a host of large Cantonment area, the city is a popular
retirement spot. It is also famous for aromatic long
grain rice - Basmati Chawal (Rice) and delicious
Daily flights from Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun
connects Dehradun to New Delhi.
Explore villages in Dehradun
District Headquarters: Gopeshwar
Area: 7951 sq km
Total Population: 12,82,143
Places to Visit in Dehradun
Assan Barrage (40 kms):
The wet land near the confluence of rivers Assan and
Yamuna attracts large number of migratory birds and is
an 'ornithologist's paradise'.
Mussoorie: Mussoorie, the 'Queen of Hills'
perched at a height of 2000 metres is one of the most
popular hill resort of the country. It was set up in
1823, by Captain Young during the British era and is
34 kms from Dehradun. This popular weekend retreat
provides first glimpse of snow-clad Himalayas for the
travellers from the plains.
Gun Hill: This second highest peak of Mussoorie
had a gun mounted over it, which was fired to herald
mid-day. Travelling by the 400 m ropeway connecting
the Mall to Gun Hill is quite exciting.
Childrens' Lodge: It is the highest peak of
Mussoorie and has a telescope which provides
aweinspiring views of the Himalayas and Doon valley.
Camel's Back Road: It is a charming pony trek
or walk which girdles the northern base of Gun Hill. A
fine view of sun-set can be enjoyed from here.
Municipal Garden: Beautiful garden and scenic
picnic spot. An artificial lake and boating
Nag Devta Temple: The ancient temple on Cart
Road is 6 kms from the town and is popular among
devout followers, who believe that wishes are fulfiled
The Jheel: Fine picnic spot on Dehradun -
Clouds End: The beautiful bungalow amidst lush
deodar forest was one of the first four buildings of
Mussoorie. It has now been converted into a hotel.
Kempty Falls (15 kms): The picturesque
waterfall is a popular attraction of Mussoorie.
Bhadraj Temple (15 kms): It is dedicated to
Lord Balbhadra, brother of Shri Krishna. Panoramic
view of the Doon Valley and Chakrata ranges.
Surkhanda Devi (35 kms): The temple of Surkanda
Devi is located 8 kms from Dhanolti. The temple
commands a majestic view.
Jwalaji Temple (Benog Hill) (9 kms): The shrine
amidst lush forest affords a fine view of the
Himalayan peaks, Doon valley and. Yamuna valley.
Rishikesh: Rishikesh, the 'place of sages' is
an important pilgrim and spiritual centre on the right
bank of holy Ganga. It is surrounded by Shivalik
ranges on three sides and is the starting point for
the Char Dham pilgrimage. It also attracts large
number of people interested in meditation, Yoga and
other aspects of Hinduism. The International Yoga
week, which attracts participation from all across the
world, is held here every year from 2nd to 7th Feb on
the banks of Ganga.
Bharat Mandir: This temple is deidicated to
Bharat, the brother of Lord Ram. It lies near the
Triveni Ghat and is the oldest temple in Rishikesh.
Triveni Ghat: The sacred bathing ghat on the
banks of Ganga is believed to be the confluence of the
Ganga, Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati river. The
evening Aarti ceremony here is worth attending.
Shatrughan Temple: This is an ancient temple
dedicated to Shatrughan, Lord Ram's brother and is
situated 5 kms from Rishikesh.
Neelkanth Mahadev: It is set atop a hill across
the Ganga. According to mythological legends Shiva
drank the venom produced during 'Sagar Manthan' here,
which turned his throat blue and was named Neelkanth.
Lakshman Jhula: This hanging bridge across
Ganga is about 5kms from Rishikesh, on the way to
Badrinath. It was originally a jute rope bridge
without pillars and was rebuilt with iron ropes in
1889. On the side of this famous bridge is the well
known Shri Raghunathji temple dedicated to Lord Ram.
Kailash Niketan Temple: The 13 storied
structure is the main temple at Laxman Jhoola.
Ram Jhula: The hanging bridge similar to
Lakshman Jhoola is built between the Shivanand Ashram
and the Swargashram.
Shivanand Ashram (The Divine Society): The
famous spiritual centre was established by Swami
Shivanand. It imparts lectures on spiritual life and
training in meditation and Yoga.
How to Reach Dehradun
By Air: The airport for Dehradun is Jolly Grant
By Rail: Dehradun is well connected by rail
with important towns of the country.
By Road: It is connected by good network of
roads and highways.