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Dehradun - The capital city of Uttarachal is a complete blend of city and hill culture. It is set in the foot hills of Himalayas at the centre of the 120 kms long Doon Valley. The name Dehradun is literally made up of two words where Dera means Camp and Dun stands for Valley.

The beautiful town is referred as the gateway to Mussoorie and Garhwal interior. It is perhaps one of the oldest cities in India and was occupied in turns by the Sikhs, Mughals and Gurkhas before coming under the reigns of the British. Elite educational and other institutions were established during the British period.

Dehradun is today proud of its institutions like the Forest Research Institute, Doon School and Welham Schools, ONGC, Indian Military Academy, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Studies, Survey of India and Botanical Survey of India etc. The Survey of India was established in 1767 and its greatest achievement was to determine the height of Mt. Everest.

Being a host of large Cantonment area, the city is a popular retirement spot. It is also famous for aromatic long grain rice - Basmati Chawal (Rice) and delicious litchies.

Daily flights from Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun connects Dehradun to New Delhi. Click here for flights to Dehradun

Tourist Attractions in Dehradun

Robbers Cave

Category : Adventure

Robber's Cave is also known as Guchhipani or Guchu Pani. It is a beautiful place for picnic.Robber's Cave is only 8 kms away from the Dehradun Bus Stand. Local bus facilities are available till Anarwala Village.To reach the spot from here you will have to trek only one kilometer. This will surely give you an experience to remember all your life.One can enjoy serenity while walking along the paths ...

Sahasratra Dhara

Category : Adventure

Its name deciphered as the ‘Thousand Fold Spring’ in English, Sahastradhara is one of the most beautiful and serene picnic spots in Dehradun . It is very popular amongst both the locals as well as the tourists coming to the city. Its name emerges from the fact that the water literally drips down from limestone stalactites numbering thousands. During monsoons the water flow increases an...

Laxman Siddh

Category : Religious

Located amidst dense Lachhiwala forest, this temple has got a charm and solitude that can take you away from all the worries of an everyday life. It's built in a way that it's hidden from the probing eyes of wanderers and myths have it that centuries ago, Laxmana underwent penance for killing Ravana and meditated here for years. The solitude of the place certainly makes for the perfect ambiance to...


Category : Nature

Tapovan,a sacred place, is located at a distance of about 5 km from the city of Dehradun. It is a scenic place on the banks of the sacred Ganges.This place is known for its popular belief that Guru Dronacharya had undergone his penance here. Guru Dronacharya was the Guru of the Kauravas and the Pandavas in the epic Mahabharata. This belief leads to the curiosity among the tourists as well as the r...