Dehradun, a flourishing tourist spot is located in the Doon Valley. Situated in the Uttarakhand District of North India, it is in the lap of Himalayas. Spread across the foothills of the Shiwaliks, Dehradun is a primary attraction for trekkers.
Dehradun was founded by the Mahabharata’s famous epic figure and legend Guru Dronacharya. Situated very close to the famous hill station of Mussoorie and the holy cities of Hardwar and Hrishikesh, Dehradun is also nestled between the two most important rivers of India Ganga and Yamuna. Dehradun is also just about 258 kms from the national capital of Delhi and is well connected by roads.
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How to reach
Dehradun is just about 258 kms from the national capital of Delhi and is well linked by roads to all major cities. Daily buses ply between the capital and Dehradun also connecting Mussoorie.
Dehradun is very well connected by rail to almost all major cities of India. Some of the most common names of express trains that link Dehradun with places like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Lucknow are the famous Doon Express, Shatabdi Express, and the Mussoorie Express.
Jolly Grant Airport is around 25 km from Dehradun and is the closest airport.
Places to see
The Forest Research Institute of Dehradun is considered one of the premier institutes of India and has a museum that exhibits quite an extensive range of flora. A Botanical Garden is also situated within the campus. Another favorite destination among tourists is the Tapkeshwar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated amidst exquisite natural beauty of an overflowing stream and also hosts a big fair in the month of March where people from far and near throng the shrine on the occasion of Shivratri. Malsi Deer Park is located about 8 km from the city en route to Mussoorie. Sahastradhara is a famous sulphur spring 14 km from the city. People from all around visit it to get benefitted from its healing powers. Robber's Cave is just 8 km from Dehradun, and is a famous picnic spot.
Famous spots you must not miss
Doon’s Nose, Dat Kali Mata Mandir, Lachchiwala, Buddha Temple and Clementown Park, Laxman Sidh Temple, and Raajaji National Park are among the must-see places.
Dehradun is an attractive shopping destination for tourists. The bustling local market of Dehra Dun is famous for curios. Winter clothes, warm woolens in varied colors and designs are favorites among shoppers. The Paltan Bazaar is typically famous with its winding narrow mountainous streets and alleys. This market is situated near the Clock Tower of Dehradun.
Places to stay
Best Eastern Hotel Madhuban, Inderlok Hotel, Viceroy Inn are some of the 4-star luxury hotels. Hotel Ajanta Continental, Hotel Aketa, Hotel Classic International, Hotel Great value, Hotel Pacific, Hotel Atithi, and Hotel Prince are also some other decent places to stay once you are in the city.
Best time to visit
Winter months are the best time to visit Dehradun. Peak summers and monsoon can well be avoided.
Summer temperatures are hot compared to other hill stations of India with temperatures ranging between 27 degrees Celsius and 41 degrees Celsius as it is situated on a valley. Winters are quite cold with temperatures as low as 9 degrees Celsius.