Located in the pristine landscape of Uttaranchal, Dehradun is one of the principal tourist destinations in India. The city is also known as Dehra Doon and is closely located to major tourist attractions in Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana such as Rishikesh, Haridwar, Mussoorie, Roorkee, Yamunanagar, Saharanpur, and Ambala. Economy of the city is quite strong and the headquarters of ONGC, the biggest Oil Company in India.
Dehradun serves as the capital of the state of Uttarakhand (formerly known as Uttaranchal). It is also the headquarters of the Dehradun district. The city is the biggest city in Uttarakhand.
Situated in Doon valley, Dehradun is around 246 km from New Delhi, the national capital. It is bordered by the Himalayan mountain ranges to the north, Sivalik Hills to the south, the Yamuna river to the west, and the Ganges river to the east. The watershed of Yamuna and Ganges also moves across the city.
Previously, Dehradun was a portion of Uttar Pradesh. The city is famous for its lychee, bakery products, and Dehradooni Basmati Rice. The city has a cold climate during the winters.
Transportation to Dehradun
Dehradun Railway Station is connected to important cities of the nation such as the following:
- New Delhi
There are special trains to Dehradun operated by Northern Railways. The only weekly train that links the city to Chennai, Gwalior, Nagpur, and Bhopal junction is the Dehradun-Chennai Express. Of late, a number of Duronto and other trains have begun operating from New Delhi. The Jolly Grant Airport, located 25 km east of the city, serves Dehradun.
Tourist attractions in Dehradun
Dehradun is home to many tourist attractions and some of the major tourist attractions include the following:
- Budha Temple & Clementown Park
- Forest Research Institute
- Malsi Deer Park
- Robber's Cave (Gucchupani)
- Tapkeshwar Shiv Temple
- Doon's Nose
- Dat Kali Mata Mandir
- Rajaji National Park
- Laxman Sidh Temple
- MDDA Park
- Santhla Devi
The Ghanta Ghar or Clock Tower is one of the major tourist attractions in Dehradun. It is a monument, which features five clocks. There are several plazas, cafes, and shopping centers in the city where you can visit. The most popular markets are Moti Bazar and Paltan Bazar. Shopping malls are coming up in the city gradually.
cities close to Dehradun
Given below are the names of the cities that are closely located to Dehradun:
- Mussoorie (33 km)
- Haridwar (53 km)
- Vikas Nagar (45 km)
- Saharanpur (70 km)
- Yamunanagar (100 km)
- Paonta Sahib [50 km)
- Meerut (175 km)
- Muzaffarnagar (120 km)
- Ambala (165 km)
The hill stations of Mussoorie Landour are closely situated (36 km). There is a simple trekking way from Dehradun to Mussoorie and its length is 16 km.
Dhanaulti is a popular hill station ahead of Mussoorie.
Chakrata is another closely located hill station (80 km from the city). Paonta Sahib is a holy location for Sikhs with a famous Gurudwara on the riverbanks of the Yamuna. Other holy locations nearby are Rishikesh and Haridwar.