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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 682 m
  • Pincode: 248001
  • District: Dehradun
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 0135
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 41°C, Winter 5 to 23°C
Dehradun is the capital city of the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is also a district, which covers an area of 3088 sq km and lies at an altitude of 2100 ft above sea level. Also known as Doon Valley, it is located at the foothills of the Shivalik ranges in the Garhwal region. Two rivers, Ganga and Yamuna, flow to the east and west of Dehradun, respectively.

The city is said to have derived its name from the two words ‘dehra’ and ‘dun’. Dehra is apparently derived from ‘dera’ meaning camp and ‘dun’ means the low lying lands at the foot of the mountain.

According to history, Ram Rai, a Sikh Guru was banished by Aurangzeb to the forests of Dun who set up camp in the present day Khurbura and also built a temple near Dhanawala. Modern day Dehra started to develop around the time and since most of the district lies at the foothills of the mountain, it was named Dehradun.

References of the city can be found in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Ram and Laxman are said to have visited the site after their battle with Ravana. Dronacharya, the royal guru in the Mahabharata, is also believed to have resided here. Ancient temples and ruins have been found in the nearby areas, which are almost 2000 years old.

Dehradun attracts tourists for its pleasant weather and beautiful landscape. It is also the gateway to the surrounding Himalayan regions like Nainital, Mussoorie, Auli as well as Haridwar and Rishikesh. The city is also home to some renowned educational and research institutes like the Doon School, Indian Military Academy, Forest Research Institute and Wildlife Institute of India among other prestigious institutions.

Some of the other attractions of the region are Tapkeshwar Temple, Santala Devi Temple, Tapovan, Rajaji National Park, Malsi Deer Park and several others. Apart from its natural beauty, monuments and institutions, the city is world famous for its Basmati rice.

The best way to explore and get around Dehradun is either by car or on foot. While walking around the town, tourists can shop for local handicrafts, jewellery, woolens and books from three of major shopping hubs here – Paltan Bazaar, Rajpur Road and Ashley Hall. Travellers can also try tasting some Tibetan momos that are served in many restaurants on Rajpur Road.

Besides shopping, Dehradun is also a haven for adventure junkies. Various activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing and water sports can be experienced in Dehradun. Tourists visiting the town can scale Jwala Devi, Shivalik ranges and Doon Valley among other sites.

Dehradun is well connected by air, rail and roadways. The Jolly Grant Airport, situated at a distance of around 20 km from the city centre, connects the city to other parts of the country, with daily flights to Delhi. The nearest international airport is at Delhi. The city is also well connected by trains to major cities like Kolkata, Varanasi, Delhi and others. Dehradun can also be reached by State run buses that connect to nearby cities in the region as well as New Delhi.

Dehradun has a temperate climate. The summers are generally hot while winters can be cold. Snowfall is not uncommon in the winter months. Depending on the altitude, the climate varies from place to place within the district. Dehradun can be visited throughout the year. However, in the month of January there are chances of heavy snowfall.

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Amit kumar

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  • Lives in Surat
  • 2 Reviews
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"Awesome holiday spot" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Dehradun is a small town, capital of Uttarakhand its situated at the foothills of Mussoorie. Has good eating joints, few malls and awesome natural greenery. The connectivity is good to Delhi via train and bus. Also has a airport with decent number of flights. Plan for haridwar, Rishikesh also when you come to Dehradun.
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Smriti Das

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"Enjoyable trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Dehradun is a beautiful capital city of Uttarakhand. When you enter into the city you can find mangoes & litchis orchards on both side of the road. We stayed one night at a bungalow of an Air Force officer. Next day, we visited Sahasradhara which was 35 km away from the bungalow where we stayed. Dehradun is famous for its greenery that's why maximum rainfall occurs here. Holy river Ganga & Yamuna both are found in this city. It was an enjoyable short trip during Independence day.
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Austin Mars

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"A beautiful hill city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It's a most beautiful and religious city, it's situated in between river ganga and yamuna. Mountain, lakes green Forest makes this city beautiful. City life was also awesome place like rajpur road attracts the people. Mall park are all available. Temple are also beautiful here.
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Akshay Jain

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  • Lives in Madurai
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"The adventourous trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I visited this place with my school friends, a great fun, adventurous, trilling. We did kayaking, mountain rappelling, rafting, trekking, bridge slithering, etc. The food in that area is also awesome. A hilly area with chill climate. The mountain scenes on the top of sea level makes the view amazing.
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Himanshu James

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"Nothing beats awesomeness of Dehradun" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Dehradun is an amazing place for long holidays since its a centrally located to so many beautiful places and itself is one truly beautiful city. You can visit with family, friends or even alone and it will always have something to offer.

City offers sahastradhara, lachhiwala for natural water fun, for thrill of hills you can drive to Mussoorie -the queen of hills.

Dehradun is very well connected with roads, railway or air way. And it is very popular getaway for people living in Delhi.

Dehradun is a beautiful city though it's getting more crowded due to its popularity, still it has a lot to offer.

For eating you'll find north indian and chinese cuisine in its dominance here, but it offers everything you will be wanting.

Kumar sweet in clock tower is a must visit for sweet lovers and try their 'bal mithai', also momos are very good and famous of this city, you can try Kalsang momos (bit expensive but very tasty) and the ellora's bakery in Rajpur is famous for its cookies.

Do visit Dehradun and enjoy its awesome beauty.
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Paras Bhatia

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"For a relaxed weekend" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Since Dehradun is just 250 kms and well connected from Delhi, it makes the destination must go for a relaxed weekend. Being a center place Dehradun is further connected to Mussoorie (60 kms), Haridwar (40 kms), Paonta Sahib (40 kms) and ensures that you get what you look for in a specific mood.

For example if you are a religious traveler you may plan your day to Haridwar visiting temples there, Rishikesh, Neelkanth Shrine and can still be back to Dehradun by the evening.

If you are looking for family holiday, you can travel with your family to Mussoorie which is a well maintained hill station either by road or by state transport buses that start from Dehradun railway station.

If planning for just a retreat, Dehradun is full of lush green forests. You can go for trekking or simply travel to Sahastradhara for a time spent in nature's arms.

Dehradun has many markets with many restaurants selling various cuisines. You can find anything here from North Indian stuff to South Indian dosas easily.

My not to miss list includes but is not limited to following:

Visit at Gurdwara Jhanda Sahib, visit to old ahta market in front of railway station for best quality rice, Tapkeshwar Temple, Sahastradhara, National Defence Academy, Paonta Sahib.

When visiting Dehradun, be assured that even if you are coming empty handed, everything is available easily and at a short distance.
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"The weather was cold so must take warm clothing"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice place. It's a valley rather than a hill which makes it perfect to travel. There were lots of places to visit like sahasdhara, kuchupani, caves etc. Better to have your own car to explore all the places. Some good places are there for local food which you can ask any local.
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Sanjay Mishra

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"Beautiful & well-connected city"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dehradun got a really deep cultural history. City is well-connected with rail, road, and air. Mussorie, Dhanaulti, ponta sahib, Rishikesh are the main tourist attraction near Dehradun. There are all kind of major restaurant in the city where you can get multi cuisines on single road that is Rajpur road. Beautiful city to stay near nature and enjoying beautiful surroundings.
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Ca rohinn Arrorra

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  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 10 Reviews
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"Beautiful city with infrastructural development"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I never knew Dehradun was equally beautiful city as Chandigarh is but after my first visit to the city I was really impressed. The neatness of the city and infrastructural development really brings scenic to the city. A short visit to the place has created an interest to visit that place again.
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"Difficult to find good Bengali food and tea"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was very hot when I visited Dehradun in the month of June 2015. The main problem with the place I have faced was food. I am from West Bengal, and there in Dehradun, it's very tough to find a Bengali Hotel. Food from all of the hotels or restaurants we ordered, comes to us with a huge quantity. Tea "Dhoondte reh jaoge, par nahi milegi". Overall the trip was good. The Rovers Cave, Forest Research Institute, Sahastradhara, Buddhist Temple are good. The main attraction was Mussoorie. Nice place and good to stay. Kempty Fall, Company Garden and many other sightseeing places are there in Mussoorie.
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