Dehradun is the capital of the state of Uttarakhand and popularly known as Doon Valley. Dehradun is located at an altitude of 2100 feet above sea level and is situated at the foothills of the Shivalik ranges. The Ganges River flows east of Dehradun, while the Yamuna River flows to the west.The name Dehradun is derived from the words ‘Dehra’ meaning ‘camp’ and ‘Doon’ meaning ‘low land at the bottom of mountains.

Dehradun is also mentioned in important Indian epics, namely Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that the Lord  Rama, along with his brother Lakshmana, came to Dehradun after killing the demon king Ravana. Another story suggests that Guru Dronacharya also lived here at one time. The ancient temples and ruins found here are around 2000 years old.

Dehradun and nearby tourist places

Every year a large number of tourists visit here. The pleasant weather and natural surroundings have made this place popular among tourists. Apart from this, it is a gateway to some of the other beautiful sites of Uttarakhand such as Mussoorie, Nainital, Haridwar, Auli and Rishikesh. Dehradun is famous for some research and educational institutions like Indian Military Academy, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Forest Research Institute and Doon School.

The Forest Research Institute (FRI), located on Kaulagarh Road, is another popular institution in Dehradun. It was established in the year 1906. It is spread over 2000 acres. The construction of the Institute is palatial and represents the perfect blend of Greco-Roman and colonial style of architecture. Sahastradhara, Rajaji National Park, Malsi Deer Park are some other tourist attractions of Dehradun. Laxman Siddha Temple, Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Santla Devi Temple and Tapovan are among the famous temples of Dehradun. Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is a famous cave temple dedicated to the Lord  Shiva. Travelers can visit this beautiful place by car or on foot. The shops here are popular for local handicrafts, woolen clothes, jewelry and books. Rajpur Road, Paltan Bazaar and Ashley Hall are the major shopping spots in Dehradun.

How to reach Dehradun

Dehradun is well connected to other parts of the country by air, rail and road. Jolly Grant Airport is located 20 km from the city center. It is connected to Delhi Airport by regular flights.

Dehradun railway station is a major railway station, connecting the destination with some cities such as Delhi, Varanasi and Kolkata. You can also reach Dehradun by availing state and private bus services. Regular deluxe buses are available from New Delhi to Dehradun.

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