History, tourist destinations, weather and how to reach Dehradun

Dehradun, heart of State Uttarakhand is one of the largest and oldest city of state. This city of Uttarakhand is famous among tourists for its beauty, temples and picnic spots. In this article of yours, you are going to get information about district Dehradun, its history, meaning of name "Dehradun", tourist destinations, weather and how to reach Dehradun. For more information kindly read the article as below:

Basic info of Dehradun

Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand is situated in the Garhwal region. This city of Uttarakhand is situated at an height of about 450 metres (1,480 ft) above from the sea level. A lot of visitors visit this city as it is popular among people for its fantastic landscapes and pleasant climate. The city is well connected with rest of the world and is about 255km from New Delhi. This beautiful city of state Uttarakhand is referred as the gateway to Mussoorie and Garhwal. This city is one of the oldest city of India and largest city of Uttarakhand. This city is also famous for long grain rice. In 2011, the population of this city is about 1,025,680. This city is the starting point for the trekkers and mountaineer on to their journey into Garhwal Himalayas.

Meaning of word "Dehradun"

The name "Dehradun" is made up of two words Dehra and Dun. The word Dehra is derived from the word "Dera" which means camp and the word "Doon" means a valley. Dehradun is the city which lies between Himalayas and the Shivaliks. A long time ago, Ram Rai (son of Sikh Guru Hari Rai) came to Dehradun valley along with his followers and established a camp in this valley to stay. This incident occurs when the modern Dehradun started to develop and was the time when Dehra was linked to Doon and thus the state capital was named as Dehradun.

History off Dehradun

It is said that after the battle between Ravan and Lord Rama, Laxman visited this valley. Dronacharya, royal guru of the Kauravas and Pandavas born here and also resided in Dehradun. So we can say that the history of the city Dehradun linked to the story of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Places to visit in Dehradun

There are a lot of locations to see in Dehradun. Some of those are discussed below. For more information kindly read below:

Robber's cave

Robber's cave is the famous tourist attraction and is about 8kms from Dehradun. This cave of Dehradun is a natural picnic spot. In this picnic spot, water suddenly disappears only to reappear in the form of a stream after a few yards. From last few years, this city has been one of the best known educational centre in north India.

Malsi Deer Park

Malsi Deer park is just 10kms away from Dehradun and is a picnic spot. This spot is lying at the foothills of Shivalik range. This park of Dehradun is a mini zoological park for Children surrounded by beautiful and fantastic scenery all around.

Laxman Siddh temple

Laxman Siddh temple is about 12 kms away from Dehradun and is a tourist destination. This temple is visited by a lot of people because of accessibility facility.

Tapkeshwar temple

This temple of Dehradun is an ancient temple and is situated on the banks of a rivulet. This temple is just at a distance of 5.5kms from the city bus stand. This temple is named so because water drops from the rock fall on the Shivling placed in the Shrine. On the occassions like Shivratri, a number of people came here to pray.


The name Sahastradhara means "thousand fold spring" and is situated at a distance of 11 kms from Dehradun. This place is an ideal picnic spot and is a tourist attraction. The Baldi river provides a breathtaking view as water fall from an height of 9 metres above. In Sahastra Dhara, there is also a Sulphur spring where people take bath. The water of this spring is said to cure skin infections.


Tapowan is the place where Guru Dronacharya, royal Guru of Kauravas and Pandavas had done atonement. This place of Uttarakhand is at a distance of 5kms from the city bus stand on Dehradun- Rajpur road. This place is enveloped by beautiful and calm surroundings.

Asan Barrage Water sports resort

Asan Barrage was created in 1967 and is popularly known as Dhalipur lake. This resort is situated at a distance of 43 kms from Dehradun on Chandigarh - Shimla highway. This resort of Dehradun is providing facilities like Canoeing, Rowing, Boating, Skiing, Kayaking. A lot of migratory birds can be seen here in winter season which adds a bonus to wildlife lovers.

Weather in Dehradun

The weather of city Dehradun varies from hot weather to intense cold weather depending upon the reason. The temperature of Dehradun is not known to fall below freezing point.

Temperature in Summer

27°C to 41°C

Temperature in Winter

9°C to 27°C
During Monsoon season, there is often heavy rainfall. The climate of this city is considered to be good during winter but is hot in the Doon Valley. The weather of this valley is temperate. During summer, it is not so warm at Dehradun as in the district south of it.

Accessibility to Dehraadun

Dehradun is well connected with rest of the world through air, rail and road links. Dehradun, the heart of State Uttarakhand offers a lot of picnic spots, parks, temples to see.

Dehradn By rail

Dehradun is well connected with rest of the cities of India through rail link, Dehradun railway station. There are direct trains from cities like Calcutta, Lucknow, Varanasi, Mumbai to this place.

Dehradun By road
Dehradun is well connected with rest of the cities of India through road. Dehradun is 258km from Delhi. Dehradun is well connected by highway. There are daily bus services that connect Dehradun to Mussoorie and Delhi.

Dehradun By air
The main airport of Dehradun is the Jolly Grant airport and is 24km away from the state capital. This airport is the nearest airport and is well connected to Delhi through Indian Airlines having about 5 flights a week from Delhi to this city. A lot of taxis are there on the airport to take you to your desired destination.


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