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Dehradun Tourism

Dehradun Info

  • 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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Priyakant Upreti
  • Priyakant Upreti
  • Lives in Bareilly
  • 1 Review

"Capital of joy and peace" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
It was a great journey. I liked Sahastradhaara, most awesome place I have ever visited. Each one has to go at least once here. I also liked Tibatti market of Dehradun and Sai Mandir. So now plan your journey today. I hope it will be your most memorable journey.
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Ankita Singh
  • Ankita Singh
  • Lives in Shahjahanpur
  • 5 Reviews

"The city with nice temple" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Dehradun is a heritage city with full mountain view, also have great academic expenditure. And it is now developing in real state too. Traffic is the main problem for the city, you cant find suitable transport for moving. There are no public transport available for travellers.

You need to hire a pvt cab or you will depend on the local bus service, which is too much crowded and there are no time limit for any of the route. You must have your own vehicle or hire a cab for moving.
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Ajay Kumawat
  • Ajay Kumawat
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Full time masti" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This ride was only for masti. Go away from home and have some fun. Dehradun is the most beautiful place. One can get everything in dehradun. The mountain ranges of the Himalaya, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India Paltan Bazaar and Rajpur Road are the economic heart of Dehradun. The largest mall in Dehradun. If you are a nature lover, you would love to carry your camera around and capture the scenic beauty of this place. Medical, educationally is excellent. Good for shopping and best part is mussoorie is just 35 km from Dehradun. From Dehraun we also go to Mussoorie. That was a amazing experience.
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Prakhar Nagaich
  • Prakhar Nagaich
  • Lives in Aligarh
  • 8 Reviews

"Heart of India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya. Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India. Paltan Bazaar and Rajpur Road are the economic heart of Dehradun. The largest mall in Dehradun is currently Pacific Mall at Jakhan.
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Sushil
  • Sushil
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Dehradun is good city but polluted" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One can get everything in Dehradun. Medical, educationa is excellent. Good for shopping and best part is Mussoorie is just 35 km from Dehradun. Good hotels, connectivity with Delhi is excellent by train, road and air travel. Food like; vegetarian and specially non veg food is good at some Muslim hotels. Any type of morning breakfast like ; South-Indian, Maharashtrian, North-Indian was available in Dehradun.
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Aditi Juneja
  • Aditi Juneja
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 11 Reviews

"A great destination to relax"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dehradun is a great destination to sit back and relax. If you are a nature lover, you would love to carry your camera around and capture the scenic beauty of this place. There are plenty of water picnic spots, that makes it an amazing place to visit in summers.

Do visit the Shiva Mandir on your way to Mussoorie. Bakeries in Dehradun are not be missed for sure.
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Shruti Verma
  • Shruti Verma
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"A quiet and peaceful place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Apart from the three places we visited, Sahasdhara could be added in the plan. Else this place is very commercialised and I prefer quiet places. Though our resort was on the outskirts of Dehradun Mussoorie road, we could feel peaceful around us. Don't forget to visit Kempty falls. Girls you may try getting clicked in the traditional outfit near Kempty falls(background).
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Jitendra Chawla
  • Jitendra Chawla
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Dehradun a peaceful yet beautiful place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Dehradun valley - with hills on all the four sides is an excellent place to visit and stay put at. While being in Dehradun one can always visit Paonta Sahib an again an excellent location, excellent road and located just under the shadow of a Hill - one can feel the calmness and beauty of the Nature.

Mussoorie is another place to visit while being in Dehradun which is just 1 hour drive with an excellent road to drive on.
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Abhishek Chauhan
  • Abhishek Chauhan
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"The location is beautiful, but not a good experience"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its is one of the beautiful places of India, but less transportation and lots of places are not connected with town, you need to hire taxi or auto to visit places, my experience is worst as lots of auto driver charged high and have list of places.

Started travelling at 12 'o' clock and decided to visit 8 spots, but he took us nearby locations first and spent too much time there, and then went for farther locations, he took us to around 2-3 popular places out of 8-10 and all other locations not popular or interesting, we enjoyed the Rovers cave and forest museum. He took extra charge to visit more popular and farthest location and we need to pay more to visit there. As per my opinion, in your journey you have to select your spots and book the ride for your convenience. I like the weather and natural beauty of the place.
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Sudatta Mukherjee
  • Sudatta Mukherjee
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  • 5 Reviews

"A short trip full of amazing delights!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
My uncle, aunt and cousin have been staying at Dehra Dun for few years now. Last time I visited, it was a family trip. As a result, I was not able to do a lot of solo traveling or travel with people of my same age.

This time around, I and my cousin sister decided go on few sight-seeing around Dehra Dun, with my cousin brother (who by the way is an environmental scientist) and his wife. We visited Robber's Cave, Rajpur Village, Forest Research Institute, Wildlife Institute of India, Buddha Park etc. We had visited few of these places earlier also, but this time, we discovered the places from a newer angle.

It is highly recommended for tourists to make their way to Robber's Cave, which is a natural cave of limestones, a river cave. During off season, when it is not raining, people trek inside the cave and it is one hell of an experience!

Old Rajpur Village is also one trek people should go for. One get to see the old small villages of Dehra Dun and it's warm environment.
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