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Jaunsar-Bawar is a hilly region located 85 km away from Mussoorie, in the district of Dehradun of Uttarakhand. Located at an elevation of 7391 m above sea level, it is one of the highest cities in India.

The place is named so as it is representative of the region inhabited by the Jaunsari and Bawari tribes, which find mention in the epic of Mahabharata. Basically, the place encompasses two regions that are inhabited by two tribes, Jaunsar and Bawar. The former live in the lower half of that region, whereas the latter live in the upper half of it.

Jaunsar-Bawar was included in the Chakrata Tehsil in the year of 1829. Earlier, it was a part of the Sirmur/Sirmoor State, until the British invaded it along with Dehradun, in the war with the Gurkhas, in 1814. This high hill region is covered with reserve forests, which contain deodar, pine and spruce trees, which made it an important destination for timber during the British era.

The local culture and tradition of this place, as an effect of being isolated from the rest of the region for centuries, is different from those of the nearby Garhwal, Kumaon and other regions. Polygamy and polyandry is common among the Jaunsari tribals. However, according to the anthropology studies in the 1990s, this culture is phasing out and is being replaced by monogamy. The important aspects of their culture are sports and dance. The famous folk dance of this place is ‘Barada Nati' and people, both women and men, celebrate their festivals by dancing in groups. During festive seasons, people wear colourful traditional clothes. The main festival of Jaunsar-Bawar is Bissu, which is celebrated during the harvesting season.

The closest tourism destinations to this place are Chakrata, Kalsi, Yamunotri and Mori. Popular tourist places near Jaunsar Bawar are Duryodhan Temple, Lunagad Creek, Netwar, Jakhol, Kharamba Peak, Ram Tal Garden, Kanasar and a waterfall called Tiger Falls.

The closest railway station to Jaunsar Bawar is Dehradun (DDN), which is located at a distance of 76 km. The nearest airport is also at Dehradun, which is at a distance of 71 km.

As it is a hill station, the climate of this place remains suitable for sightseeing and outdoor activities throughout the year.

There is so much to see in Jaunsar Bawar.

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