One among the oldest cities of India, Dehradun houses all that is elegant and bright in the nature. A historic town in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, this pretty town is now the capital of the newly formed State of Uttaranchal. A sprawling city, which is speckled with picturesque places, allures scores of picnickers. These places encompass rambling gardens, parks, well-regarded temples and verdant landscapes.
An important province under the former Garhwal rulers, this hilly terrain is also renowned as the abode of Drona, the mighty guru of the Kauravas. The city boasts of numerous legends about it and most of them are related to the Great Epic Mahabharatha.
Dehradun presents a city with excellent credentials in the field of knowledge and information. Its renowned academic institutions received worldwide accolades and some of them are in exist from the time of the British Rule. This classy city with an array of good quality boarding schools, the town presents a bustling appearance.
This pictorial place is an ideal hotspot for those who really want to take risks in their life. A wide range of escapades is in offer in this hill station. With enormous places for paragliding, skiing, angling and river rafting, Dehradun fascinates the adventure buffs.
A tour in Dehradun provides one with the unforgettable charisma of impeccable sceneries that would stay with one for a long. It is quite sure that the gushing streams, deep ravines, lustrous valleys and most of all the lofty contoured mountain ranges of this hilly resort would unwittingly hold one’s breath.
Most trendy hill resorts in India, this quite hilly town is also famed for its export quality Basmati rice and it is often considered as the splendorous gateway to other hill stations in the Himalayan region. With its winding roads, undulating hills the evergreen valleys and colourful fruit orchards, Dehradun looks amazingly vibrant and throbbing.
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Dehradun is known to have been part of the garhwal region since times unknown (except for the brief interlude at Rohilla).
Various mythological stories connect Dehradun to have been a part of Ramayana. It is a popular belief that Rama and Lakshmana had come to this town for penance. The Pandavas also are believed to have sojourn here for rest. Various rock inscription associate Dehradun to Emperor Asoka , who ruled in the 1st century B.C.
At certain time or the other, Dehradun has been under the rule of Sikhs, Mughals and the Gorkhas. While the Sikhs ruled here from 1675-1699, the area went into the control of the Gurkhas in the year 1803, making it a province of Nepal.
The present town of Dehradun, was annexed by the British during the Gurkha War, after which a treaty was signed between the British and the Kingdom of Nepal . Thus, Dehradun came under the British crown and started to gain back its lost glory.
The ‘Municipality of Dehradun’ was established in 1867 and in the 1900, Dehradun got its first railroad.
Travel within city
Dehradun is located in the Himalayan foothills and makes for some interesting travel. Dehradun is served by its own airport. For travelers who are arriving by air the Jolly Grant airport is a good option. Most hotels arrange pick services from the airport for around Rs 500. There are no bus services from the airport and private taxis are available for the 20 km drive to the city.
Dehradun railway station is well connected to many cities and is located in the city. Auto rickshaws and taxis can be hired from outside the station to travel to any part of the city.
There are four main ways to travel around the city. Travelers can opt for buses, autos, shared autos and also on foot.
Autos are a good way to travel around the city. They have a fixed rate system and different places have different rates. It is advisable to check the rates before boarding as they may charge above the fixed rate system. There are no separate night fares.
Shared autos and private buses are an easy way to travel around the city. They are plentiful and can be hailed off the street. They usually cost less than Rs 10 for short distances. Since Dehradun is compact walking around the city is a good way to travel.
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