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Explore some quick tips on what to buy in Dehradun and how to have a delightful shopping experience in the beautiful city.

Shopping In Dehradun

Nestled amidst the Himalayan foothills to the north and the Shivaliks to the south, Dehradun is one of the most favourite vacation spots for tourists. This beautiful town offers picturesque scenic beauty, which is sure to be an absolute visual delight to its guests. Dehradun is crowned as the capital city of newly formed Indian State of Uttarakhand. Sprawling over an area of about 300 square km, this vibrant city is a major stop over for tourists and devotees visiting various destinations and pilgrimage places like Mussoorie, Roorkee, Haridwar and Rishikesh etc. Situated at an altitude of 450 m above the sea level, this city experiences a pleasant climate round the year. However, the time period between March-April and October- November is known to be the best season to cherish this bustling tourist destination in the Northern India.

Dehradun word is made up of two words Dehra and Doon, where "Dehra" is derived from the world "dera" meaning camp, while "doon" is the term used for valley that lied amidst the Himalayas and the Shivalik Ranges. Dehradun is world renowned for its best quality fragrant basmati rice, scrumptious Chakarata Rajma and hand woven woolen garments. Apart from the natural beauty, Dehradun is blessed with cultural and religious heritage. Some of the destinations which should never be overlooked during the trip are Tapkeshwar, Robbers' Cave, Tapovan, The Malsi Deer Park, The Forest Research Institute, Kalsi, Sahastradhara, The Yamuna Hydel Scheme Dakpathar, Lakshman Siddh, Clock Tower, Rajaji National Park, Ram Rai Darbar and Sai Darbar Temple

Shopping In Dehradun
Along with its natural and cultural significance, Dehradun is one of the best shopping destinations as well. The city offers an array of shopping places and arcades, which will surely keep you busy for collecting beautiful souvenirs for your loved ones. Like any other city of India, the mall culture is taking over in Dehradun but still the essence of street shopping and bazaars has not been faded by the change. The most famous shopping areas of Dehradun are Paltan Bazar, Moti Bazar, Rajpur Road, and Ashley Hall at Rajpur Road. In the following write-up, we have categorically listed some significant buys that one should never miss while their trip to Dehradun. Besides these options, you can also shop online and send gifts to Dehradun without any delivery charges.

Food Items
Dehradun is known across India and round the globe for its optimal quality Fragrant Basmati Rice. Another special food item produced here is Chakarata Rajma (a special type of Kidney Bean) which is known for its delicious taste. One must get bags full of Rajma and authentic Basmati Rice from the famous market area - Paltan Bazaar.

Souvenir Items

Khukris - Khukri is a type of traditional knife which is a specialty of Dehradun. In fact, it is known that the sword used in the film 'Gladiator' was designed and made in Dehradun only. One can get some souvenir size of these famous Khukris from the small shops at Rajpur Road.

Handicrafts and Woolen Items
One can get a variety of colourful handicrafts made by local tribal communities and authentic hand made woolen clothes as souvenirs for their loved ones from the Paltan Bazaar, Moti Bazaar and shops at Rajpur Road.


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