Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, has always been a nature lover’s paradise. Located in the foothills of Himalayas, Dehradun is well known for it’s mesmerising beauty and health benefitting climate. The valley is surrounded in the north by the queen of hills, Mussoorie and bordered by the holy rivers, Ganga and Yamuna. As the city is close to scenic and less populated tourist destinations like, Haridwar, Nainital, Almora, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Auli, etc., Dehradun is a preferred city for most travellers.
Along with being a nature’s paradise, Dehradun has historic importance too. Not many people are aware of the fact that Dehradun is one of the ancient cities of India. It’s origin is mentioned in Mahabharat, and in some transcripts Guru Dronacharya is credited for naming the city. While the city is uncommonly known as – Abode of Drona; the literal meaning of Dehradun is – camp in the valley. Apart from being a popular place in the times of Mahabharat, Dehradun was also under the reign of King Ashoka, Sikhs, Mughals, Gurkhas and lastly the Britishers. Each ruler left their mark on the city and the city gladly embraced the varied heritage and made it a part of it’s own identity.
The city is a potpourri of various cultures and communities. Dehradun is celebrated by each community in it’s own way. Tibetan, Nepalese, Sikh, Garhwali-Kumaoni, Buddhist, Muslims, Christian; the list is a long one. Each community lives here peacefully and adds it’s color to Dehradun’s culture. This amalgamation is clearly reflected in the fooding, clothing, linguistic and spiritual preferences of Doonites. Food lovers will find lip smacking delicacies from North India, Tibet, Nepal and parts of Himachal and Punjab.
Talking about the architecture of Dehradun, some parts of the city still carry British influence in their architecture. While some parts clearly have a bias towards Buddhist style, some areas boast of fine artwork of the Mughal era. With rapid modernisation and commercial growth of the city, modern designs and architecture are elbowing their way into the skyline of the city. All these varied architecture adds character to the city, adding to its charm.
Ever since the city was named the capital of Uttarakhand, it has witnessed fast paced growth and development over the years. The city is already a popular choice for important Government organisations like ONGC, DRDO, IIRS, FRI, Survey of India, IIP, WII, IMA to name a few. Now with growth opportunities and subsidies offered by the Government, private institutions are also setting up their offices here.
The development has resulted in making the city well connected to other parts of the state and Nation. Dehradun has a domestic Airport at Jolly Grant that offers flights to Delhi, Pithoragarh. Train connectivity of Dehradun is quite strong with direct trains to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Ujjain, and many more major cities of India. For places up in the north, bus transportation are available at frequent timings. The transportation within the city is well routed by local buses, Vikrams, Autos and similar private vehicles. For those who want to travel on their own vehicles, Dehradun is well connected by National Highways.
As a tourist attraction, Dehradun has much to offer. Two things that instantly come into our minds while talking about Dehradun are – Basmati Rice and Litchi. The quality of both are such that a major portion of the produce is exported to countries across the globe. Apart from these, the city is known for woollen clothings, Shawls, Brass items and Artifacts. One can easily find these souvenirs at Paltan Bazaar, the local shopping market of Dehradun. It is a shopper’s paradise, with variety of stuff at reasonable prices.
Some of the places that you need to visit while in Doon are – Lachhiwala, Sahastradhara, Sai Temple, Buddha Temple, FRI, Paonta Sahib, Robber’s Cave, Fun Valley, Kempty Fall.
In conclusion, Dehradun is a trendy hilly tourist destination with beautiful & natural sceneries, that will make you revisit the city every time you want to escape the hustle-bustle of metro cities. Whether you are a traveller, an adventure junkie, a couple wanting to spend sometime together or just want to explore your spiritual self, the city will impress you, every time.