Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand and is said to be the "Counter Magnets" of the National Capital Region. The city was founded in the 18th century by a Sikh guru called Guru Ram Rai and to honor him the Dhamawala village annually hosts a pompous fair. Dehradun also has a massive significance in terms of its history and geography.
It is believed that after the battle between Ravana and Lord Rama, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana visited here. There is much evidence such as temples and idols which prove the significance linked to the mythology of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The place also marks the footprints of the mighty Mughal empire. Aurangzeb was highly impressed by this city and asked the then Maharaja of Garhwal, Fateh Shah to extend all possible help to Ram Rai.
But Dehradun was soon invaded by Mahmud of Ghazni during his campaigns into India. Later followed by Timur in 1368, Chief of Rohilla, Najib ad-Dawlah in 1757 and Ghulam Qadir in 1785. Dehradun embarks beautiful landscapes and scenic points as it lies in Doon Valley and is situated at a height ranging from 400 meters to above 700 meters. The Valley holds many important cities of Dehradun which are Rishikesh, Doiwala, Harrawala, Dehradun, Herbertpur, Vikasnagar, Sahaspur and Clement Town.
SUGGESTED THINGS TO DO
Dehradun is a stunning city and is definitely a must visit for all the people living in India especially where people rarely experience snow. Even if you take weeks off, you cannot leave the city and move to your home and thus here we come with some things that you must visit or experience while you’re in Dehradun in order to make the most out of your holiday.
Experiencing water sports in Rishikesh is the number one thing that you can do. This cannot be described in words; you have to experience it there. But this is a nasty sport and precautions must be taken while performing anything like this.
The second is Paragliding in Mussoorie. Being a city on the top, Mussoorie is famous for its Paragliding activities and zip lining and the snow of course!
Then comes visiting the local temples and the Deer Park to witness some of the wildlife there.
Dehradun is a beautiful city all packed with scenic landscapes and mesmerizing locations. Dehradun annually receives more than a million tourists every year and the major places they like to visit are the-
- Robber’s Lake
- Mindrolling Monastery
- Malsi Deer Park
- Tapkeshwar Temple