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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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Harish Phulara
  • Harish Phulara
  • 10 Reviews

"One of the must visit place in Uttarakhand"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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 2 months ago
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 2 months ago
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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Alexander Krishna
  • Alexander Krishna
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 14 Reviews

"The best place to enjoy"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The best time I ever had. Best gateway from a busy city life. Its for a fun and only a fun trip. This is a peaceful place and not a over crowded hub. Lots of cozy places are around. The only thing is you need to spend time.

You will feel like you are in heaven. and you will want to visit this place again and again. You will prefer spending time with your friends and relatives at this picturesque spot with the nature beauty in a valley.
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Alok Kumar
  • Alok Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Pleasent stay at a pleasent place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Went to Dehradun in 2014. It was superb experience and tour for me. I enjoyed a lot with my family and the near ones. I'll cherish those memories. I want to go there again and again. The main places to visit there are Sahastradhara, Dehradun, Tapkeshwar Temple, Rajaji National Park. The food available is roti, rice, curries, eggs etc. I would like to advise the visitors to visit this place just before winter and to keep warm clothes and other necessary things.
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Ritesh Yadav
  • Ritesh Yadav
  • Lives in Alwar
  • 1 Review

"The best place to visit and enjoy the most"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The most beautiful place I ever visited in my Life. As I reached Dehradun Railway early in the Morning, we took a taxi directly to MUSSOORIE. We had Maggi at MAGGI POINT and at the same time Glancing the whole of Dehradun City. Before visiting Dehradun I thought that it will be Difficult to reach out there but I was totally WRONG as We didn't face any difficulty for getting Transport. As we were heading towards Mussoorie the view of Sunrise was AWESOME and the clouds floating with us, as were were driving by. We visited many Waterbodies and Waterfall like Sahastradhara and Robbers Cave which was loved by Everyone. But the Most historical place which I loved was the library in Mussoorie made by the Britishers. At last the shopping experience was Far better than Metro cities and PALTAN BAZAAR, where you can find Whatso ever you Want. It is a place which should be Visited by Everyone.
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Mahesh Gadhwal
  • Mahesh Gadhwal
  • Lives in Jaipur
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  • 2 Reviews

"Nice trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was a memorable moment of my life. I feel so romantic on this trip. It is a great trip of my life. I enjoy a lot with my friends. Dehradun is located 230 km from the national capital, Delhi. Apart from being rich in natural beauty, the town is also known to many famous Educational.
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Debnath Roy chowdhury
  • Debnath Roy chowdhury
  • 1 Review

"I WILL HAVE A EVER LASTING MEMORY OF THIS TOUR"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I went to Dehradun in 2013. It was superb experience and tour for me. I enjoyed a lot with my family and the near ones. I'll cherish those memories. I fell to go there again and again. The main places to visit there are Sahastradhara, Dehradun, Tapkeshwar Temple, Rajaji National Park. the food available is roti, rice, curries, eggs etc. I would like to advise the visitors to visit this place just before winter and to keep warm clothes and other necessary things.
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Rajeev Rajput
  • Rajeev Rajput
  • 2 Reviews

"Lovely place with lovely people"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 4, 2014
Opportunities don't happen, you create them. Enjoy weekend in dehradun. Awesome in every climate any season. Beautiful people and aware crowd. People are really helpful. So many beautiful places to visit and shopping market are really nice. Clock tower in Dehradun is one such thing.
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Himanshu Singh
  • Himanshu Singh
  • Lives in Aligarh
  • 2 Reviews

"Place with amazing climate"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2014
Awesome experience. Dehradun has so many attractions in and around the city. Very relaxing accommodation options, the city is clean and well-maintained. Mussoorie is just an hour's drive uphill. Went to Sahastradhara, Tapkeshwar Temple. The mountain around were awesome and the Kempty fall in Musoorie is wonderful. There are too many temples in Dehradun. It was a fantabulous tour with my love.. I will dream about this place till my next visit. The climate of dehradun suited me well..
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