Tourist Destinations

Dehradun Tourism

Best places to see in Dehradun

Dehradun, which is properly termed as Dehra Doon, where Dehra (Dera) means camp and Doon means river valley. It is the capital city of the newly made state of Uttarkhand, and is situated 250 kilometres away from national capital New Delhi. The city has the Yamuna in the west, Himalayas in the north, Ganges in the east and the Sivalik Hills in the south making a perfect tourist destination. The fertile Gangetic plains pass by it making it a fertile land, which supports agriculture at the place. The prominent cities like Haridwar, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Roorkee, Muzaffarnagar, Ambala, Saharanpur and Yamunanagar are nearby Dehradun. The famous Dehradun Rice, as the name suggests is the creation of this place. The place is also famous for its bakery products. Dehradun has a population of 456000 which includes almost a perfect sex ratio.


Dehradun was founded by the elder son of 7th Sikh Guru Har Rai, Guru Ram Rai. As the name suggests to Guru Ram Rai's Dera or camp in the river valley, and supporting this camp (Settlement) is a Darbar, which is known as 'Shri Guru Ram Rai Darbar', established in the year 1699, and modelled according to the famous tomb of Mughal Great Jahangir. It is followed that during the Mahabharata, (the famous Indian epic) - era, Dronacharya, who is popularly known as the teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas, lived at this place. So it is also known as the "Drona-nagri".

Important places to visit:

Clock Tower also known as the Ghanta-ghar, is a structure which includes six working clocks. The places host many plazas, cafes and markets, among them the most famous are the Moti Bazar and Paltan Bazar.

The ONGC headquarters are present at Dehradun.

The Geological Survey of India, Forest Survey of India (FSI)

And the Wildlife Institute of India are important places to visit

Indian Military Academy (IMA) and the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) are important military institutes over the place and Regional Remote Sensing Centre (RRSC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is also present in Dehradun.

Climate and Transport:

As because Dehradun is placed along the Sivalik Hills, it has a cool climate compared to the rest of India. It has a cold winter. Dehradun is connected to New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Amritsar, Meerut, Jaipur, Bareilly, Haldwani-Kathgodam, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram, etc. places via the Northern Railways. The Jolly Grant Airport is 25 km away from the main city.