Nestled in the mountain of the Himalaya, Dehradun in one of the odlest cities of India. Also known as the Abode of Drona , Dehradun has always been an important centre of the Garhwal rulers which was captured by the British . the headuarters of many National Institute like ONGC , Servey of India , I.I.P. etc. are located in the city . Dehradun has a string of premier educational institutes like the forest Research Institute, Rashtriya Indian Military College and the Indian Milirary Academy.
It is favoured tourist destination as it attracts tourists, piligrims and enthusiasts From various walks of life to its serene environs. Add to this the abundance of special Basmati rice, tea and leechi gardens which contribute in turning the city into a paradise
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS:
The hill resort of Dehradun hosts several fairs and festivals. Dehradun celebrates the Jhanda Fair on the fifth day after Holi every year in March/April. The fair honors Guru Ram Rai who arrived in dehradun in 1699 on the same day. He built a gurudwara called Guru Ram Rai Durbar and hoisted his flag on it. The followers come together and the flag is ceremoniously unfurled at the Jhanda Chowk of Dehradun.
The Tapkeshwar temple of Dehradun celebrates the Shivratri fair with much fervor. Devotees of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati throng the Tapkeshwar Temple during the annual Shivratri fair. Then there is the Lakhawar Fair that is celebrated in the Lakhawar village during the months of September-October every year. Dance, music, and sports competitions mark the celebrations of the fairs in Dehradun.
The hill resort of Dehradun is ideally located amongst the hills and experiences moderately pleasant climate throughout the year. The temperature hovers between 44.5°C and 16.7°C in the summers. While in the Winters Dehradun grows colder with the temperature varying between 23.6°C and 5.4°C. Dehradun is flocked by tourists all through the year. In summers it is the retreat from the plains and in winters it is the snow-time! You can enjoy the snow in the Garhwal Himalayas during November/December. April to July is the ideal time for a trip to the Doon valley and skip the heat and the dust of the Indian summer in the hill resort of Dehradun.
Indian Military Academy - Dehradun
38 kms . from Deharadun is Murroorie with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill station. It offers a wonderful view of the Himalayan snow ranges to the north-east and the Doon valley, Roorkee, Saharanpur and Haridwar to the South, creating an almost serene atmosphere for the tourists.
Murroorie was discovered by Captian Young, an adventurous military officer in 1827. He was lured by the extraordinarily beautiful ridge and laid the foundatation of it. Mussoorie is also a Gateway to the 'Gangotri' shrines.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Dehradun
Tepkeshwar Temple: The temple is situated on the banks of a rivulet, in the Garhi Cantt. Area 5.5 kms. from the city bus stand, the temple is well connected by road. It is named Tepkeshwar as water droplets, originating form a rock, fall on the Shivling placed in the shrine. People in large numbers participate in the fair organised on the occasion of Shivratri and pay their obeisance to the deity.
Malsi Deer Park: 10 kms. from Dehradun , enroute Mussoorie is situated a beautifully developed tourist spot lying at the foot hills of the Shivalik range. Malsi Deer Park is a mini-zoological park comprising of a children's park enveloped by beautifulm natural surroundings.
Alongwith the attractive environs the availability of refreshments makes the place an ideal sight seeing cum picnic spot. Sahastradhara Sahastradhara is a cold sulphur wate spring, with hing medicinal value. The Baldi river and the caves provide a breathtaking view. Situated 14 kms. from the city bus stand , and connected by a regular bus service and private taxies, this is an ideal place for family picnics.
Kalanga Monument: Located on the right side of the Dehradun- Sahastradhara route, the kalanga monument recalls the story of the bravery of an 180 year old battle between the British and the Gokhas, perched on hill, 1000 feet over the banks of river Rispana, the monument represents the history of the rulers of Garhwal.
Laxaman Siddh: 12 kms. away from Dehradun , towards Rishikesh is a famous temple known as the Laxaman Siddh , Legend has it that a sage underwent penance over here. Due to easy accessibility the temple is visited by a large number of the people especially on Sundays.
Chandrabani: Situated 7 kmS. from Dehradun , on the Dehradun- Delhi road is the famous temple of Chandrabani (Gautam Kund). According to the mythological beliefs, this spot was inhanited by Maharshi Gautam , his wife and daughter Anjani who are widely worshipped by temple. It is believed that the daugher of heaven Ganga had manifested herself on this spot which is now popularly known as the Gautam Kund. Every year devotees, in large numbers , take a dip in the holy Kund. 2 kms. away from the main raod , located in the midst of Shivalik hill, the place is a beautifl tourist spot.
Situated 8 kms. along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Roadm is the Sai Darbar temple. This place holds a high cultural and spirital value and is visited by tourist form across the country and foreigners as well. Tibetan Temple Situated on Rajpur Road near the Sai Darbar is a huge and colourful temple of Lord Budha.
Robber's Cave (Guchhupani): An ideal place for a picnic , Robber's Cave , is just 8kms. away from the city Bus Stand . Lachhiwala 3 kms. from Doiwala and 22 kms. from Dehradun , on the Haridwar-Rishikesh road , is Lachhiwala. The serene and blissful spot is famous for is picnic spotsl.. The place also provides accommodation ot the tourists in the forest Test House nestled in the greenery.
Forest Reasearch Institute: 7kms. from clock Tower , the Forest Research Institute on the dehradun- Chakrata motaable road is the biggest forst based training institute in India. Most of the forest officers are product of this insitute . the F.R.I. with its majestic building also houses a Botanical Mueseum. Indian Military Acadeny Situated 8 kms. on Dehradun - Chakrata road and 3 kms. beyond F.R.I. ( Dehradun ) is a premier training institute for Army officers.
How to Reach Dehradun
Air : The nearest airport from Dehradun is the Jolly Grant around 25 km away, on the outskirts of the town. There are regular flights to Dehradun from New Delhi scheduled domestic airlines for easy connection.
Rail : Dehradun is a major railhead on the Northern Railway and is connected with direct trains to almost all the big cities of India and important tourist destinations in Uttar Pradesh.
Road : There are good road connections from Dehradun to other cities of India. Distances of some major cities from Dehradun are; Agra 381 km, Calcutta 1562 km, Chennai 2365 km, Jaipur 493 km, Lucknow 582 km, Mumbai 1578 km, and Delhi 255 km.