Dehradun

 
 

dehradun_1.jpg"Nestled in a wide and thickly forested valley of the Shivalik ranges, Dehradun is known for its salubrious climate. Once a stronghold of the Garhwal kings and later appropriated by the British as a residential resort, the town has several institutions and public schools. Its proximity to Mussoorie is an added attraction. The climate is conducive to the growth of fruit trees and Dehradun is famous for its fruit orchards."

Area : 300 Sq. km.  
Population : 520000 (1991 census)  
Altitude :  640 meters above sea level.  
Season : Throughout the year.  
Clothing Summer : Cottons
Clothing Winter :  Woolens
Language : Hindi, English, Garhwali.  
Festivals : Jhanda Mela (March-April), Tapkeshwar Mela, Shivratri  
Local Transport : Taxis, Buses, Cycle-Rickshaws.  
STD Code :  0135

Accessibility

Airways- Dehradun is well connected with Delhi and other important centres in northern India, mostly via Delhi. Besides Indian Airlines, private operators also provide the connectivity.

The Jolly Grant Airport is about 25 km from Dehradun.

Tourist taxis are available for transfer to the city. Alternatively, one can catch any bus running between Dehradun and Rishikesh.

Rail- A number of trains are available for Dehradun. From Dehradun and other important centres in UP and several centres of India.

Dehradun is an important rail head on Northern Railway and is connected to many parts of the country with express trains. Some of the major trains for Dehradun are:

2018 Shatabdi Express (except Wednesday)
3009/3010 Dehradun/Howrah Express (Calcutta)
4014/4042 Mussoorie Express (Delhi)
4265/4266 Dehradun/Varanasi Express
9019/9020 Dehradun/Bombay Express
4309/4310 Ujjaini Express (Ujjain)
4113/4114 Dehradun/Allahabad Express
Roadways- Dehradun is well connected by Roads. One can easily reach Dehradun from Delhi by following the GT Road, passing through Hindon River Bridge, Modinagar, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Roorkee, the travel time is about 5-6 hrs.

Road distances to some important centers are (km about)

Bus-All types of buses - deluxe, semi deluxe and ordinary - are available to and from centres like Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shimla, Allahabad etc.
At Dehradun, the two bus terminals are : Delhi Bus Stand on Gandhi Road, which is an inter state bus stand; and Mussoorie Bus Stand at the Dehradun Railway Stadiumoffering bus services to Mussorie and other destinations in the Himalayan region.

Taxi
Taxis are available to and from Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Mussoorie. Other than for Mussoorie (for which taxis are available near Mussoorie Bus Stand), the taxi service for other nearby places are available from Delhi Bus Stand.

Road Distances to and from Dehradun (km about)

Haridwar : 60 km
Mussoorie : 35 km
Rishikesh : 45 km
Stop overs between Dehradun - Delhi
There are many petrol pumps, repair shops on the GT Road. Numerous 'dhabas' dot the entire run on the highway. Cheetal Grand (about 100 km from Delhi) is favourite with many

Tourist Information

Regional Tourist Office, Hotel Drona, 45 Gandhi Road. Phone: (0135)653217.

Director, Tourism, (Hills), 3/3, Industrial Area, Patel Nagar. Phones: (0135)627406, Fax: 624147

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVN), Sachivalaya Building, Survey Chowk, Lansdowne Marg, Dehradun. Ph. (0135)651071, 656817

Places to visit

Forest Research Institute
Established by the British in the early years of this century, the Institute is one of the finest of its kind in the world. Across the six galleries of its Museum are laid out some of the best collections of specimens of flora and fauna.

Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
Another place of interest worth a visit. A museum containing rock samples, semiprecious stones and fossils is the center of attraction here.

Tapkeshwar Temple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is beside a stream, which is directed to flow onto the lingam. During Shivratri, a large fair is held here.

Robber's Cave
Popularly known as Guchhu Pani, it is situated 8 km from Dehradun. The last kilometer has to be covered on foot. The cave is a picnic spot, surrounded by hills. Here, water vanishes underground only to reappear after a few yards in the form of a stream.

Other places of interest include: Malsi Deer Park (10 km) a newly developed spot on Dehradun Mussoouri diversion road.

Festivals

Jhanda Fair
This fair marks the arrival of Guru Ram Rai, the Sikh Guru, at Dehradun. In the year 1699, Guru Ram Rai built a Gurudwara, Guru Ram Rai Darbar and hoisted his flag. Till this day a large fair is held here every year in the month of March/April on the sixth day after Holi and a flag (Jhanda) unfurled at Jhanda Chowk.

Tapkeshwar Fair

6 km from Dehradun is the famous Tapkeshwar Shiv Temple. Annually a fair is held here on Shivratri dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Lakhawar Fair

This fair held at Lakhawar village, during September-October, is very popular in the neighboring area of Chakrata, 78 km from Mussoorie. The fair reflects the customs and traditions of Garhwali tribes. Activities include cultural programs and sport competitions.

Sports

Fishing
Premier spots are Satya Narain, Kansro, Dhalipur, Kulhal, Lachhiwala. Permits from Divisional Forest Officer, 5, Tilak Road. Phone: (0135)23794.
Golf
Mini-golf course at Hotel Madhuban, open to non-residents also.

Dehradun is famous for it's woollens. Main shopping areas are; Sahakari Bazaar, Rajpur Road Market, Astley Hall, Paltan Bazaar and Connaught Place.

Government Rest Houses

PWD Inspection house, Rajpur Road
Circuit House, New Cantt Road
Forest Rest House, 5 Tilak Road
FRI Inspection House, Near FRI
Survey of India, Guest House, Hathi Barkala
ONGC Guest House, Tel Bhawan
YMCA, Rajpur Road
MES Guest House, Cantt.

Restaurants

Kumar Vegetarian Restaurant, 15B, Rajpur Road.
President Restaurant, Astley Hall.
Yeti Restaurant, Rajpur Road.
Udipi Restaurant, Rajpur Road.
Daddy's, 3 Astley Hall.
Moti Mahal Restaurant, near City Bus Stand, Rajpur Road.
Kwality Restaurant, 19, Rajpur Road.

Banks

Allahabad Bank, Clock Tower.
Punjab National Bank, Paltan Bazaar, Astley Hall.
State Bank of India, Main Branch, Convent Road.
Bank of India, Rajpur Road.

Post Offices

Head Post Office, Clock Tower.
Sub Post Office, Karanpur.
Sub Post Office, Kutchery Road.

Hospitals

Doon Hospital, New Road.
Coronation Hospital, Dalahwala.
Cantt. Hospital, Cantt.
Military Hospital, Cantt.
P & T Dispensary, Chukhuwala. 

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