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. Known for its temples, educational centers, culture and scenic views, Dehradun is a crowd puller. The growing capital city of Uttarakhand, is a symbol for adventure, beauty, serenity and culture.
It is situated between the two most important rivers in India, Yamuna and Ganga. This bustling town is home to the Indian Militiary Academy and the Forest Research Institute. In close proximity to the spellbinding hill station, Mussorie, which is a popular summer retreat. With a fascinating history related to the Mahabharata, Dehradun has found a special mention in Hindu mythology and epics. Commercial yet raw, the city station has retained its natural essence and refreshing beauty.
It presents a city with excellent credentials in the field of knowledge and information. Its renowned academic institutions received worldwide accolades and some of them are in exist from the time of the British Rule. This classy city with an array of good quality boarding schools, the town presents a bustling appearance.
PLACES TO VISIT
The temple is situated on the bank of rivulet, in the Garhi Cantt. area. 5.5 kms. from the cit bus stand, the temple is well connected by road.It is named Tapkeshwar as water droplets, originating from a rock, fall on the Shivling placed in the shrine. People in a large numbers participate in the fair organized on the occasion of Shivratri and pay their obeisance to the deity.
Sahastradhara is a cold sulfur water spring, with high medicinal value. The Baldi river and the caves provide a breathtaking view. Situated at 14 kms. from the city bus stand, and connected by a regular bus service and private taxies, this is an ideal place for family picnics.
Situated 8 kms. along the clock tower on Rajpur road, is the Sai Darbar temple This place holds a high cultural and and spiritual value and is visited by tourists from across the country and foreigners as well.
Situated at Rajpur Road near the Sai Darbar is a huge and colourful temple of Lord Buddha.
Approximately, 5 kms. from the city bus stand on the Dehradun - Rajpur road, this place is situated in beautiful surroundings. Legends has it that Guru Dronacharya had dine penance in this area.
Robber's Cave (Guchhupani):
An ideal place for a picnic, Robber's Cave, is just 8 kms. away from the city bus stand. Local bus services are available up to Anarwala Village, from where it is just a kilometer trek to the spot.
3 kms. from Doiwala and 22 kms. from Dehradun, on the Haridwar - Rishikesh road Lachhiwala. The serene and blissful spot is famous for its picnic spots. The place also provides accommodation to the tourist in the Forest Rest House nestled in the greenery.
HOW TO GET HERE
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is a domestic airport located about 20 km away from city center. Taxi cabs are available from airport to city, which cost about Rs 400. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi. Nearest International airport is Delhi, which is about 235 km away and is well connected to cities like London, New York, Paris, Singapore etc.
Dehradun is a major railway station which is connected to all cities in the country. The major cities like Delhi (Mussoorie Exp), Kolkata (Doon Exp), Varanasi (Ghy Rajdhani), Mumbai (Dehradun Exp) and Indore (Ddn Indb Exp) are connected by express trains and super fast trains.
All nearby cities are connected to Dehradun by State owned Uttarakhand transport buses. It also connects Kashmere Gate in New Delhi with Dehradun. There are overnight deluxe A/C bus services of Uttarakhand Tourism from New Delhi to Dehradun.