Dehradun | India
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Dehradun is the provisional capital of Uttarakhand state. It is nestled between the Himalayan foothills to the north and the Shivaliks to the South. The town offers breathtaking scenery.


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Planning a Trip

1 Get in 1.1 By plane 1.2 By train 1.3 By bus 1.4 By car By plane Jolly Grant Airport (DED IATA) (The airport is 20 km from town. There is direct bus service from ISBT (Inter state bus terminus) to reach here. These buses are run by the government of Uttarakhand, and run every 20 to 30 minutes during the day. The buses are painted red on their lower half and are actually going to Rishikesh, stopping at the airport on the way. Private taxi services are available at the airport (US$40), or hotels may provide their own arrangements.). SpiceJet and Jet Airways each provide two flights daily between Dehradun and Delhi. Connecting flights are available to other major cities including Mumbai.  By train Dehradun (IR station code : DDN) is a major station and a terminus in Uttarakhand. It is connected by rail to Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kolkata, Gorakhpur, Amritsar, Indore, Ujjain and Chennai. Here are some useful trains to reach Dehradun: Also see Rail travel in India By bus Delux, Volvo, Semi-deluxe and ordinary Uttarakhand State buses depart every hour from ISBT, Kashmere Gate in New Delhi. There is also an overnight deluxe A/C service run by Uttarakhand Tourism. It is a six to seven hour journey from Delhi. However, the bus station is located about 5–6 km from the centre of the town. If you are coming from Delhi side the trains will generally be more convenient. By car Dehradun is in principle a 5 hour drive from Delhi, but unless you leave Delhi very early in the morning, you will encounter traffic that makes the trip significantly longer. The town is on NH 72A (Chhutmalpur to Dehradun). The road is two-laned, but not very wide. There may be many slow-moving vehicles at harvest times, and pilgrims walking on the road in late July and early August. Various car rental companies provide cars to Dehradun from New Delhi Airport & New Delhi Railway station.


Getting Around

1 Get around 1.1 By bus 1.2 By auto rickshaw 1.3 By Shared (Fixed-Route) Autorickshaws 1.4 On foot 1.5 By car By bus Dehradun has a city bus service run by private owners under STA. The destinations are written in Hindi above the windshield. Generally, however, the buses are crowded, so it is better to use other means of transport. By auto rickshaw Auto rickshaws are plentiful in the downtown area. They are not metered, but instead use a fixed rate system. However, as the rate is often not prominently displayed, it is advisable to have some idea of the cost to your destination before taking an auto rickshaw. Otherwise, you are very likely to be charged well over the odds. By Shared (Fixed-Route) Autorickshaws The cheapest way to get around town is via the ubiquitous blue three wheelers called Vikrams. These vehicles are often crammed, with capacity for 8 cramped passengers in the back. The Vikrams are numbered according to their routes through the city. Fare is ₹3-₹5. 1 - Rajpur Road: begins at Astley Road and travels North to the Rajpur-Mussoorie Road Fork. 2 - Sahastradhara/Raipur: begins at Survey Chowk, proceeds eastward to Sahastradhara Crossing, before splitting towards the North (Sahastradhara Road) or East (Raipur Road) depending on the Autorickshaw. 3 - Dharampur, Rispana Bridge: begins at Survey Chowk, proceeds to Haridwar Road and Dharampur, before proceeding through the Nehru Colony to Rispana Bridge. 4 - Doiwala: begins at Rispana Bridge and proceeds to Doiwala. 5 - Majra/ISBT: begins at Astley Hall, proceeds South to Majra and the Interstate Bus Terminus. 6 - Kaulagarh Road: begins at Connaught Place, goes Northwest up Kaulagarh Road. 7 - Chakrata Road: begins at Connaught Place, goes West on Chakrata Road. 8 - Kanwali/Kaonli Road: begins at Astley Hall, proceeds South to Saharanpur Chowk, before going West on Kanwali/Kaonli Road towards Balliwala. The last stop on this route varies between Seemadwar/Indranagar, Anurag Nursery or Vasant Vihar Chowk. 10 - Premnagar: very infrequent, goes West to Premnagar via Kaonli Road. On foot The best way to explore the town is on foot, since it is surprisingly compact. Finding your way around is not that difficult as it may seem at first glance. Rajpur Road is the main avenue and Chakrata Road is also quite an important street. They both intersect at the Clock Tower Roundabout. Walking across town can take up to 30 minutes. By car You can easily visit Dehradun by car. There are many car rental companies. 30°18′59″N 78°1′56″EMap of Dehradun


Top Attractions

Robber's Cave The Char Siddhs. Comprised of a group of four temples around Dehradun : Lakshman Siddh (along the Dehradun-Rishikesh road 12 km from Dehradun), Kalu Siddh (near Baniyawala), Manak Siddh (near Shimla Bypass Road) and Madu Siddh (near Premnagar). Small temples in scenic and as yet unspoilt locales. It is commonly believed that visitng all four Siddhs in a single day will fulfill a devotee's wishes.  30.333577.98161 Chetwoode Hall, Dehradun-Chakrata Road. The Indian Military Academy. A charming little museum housing collections of 20th century military artifacts.  30.32434178.0418432 Clock Tower, Rajpur Road (Rajpur and Gandhi Roads crossing). Built by the British, this remains the icon of the downtown area.  30.32278.07713 The Gurkha Fort, Tapovan Forest Area.  30.38039377.980874 Jaspal Rana Shooting Range. Majhon- Paunda, Via Nanda Ki Chowki, Premnagar, Dehradun  30.3540978.082285 The Kalinga War Memorial, Sahastradhara Road. The only war memorial of its kind in the world which was erected by the British to honour their foe, the Gurkhas (or the Gorkhas).  30.51789477.8438756 Kalsi. Small town located in the Dehradun District with ancient monuments such as The Edicts_of_Ashoka  30.26155577.9969387 Mindrolling Monastery, 3 Budha Temple Rd, New Basti, Clement Town, ☎ +91 135 264-0556, +91 135 264-0968. A large Buddhist monastery in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition.  30.343977.99948 The Forest Research Institute Museums, Howard Rd. Lavish environs and one of the largest institutes of its kind. Guided tours available. Open:9AM-1PM and 2:30PM–5:30PM. Admission free. Museum entry ₹25, covers 6 halls. Photography permitted in the compound but not in the museum halls.    30.31798278.0319959 Ram Rai Darbar, Jhanda Mohalla. Built by Guru Har Rai's son, it attracts many Sikh pilgrims from the nearby state of Punjab. Admission is free and non-Sikhs are welcome.  30.31649478.03219110 RIMC (Rashtriya Indian Military College). RIMC is one of the finest schools in India for training young men to become a part of the Indian Armed Forces  30.37590278.06091911 Robber's Cave (Also known as Guchchu Pani) (situated at a distance of eight km from the city center). Robber's cave is a beautiful picnic spot. On display here is one of nature's strange phenomena; a stream of water goes underground here and reappears a few metres away. The cave is surrounded by hills and is a beautiful getaway for those looking for peace and quiet of the hills.  30.379978.0875112 Sai Darbar Temple, 109 Rajpur Road, IAS Officers Colony, Hathibarkala Salwala. This place of worship holds a high spiritual value, and is thus visited by tourists across the country.  30.3854478.1265313 Sahastradhara. Around 14 km from Dehradun is the cold Sulphur water spring called Sahastradhara. The spring is believed to have exceptional medicinal value and the dripping caves and a bath in the Baldi River near the spring are said to rejuvenate the body and soul.  30.357363778.016505314 Tapkeshwar Temple, Garhi Cantt. An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Tapkeshwar is situated on the banks of a rivulet.  30.13018778.32305615 Tapovan, Rajpur Road. According to legend, Guru Dronacharya had done penance here.  30.32853378.01329516 Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. Another place worth a visit is the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. It is the best center on Himalayan geology in the country and has done some pioneering work in the field. A museum displaying the geological diversity of the sub-continent is the center of attraction here and a must see for all those visiting the institute.