The Land of Valleys
Huddled in the mountain ranges of Himalaya, there lies a quaint paradise popularly known as Dehradun. Being the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is known as one of the most famous and exotic hill station of India for its scenic beauty. The word “Dera” means camp and “Dun” means valley, which collectively becomes the land of valleys, where people love to nestle for camp. The city is also known as “The Gray City”, due to its past, since it was the home for some Freedom Fighters; those whose names are now engraved on the Tower Clock. Ex-army officers recommend Dehradun as a place to reside after retirement. It is located at an altitude of 1400 feet above the sea level which turns the atmosphere pleasant, meandering and shallow. The sunset is really mesmerizing and the view becomes so romantic when you are with your partner. Dehradun is a fascinating blend of both ancient and modern architecture. Every year this place beckons many travellers, tourists, families, and couples to witness its must-see architecture, valleys and brilliant atmosphere. Besides the spectacular landscape, there exists many other activities and adventures to get involved in, such as hiking, visiting temples, museum, parks, etc.
Since Dehradun is a part of Garhwal regions, the local people are greatly influenced by the Garhwali culture and customs. You can find much diversity around the place, creating a plethora of different castes and creeds. People with distinct backgrounds and religions like Punjabis, Nepalis, Kumaoni, etc. reside in the region. As it is the capital of Uttarakhand it has become an educational, transport and communicational hub. Dehradun is renowned for its quality of education all over India, students from all over the country wish to pursue their education here. Women wear Angra jacket, with full sleeves blouse and sarees with a scarf covering their head and shoulder. The traditional dress of the region is langoti, dhoti and angarkha. In winters, men usually wear a jacket, overcoat, and hats.
Top things do in Dehradun
How to reach
Since it is the capital city of Uttarakhand, a well-established means of transport is available. You can reach Dehradun easily with comfort.
How to Reach by Flight
The Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest domestic airport situated within the main city. You can directly take a flight to Dehradun.
How to Reach by Train
The Dehradun railways station receives trains from all directions. Frequent train services such as Jan Shatabdi Express are available all over the week.
How to Reach by Bus
On a daily basis, regular bus facilities are available for Dehradun. The services of buses are available in the day as well as at night.
How to Reach by Road
As it is a major city of Uttarakhand, it is well connected with National Highways. You can easily reach Dehradun by car.
How to travel within
Local buses, cabs, auto rickshaws are readily available on demand. Finding the right means to travel, is not a hard job within the city.
The staple food of the region is rice and raita with curd and salad. Dehradun is popular for its basmati rice and Lychees. You can find northern food such as parathas served with curd, rajma chawal, chole bhature, etc very easily. Also, many Tibetan and Chinese joints with wide varieties are also available including fluffy Tibetan buns to sugary fruit beer and thenthuk to thukpa. Momos are the best of these regions and served with numerous options of sides. Some of the famous places for people to dig into are:
Day 1: Take a flight early in the morning. You can reach Dehradun by 10:00 am. Have a light brunch and find your perfect accommodation. Later, visit Clock tower in the noon since it won't be so crowded at that time. In the evening you can visit Fun valley and have a pleasant time there. After refreshing yourself go to Tapkeshwar temple and then head back to the hotel. Have a hearty dinner and call it a day.
Day 2: Wake up early in the morning and pay your respect by visiting the Tapovan Temple. Have breakfast and hit the road to start your tour. Visit Sahastradhara in the morning. In the noon you can visit Robber’s cave since it will be cold inside. Visit the Zonal museum and explore the place. After that, you can involve yourself in something different by going shopping at Paltan Bazar. After that, you can visit Lacchiwalla and then head back to the hotel and take rest for the day.
Day 3: Getting up early in the morning and having a power breakfast head to Kalinga War Memorial. In the afternoon visit Forest Research Institute and discover the mysteries confined within its walls. In the evening visit Malsi Deer Park and witness the beauty of nature in its peak. Later, head to Mall road and then back to the hotel. Take rest and charge yourself for the next day.
Day 4:You can start your journey for the last day by visiting Mindrolling Monastery early in the morning. Then visit Ram Rai Gurudwara and pay your respects. After spending some time there, head towards Rajaji National Park. Take a flight in the evening and you will be home by midnight.