Uttaranchal Tourism » Dehradun Tour
Dehradun, one of the most important towns of the state of Uttar Pradesh, located at an altitude of 700 m, serves as the gateway to Mussoorie. The town lies in the Dun Valley, on the watershed of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. It derived its name from the camp ( 'Dehra' means camp ) of Ram Rai, the son of Hari Rai, the 7th Sikh guru. Apparently, Ram Rai was not made guru after his father, and consequently, disputed the decision. Defeated, he came to Dun Valley, where he was accorded a warm welcome by the Garhwal Raja. In the latter half of the 17th century, Ram Rai established a gurudwara in the Jhanda Mohalla area, which still draws hordes of devotees.
Dehra Dun (pronounced ‘doon’) is a quiet town in the foothills of the Shivalik Range, and is called the ‘gateway to Mussoorie’. Dehra Dun is a hot favourite with retired army officials, especially because of its proximity to Delhi and Mussoorie. Dehra Dun takes its name from the Hindi words, dera, which means camp, and dun, valley. Famous for its educational institutions, lots of people and students take up educational tour of this place. The town has one of the largest railway terminuses in North India.
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