Dehradun

DEHRADUN

Dehradun is the capital city of uttarakhand Which is near foothills of himalayans. It is one of the famous tourist spots for weekend gateway. Dehradun famous Places are Sahastradhara, Robber's Cave, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun Zoo, Lacchiwala PicnicSpot, and Malsi Deer Park in summer. Dehradun is just 202 km from Delhi and easily connected with the railways, airport and bus. The famous hill station, musoorie is just 39km away from the capital city, Dehradun. Dehradun tourist places is crowded in summer as it is nearest weekend gateway from Delhi.

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History : Being mentioned in many old scriptures, including the Skandapurana, Dehradun city, as it is known now, has its origins with the settlement of Guru Ram Rai in the village Dhamawala. The settlement in Punjabi was called 'Dera' from where Dehradun got its name. Later it got into the hands of Nepali Kings as they took over the Garhwal kingdom and eventually lost it to the English. Dehradun saw many improvements in the British Raj as it was a town favoured by the white men. Schools were made, municipality was established, railways were constructed and Dehradun was introduced to a whole new standard of living. From them it got the famous IMA (Indian Military Academy), Forest Research Institute (FRI) and various big schools like the Doon School, RIMC, Welhams etc.

Places to visit in Dehradun

There are many interesting and important places to visit in Dehradun, some of them are listed here:

Char Siddhs : These are four holy places ideally visited in one trip, so that the visitor's wishes can come true (that is the belief). These four Siddhs include : Laxman Siddh, at a distance of 12 kilometres along Dehradun on the Rishikesh Road, Kalu Siddh, near Baniyawala, Manak Siddh near Shimla bypass road and Madu Siddh in Premnagar.

Chetwood Hall : The pride of IMA, the famed hall takes its name from Field Marshal Sir Philip W. Chetwood, who inaugurated the academy on Dec 10, 1932. The charming hall now houses some of the most interesting Military artefacts of the 20th century.

FRI Museum : The Greco Roman colonial building of the Forest Research of India houses a very intriguing museum, showcasing the most vibrant flora and flora of the Himalayas. Robber's Cave: A picnic sport favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, Robber's cave is a beautiful place with numerous little streams of water appearing from the ground and disappearing again.

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple : Situated about 9 kilometres from Dehradun city, the Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and attracts very large number of devotees, especially during the time of Mahashivratri. Mussoorie : It is located only 35 km from Dehradun.

Sahastradhara : It means the site of 'thousand springs'. It is situated approximately 1 km from Dehradun and it is a popular picnic spot.

Rajaji National Park : It is a place especially for all natural lovers. This place is named after Shri C. Rajagopalachari who was the last Governor General of India.

Asan Barrage : It is approximately 50 km from Dehradun. This is an ideal place for bird lovers as well as water-sport enthusiasts.

How to Reach Dehradun

Dehradun is at a distance of around 250 kilometres from the state capital Delhi; it is reached easily through all modes of transport.

Air : The nearest airport from Dehradun is Jolly Grant airport, situated at a distance of 23 kilometres.

Rail : The Dehradun Railway station is a big station which is connected with the rest of the country.

Road : National Highway 72 connects Dehradun with the rest of the country. Buses and taxis are available to Dehradun from all the major cities of the country.