Activities in Dehradun
Shopping: Dehradun is a shopper’s delight. There are plenty of markets, bazaars, shopping malls in Dehradun where one can in shopping spree for virtually anything. Famous markets and malls in Dehradun are Paltan Bazaar, Indira Market, Pacific Mall and Cross Road Mall.
Golfing: Dehradun is one the few places in Uttarakhand where one can enjoy the sport of golf. There is a DSOI Golf Clubhouse located at Vijay Path where as few mini Golf course are also available.
Cycling: Cycling is the perfect exercise to indulge in Dehradun. The mesmerizing weather of Dehradun is always encouraging to take up cycling. The city has perfect cycling tracks which starts from Rajpur road and continues 20 kms along the old Mussoorie Highway.
Staying in Dehradun
The capital of the state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun has plenty of accommodation available for tourists and travelers according to their budget. Being at proximity to Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Haridwar, many places to stay have mushroomed in Dehradun. One can easily find luxurious hotels with all facilities and amenities as well as budget guesthouses with limited amenities at Dehradun.
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Dehradun Food Guide
Dehradun is one of the few cities in Uttarakhand that has properly imbibed the food culture of various regions of India. There are many restaurants offering various delectable cuisines. Popular fast food chains are also available at Dehradun. One can find many restaurants and eating joints along the Rajpur Road. Along with North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Italian,Thai, Tibetan and Continental cuisine, the indigenous local Pahadi cuisine is worth giving a try.
History of Dehradun
The historical facts suggest that Dehradun owes its name to Shri Ram Rai, the eldest son of the seventh Sikh Guru, Har Rai Ji who set up his ‘dera’ or camp in ‘dun’ i.e. valley in the year 1676. Deradun later came to be known as Dehradun. It is said that Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb was in awe with the supernatural powers of the magnetic, Ram Rai. Therefore, he asked the contemporary Raja of Garhwal, Fateh shah to extend a helping hand to Shri Ram Rai. Hence, a Gurudwara or temple was built in Dhamawala. Also, the construction of the present building of Darbar Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji Maharaj was completed in 1707.
Dehradun was conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni during his campaign into India, followed by Taimooralang in 1368, Ruahela Njibuddulo in 1757 and Ghulam Qadir in 1785. The British gain control over Dehradun in 1816 and post-Independence, Dehradun along with the other parts of Garhwal and Kumaon region were merged with United Provinces which later came to be known as Uttar Pradesh. In 2000, Uttarakhand state, formerly named as Uttaranchal was created from the northwestern districts of Uttar Pradesh, under the Reorganization Act 2000 and Dehradun was made its provisional capital.
Mythology of Dehradun
As per the Hindu mythology, the name Dehradun has been derived from its nickname “Doon Valley” which is related to the two popular Hindu legends called Ramayana and Mahabharata. In Skanda Purana, Dehradun is mentioned as a part of the region called 'Kedar Khand', the abode of Shiva. Dehradun is one of the oldest cities in India and is believed that Lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Ravana.
Around 2,000 years old temples and idols have been found in the surrounding areas of Dehradun, which dates back to the period of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is also believed that Dehradun was the abode of Guru Dronacharya, who was the royal guru of the Kauravas and the Pandavas.