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The spectacular Dehradun falls en-route to Mussoorie in Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal, India. Read on to know more about travel & tourism in Dehradoon.


DehradunOne of the most beautiful cities in the sub mountainous regions of India, Dehradun is the capital of Uttaranchal (Uttarakhand). Earlier included in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Dehradun later became a part of Uttarakhand on the year 2000. Sheltered under the grand Himalayas, at an altitude of 2,200 ft, this picturesque place is tucked away in the Doon Valley and is also known as the "Abode of Drona". With its pulsating backdrop, dotted with architecture that showcases its splendor, the little city triumphantly stands as one of the most acclaimed tourist destinations of India.

In the 19th century, under the colonial regime of the British, many premier educational institutions were established in the place. It elevated the status of Dehradoon to an elite city of India. Today the place is home to various prestigious institutions like Doon School, Forest Research Institute, Indian Military Academy, Welham Institute for Boys and Girls, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Studies etc. Moreover, the place also acts as a major gateway for the popular hill-resort of Mussoorie and important places of pilgrimage like Rishikesh and Haridwar and thus, bustles with activity throughout the year.

According to legends, the place borrows its name from the two words 'Dera' (camp) and 'Dun' (valley). It is believed that Ram Rai, son of Guru Har Rai (7th Guru of the Sikhs) took refuge in Dehradun during the 17th century and formed a 'Dera' here. The Sikhs therefore consider the place holy. The Ram Raiyye Durbar in Dehradun is named after him and is an important place of pilgrimage. Anointed with mysticism, the place is encircled by holy waters of the Ganga and the Yamuna and is also home to other religious sites like Tapkeshwar Temple, Jhanda Sahib, Laxman Siddh, Santla Dev, Tibetan Temple, et al.

Be it the majestic snow-capped cliffs that dot the horizon, its opulent buildings, its pilgrimage sites or its exotic flora and fauna, the unique beauty of the place remains hard to gauge. To top it all, the tea & litchi gardens that stretch through the place magnify the beauty of the landscape manifold. For those adventurous in heart, the Aero Sports Club, managed by the 'Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam', provides facilities and equipments for paragliding and parasailing. With this, the versatile land of the Doon Valley serves as a major boost to the travel & tourism industry of the state. So come; regale and taste the city's magical flavor.

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