Nestled in the foothills of the high and poised Himalayas, the valley of Doon is better referred to as the Gateway to Mussoorie and Garhwal. Dera, meaning a camp, and doon, a colloquial term for a river valley, gives the city its name. Dehradun is popular for its historic civilization as well as the huge number of adventurous options it provides. Said to be one of the oldest cities in India, it is believed that Lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king. During the 17th and 18th centuries Dehradun changed hands several times: Guru Ram Rai retreated here from Punjab, the Mughal Governor Najib-ud-Daula occupied it from 1757-1770 and the Gorkhas overran it on their westward expansion before ceding it to the British in 1815. Under the British, Dehradun became an elite town with many a fine institutions such as the Forest Research Institute, Doon School and Welham Schools for girls and boys. Many more, like the ONGC and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Studies, were added in time.
A hill town in the foothills of the Shivalik ranges in the Garhwal region with two perennial rivers flowing through it, Dehradun hosts a vibrant terrain of valleys, streams, sceneries, etc. Dehradun displays spirituality with temples as well as an adventurous hue with paragliding, skiing, river rafting and angling. Because of its pleasant weather, tourists throng here all year round.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Dehradun city. It is situated 25 km from the main city centre with motorable roads. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights.
Dehradun station is an important railhead of the Northern Railways and forms a major stop for trains like the Shatabdi Express, Mussoorie Express and Doon Express, functioning all week long.
The roadways are well maintained and well connected to all major cities in India. Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Dehradun. They operate on a daily basis, whether day or night.
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