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"Home of the Valley - Dehradun"

Dehradun Tourism

Nestled amidst the Doon Valley in the state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is a very popular hill station that beckons solo travellers, families and couples alike. Proudly boasting of a scenic backdrop of the Garhwal Himalayas, Dehradun is located at an altitude of 1400 feet above sea level and has a pleasant climate all year round. Regardless of whether you want to explore family-friendly tourist spots, try thrilling adventure activities with your friends, or watch a mesmerizing sunset with your partner amidst the mountains, Dehradun is the answer.

As you would expect from a city located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun abounds in caves, waterfalls and natural springs. One such extremely popular spot is Robber's Cave, which is a natural cave surrounded by hills. Dip your feet in the ice-cold water or walk through it - travellers are free to take their pick, making Robber's Cave one of the most popular picnic and excursion spots in the city. Another popular spot for nature lovers is Lacchiwala, where you can sit and enjoy a relaxing sunset around the man-made lake and the lush greenery around it. Lacchiwala also has arrangements for trekking and birdwatching, if you're up for it.

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History of Dehradun

The name ‘Dehradun’ has been derived from two distinct words- ‘Dehra’(from ‘dera’) meaning home and ‘Doon’ meaning a valley between Himalayas and Shivaliks (Dehradun lies in the Doon valley). When Guru Ram Rai visited this place with his followers, he set up a camp here. Around this time, the modern city of Dehradun began developing. Many historians have opined that ‘Dehra’ can be used to refer to camping, thus the name ‘Dehradun’. The city also finds a mention in ancient Legends of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Though today Dehradun’s significance as an educational hub is indispensable, till the early 90s there were only 4 colleges for Graduation and Post graduation courses- DAVP PG college, DBS college, SGRR PG college and KP PG Girls’ college. Several parts of the Garhwal and Kumaon region, including Dehradun, were a part of the United Provinces- later named as the state of Uttar Pradesh. In the year 2000 under Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Act, the state of Uttarakhand (formerly known as Uttaranchal) was carved out of the northwestern districts of Uttar Pradesh and Dehradun was made the interim capital.


Evidence such as temples and idols found in and around Dehradun suggest that the history of Dehradun can be linked to the times of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is said that Lord Ram and his brother Lakshman visited this place to perform an atonement after the battle with Ravana in Lanka. The royal guru of Kauravas and Pandavas in Mahabharata, Dronacharya, is also believed to be born in Dehradun. Hence, the city of Dehradun is also known as ‘Dronagiri’. As per legends, the Pandavas took rest here on their way to the top of the mountains.

A soothing retreat

The capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, is a serene hill station situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This is an ideal retreat for those, who want some peace and beauty by their side, much away from the mundane routine of the city life, especially in the blazing summers of the northern India. This hill station is also the gateway to some of the famous tourist hotspots like Mussoorie, Nainital, Haridwar, Rishikesh etc. Dehradun is also the home to the ever famous Indian Military Academy, which gives out some of the best officers of the Indian Army. Dehradun is also extremely famous for the Doon Valley, which houses the famous Doon School, thus making the city an educational hotspot as well. So next time, if you're looking for a soothing retreat, without the hustle and bustle of the adventurous hilltops, Dehradun is the right choice for you.

What Makes Dehradun An Amazing Tourist Destination

Uttarakhand is a state steeped in culture and mythology, so there are scores of temples dotting Dehradun, among which the main tourist attractions are Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple and the Tapovan Temple. The Malsi Deer Park is another renowned tourist attraction in Dehradun, as you get to see a vast variety of rare species here, such as the two-horned deer and the nilgai. Spread over an area of 25 hectares, Malsi Deer Park is a picnic spot that draws hundreds of visitors daily and provides for an enthralling getaway for wildlife and nature lovers. Dehradun has a reputation for being a shopaholic’s paradise, with Paltan Bazaar and Indira Market being two of the primary shopping destinations that tourist flock to. You can buy traditional handicrafts and artefacts as well as jewellery, shoes, bags and clothing, all of it at a relatively inexpensive price. Dehradun has food stalls, and eateries lined up at the corners of every street so that you can have your fill of chaat, momos, chowmein and other local dishes. Festivals are a big part of the Dehradun culture, and the city celebrates many festivals all the year round with great pomp and enthusiasm. A visit to Dehradun will take you back to the simple, peaceful life, without the hustle and bustle of the modern rat race. The hilly city with its lush green scenery offers a quiet yet enjoyable break away from the city life.

Restaurants and Local Food in Dehradun

Though Dehradun offers a number of choices, what one must try while here, is the local cuisine. These include Kandalee ka saag, Gahat ki Daal, Aloo ke Gutke, Nimbu, Kaafli, Gulgula as well as some traditional sweets that one just cannot miss such as Bal Mithai, Arsa, Jhangora ki Kheer and more. Other than the local flavors you can also relish North Indian cuisine, South Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Tibetan and Continental cuisines in Dehradun.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Once in Dehradun, take some rest and begin your trip with a stroll through the local market, especially the Paltan Bazaar, a fascinating market, with its share of amazing streets and alleys, just near to another famous site in Dehradun city, The Clock Tower on the Rajpur Road. You can buy curios, handicrafts, souvenirs among many other things here.  
 Day 2 - The next day, you should set off officially for the trip, starting with blessings from Lord Shiva at the holy Tapkeshwar Mahadev Mandir. Not very far from here, at a distance of approximately 6.9 km. is the Robbers' Cave, a popular picnic cum adventure sports hotspot for the bold travelers. By evening, you can hop back to your hotel for some rest, for the journey might be quite tiring.
Day 3 - The final day should be reserved for a trek to the Malsi Deer Park, a wildlife reserve, where you can witness some rare breeds of deer prancing about. For the historical enthusiasts, and the qualified applicants of the CDS exams, the Indian Military Academy is always open for you.  

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Well connected by rail, road, and air. Acts as a connecting hub for a lot of places in Uttarakhand. 

What's Not So Great?

Congested in peak seasons. Expensive for budget travelers. Not much to do within the city.

For Whom?

People who want a break from the humdrum of the mundane routines. People visiting farther places in Uttarakhand can make a night stop here or take rentals from Dehradun.

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How To Reach Dehradun

The nearest railway station is the Dehradun junction, which is well connected to major cities in northern India, primarily New Delhi. Jolly Grant Airport serves Dehradun domestically, with regular flights coming in from places like Delhi & Mumbai, to begin with. Regular bus services also prevail to and fro Dehradun, through an excellent roadways network.

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gauranshi srivastava 1 year ago
Dehradun is a traveller?s delight for a number of reasons. Start with Buddha temple and Sahastra Dhara and have lunch at the cafes around. Put aside some hours to explore the famous Forest Research Institute. Shop at Paltan Bazar and enjoy the delicacies at Kumar Sweet after seeing the Clock Tower. The Ellora?s Bakery and the Riverstone Cottages are also a good option to treat your palate. March-June is the busiest period here.
Soumita Ghosh 1 year ago
To explore the real beauty of Dehradun, try walking around this compact town instead of hiring a cab or going by bus. A walk through this town requires approximately half an hour. If you are a bookworm, then make sure to visit Book World and The English Book Depot. Although the places near Dehradun such as Haridwar and Rishikesh are dry, you will find several bars here. If you are looking for satisfactory hotels, try looking around Rajpur Road. There is no dearth of food joints and apart from local cuisine, you can also find Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Maggi Point and Cafe Coffee Day here. Once here, do visit Haridwar, Mussoorie and Rishikesh.
Aishwarya Arora 1 year ago
One of the underrated destinations of India, Dehradun is a beautiful place and an escape from reality with a soft spot for nature lovers like myself. This first week of April, I went to Dehradun for the second time with my friends and it was just picture perfect. The weather was cool enough to provide relief from the sizzling heat of Delhi and act as a natural air conditioner. This is one of the places where I could just chill and hang out with my friends by the lake instead of visiting a million spots. The only place we visited was the Forest Research Institute and we're actually glad because it was THE place for the nature lovers, science geeks and for bomb instagrams if I say so myself. Since we were on a budget -like all students usually are- we chose to live in cabins for about 4-5 days and the whole trip cost us under 5K per person! May I say perfect?
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