Dehradun Tourism

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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Dehradun Traveller Reviews

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Kathryn Herbert

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  • Kathryn Herbert
  • 1 Review
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"Jolly Grand" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Thank you Make My Trip for fabulous travel arrangements into Jolly Grand Airport from Kerala transferred through Delhi for a fabulous journey to the ancient and sacred city of Rishikesh. Online check in was super easy and fare was at a fair price with great transfers with IndiGo and Spice Jet.
Make My Trip made my trip Jolly Grand !!
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Shubhendu Barai

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  • Shubhendu Barai
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 5 photos
  • 1 Review
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"A place for bengali food and Tea ... The Bong Twist" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Please visit The Bong Twist for Bengali Food .. Right from kosha mangsho, maacher jhol(fish curry), posto, payesh, chutney, fish cutlets, mocha chingri, mocha chop ...
Right in the foothills of mussorie on sahatradhara road near IT park ... Darjeeling tea of different varieties with herbs of your choice is served ...
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Amit Vaid

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  • Amit Vaid
  • Lives in Jammu
  • 1 Review
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"Awesome place to visit at least once."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Awesome place to visit at least once. A lot of places to visit in local as well as surrounding places. A perfect holiday destination. Just love to visit again and again. A few places must visit the leading one Masoori, Dhanoulti, Robers cave also known as guchu pani, Sahestrdhara, Rajpur Road etc ...
Places to eat Gandhi Road for non vegetarians.
Kumar sweets, melting point. Ali's kebabs Kashmiri tikka of adjoining Lane of indira market at ghanta ghar .. Raja Charla and karhi Charla of Sardar ji at canought place samosas and bread pakora of Jaina. Etc etc ...
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George t t

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  • George t t
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  •  1 helpful vote
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"Very good hotel for medium families"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 3, 2016
The hotel management is very support to the customers, who have visit first in the Dehradun. A budget hotel for medium families and the facility and room is very good. One advise to customer, they are not leaving/vacate the room 1200pm (noon). The management penalty to the half of normal charge up to 5 pm. If you have staying after 1200 pm (noon) please book the room for another day with the discount rate.
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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Dehradun the point to start"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 2, 2016
When we started planning our trip from Mussorie, Rishikesh and Haridwar; we kept Dehradun as the starting point as from here we can reach mussorie or Rishikesh or Haridwar as per weather. Got down at Jolly Grant. Took taxi, enjoyed local travelling and sightseeing options and moved to Mussorie. It's a nice place to start off a Pahadi trip or it can be a religious trip. It depends on you. Enjoy life when you still can ...
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  • Roshan
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"Nice city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 30, 2016
I traveled this city in month of May. I like this city cleanliness and much more.. Too good and city location is good. I am going to Dehradun to Haridwar then I stay in Dehradun and stay in a hotel because in Dehradun city hotel cost is cheap.
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Sonu sahni

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  • Sonu sahni
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  •  3 helpful votes
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"An average experience"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jun 6, 2016
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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  • 4 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
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"Capital City with not much sightseeing"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 14, 2016
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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  • 12 Reviews
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"A good experience"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2016
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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  • 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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