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Dehradun District

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Height   640 Mt
S T D Code  0135
Delhi  255 Km
Mussoorie 36 Km
Yamunotri 175 Km
Gangotri  221 Km
Kedarnath 255 Km
Badrinath  274 Km
Rishikesh 24 Km

Situated in  a  picturesque fertile Valley famous for  Basmati   rice  and  juicy   Litchis   between Shivalik and Central Himalayas and Ganges and Yamuna   rivers,   Dehra Dun  is  the  provisional capital   of  Uttaranchal.   It  offers  a    pleasant climate  in  all  seasons. It is well connected by Road,   Rail   and  Air  with  rest  of  the   world. Journeys to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath   can also  be undertaken  from here.

 During the regime of Maharaja  Fateh  Shah of Tehri, in 1699, Guru Ram Dass  took refuse here  and  built  a  Dera (Camp)  so  named as Dehra Dun.   Later  British  developed  it  as  a Cantonment  housing the  Viceroy  Bodyguards and  Gurkha  Regimental  Centre.  Due  to  its proximity   with  Delhi  and   climate,  more  and  more people,     institutions,    organizations,       convents  established  here  with  the  passage  of  time. Several renowned Public Schools ( Doon School fame) are also located here.

Doon valley is a paradise for bird lovers as 587 verities of avifauna are found here. One can see here the yellow  and gray hooded warblers, restless white throated fantails, bar tailed tree creepers, velvet fronted nuthatch, grey headed flycatcher and lot more birds hovering on the branches of Shisham and Jamun trees. Migratory birds such as long tailed ducks, black and red necked grebes, falcate teals, bear's pilchard and waterfowl etc also find shelter during winter at Asan barrage in the west of valley. Rajaji National Park receives migratory birds from higher Himalayas during winter. New Forest Campus, Chakrata-Deoban hills, Benog sanctuary near Mussoorie and    Dhanaulti are the favorite destinations for bird watchers. The great ornithologist, Dr Salim Ali in his autobiography vividly recalls his experiences of Doon Valley.


Premier Institutions and Organizations

Year
Indian Military Academy 1932
Forest Research Institute 1906
Oil and Natural Gas Commission 1956
The Zoological Survey of India 1916
Gorkha Regimental Centre -
Ordinance Factory -
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology 1976
Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL) 1968
Central Soil and Water Conservation Research & Training Institute 1974
Indian Institute of Petroleum -
Instrument Research and Development Establishment (IRDE) 1939
Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd 1956
Survey Of India 1767
Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) 1938
Wildlife Institute of India 1982
Indian Institute of Remote Sensing -
Rastriya Indian Military College 1922
Keshava Deva Malviya Institute of Petroleum Exploration 1962
National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH) -
Instrument Research and Development Establishment (IRDE) 1939
Lal Bahadur Sashtri  Academy,Mussoorie 1959
PLACES OF INTEREST
Place Km Attraction

 

Tapkeshwar Temple 5 Ancient Shiva Temple.
Tapovan 5 An Ashram in clam and quiet environment.
Kalinga Monument 5 Memorial built in the name of Gorkha General Balvadhra Thapa
Robbers Cave 9 Picnic spot
Sahasra Dhara 14 Famous for its several flowing streams containing sulpher. The drops of water on nearby flowers and leaves presents an spectacular scene.
Dakpathar 44 An industrial town situated in picturesque surroundings. The famous Ashoka Pillar is       located at Kalsi (5 Km)
Ponta Sahib

 


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44 Situated on the border of Himanchal Pradesh on the banks of Yamuna river, 10th Sikh Guru  Govind Singhji defeated the forces of Fateh Shah in 16th centuary. Guru used to hold his courts here and also wrote some portion of Dasham Garntha. His pens and weapons are also displayed in a museum.