Dehradun Tourism
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Dehradun Tourism

Dehradun Info

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • 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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Shradha Jaiswal

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  • Shradha Jaiswal
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
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"Best place for family tour" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Nice place to visit 2 to 3 days. Best time October to March. You can also enjoy bungee jumping & paragliding at very good rate. People are very friendly. Food lover can try different food specially chats. You can also visit Mussoorie its only 1 hour drive from Dehradun.
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Priyam  Mittal

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  • Priyam Mittal
  • Lives in Kashipur
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"Amazing place!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I'm a student in Dehradun. Its a very nice place to hang on with friends. Full of facilities.

Places to visit:- Rober's cave, shehastradhara, Buddha temple, tapkeshwar, shiv mandir, malsi dear park and many more. For shopping visitors can visit Indira market, paltan bazaar, Tibet market. Also there are many shopping malls like city junction mall pacific mall and many more. Dehradun has a cold climate. Dehradun is a city of mountains and a very cheap place to hang on.
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Nilanjan Neogi

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  • Lives in Jhargram
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"Its an awesome place to go" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
You should visit it it is a very good place in Mussoorie, Dhanaulti falls for full one day. Return back and then plan for Rishikesh for two days, you will find there boat rafting jumping, night stay at Ganga beach, then came to Rishikesh a religious place.
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Robin Mittal

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  • Lives in Delhi
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  •  4 helpful votes
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"Cool place to visit in Winters" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Dehradun is a very cool place to visit in Winters. Like in December. We have been there last month and we got a very good holiday destination there. Weather is very good and it was a good experience. You should go there with family and friends. Not to mention, it is good for hang outs.
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Mijra gupta

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  • Mijra gupta
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 2 Reviews
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"Beautiful and nature cooperates with you"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's a beautiful place, it's like a place where nature cooperates with you. Though it has all the latest technical and comfort needed for luxury lifestyle still one can never miss the touch of nature. You can spend your old age in a place like this. The people here are also nice with love of nature and humanity. You have all of the recreational places located nearby. So one should spend some time in Dehradun of their life time for sure.
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Jyotsna Negi

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"Dehradun, a place where everybody can enjoy"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dehradun is a valley surrounded by Shivalik mountains and hills of queen named Mussoorie. During summers Dehradun becomes the main attraction of people from nearby sates and metro cities. It is a modern town intact with all the modern amenities. It is famous for boarding schools and public schools since British era. For a tourist Dehradun is very suitable place where climate is favourable during summers people enjoys most of the water spots here. Apart from water fun places one can visit Forest Research Institute, Tibetan Garden, Tibetan Monastery, Sai Mandir, etc. Marketing at Rajpur Road and Paltan Bazar also gives a unique experience while travelling in Dehradun & Mussoorie. Nowadays Dehradun is over populated and pollution hazarding its natural beauty. Everywhere all green jungle and field are converting into plots and houses.
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Vivek Kothiyal

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  • Vivek Kothiyal
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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  •  18 helpful votes
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"Superb city with lovely places around"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dehradun is a fabulous city. I visited there last week. And enjoy a lot. I visited many places like Robbers cave, Buddha temple and many more. The Mussoorie and Rishikesh is also nearby and we can there also. There are many hotels is this city where we can stay. Buses and taxi service also available for all places.
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Sourav Bhalotia

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  • Sourav Bhalotia
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
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"The best place for everyone"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The people of Dehradun is really good and we went to Mussoorie and believe me the taxi person was really jovial and the places are really god to visit. How can I forget the food, omg the aloo chaat there and panipuri is really tasty and pleasing, its my request to you to please visit this beautiful place.
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Zaid ullah Khan

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"A very good place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
You should visit it. It is a very good place in Masuri. An amazing and you should be visiting from Rampur also I have a good experience to visit Dehradun that is amazing. Papa amusement park also it is a very good place to enjoy with your family friends and children's. You must visit it in summer vacations.
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"Dehradun, amazing place to go!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Dehradun which is a good place to be at. I would like to ho there again and again. There are many beautiful places to watch. Good place to hang around and release tension. So you must visit this place.
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