Tapkeshwar temple, Malsi Deer Park, Kalanga monument, Laxman Siddh, Chandrabani, Guchhupani,the Robber's cave and many more.
Doon has been well loved by people like Stephen Alter, Nayantara Sahgal, Allan Sealy, and Ruskin Bond as they either spent a considerable period of their lives in Dehradun or wrote during their stay. Doon even had a special place in the life of the first Prime Minister-Jawaharlal Nehru who visited the place quiet frequently and even spent the last few days of his life over here before his death in Delhi.
How to Reach:
Air: Dehradun's prime airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is 239 Km from Delhi. Flights to this airport are available from many cities.
Rail: Dehradun Railway Station is well connected to Delhi (239 Km), Mumbai (1681 km ), Kolkata (1341 km), Lucknow (573.0 km) and Varanasi (739 km).
Road: A good connection through roads can be found to Dehradun.
Located in the heart of the city, this place is famous for its Aesthetic beauty.
This lies at the suburban areas of Dehradun which is popular for its scenic beauty.
It is dedicated to collect and study of various subjects in relation to the origin, development and sustenance of the mankind on earth.
Its famous for its water which contains sulphur.
Its name means "Place of Perfect Emancipation".
It is placed in the banks of a rivulet in Dehradun which is the holy abode of Lord Shiva.
This is located on the banks of the sacred Ganges. It is a popular belief tells us that this is the place, where Dronachrya had undergone his penance.
Situated in the suburbs of the city, this is a beautiful spot where one can enjoy a calm and soothing environment.
Malsi Deer Park
Situated in the near vicinity of the city,it is a mini zoological park.
This is 40 km away from the town which attracts large number of migratory birds and is an 'ornithologist's paradise'.
This temple is located 15 km from the town and is dedicated to Lord Balbhadra.
Located in Benog Hill, 9 km from the town, this gives a fine view of the Himalayan peaks.
A spiritual centre was established by Swami Shivanand.
Located at a distance of 130 km from Dehradun district, this is famous for offering panoramic views of the snow covered mountains
An abundant reservoir of shopping centres
Gucchu Pani (Robber's Cave)
Gucchu Pani or Robber's Cave is River Water Cave situated 8 kms from Dehradun.The cave is about 600 metres long, divided into two main parts. The cave has a highest fall of about 10 metres. In the central part there is a fort wall structure which is now broken. It consists of an extremely narrow gorge formed in a conglomerate limestone area on Doon Valley's Dehra plateau. It is a natural cave formation where rivers flows inside the cave. The place is a popular tourist spot and is now being maintained by Uttarakhand State. Local bus services are available up to Anarwala Village, from where it is a kilometre's trek away.The water is Shoulder deep after Monsoons.
Best Time to Visit
- One must witness the Magh Mela.
- One must do paragliding, skiing, angling and river rafting.
- One must visit The Museum, Tapkeshwar Temple, Robber's Cave and Lacchiwalla .
- Mountain Biking
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Shoppnig at Paltan Bazaar
- If you are travelling dehradun around the Month of March, Do extend your Holiday till the 5th Day after Holi for Jhanda Fair.
- Do save your time for the caving Experince in Gucchu pani(Robber's Cave).
- Assan Barrage (40 km away)
- Mussoorie(34 kms from Dehradun)
- Nag Devta Temple(6 kms from the town)
- Tiger View Jungle Camp Situated in the village of Goolar Khalla)