Dehradun

Dehradun

Located in

Garhwal

Recommended stay

     2 days

Best time to visit

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Railway Station

Dehradun

Nearest Airport

Jolly Grant Airport, 29 kms

Famous for

Historical, Picnic Spots, Educational Institutes, Food, Capital City, Shopping, Zoo, Business Hub

Dehradun | Utarakhand

Dehradun is the capital of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, near the Himalayan foothills. At its core is the 6-sided Ghanta Ghar clock tower. To the southwest is Paltan Bazaar, a busy shopping area. Just east is the Sikh temple Gurdwara Nanaksar, topped with ornate white and golden domes. In Clement Town to the city’s southwest, Mindrolling Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist center with shrine rooms in its Great Stupa

Top 10 places to visit in Dehradun – Divine Travels

When one speaks about a family vacation, the first few things that strike one’s mind are green trees, blue skies, chilly weather, great food and a place where you can forget all your woes and calm down. This holiday destination is among those that fall under the category of delivering this experience to its visitors.

Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun which is the capital of Uttarakhand is known for its beautiful climate and the lovely landscapes it encompasses. One of the most astonishing facts about this place however, is that it is also one of the most important education hubs in the whole of India. How a place so small and petite be able to give a tough competition to other financial sectors of India is truly unimaginable.

Dehradun lies in Doon Valley which is located on a varying height of approximately 410m. The region is especially known for its climate. While one will experience a pleasant cool weather in Dehradun, the city is often times referred to as the ‘Rainy city of India’ due to the continuous rainfalls especially during monsoons.

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. In the recent years – there was a sense of construction boom that took place wherein endless residential property emerged in the city. Modern buildings have gradually been constructed making up for the good portions of Dehradun.

Dehradun City Tourism

Dehradun City is one of the oldest cities of India, bejeweled-like a glittering jewel in the lower Himalayan mountain ranges. The city is perched at an elevation of 435 meters and is currently enjoying its stature as the capital of Uttarakhand. 

Dehradun is the gateway to the famous hill station of Mussoorie and the pilgrimage spots of Haridwar and Rishikesh.  This city is famous for its weather, Dehradun climate remains salubrious throughout the year.

Dehradun has earned the epithet of being revered as the ‘Educational Hub of Uttarakhand‘ as it is home to several prestigious educational institutions including the Doon School, Welham School for girls, Welham Schools for boys, and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. The city also boasts some of the renowned national organizations such as the Indian Military Academy, The ONGC, Survey of India, the Forest Research Institute, and many more.

Top 10 Best hill station and places to visit in Dehradun by The Best Tour and Travel Agency in Rishikesh – Divine Travels

History of Dehradun

The historical facts suggest that Dehradun owes its name to Shri Ram Rai, the eldest son of the seventh Sikh Guru, Har Rai Ji who set up his ‘dera’ or camp in ‘dun’ i.e. valley in the year 1676. Deradun later came to be known as Dehradun. It is said that Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb was in awe with the supernatural powers of the magnetic, Ram Rai. Therefore, he asked the contemporary Raja of Garhwal, Fateh shah to extend a helping hand to Shri Ram Rai. Hence, a Gurudwara or temple was built in Dhamawala. Also, the construction of the present building of Darbar Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji Maharaj was completed in 1707. 

Dehradun was conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni during his campaign into India, followed by Taimooralang in 1368, Ruahela Njibuddulo in 1757 and Ghulam Qadir in 1785. The British gain control over Dehradun in 1816 and post-Independence, Dehradun along with the other parts of Garhwal and Kumaon region were merged with United Provinces which later came to be known as Uttar Pradesh. 

In 2000, Uttarakhand state, formerly named as Uttaranchal was created from the northwestern districts of Uttar Pradesh, under the Reorganization Act 2000 and Dehradun was made its provisional capital.

Mythology about Dehradun

As per the Hindu mythology, the name Dehradun has been derived from its nickname “Doon Valley” which is related to the two popular Hindu legends called Ramayana and Mahabharata.  In Skanda Purana, Dehradun is mentioned as a part of the region called ‘Kedar Khand’, the abode of Shiva. Dehradun is one of the oldest cities in India and is believed that Lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Ravana.

Around 2,000 years old temples and idols have been found in the surrounding areas of Dehradun, which dates back to the period of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is also believed that Dehradun was the abode of Guru Dronacharya, who was the royal guru of the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

What is Dehradun famous for?

Dehradun is famous among tourist as Historical, Picnic Spots, Educational Institutes, Food, Capital City, Shopping, Zoo, Business Hub.

Dehradun is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Dehradun is popular destination for following activities/ interests – Biking, Business Hub, Char Dham Route, Christmas and New Year, Leisure, Others, Shopping, Weekend Getaway.