DEHRADUN


Dehradun, the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand is located in the Doon valley. The city is the headquarter of Dehradun District. Surrounded by the Himalayas in the North, Ganga River in the East, Sivalik Hills in the South and Yamuna River in the West, Dehradun is one of the enchanting places of Uttarakhand.

Apart from the home to ONGC Headquarters, Dehradun is also known for various important research institutes of ONGC such as GEOPIC (Geodata Processing and Interpretation Center); KDMIPE (Institute of Petroleum Exploration); IDT (Institute of Drilling Technology) The ICFAI University and so on. Forest Research Institute (FRI), Survey of India and educational institutions such as Indian Military Academy (IMA), Rashtriya Indian Military College, The Doon School, St. Thomas' College, St. Joseph's Academy, Welham Boys School etc. also add worth to this city.

Dehradun, the city, headquarters of the district is visited by a large number of tourist every year, many of them en-route to Mussoorie. The climate of the city is temperate. Even during summer, it is not so warm at Dehra Dun as in the district south of it. The Forest Research Institute which is world famous for its research work in forestry and is the only institution of its kind in Asia is situated here. Besides, headquarters of the important establishment like the Oil and Natural Commission; Survey of India etc., the Military Academy are also located here. The Gurudwara built by Guru Ram Raj during the reign of Aurangzeb in the Dhamanwala locality o the town is a religious place of eminence. The other places of importance is the Robber's cave, situated at a distance of about 8 kms from Dehra Dun. The cave is a natural picnic spot surrounded by hills where water suddenly disappears from sight and goes underground only to reappear after a few yards in the form of a stream. The city has many beautiful rest houses and good hotels to provide accommodation to the tourist. For many years, it has been one of the best known educational centres in northern India. Dehra Dun is well linked by rail and road with Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Lucknow and Varanasi .

History


The word Dehradun is derived by combining two words, one is Dehra means camp and other is Dun or Doon that is used for a river valley founded between Shivaliks and Himalayas. Dehradun was established in the early eighteenth century by the elder son of seventh Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Har Rai Ji and Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji.

Climate


The Climate of the Dehradun city is sub tropical, varies from severe cold to tropical. Due to the difference in the elevation, there is a variation of temperature. Warm springs, cool winters, hot summers and strong monsoon make the climate of this hilly place pleasant. Moreover, in winters the city also receives snowfall.

Prime Attractions


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Forest Research Institute

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Tapkeshwar Temple

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Sahastradhara

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Robber's Cave

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Budha Temple & Park Clementown

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Malsi Deer Park

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Sahastradhara

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Laxman Sidh Temple

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Lachhiwala

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Rajaji National Park

Shopping Attractions


Dehradun is famous for its various shopping spots that assure to provide a pleasurable feeling. The lively and colorful markets of warm woolen clothes in Dehradun attract a large number of people. Paltan Bazaar is one of the famous shopping stops in Dehradun. Besides this, Rajpur Road, the Ashley Hall region and market near Clock Tower are also major shopping attractions.

Economy


Dehradun has experienced a splendiferous growth in the last 20 years. Educational institutes and high international remittances have increased the per capita income of Dehradun. Moreover, establishments of Software Technology Parks and different SEZ (special economic zones) also expand the scopes of economic development in Dehradun at a much wider scale.
 

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