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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Dehradun?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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Set in the foothills of Mussoorie, the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun offers breathtakingly beautiful sights and a perfect atmosphere for that much needed break from the regular hustle bustle of a city life. The city which is now known as Dehradun was founded in the early 18th century. ‘Dehra’ means camp and ‘dun’ means a river valley and geographically it is exactly like that and thus the name. It was founded by Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji, who founded the Udasin Sect of Ascetics.

When we talk about the fascinating history and interesting mythological tales, Dehradun has a very strong connection to both. Legends have their say that post the battle that took place between
Lord Rama and Ravana, Lord Rama and Laxman (his brother) visited this place. Dehradun is also linked to Mahabharata as it is believed that Dronacharya, the legendary guru of the Pandavas and Kauravas, was born here. There are enough evidences like ancient idols and temples which strongly support the fact that Dehradun played an important part in both the epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Coming back to what Dehradun is today, the city is known for its culture, temples, educational centres and scenic views. Home to many institutions such as
Survey of India, FRI (forest research institution), IMA (Indian Military Academy), it is also home to schools such as Welham Girls’ School and The Doon School etc. The place is also famous for its basmati rice and Lychee which is a favourite fruit among the locals. It also offers a wonderful experience historically and culturally. You will love to visit attractions including Tapkeshwar Temple, Laxman Siddh, Tibetan Temple, Santala Devi Temple and many more. The Tibetan market, Rajpur and Paltan Bazaar is good for shopping because of their good bargains.


Reading is not enough, come and discover all this and more all by yourself!

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