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Dehradun Travel Guide

The capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is known for its beautiful scenery, popular educational institutions, pleasant weather, temples and several other tourist attractions.


  • Sahastra Dhara in Dehradun
Dehradun At a Glance
  • Population:1,695,860
  • Area :3,088
  • Geo Location:North
  • Average Climate:3°C - 32°C
  • Best time to visit:Throughout the year
  • STD Code:0135

Introduction

The introduction to the Shivalik range of mountains, Dehradun serves as the gateway to the picturesque mountains of Uttarakhand. The town is snuggled in the foothills of the Great Himalayan Range in the Doon Valley marked by two prominent rivers of India, Ganga and Yamuna. The blessed location has granted it immense natural beauty. The gushing streams, deep ravines, lustrous valleys and most of all the lofty mountain ranges are charming.

Dehradun is blessed with unforgettable sceneries and can be visited throughout the year. The climate is generally temperate with cool winters, warm summers and mild monsoons. The bliss of the mountains touches visitors in Dehradun. The air is fresh and rejuvenating. Feel imbibed with new vigor in the scenic setting. There is a lot to see, do and experience.

Dehradun is one of the oldest cities in India. The holy text ‘Skand Purana’ mentions the town as a part of 'Kedar Khand' which means the abode of Lord Shiva. Myths also say that Lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Demon King Ravana. There are numerous revered temples found here associated with the legends. During the British Raj, it was a colonial settlement used as a summer base of Viceroy.

In terms of sightseeing there are numerous intriguing places of interest in Dehradun. Check out Dehradun Forest Research Institute, Tapkeshwar Temple, Malsi Deer Park, Sahastradhara, Asan Barrage and Clock Tower. Relax and feel natural bliss in the dense greens of the valley. For other getaways, Rajaji National Park, Mussoorie, Landour, Lansdowne are other beautiful places to check out. Adventure enthusiasts in the city have thrilling options of trekking, rock climbing, paragliding, etc. Asan Barrage Water Sport Resort is a popular place to enjoy water sports. Learn interesting facts about the environment at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. The prestigious Indian Military Academy is located in the outskirts of the town. The boarding schools here have produced rare gems and have international accolades.

Hotels in Dehradun range from budget to mid-range to luxury options. Located close to the railway station, there are extensive options for all kinds of visitors. Equipped with modern amenities, lavish features, enjoy a comfortable stay. The town also offers incredible dining options. Relish the delicious flavors of Uttarakhand. Fruit orchards also offer fresh produces of the season. There are also many famous markets in city like the Paltan Bazar, Rajpur Road, Connaught Place, Astley Hall, etc. The famous things you can buy are Basmati Rice, Khukris, carpets and other handloom items.

So what are you waiting for? Explore all what you want right here with Dehradun travel guide.