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Dehradun
 
Dehradun
 

Dehradun is the provisional capital city of the Uttarakhand state (earlier called Uttaranchal) in India, and the headquarters of Dehradun district.

It is located in the Doon valley, 246 kilometres north of India's capital New Delhi and the Delhi metropolitan area. The district is surrounded by the Himalayas in the north, Sivalik Hills in the south, the river Ganga in the east, and the river Yamuna in the west. The water divide of Ganga and Yamuna passes through the city.

It is also located on the northwestern side of the fertile Gangetic plains of India. Before the creation of Uttarakhand on November 9, 2000, Dehradun was a part of Uttar Pradesh. Neighbouring cities and towns include Haridwar, Rishikesh, Roorkee, Mussoorie, Saharanpur, Yamunanagar and Ambala.

The products that have made Dehradun known within India are "Dehradooni basmati rice", bakery products and lychee.

Tourism

Nearby locations are:

* Forest Research Institute
* Budha Temple & Clementown Park
* Malsi Deer Park,
* Sahastradhara,
* Tapkeshwar Shiv Temple,
* Robber's Cave,
* Lachhiwala,
* Maldevta
* Dat Kali Mata Mandir
* Laxman Sidh Temple,
* Rajaji National Park
* Santhla Devi
* MDDA Park
* Gularghati

Nearby locations are the hill stations of Mussoorie Landour just 36 km away. There is a 16 km (easy) trekking route from Dehradun to Mussoorie.

Dhanaulti is a hill station beyond Mussoorie.

Chakrata is another nearby hill station 80 km away. Paonta Sahib is a pilgrimage place for Sikhs with a historic Gurudwara on the banks of the Yamuna. Other nearby religious places are Haridwar and Rishikesh.

 
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