The soft rustle of tiny market stalls neatly lined along cobbled streets slowly materializes as the morning mist disperses, giving way to gentle rays of golden sunshine. Nestled amidst the Himalayan foothills, the serene city of Dehradun has a dreamy feel to it. Walking through its lanes, a string of ancient cottages casts a nostalgic spell and takes you back to the colonial era. With the soothing cool breeze, the colorful interweaving of diverse cultures and the breathtaking milieu of mountains, this enchanting valley sways you.
Situated in the region of Garhwal, Dehradun is the capital of Uttranchal. Nature has bestowed numerous wonders upon this northern city. Surrounded by the Shivalik Hills, and with the rivers Ganga and Yamuna flowing by, the Doon valley is jeweled with picturesque sights. A rich blend of numerous cultures gives a vibrant shade to this Himalayan gateway. Let Dehradun work its charm as you saunter around this marvelous city.
From scenic views and enthralling experiences to delicious food, Dehradun has the key to every traveler’s heart. The waters of Ganga and Yamuna are sources of infinite delight for thrill seekers. Playing host to a variety of activities, including paragliding, skiing, angling and river-rafting, Dehradun is a haven for adventure tours. A hike along the hills of the mighty Shivalik range is highly recommended.
Shoppers have much to delight them in Dehradun. The markets are brimming with brilliantly crafted handicrafts and woodcrafts. Paltan Bazaar and Rajpur Road are the popular market areas. You can shop for hand-knit warm clothes at the Tibetan Market.
You can take a walk down memory lane and explore the city’s colonial mansions. The Doon valley also boasts of excellent educational institutes, such as The Doon School with illustrious alumni including Amitav Ghosh, Abhinav Bindra and so on.
With references connecting it to the Ramayana and Mahabharata, Dehradun is also a popular destination for religious visits. Numerous festivals are celebrated with much pomp and enthusiasm. The popular melas (festivals) Magh and Jhanda are a delightful time to visit the city.
Buses and auto-rickshaws are easily available for traveling from one point to another within Dehradun. Another more popular way of traveling, unique to Dehradun, is the Vikram tempos. Accommodating up to eight passengers at one time, the Vikrams ply on fixed routes within the cities, charging extremely low fares. A Vikram ride is recommended to get a hands-on experience of the local lifestyle. As Dehradun is a relatively small city and the weather is pleasant, exploring the city on foot is also a viable option.
On a daily basis there are approximately 16 flights that operate at Dehradun Airport.SpiceJet and Air India are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Dehradun through train.Dehradunis one of the most popular train stations in Dehradun.On an average about 23 trains pass through Dehradun on a daily basis.Haridwar to Dehradun, Roorkee to Dehradun, Ghaziabad to Dehradunare some of the most popular routes to Dehradun with 88, 48, 48 trains weekly respectively.
By road Dehradun is surrounded by Haridwar, Roorkee, Uttarkashi which are 27.76 km, 33.39 km, 37.64 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Dehradun has a total of 82 hotels.There are 82 hotels in Dehradun with the popular ones being Hotel Aketa, Hotel Madhuban, Hotel Doon Castle, Hotel Great Value, Shaheen Bagh, Lemon Tree Hotel Dehradun etc.
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