Dehradun is the capital of Uttarkhand state. The city is situated between the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers in the Doon Valley at the foothills of the Himalayas. The town is in proximity to popular Himalayan tourist destinations Mussoorie, Nainital, Auli, Haridwar, Rishikesh and the pilgrimage circuit of Char Dham. The tourist sites in and around the city include temples, museums, monuments, colonial buildings, wildlife sanctuaries etc. Dehradun is also known for Basmati rice, Khuris knives, the Doon Ice Rink and handmade woollen items.
Major tourist sites in and around the city: Paltan Bazaar, Mindroling Monastery, Foret Research Institute, Ram Rai Darbar, Survey of India Museum, Tapkeshwar Temple, etc.
When to visit: best time to visit March to June and October to November. June to September is monsoon season. December to February is winter season.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: 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.
Nearest airport: Jolly Grant Airport or Dehradun Airport (IATA: DED) is about 32 km away.
Buses: Uttarakhand Roadways buses as well as private operators connect Dehradun to the major cities in North India. There are daily bus services from Delhi.
By road: The distance from New Delhi to Dehradun is about 237 km via NH 44. It takes around 6 hours.
The distance from Jolly Grant Airport to Dehradun is about 32 km via Thano Rd. It takes around 1 hour.
The distance from Haridwar to Dehradun is about 53 km via NH 7. It takes around 2 hours.
The distance from Rishikesh to Dehradun is about 45 km via NH 7. It takes around 2 hours.
The distance from Mussoorie to Dehradun is about 33 km via Mussoorie Rd. It takes around 1 hour.
The distance from Shimla to Dehradun is about 231 km via SH 2 and NH 7. It takes around 6 hours.
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