Lying in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun is a soothing retreat which can be visited at any time of the year. The destination is located in the state of Uttarakhand and is one of top hill stations to visit in India. An ideal season for a trip to Dehradun is the summer season when the climate is pleasant. Monsoon and autumn season are also worth visiting, but winters are not exactly the season advisable for a visit unless you love the snow.
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In the forest, this Shiva temple is situated inside a cave. Water droplets trickle down from the ceiling over the Shivalinga creating an interesting spectacle. On Shivratri, a large festival is held here, and people from all over the country can be seen relaxing on the hills around.
Having more than 400 species of birds, the beautiful locale and rich bio diversity serve as major attractions for Rajaji National Park. This park is home to the Asiatic Elephant as well as predators like Tigers and Leopards. The park is closed during monsoon, so you can only visit it between 15th November and 15th June.
The origin of the name 'Dehradun' can be traced to Sri Guru Ram Rai Ji, the eldest son of the 7th Sikh Guru, Sri Har Rai Ji, as he set up his 'Dera'(camp) in 'Dun'(Valley) in 1676. In memory of Guru Ram Rai, on the Fifth Day of Holi, the Jhanda Fair or flag hoisting ceremony is celebrated every year, attracting a large number of visitors.