Dehradun, one of the most picturesque valleys in Asia nestles in the arm of the Himalaya, Just as the city is ringed by the Himalayan range in the north & the Shivalik hills in the south so do the rivers Ganga & Yamuna and run on its eastern and western flanks respectively.
Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India. In the Vedic times, Garhwal Mandal, of which Dehradun is a part, was known as Kedar Khand. Legend has it that Guru Dronacharya considered Dehradun a place fit for meditation & worship and henceforth, the valley of Dun was christened Drona Ashram, which means “The abode of Drona”. His son Shri Aswathama was born here. The sant Guru Ram Ray also comped here at the place where the present Guru Ram Ray Drabar is located. Ponta Sahib where Guru Govind Singh Ji stayed, is 45 km. away from Dehradun. Many sites of high religious importance lie in the Chamoli district – Kedarnath, Badrinath, Lokpal Hemkund Sahib, Nar Singh Ma, Triyogi Narayan etc. For tourists and pilgrims headed for Rishikesh and Haridwar as well as those going to Yamnotri-Gangotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath and valley of flowers Hemkund Sahib, Dehradun is also the gateway and base camp. It has a significant number of Yoga centers too.
Historically, Dehradun has always been an important centre. It was once the strong hold of the Garhwal rulers and was captured by the British. The nala pani Battle was fought here between General Giellespie and General Bal Bahadur Thap near Tapowan Nalapani area. Doon valley is quite pleasant in February but nights are bit cool with a temperature variation of 9oC to 24oC with average daily relative humidity around 66%.
Har ki Pauri on river Ganga
There are many national Institutes located in Dehradun like ONGC, Survey of India, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Forest Research Institute, IRDE, DEAL, ordinance Factory, Indian Military Academy etc. It is a major educational centre also.
DISTANCES OF IMPORTANT POINTS OF DELHI FROM DEHRADUN
IG International Airport Delhi - 260 km
New Delhi Railway Station - 250 km
ISBT - 250 km
HOW TO REACH
Air : The nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun – 24 km
Rail : Dehradun is a Terminus of the Northern Railway
Road : Dehradun is well connected to all parts of the country