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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Sonu sahni

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  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"An average experience"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Dehradun is a average city.

Hotel experience is worst.

Robbers cave and tapkeshwar temple best place to visit.

Sahastra dhara is the worst place made by tourist, govt should see to this. Mansi deer park is all under construction very few deer and other animals can be seen. Paltan bazar is like handicap nagar market of Delhi.
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Farish Rahman

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  • Farish Rahman
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Capital City with not much sightseeing"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Uttarakhand state capital which is well developed. Less places for sightseeing.

Robber's cave is a must visit place. Getting there from Dehradun bus stand it is easy. By taking share auto to Garhi Cantt (Rs. 10), from Garhi Cantt you will get direct bus to Robber's cave (Rs. 10). You have to go to Garhi Cantt to get transport to Cave at a cheap rate.

You have to walk nearly 1 km from main road to reach the cave.

Food is not that much famous. For shopping there are bazaars. But Dehradoon is not a place for shopping and food. It is good for 1-2 days stay at some cottages to enjoy the climate.

Nearby places are Mussoorie, Haridwar and Rishikesh (50 km distance) which can be reached by bus easily. Buses are available to major places like Delhi, Chandigarh, etc.
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Richa Goel

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  • Richa Goel
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"A good experience"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
As it was a business trip, we didn't spent much time on roaming around. We were focussed to work. We went out to few places and enjoyed the weather. The temperature was good as compared to Delhi but it was still pretty hot. We didn't needed any sweaters but a shawl will be always good.
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Ippirisetty srinivasarao

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"Heritage visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2016
Dehradun is good & calm city where the people like to do work instead of begging. It has good connectivity with states like Punjab, U. P, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana & Srinagar. It is also connected with holy places like Haridwar & Char Dham. I advice the tourist to visit Mussoorie & Nainital like hill stations.
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Dev Bisht

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"Best place to roam as well as shopping"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
One of the awesome, beautiful and best place for travelling. Shopping, good food, malls are just far as few steps. Surrounded by Natural beauty Dehradun is also a good choice for hill view. Mussoorie, one of the best hill station is just few kilometres far from it.
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Ron Lyall

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  • Ron Lyall
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Nice Destination!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2016
It was a good place for tourist and many exciting places like Kampty fall and shashtra dhara were there where you can go and enjoy. Me and my family enjoyed a lot there and we find some exciting games there. The way to campy fall was very dangerous because on the one side of road there is mountain and the other side there is open deep area.
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Prafull Goel

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  • Prafull Goel
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Nice place but no night life"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2016
It is one of the best cities in Uttrakand. There are many places where you can enjoy like sahastradhara and robbers cave. Robbers cave is best place. But transportation system is not that good. Also you cannot enjoy at night. Markets closed around 9'O clock.
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Shivam Negi

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  • Shivam Negi
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Pollution less place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2016
Dehradun is a place where you can any-time in the year. You feel great enjoyment there. It is very less polluted city. There is a vast wildlife. The nature is surrounding you. The local food is so good. The bazaar is huge where all people gather to buy thongs. Shopkeepers has friendly nature. I ate food at Anandam restaurant. They make delicious food. The Kalakand sweet is very good. We do camping, play games there. We go to tapkeshwar mandir and santa devi temple. Dehradun has many spiritual temple. We go to robber's cave. All people had to go there once in a life to see the beauty of nature.
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Abhi Bhandari

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  • Abhi Bhandari
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Awesome place to go!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2016
If you like to be calm, Dehradun is a right destination for you. One side beautiful mountains of Raja ji national park, other side the awesome view of Mussoorie mountains. You cant point out a single drawback there. Near by you have Aquatic park, a national park & a Mussoorie like destination. You can go for bunjee jumping, Mount climbing, River rafting, all is there. You can enjoy there a awesome snowfall & many other surprise are waiting for you guys. So go & get a visit to city of dream i.e, Dehradun.
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Prince Kumar

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  • Prince Kumar
  • Lives in Dehradun
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"Known for its simplicity & hilly areas"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 20, 2016
As Dehradun is known for its simplicity & hilly areas, it's quite good to roam in pollution free & exotic place. The environment is different from other places I visited. Mussoorie, Kempty Fall, Paonta Sahib, Jhanda Sahib, Chakrata etc. Are great destinations in Dehradun. Even Rishikesh, Haridwar are just a cab away.

Local food was just awesome including garhwali dishes. I visited Rishikesh for rafting, mountaineering & bungy jumping. Ram jhula & Laxman jhula were good places to see. I relaxed there in night with my colleagues & friends. Handmade things are easily available in Dehradun, so shopping is a great fun in Dehradun.
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