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Dehradun - The Destination

  
Dehradun

Welcome to the dream destination in the Doon Valley- Dehradun, the hill resort in Uttaranchal state of India. Set amidst the Himalayas, Shivaliks, Ganges and Yamuna, Dehradun is indeed a picture perfect hill resort.

This beautiful hill station has several attractions, many of which are academic institutions and research centres of national importance. The Forest Research Institute is the main centre of research and planning in the fields of flora and fauna in India. The Robber's Cave,

situated on the outskirts of the city, is a famous viewpoint. Tapovan is the place where it is believed that Guru Dronacharya (of Mahabharata) had his ashram. Tapkeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known for its association with Mahabharata. Dakpatthar is a major tourist attraction opening the visitors to the beauty of Doon Valley. The Central Braille Press or Rashtriya Drishtibaditarth Sansthan Bharat is the largest producer of Braille texts in India.

Dehradun also allows short trips to a number of nearby places including Mussoorie and Sahastradhara. Each of these locations allows you to choose between the high excitement of rugged outdoor adventure and the meditative calm of the awe-inspiring Himalayas.

Dehradun is often used as the path to a number of other religious locations such as Rishikesh. Not surprisingly, a number of Yoga and meditation centers are located here. It is said that in the Vedic times, this region was the favorite haunt of Yogis who wanted to meditate and attain enlightenment.

Little wonder then that the grandeur and stillness of the mountains around Dehradun continue to stir mortal souls even today.

Dehradun - Facts at a Glance  

State : Uttaranchal
Area : 37.17 sq km
Temperature : 16.7 °C - 44.5° C (Summers)
5.4° C - 23.6 °C (Winters)
Rainfall : 2136.7 mm
Altitude : 695 mts
Language : Hindi & English
Best Season: November – December; April – July
 
History of Dehradun

Dehradun has several legends attached to it. The most popular legend has it that Guru Dronacharaya, a Brahmin teacher of the Kauravas and Pandavas in Mahabharat and son of the mighty river Ganges, set up his ashram or dera here. Subsequently, the Dron Ashram came to be known as Dehradun. While in India, the British were enthralled by the climate and the serene environment of Dehradun, and turned it into a residential resort. They also set up several important institutions and schools here.
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