Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand, occupying a beautiful position in the Doon Valley. This beautiful City is known as the gateway to Mussoorie and the Garhwal interiors. The town is also known for being one of the most ancient in India. Before the city came under the ruling of the British government, it was ruled by the Mughals, Sikhs and Gurkhas. It is 230 kilometers in the North of Delhi, capital of India. The holy River Ganga and Yamuna criss-cross city quite beautifully. Dehradun was a division of Uttar Pradesh, before the existence of Uttarakhand. Later on, the city came into the State of Uttarakhand, India.
The city has a rich and ancient history.
Dehradun is also a proud possession of Uttarakhand, aptly referred
to as the life-blood of the state as well. It is a corrupt shape of
'Dera' which indicates a temporarily site. The other term 'Dun' was
derived from 'Dronashram'. Dronashram was a residential place for
Dronacharya of Mahabharata (a Hindu epic). The terms 'dun' and
'doon' stand for the low-down areas in the foothills of the mighty
Himalayan ranges. Hence the place is called Dehradun.
The climate of Dehradun represents a sub-tropical atmosphere with cool winters, warm and a pleasantly cold spring is the best season for the sightseers to reach Dehradun and enjoy the environment there. The summer months are hot and monsoon stays tough. Due the mountainous region the town also includes a sufficient amount of snowfall in winter.
Convenient transportations are available to go to Dehradun. The city has its own runways' Jolly Grant Airport; it is just 25 km away from the city center. For a comfortable journey people can take the flight from Delhi the international airport, closest to the Dehradun city. Delhi airport is conveniently joined to all most all the major cities in India and outside the country as well, such as Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Agra, Jaipur, Lucknow, Kolkata and many other cities are also available with road ways.
There are many heart-touching places in Dehradun city. From all parts of the country people come here to sped their vacation. Popular attractions include Assan Barrage, Bhadraj Temple, Surkhanda Devi, Nag Devta Shrine, Kemty FallsShivanand Ashram, Ram Jhula, Shatrughan Dom etc. While visiting Assan Barrage, visitors can enjoy seeing the meeting of rivers Assan and Yamuna, a beautiful sight to see.
Dedicated to Hindu god Lord Shiva, this is actually a cave temple. It occupies a beautiful position on the banks of a river. Hindus believe that this is the same cave where Lord Shiva allowed milk to flow for Ashwarthama, the son of Rishi Dronacharya.
This institute was set up by the British in the year 1906. It's a must visit for all, as it is one of the world's finest forestry institutes. The institute always strives to preserve the rich forest wealth in different regions of India. It remains open for visiting during weekdays.
It's one of those places where you can have plenty of fun with your family and friends. This place has gained popularity with tourists as a beautiful picnic spot. Waterfalls and hot water springs are major crowd pullers for tourists arriving here.