INTRODUCTIONThe picturesque valley of Dehradun,the capital of Uttranchal nestle in the Himalayan range.Dehradun is a very old city. In the Vedic times,Garhwal Mandal,of which Dehradun is a part was known as Kedar Khand.For tourists and pilgrims heading for Rishikesh and Haridwar,as well as those going to Yamunotri-Gangotri,Kedranath-Badrinath and valley of Flowers-Hemkund Sahib,Dehradun is a gateway.Dehradun is a major educational centre boasting of a premier educational institutes such as the Forest Research Institute,Rashtriya Indian Military College,Indian Military Academy a host of public schools and colleges.It has also emerged as a centre for Adventure Tourism Training Programmes.
ORIENTATIONDehradun is situated in the north Indian state of Uttaranchal around 235 km from Delhi. It is bounded by lesser Himalayan foothills to the North East; the Shivalik Hills to the South West; the Yamuna river to the North West and the Ganges river to the South West.Dehradun extends from the latitude 30° 19' in the North to longitude 78° 04' in the East.
HISTORYThere are folklores which say that Guru Drona Charya established his ashram in Doon valley, after the kurukshetra battle.Dehradun was initially under the reign of the Great king Ashok in 1st century BC and later it was under the control of Mughals followed by Sheikhs, Ghorka and Gharwali emperors. Soon it was captured by the British and they established it as a military base.Buthowever now it is the center of some important offices like Indian Military academy, Survey of India, Forest Research center, Deal, ONGC etc.
FAIR & FESTIVALS
JHANDA FAIRThis festival is celebrated in remebrance of the arrival of Guru Ram Rai at Dehradun.A fair is held on the sixth day after Holi every year in March/April and a flag (Jhanda) unfurled at the Jhanda Chowk.
SHIVRATHRIShivrathri is celebrated with great pomp evry year in the month o Febraury at Tapkeshwar.Devotees of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati throng the Tapkeshwar Temple during the annual Shivratri fair.
LAKHAWAR FAIRThis fair is celebrated in the Lakhawar village during the months of September-October every year. Dance, music, and sports competitions mark the celebrations of the fairs in Dehradun.
PLACES OF INTEREST
SAHASTRADHARAA cold sulphur water spring having high medicinal value, the dripping caves and a refreshing bath in the Baldi river, all set in a breathtaking environment offer an exhilrating and unforgettable experience.Only 14kms from Dehradun City Bus Stand near clock tower and connected by regular bus service and private taxies, is is an ideal place for family picnic.A tourist bunglow and PWD inspection house are avilable for the tourist.
It is 5.5km from city bus stand and is situated in the Garhi Cantt.area. It is connected by a regular bus service.
A fair is held every year at this temple on the occasion of Shivaratri.
at an elevation of about 7000 feet above sea level, Chakrata is known for its serene environs and sylvan charm.
However, Chakrata is restricted for foreigners.
The road is motorable upto the temple.
A large number of people throng this temple especially on Sunday.
Legend has it that a Saint underwent penance at this place.
FOREST RESEARCH INSITUTEis biggest Forest based Training Institute in India. All forest officers are trained here.
KOTI POWER HOUSEIt is the biggest underground power generating Unit in India is 83kms from Dehradun.
THE SERICULTURE CENTREThis is yet another interesting research institute dealing with research on the culture of fish and other aquatic creatures in India.
KALSIAbout 5kms from Dakpathar,a Ashoka pillar with inscription Devangiri is situated here.This pillar is preserved by the Archeological Survey of India.An Ashoka Roch edict built in 450 BC is also situated here.The pillar is preserevd by the Archeological Survey of India.An Ashoka Rock edict built in 450 BC is also situated here.
THE GREAT STUPA
This magnificent stupa measuring 185 feet was also seen be here.
It is about 16kms away from Chakrata,with a small Forest Rest House for night halt.
RAJAJI NATIONAL PARKSpread over an area of 820 sq.kms, the park with its magnificent ecosystem, is nestled in the Shivalikranges.It represents the flora of several zones of the forest, scrub land and grassy pasture lands.
THE CENTRAL BRAILLE PRESSThis institution is the largest producer of textbooks in Braille in India. A visit to this institute is a very interesting and informative experience.
The natural cave formations and gentle streams are very popular among the tourists.
THINGS TO DO
The ski resort at Auli near Dehradun attracts enthusiasts from all over the country and abroad.
The resort has skiing facilities like cable car, Ski lift,
chair lift, snow-beaters et al.
make excellent trekking routes from Dehradun.
1. Udipi Restaurant - South Indian delicacies, mouth watering Continental and Chinese preparations.
2.Atithi Restaurant - Continental and Chinese to Indian cuisine.
3.'Dominos' - Pizzas.
4.Vatika Restaurant - Mughlai, Continental, Chinese and North Indian delicacies.
1.Hotel Great Value Dehradun
2.Hotel Pacific Dehradun
3.Hotel President Dehradun
4.Inderlok Hotel Dehradun
5.Hotel Aketa Dehradun
6.Hotel Surbhi Palace Dehradun
7.Hotel Doon Castle
8.Doon Regency Hotel