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DEHRADUN                                  General Information of Dehradun

Dehradun, nestled in a wide and thickly forested valley of the Shivalik ranges, Uttar Pradesh is known for its salubrious climate. Legend has it Guru Dronacharaya, a Brahmin teacher of warfare, considered the place fit for meditation & worship and therefore, the valley of Doon was christened Drona Ashram, meaning "The Abode of Drona". During British Raj, It was the summer base of the Viceroy's Bodyguard and at present, the base of the Indian Military Academy.

It is named after Guru Dronacharya - A great teacher in Mahabharat epic. The renowned religious town of Rishikesh, the queen of hills Mussoorie, the renowned sulphur springs at Sahastradhara and a part of Rajaji National Park, the quit Chakrata hills all lie in this district. Also visit the Chardhams.

Dehradun is situated at an altitude of 2200 feet above sea level. It is one of the most developed cities of India having moderate climate. The places to be visited nearby are Sahastradhara (14 Kms.) Robbers Cave (8 Kms.) Forest Research Institute (5 Kms.) Tapkeshwar Temple (5.5 Kms.), Laxman Sidh (12 Kms.) Malsi Deer Park (9 Kms.)

Places to see :

Jhanda Fair
The Jhanda Fair marks the arrival of Guru Ram Rai, the Sikh Guru, at Dehradun.

Lakhawar Mela
Lakhawar fair is a village fair, held during the months of September- October.

Kalsi
It is about 5 kms. from Dak Pathar on way to Chakrata, where there is an Ashoka edict inscribed on the sizeable rock. It is preserved by National Archaeological Department.

Chakrata
Situated at a distance of 92 Kms. from Dehradu, at an elevation of about 700 feet. Chakrata is known for its serene environ and sylvan charm. The place is devoid of all artificiality and one can move in perfect calm & in pollution free atmosphere.

One can find accommodation in the forest rest house. There are few ordinary hotel also.

The northern part of Chakrata sub-division, Provides most fascinating area for trekkers and nature lovers. Covered by dense virgin forest dotted with attractive village of colourful Jaunsari tribe, the area is dominated by 10,000 feet high peak of Kharamba.

On its northern slopes is situated Mundali (9,000), where skiing is possible during the period from November to April. Deoband (9,000) Kanasar (8500), Kathiyan (7000) (all connected by road), Molta (7000), Tiger Fall near Chakrata are some other spots worth visiting. The famous temple of Mahasu Deota at Hanol is annually visited by thousands of pilgrims from Garhwal and Himachal Pradesh.

Laxman Sidh
This picturesque place about 12 Kms. from Dehradun on Hardwar road is frequented by a large number of people specially on Sundays. Legend has it that a saint underwent penance at this place. The place is connected by local bus service.

Lakhamandal
About 80 Kms. from Mussoorie on Mussoorie - Yamnotri road Lakhamandal is believed to be the place where Duryodhana of Mahabharat episode conspired to burn alive the Pandavas in the Lakshyagriha a house specially constructed with shellac.

There is a temple believed to be constructed in the eighth century with a number of carved figures on stone which are of archaeological significance.

Taxis are available at Mussoorie for visiting the place.

There is however, no place to stay at present.

Location: 2200ft above the sea-level
Founded by: Legend Guru Dronacharya
Attractions: One of the most developed cities of India

BEST TIME TO VISIT
Throughout the year

TEMPERATURE
Summer - Max: 36 Min: 16.7,  Winter - Max: 23.4 Min: 5.2

CLIMATE
Due to its location in the hilly part of the state, the climate of Dehradun is salubrious.


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