The city of Dehradun is the capital of the State of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is a beautiful valley where mountains can be seen on all sides which is the reason the place is also known as “Doon Valley”. Dehradun has hot and humid climate in summers while the winters are severely cold. Plantations of rice can be seen in many areas of the city while crops like wheat, corn, sugarcane and pulses are also grown here. There are many Mango and Litchi farms in the city and in some part of the city plantation of tea is also done. The city is also the gateway to the “Queen of Hills” and therefore at most of the weekends and vacations the city is flooded with tourists visiting Mussoorie.
Quality Education is what makes Dehradun most famous. It is also famous for Litchi and Basmati rice which is considered to be very fine quality of rice. Dehradun is also famous for its street food which includes dumplings and Bun-tikki in most of the outlets and stalls. A sweet famous by the name of Chocolate is also considered a speciality of the city and the famous sweet shop Kumar Sweets serves the best chocolate in the city. Indian Military Academy and Forest research Institute are the major places that makes the city very famous.
The city of Dehradun is visited by a large number of tourists all over the year. There are a large number of tourist spots in the city as well as a large number of recreational centers. The heart of the city is the Clock Tower which stands as a pride of the city near one of the oldest and the most popular market of the city known as Paltan Bazaar. The safe environment of the city with less pollution due to the green cover and the beautiful landscape makes the place a must visit.
Doon Valley has a large number of educational institutions which attracts people the most and this is the reason the city is known as “The Educational hub”. The institutions include the Doon School, Welham Girls’ School, Welham Boys’ School, Indian Military Academy, Forest research Institute, Wadia Institute and many other big institutions. There are also places like museums and a zoo which are good places for information as well as recreation.A trip of 4-5 days is sufficient to visit the main places and have some of the best delights of Doon.
Religious attractions in DehraDun:
Sai Baba Mandir
Historical attractions in DehraDun:
Forest Research Institute
Riverside attractions in DehraDun:
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One can visit the various places of interest including caves, temples, waterfalls, zoo and a lot of other places. Shopping in the Paltan Market or in the malls or Rajpur road is also a good option for tourists coming to the city. There are a lot of places one can visit like the cable car in Sahastradhara takes one to a hilltop from where a panoramic view of the city can be obtained. There are also short trekking routes like the one going from Shehenshai Ashram to Jharipani (Mussoorie) is a great adventure opportunity.
One of the most famous street foods of Dehradun is dumplings which one can find in various stalls and almost all the good cafes and restaurants. Other than this, there are many restaurants and cafes in the city. Some of them are:
Kumar Foods Restaurant: This is one of the oldest and the most famous restaurant of Dehradun. They offer the best vegetarian food in the city. The simple yet delicious dishes including Chinese, Continental and North Indian cuisines is a delight to everyone who visits the restaurant.
Ellora’s Melting Moments: Ellora’s is the most famous bakery of Dehradun. There are three outlets of this name in Rajpur road and this is the perfect place to treat a sweet tooth with the best pastries. This bakery has a lot of other bakery items which one can take along with them as to something which they got from Dehradun. Lemon Tarts, Chocolate Tarts, Éclair pastry and cheese sandwich are the most famous in this bakery.
Tirupathi Restaurant: This is an old restaurant in the city and one of the best places in the city to have a taste of the best South Indian food in Dehradun. The rava idli, dosa, uttapam and all the other South Indian cuisines can be tasted in this restaurant.
There are various other restaurants and outlets in the city famous for their food like Inamullah building is a place where one can get the best non-vegetarian food in the city, for the best continental Town Table is an amazing restaurant, for Chinese Kalsang friends corner serves mouth watering dishes. There are also various chains like Mc Donald’s, KFC, Dominoes, Pizza Hut, Keventers, Giani, Dunkin Donughts and a lot more.
There are more than a 100 accommodations available in the city of Dehradun including Hotels, Guest Houses and Government Guest houses. Some of the best Hotels in Dehradun are:
Four Points by Sheraton: This is one of the best Hotels in the city offering most luxurious stay in the city. Four Points is a chain including some of the best hotels in the country.
Hotel Madhuban: this is a four star Hotel which is also one of the oldest and the best in the city. The location of the hotel is in one of the major part of the city which is Rajpur road.
The Solitare: This is another Hotel considered as one of the best in the city. The luxury accommodation with spa and pool can serve the best to any tourist who is visiting for a vacation fun.
There are a lot of other accommodations in the city including Hotel Aketa, Hotel Ajanta Continental, Hotel Meedo Grand, Hotel ida, Hotel Sun park Inn, Hotel Saffron Leaf and a lot more. There are also cheap and reasonable accommodations available which can be booked using the OYO app or other websites like makemytrip and a lot more.
The city is the capital of Uttarakhand which is also known as Dronagiri. The History of the city is linked to some of the great Hindu mythologies like Mahabharatha and Ramayana. It is believed that after the battle between Lord Ram and Ravana, Ram and his brother Laxman came to the city. Also, Dronacharaya who was the renowned guru of Kauravas and Pandavas in the epic Mahabharatha is believed to have been born and resided in Dehradun. There are various places in the city which are of historical significance in this context. In the British times, the city of Dehradun was known as Dehra and post Independence the regions of Garhwal and Kumaon were merged and they became a part of a state known as Uttar Pradesh.
All the festivals celebrated in Northern India are celebrated in the city. Diwali, Holi, Eid, Durga Pooja, Navratri, Raksha Bandhan, Guru Govind Singh Birthday, Christmas and all the other major festivals are celebrated. The festival of Shivratri is celebrated with devotees flooding the famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is Tapkeshwar Mahadev. Similarly at the time of Janmashtami, Temples dedicated to Lord Krishna are decorated and many devotees come to visit in the temples. People of dehradun celebrate almost all the major festivals of India and Indian due to diversity in cultures that can be seen throughout the city.