Dehradun is the capital city of the Indian state of Uttarakhand and the first contact with the mountains. The town is snuggled on the foothills of Shivalik range of Himalayas located in the Doon valley, surrounded by Yamuna to the west and the Ganga to the east.
Dehradun is one of the oldest cities in India. In Skanda Purana, the town was mentioned as 'Kedar Khand', the abode of Shiva. It is also said that Lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Ravana. The British era had made the city as a colonial settlement. During that time prestigious academic institutions were built here. The esteemed Indian Military Academy is located here.
The city of Dehradun has various tourist spots blessed with spirituality, natural bliss and adventure. The Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple is a beautiful religious site as it derives its name from continuous falling water droplets on the Shivling placed in the shrine. The Sahastradhara meaning a Thousand springs is an intriguing sight to check out. The Malsi Deer Park is a wonderful picnic spot and which can be enjoyed with children. The Robber's Cave is another important picnic spot. The Tibetan temple is and the revered Santaula Devi temple are for peace seekers.
While at Dehradun, undertake excursions to places like Lacchiwala, a beautiful picnic spot. Rajaji National Park is preserved sanctuary of variety of flora and fauna. Dakpathar blessed with beauty of mountains. Crowds flock to the city during times of Jhanda Fair, Tapeshwar Fair, Laxmansidh Fair, Bissu Fair, Mahasu Devta Fair, etc. A wide range of escapades is available in the hill station. With enormous places for paragliding, skiing, angling and river rafting, Dehradun fascinates the adventure buffs.