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Dehradun

Dehradun Tour Guide Uttaranchal Travel IndiaOne of the most important towns of the state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, is located at an altitude of 700 m. It serves as the gateway to Mussoorie. This charming town lies in a valley in the Siwaliks, foothills of the Himalaya. It derives it's name from the camp (Dehra means camp) of Ram Rai, the son of the 7th Sikh guru. On not being made guru he quarelled and after facing defeat came to Dun valley. In the latter half of the 17th century, Ram Rai established a gurudwara in the Jhanda Mohalla area, where hordes of devotees throng to date.

Dehradun is an important educational centre and military cantonment. It also boasts of several prestigious boarding schools including the exclusive Doon school where Rajiv Gandhi was educated. At present it is the base of the Indian Military Academy. It also house the Forest Research Institute and the Wildlife Institute of India.

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Prime Attractions of Dehradun

» Sericulture Institute : Like the Forest Research Institute, the mulberry demonstration farms of the Sericulture Institute, are also one of the highlights of the town.

» Gucchu Pani, or Robber's cave.

» Tapovan : Five kms away is Tapovan, where the legendary Dronacharya, the great guru of the heroes of the Mahabharata, is believed to have performed penance.

» Kalanga : A monument to the hero of the great siege of Kalanga, Balbhadra Singh Thapa, is also about eight kms from the town.

» Sahastradhara : The Sahastradhara, 14 kms away, is known for its sulphur springs.

» Rajaji National Park : The Rajaji National Park, another tourist attraction, is 20 kms away.

» Kalsi : The site of prime historical interest is Kalsi, 50 kms from Dehradun, which boasts of a rock inscription of Asoka, the great Mauryan emperor.

» Tapkeshwar Mahadev : 6 kms from the centre of the town is Tapkeshwar Mahadev, a cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, by the banks of a river. Legend has it that Shiva made milk flow from this cave for Asvathama, the son of guru Dronacharya.

Places to Stay in Dehradun

Madhuban, Meedo's Grand, Hilton, Hotel Drona ( Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd. - run ), and Chandra are some of the popular means of accommodation.

How to get there
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» Air
The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant, 25 kms away, on the outskirts of the town, that has daily flights to Delhi.

» Rail
Dehradun is a major railhead on the Northern Railway line with direct trains to Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Varanasi and Lucknow.

» Road
UP Roadways operates regular bus trips from Simla, Haridwar and Delhi to Dehradun.

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