Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand, occupying a beautiful position in the Doon Valley. This beautiful City is known as the gateway to Mussoorie and the Garhwal interiors. The town is also known for being one of the most ancient in India. Before the city came under the ruling of the British government, it was ruled by the Mughals, Sikhs and Gurkhas. It is 230 kilometers in the North of Delhi, capital of India. The holy River Ganga and Yamuna criss-cross city quite beautifully. Dehradun was a division of Uttar Pradesh, before the existence of Uttarakhand. Later on, the city came into the State of Uttarakhand, India.
The city has a rich and ancient history. Dehradun is also a proud possession of Uttarakhand, aptly referred to as the life-blood of the state as well. It is a corrupt shape of Dera which indicates a temporarily site. The other term Dun was derived from Dronashram. Dronashram was a residential place for Dronacharya of Mahabharata (a Hindu epic). The terms dun and Doon stand for the low-down areas in the foothills of the mighty Himalayan ranges. Hence the place is called Dehradun.
The climate of Dehradun represents a sub-tropical atmosphere with cool winters, warm and a pleasantly cold spring is the best season for the sightseers to reach Dehradun and enjoy the environment there. The summer months are hot and monsoon stays tough. Due the mountainous region the town also includes a sufficient amount of snowfall in winter.
PALACE TO VISIT
Sahastradhara is a cold sulfur water spring, with high medicinal value. The Baldi river and the caves provide a breathtaking view. Situated at 14 kms. from the city bus stand, and connected by a regular bus service and private taxies, this is an ideal place for family picnics.
The temple is situated on the bank of rivulet, in the Garhi Cantt. area. 5.5 kms. from the cit bus stand, the temple is well connected by road. It is named Tapkeshwar as water droplets, originating from a rock, fall on the Shivling placed in the shrine. People in a large numbers participate in the fair organized on the occasion of Shivratri and pay their obeisance to the deity.
Situated at Rajpur Road near the Sai Darbar is a huge and colourful temple of Lord Buddha.
Situated 8 kms. along the clock tower on Rajpur road, is the Sai Darbar temple This place holds a high cultural and and spiritual value and is visited by tourists from across the country and foreigners as well.
Approximately, 5 kms. from the city bus stand on the Dehradun - Rajpur road, this place is situated in beautiful surroundings. Legends has it that Guru Dronacharya had dine penance in this area.
3 kms. from Doiwala and 22 kms. from Dehradun, on the Haridwar - Rishikesh road Lachhiwala. The serene and blissful spot is famous for its picnic spots. The place also provides accommodation to the tourist in the Forest Rest House nestled in the greenery.
Robbers Cave (Guchhupani)
An ideal place for a picnic, Robbers Cave, is just 8 kms. away from the city bus stand. Local bus services are available up to Anarwala Village, from where it is just a kilometer trek to the spot.