Dehradun is a city in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand , and also its capital. The city derives its name from two words - ‘Dera’ meaning home and ‘Doon’ meaning valley, as it lies in the valleys between the Himalayas and the Shivaliks in the region.

Places to Visit in Dehradun

Nestled in the lap of the Shivalik ranges and the Lesser Himalayas, Dehradun is one of the many quaint cities in Uttarakhand offering peace, scenic delight, and a spiritual vibe that fills the heart with happiness. The capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun has evolved to become an ideal getaway for solo travelers, couples, and families alike with the permanent views of the soaring mountains which are snow capped during winters, attracts an influx of tourists from across the country. From temples to picnic spots, to trekking places or water bodies, here are the best places to visit in Dehradun.




Major festivals celebrated in Dehradun include the following –


Dehradun has various markets and shopping spots where people can buy souvenirs and things like brass artifacts, beautiful shawls, local spices, clothes, funky accessories and handicraft work. Here are some of the best market places in Dehradun –



Public transport within the city includes buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws. Besides these, a metro train system called the Uttarakhand Metro is being built to serve the city - this is a light rapid transit system for people to travel in, connecting various major areas within Dehradun.


Uttarakhand is known for its delicious north-Indian local dishes (from Uttarakhand’s cuisine) as well as its lip-smacking street food! Here are some must-try foods in Dehradun –


Following is a list of some of best restaurants in Dehradun to try the local delicacies as well as other interesting foods and meals –


Here are some of the best hotels in Dehradun for a comfortable stay -


Dehradun also has various good bars and pubs with good food, drinks and ambience, for people to hang out during late hours. Some of these include –


Dehradun city STD Code – 0135 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).

Common emergency numbers:


Hindi is the official state language of Dehradun. English is also used.



The city with pleasant weather, eye soothing greenery, and an age-old culture and history, Dehradun is like a jewel atop the lower Himalayan Mountain ranges adorned with ancient temples, shimmering rivers and canals, and the breathtaking view that adds to the charm of the already scintillating place.

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