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About Deharadun - Uttarakhand Tourism

Dehradun, the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand, is the gateway of the Garhwal region and an important tourist attraction in North India. Popularly known as the Doon Valley, it lies in between Shivalik range and the magnificent Himalayas. The entire district is surrounded by the Himalayas in the North, Shivalik Hills in the South, the River Ganga in the East and River Yamuna in the West. The city of Dehradun is popular for its pleasant climate and panoramic beauty with majestic mountain ranges and evergreen valleys. 

Dehradun, located in the lap of Himalayas, is a beautiful city surrounded by picturesque tourist destinations and picnic spots. The key picnic spots near Dehradun are Sahastradhara - a sulphur water spring with medicinal values, Robber's cave - a natural cave used as hiding place by robbers, Malsi Deer park, and Rajaji national park. There are also multiple religious tourist attractions in the city including Tapkeshwar Mahadeve temple, Chandrabani, and Laxman Siddh temple. Dehradun is also the hotspot for adventure sports activities like paragliding, river rafting, trekking, mountain climbing, with multiple vendors providing such facilities. The proximity of the city makes it easily clubbed on a tour to other travel destinations of Uttarakhand like Mussoorie, Haridwar and Rishikesh. 

Apart from a popular tourist destination for travelers both from India and abroad, Dehradun is also famous for its premium educational and research institutes. Its renowned academic institutions and boarding schools are among the oldest in the country. Some of the major ones are Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing and Indian Institute of Petroleum, the Doon School, Welham School for Girls & Boys, Army School and Rashtriya Indian Military College etc. 

History of Dehradun - Uttarakhand Tourism

Dehradun has a long and rich history. In Skanda Purana, this place has been mentioned as a part of Kedar Khand. As mentioned in a rock inscription at Kalsi, the history of Dehradun dates back to 300 BC when it was the part of Ashoka’s empire. After that, no evidence is found for quite a long period.

The next prominent rulers of the valley were the Katyuris of Garhwal and then Sikhs, Mughals and later, the Gorkhas of Nepal. It was under the rule of the Gorkhas for about two decades (till 1815). In April 1815, Gorkhas were expelled from Garhwal region by the British. During British rule, Dehradun used to be the summer base for the Viceroy’s bodyguards. Gradually, it was converted into an excellent centre for education and developed as a military cantonment. In 1968, the district was excluded from Meerut division and included in the Garhwal Division.

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