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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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Sudatta Mukherjee
  • Sudatta Mukherjee
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  • 5 Reviews

"A short trip full of amazing delights!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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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Sameer Arora
  • Sameer Arora
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Coolest destination of India"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dehradun is one of the coolest destination of India. When we visited the place, we got thrilled after seeing this clean and green city. We had lots of fun at rajpur road, tapkeshwar temple, rajaji national park, malsi deer park and many more exotic locations. Overall trip was very memorable and I advise the tourists to visit dehradun at least once.
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Ankur Dwivedi
  • Ankur Dwivedi
  • Lives in Meerut
  • 2 Reviews

"An amazing tour of dehradun"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Dehradun with my friends. When I reached there, it was a nice cloudy atmosphere. There is sahastra dhara and many tourist places which is necessary to go and check out. Near to the dehradun, mussoorie is also a place for outing. It has so much mountainous structures which are naturally created and established by the government.
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Dhananjay Manohar
  • Dhananjay Manohar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice trip with extended family"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We visited Dehradun enroute our trip to Dhanaulti. It was December time so bit cold, but we had enough warm clothings. We visited the famous waterfall sahastradhara in dehradun and also the peaceful Buddhist temple. Both these spots had their unique charm. Sahastradhara being a very different experience to feel water coming from top and we entering in cave full of limestone. The Buddhist temple was very beautiful with no rush of people as usually seen in temple.
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Aryan Ahuja
  • Aryan Ahuja
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"An amazing place, loved the beauty."

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Enjoyed alot overall. City is just beautiful. Local people are too supportive. Climate is just awesome. And yeah nice place for bird watching too. :p
Lovely place enjoyed alot. Hotels are available at a very reasonable price. Food is also available at genuine charges. And a beautiful place.
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Vivek Sharma
  • Vivek Sharma
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"A great weekend"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dehradun is a great weekend getaway for Delhi NCR residents. The breathtaking views, Serene and calm environment makes it an ideal getaway to spend some quality time away from the daily grind. I was not expecting that my trip would be awesome but its great. And when I explored the city, I found it worth visiting. Everyone has to visit these place one time.
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Vibhu Goenka
  • Vibhu Goenka
  • Lives in Bahadurgarh
  • 2 Reviews

"A great weekend getaway for Delhi NCR residents"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dehradun is a great weekend getaway for Delhi NCR residents. The breath-taking views, Serene and calm environment makes it an ideal getaway to spend some quality time away from the daily grind. Mussorie and other nearby places are added incentives to add this destination to your travel list. Have a great weekend in the mountains :)
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Harish Phulara
  • Harish Phulara
  • 11 Reviews

"One of the must visit place in Uttarakhand"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Dehradun is the heart of Uttarakhand. I visited there in the mid of 2014. I went there for some work purpose. But when I explored the city, I found it worth visiting. The city is surrounded with hills. If you are planning to visit Uttarakhand, don't forget to visit Dehradun. And yeah, Sai Baba Temple near Rajpur road is a must visit temple.
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Dhruv Sachdeva
  • Dhruv Sachdeva
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 1 Review

"Something New and Amazing Experience"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 6, 2014
For the first time when I visited Dehradun i was not expecting that my trip would be awesome.We usually go to Manali,Shimla, nainital but this time we decided to go for a different place. We went to Alibaba and Challis Choron ki gufa alias GUcchu paani. I was thrilled when I heard the Alibaba and challis choron ki gufa as when we were kids we love to see that serial but in reality when you have to chance to see it seems like your dreams come true. There were narrow mountains, Big rocks and water was flowing in between them there was loud sound of water and we went through the big rocks as narrow passage was there. People were sitting on the rocks we were splashing water on each other.It was seriously good. Then we went to Forest research institute. There we saw plants, roots, herbs which were century ago Place is spread in quite large area. There you can see rudraksha tree as well. All the things kept in forest institute was nicely presented with information but you can't take a photo as guards are there and u will not be allowed to take pics inside but u can easily feel the place beauty, And then when we were travelling on the roads there were abundant litchi trees and people have also grown lichi in their own houses which was quite impressive. Our trip in dehradun for 1 day we spent was nice.
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Rohit
  • Rohit
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 2 Reviews

"A place for food lovers"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2014
My overall experience was very nice and a memorable one. This was my best holiday visit. We enjoyed the variety of food that we got there. We visited the pacific mall and didi shopping there. We enjoy the street food that we got there. We were served tasty food and hot momos. Garhi cantt is the famous momo market in the town.
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