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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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Sikha sharma

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"Adventures tour" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Beautiful place and awesome stay. One can go to Mussoorie also for a day or two. But Dehradun also a nice place to visit. Robbers Cave, Sahastradhara, are places worth visiting for adventure. Buddha Temple, Tapkeshwar temple, Sai temple are holy and spiritual places. Apart from that FRI is also a good place with a nice museum and a must visit, if you are fond of flowers.
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Ravi Rana

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"An heavenly place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Uttarakhand Mussoorie such as returns began to come in heaven. And The Mall Road and Fall Kempty was worth watching. My family and I will always miss this place. I will definitely come back here again with my family at some point in life and spend awesome moment here.
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Tejas Mariswamy

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"The vantage point" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
For someone from the planes with a quest for the mountains, especially the Himalayas, Dehradun is a perfect base. One can arrive here take a day off to explore the local hot spots like Gucchupani and the FRI campus. Then they can move towards the hills. There are various point within distance of 250 km from Dehradun which can make u wonder and appreciate nature. One can also go to Rishikesh to experience white water rafting!!
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Amit Bhatt

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"Great and just amazing" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I have been to the city of amazingness during my vacations. I visited all the places. I am acquainted with it. Enjoyed the vacations. Lovely weather and a beautiful city with amazing people. One can enjoy every bit of his time in normal. I had an amazing trip.
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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I had visited Dehradun several times for business tour. It is a good place to visit having nearby hill station Mussoorie. Overall, experience is good.
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"Capital of joy and peace"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"The city with nice temple"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"Full time masti"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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

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"Heart of India"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"Dehradun is good city but polluted"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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