Dehradun, India: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand in the northern part of India. It is located in the Garhwal region. It is located 236 km away from Indian’s capital New Delhi. The city is famous for its picturesque landscape and slightly milder climate and provides a gateway to the surrounding region. Dehradun is also referred as the ‘Educational Hub of Uttarakhand’ as it is home to several prestigious educational institutions such as the Doon School, Welham School for girls, Welham School for boys and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. The city is well connected and in proximity to popular Himalayan tourist destinations such as Mussoorie, and Auli and the Hindu holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Chota Char Dham. Dehradun is located at an altitude of 1400 ft in the Doon Valley between two of the most important rivers in India, the Ganga and Yamuna. The climate of the city is classified under Humid Subtropical Climate and is often Continental type. The city is also referred as the ‘Rainy City of India’ due to continuous and incessant rainfalls especially in monsoon. The climate also varies from tropical. When summers are hot, winters are cold depending on the altitude. The city hosts many religious fairs such as the Jhanda Fair, Tepkeshwar Fair and the Laxmansidh Fair. The travellers can either enjoy a shopping spree at the elite shopping malls or choose to bargain at the lively Paltan Market and the Tibetan Market of Dehradun.  Dehradun also hosts some important fairs of the region like Jhanda Fair, Tapkeshwar Fair, Laxmansidh Fair, Bissu Fair, Mahasu Devta Fair, and the Sheheed Veer Kesri Chandra Fair.