Destination Dehradun – Have a wonderful trip!

Have you tried Dehradun for a holiday? It is the capital city of Uttarakhand, lying in the valley created by the Sivaliks and the lesser Himalayas. The city is known for its scenic beauty and its wildlife. It is a very popular tourist destination, with very good connectivity from Delhi.

Reaching Dehradun

 

You can go by air, by train or by road. The Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is about 20 km from the city centre. It will take you about 45 minutes to reach the city from the airport.

There are direct trains from Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Ujjain, Mumbai, and Chennai. Moreover, there is an excellent public transport system within the city.

If you go by road, the view will be wonderful. You can see the Shivalik hills en route. You can take an AC deluxe bus, a sleeper bus and interstate buses operated by the Uttarakhand government leaving Delhi at ISBT every half an hour. Once in Dehradun, you can take a bus to other nearby tourist destinations such as Uttarkashi, Rishikesh, and Mussoorie.

 

When to go

The best time to visit is in early summer, as it is pleasant and you can travel easily. During the winter months, it can get a bit cold. In January, it generally snows in Landour, which is 35 km from Dehradun. Avoid going in the monsoon season, as it rains heavily and you may experience landslides.

Tourist attractions you must visit

Dehradun is ideal for trekking enthusiasts and adventure sports lovers. There are many places to visit.

 

Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara: This is a 17th century structure, with high domes, murals, minarets and murals. It is one of the oldest religious institutions of Dehradun.

 

Rajaji National Park: The Rajaji Naitonal Park is one of the most famous national parks of India. It is a wildlife haven, where you will see elephants, tigers, panthers, spotted deer, wild boars, black bears, and many varieties of birds.

 

Mussoorie: Mussoorie is a famous hill station, located at an altitude of over 6000 feet. The view is spectacular, with waterfalls and greenery all around.

  

Sampling the local cuisine

You can eat authentic Chinese, Tibetan, Punjabi and Garwali food at small eateries and big restaurants. Gandhi Road is famous for biryani, while the Tibetan market offers Tibetan food. Check out Char Dukan in Landour for good food and a great view.

 

What to shop for

The Tibetan market of Dehradun is famous for its many different kinds of handicrafts and artefacts. The Sunday flea market attracts a huge crowd. You can shop for antiques, hand-woven woolens, jewellery, silver ware, etc.

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