Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Dehradun is the capital of
Uttarakhand. It is one of the most beautiful resorts in the sub mountain tracks
of India, known for its scenic surroundings. The name Dehradun is a collection
of two words "dera" meaning camp and " dun" meaning valley.
Said to be one of the oldest cities in India, it is believed that Lord Rama and
his brother did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king. During the 17th
and 18th centuries Dehradun changed hands several times: Guru Ram Rai retreated
here from Punjab, the Mughal Governor Najib-ud-Daula occupied it from 1757-1770
and the Gorkhas overran it on their westward expansion before ceding it to the
British in 1815. Under the British, Dehradun became an elite town with many a
fine institutions like Forest Research Institute, Doon School and Welham Schools
for girls and boys, many more, like the ONGC and Wadia Institute of Himalayan
Studies, were added in time. Dehradun has now become an important tourist
destination. It is near of Mussoorie .
PLACES TO VISIT
Guchhupani is one of the names of Robber's cave, situated at the distance of 8 km from the city center. It is 600 meters long cave having small river inside it.
Forest Research Institute
It is well known institute in the field of forestry, which is being run by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education. It was established in 1906 and chosen deemed university by the UGC.
Malsi Deer Park
It is one of most visited tourist destinations, located at the distance of just 10 km from Dehradun. Situated at the foothills of Shivalik ranges, it is a mini-zoological park.
Situated at the bank of river Ganga, it is one of the holiest places for Hindus. According to Hindu mythology, it is the place where Kaurava's Guru Dronacharya has undergone penance.
Shastradhara, which means, the 'thousand springs' is one of the best picnic spots. It is a eye pleasing waterfall of 9 meters, that attracts the tourists. Place has also Sulphur spring.
As the name suggests temple is dedicated to lord Sai Baba, it is located on Rajput road