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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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Vishal Gupta

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"The weather was cold so must take warm clothing" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Nice place. It's a valley rather than a hill which makes it perfect to travel. There were lots of places to visit like sahasdhara, kuchupani, caves etc. Better to have your own car to explore all the places. Some good places are there for local food which you can ask any local.
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Sanjay Mishra

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"Beautiful & well-connected city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Dehradun got a really deep cultural history. City is well-connected with rail, road, and air. Mussorie, Dhanaulti, ponta sahib, Rishikesh are the main tourist attraction near Dehradun. There are all kind of major restaurant in the city where you can get multi cuisines on single road that is Rajpur road. Beautiful city to stay near nature and enjoying beautiful surroundings.
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Ca rohinn Arrorra

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  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 10 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
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"Beautiful city with infrastructural development" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I never knew Dehradun was equally beautiful city as Chandigarh is but after my first visit to the city I was really impressed. The neatness of the city and infrastructural development really brings scenic to the city. A short visit to the place has created an interest to visit that place again.
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Somnath Paul

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  •  20 helpful votes
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"Difficult to find good Bengali food and tea" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was very hot when I visited Dehradun in the month of June 2015. The main problem with the place I have faced was food. I am from West Bengal, and there in Dehradun, it's very tough to find a Bengali Hotel. Food from all of the hotels or restaurants we ordered, comes to us with a huge quantity. Tea "Dhoondte reh jaoge, par nahi milegi". Overall the trip was good. The Rovers Cave, Forest Research Institute, Sahastradhara, Buddhist Temple are good. The main attraction was Mussoorie. Nice place and good to stay. Kempty Fall, Company Garden and many other sightseeing places are there in Mussoorie.
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Mohd Javed

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"A beautiful place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Beautiful place and awesome stay. One can go to Mussoorie also for a day or two. Dehradun is a nice place to visit. Robbers Cave, Sahastradhara are places worth visiting. Mussoorie, ¯Uttrakhand 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 palce!! My family will definitely come back here.
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Siddhant Kumar

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"A calm place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
If you are looking to visit a cool and calming place but don't want to have too much crowded place then the combined trio of Dehradun, Mussoorie and Haridwar is a good choice. Some of the best places to visit were Gucchu pani, Sahastra dhara, Dhanaulti and ram jhula(Musurrie). All and all it sums up to a great experience with lots of water fun and good weather.
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Sikha sharma

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"Adventures tour" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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