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Dehradun, Uttarakhand Travel Guide

Dehradun city has many things to boast of. First and for most, it is the capital of Uttarakhand state and secondly, it is a cool hill station overlooking Himalayan mountains with beautiful landscape. That’s not all. The city houses the prestigious Doon School, and also high cadre training institutes of Indian Government such as Indian Military Academy, Forest Research Institute etc.

Dehradun is located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand near popular Hindu holy places –Haridwar, Badari, Kedarnath, Dev Prayag and Rishikesh. The city and the surrounding places in Uttarakhand have experienced the worst flood disaster of the year 2013, caused by the monsoon rains.

The city is nestled in the Doon Valley with picturesque landscape. It is blessed with natural forests, wild habitat and rare plant species. It is the headquarters of the Dehradun district which is surrounded by the in the north, Sivalik Hills in the south, Ganga River in the east and the Yamuna to the west.

The city was a part of the Garhwal Princely state before joining the British India. Later, it came under the State of Uttar Pradesh till the State of Uttarakhand was formed.

How to reach:

The city is served by a domestic airport having regular flights to Delhi. It is called the Jolly Grant Airport. You may travel in connecting flights to other cities. The airport is located 20 km away from the city, so, hire private taxis for airport pick and drop. Look for Cheap Car Rental Services Dehradun to book taxi.

International tourists can start from Delhi city to reach Dehradun. It is about 5-6 hours journey from Delhi to Dehradun by road. Plenty of buses, private taxis are available to travel to and fro. Dehradun railway station is well connected to Delhi, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kolkata, Amritsar, Indore, Mumbai, Ujjain and Chennai cities.

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It is a small hill city. Travel around in auto rickshaws or cabs. The city is well connected to the Char Dhams of India, and travel with Clear Car Rental Company which offers attractive rental car packages to the holy places. Contact or make Online Cab Booking, Dehradun Car Rentals provides you the details of travel fare.

Here is the list of approximate road distances to nearby places: Haridwar-54 km, Rishikesh -45 km, Joshimath-293 km, Devprayag-113 km, Mussoorie-30 km. Delhi International Airport is at about 257 km. Shimla, a hill station of Himachal Pradesh lies at about 228 km from Dehradun.

What to see:

Go for trekking, see sanctuaries, go for picnic, visit temples, or just relax in some resorts. Dehradun is the best getaway for nature lovers. Since it is a hot tourist place, finding accommodation would not be a problem. However, book hotels from reliable sources.

The Kalinga War Memorial, The Tapovan Forest area, the museum, Buddhist Monastery, the Indian Military Academy, Clock Tower, Ram Rai darbar, Tapkeswar Temple, the Char temples located in the city, and sahastradhara are some Sightseeing locations in the city.

The city is good for shopping. Buy the local grown Basmati Rice, woolen cloths, shawls, and handicrafts.

Think about outstation trips to other cities starting from Dehradun. The Char Dham Yatra is a popular pilgrimage package for the devotees. If you have come for holidaying then a journey to the Himalayan Valley

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