Hotels in Dehradun


Dehradun, the city, headquarters of the district is visited  by  a large number of tourist every year, many of them en-route to Mussoorie.  The climate of the city is temperate.  Even during summer, it is not so warm at Dehra  Dun as in the district south of it.  The Forest Research Institute which is  world famous  for its research work in forestry and is the only institution  of  its kind  in  Asia  is  situated here.  Besides,  headquarters  of  the  important establishment  like the Oil and Natural Commission; Survey of India etc.,  the Military  Academy are also located here.  The Gurudwara built by Guru Ram  Raj during  the  reign  of Aurangzeb in the Dhamanwala locality o the  town  is  a religious  place of eminence.  The other places of importance is the  Robber's cave,  situated  at a distance of about 8 kms from Dehra Dun.  The cave  is  a natural picnic spot surrounded by hills where water suddenly disappears   from sight and goes underground  only to reappear after a few yards in the form  of a stream.  The city has many beautiful rest houses and good hotels to  provide accommodation to the tourist.  For many years, it has been one of the best  known educational centres in northern  India.  Dehra Dun is well linked by rail  and road with Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Lucknow and Varanasi.

 

History

Dera (or Dehra) is a camp, while Dun or Doon is a reference to a local term used for a river valley between a smaller range Shivaliks and the main Himalayas, and the present town of Dehradun was founded in the early eighteenth century by Guru Ram Rai, the elder son of seventh Sikh Guru Har Rai, and the founder of the Udasin Sect of Ascetics, who when exiled came here in 1675, and first settled in the village Dhamawala which until today hosts the annual 'Jhanda Fair' on the fifth day after Holi in his memory. Thus the name refers to his Dera or settlement in the valley,and marking this settlement is a Darbar called 'Shri Guru Ram Rai Darbar', built in 1699,and modelled on the tomb of Mughal Emperor Jehangir. In Skanda Purana, Dun is mentioned as a part of the region called Kedar Khand, the abode of Shiva. In ancient India during the Mahabharata epic era, Dronacharya the great teacher of Kauravas and Pandavas lived here hence the name "Drona-nagri".

Tea plantations in Dehradun, first started by Britons in 1863 are still operational although many of Dehradun’s tea pockets like Sirmour, Banjarawala and Kargi are fast getting converted into residential colonies. The few surviving estates today manufacture green tea, which is all supplied to Amritsar, the sole and biggest centre of green tea in the country. From there it is exported to Pakistan and Afghanistan, in addition to markets in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and other areas. The biggest tea estate, East Hopetown, was spread over 600 acres (2.4 km2) and comprised Harbanswala and Arcadia tea gardens. East Hopetown estate was owned and operated by Amarnath Rohailla & Sons under Pratap Saxena until 1962 and was the largest producer of tea in the region supplying tea to Delhi, Punjab, Afghan and England.

 

Place to see:-

1.      Dakpathar

2.      Tapkeshawar Temple

3.      Sahastradhara

4.    Laxman Siddh

5.      Chandrabani

6.      Sai Darbar

7.      Robber’s Cave (Guchhupani)

8.      Tibetan Temple

9.      Tapowan

10.  Asan Barrage Water Sports Resort

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