Dehradun Travel Guide

The capital city of Uttarachal is a complete blend of city and hill culture. It is set in the foot hills of Himalayas at the centre of the 120 kms long Doon Valley. The name Dehradun is literally made up of two words where Dera means Camp and Dun stands for Valley.The beautiful town is referred as the gateway to Mussoorie and Garhwal interior. It is perhaps one of the oldest cities in India and was occupied in turns by the Sikhs, Mughals and Gurkhas before coming under the reigns of the British. Elite educational and other institutions were established during the British period.

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Local food of a city can be enjoyed only at the eateries located in the streets at the local places. If you happen to be in the city and are looking to try some specialties of the city then don’t forget to hit places such as Garhi Cantt where there are some of the best food joints that offer to satisfy your craving for delicious hot momos that are definitely not hot on your pocket. Food joints at Bus stand is yet another place where you can enjoy Thukpa (a syrup based local dish) along with steaming hot moms.The tranquil beauty of high lofty mountains, pleasant weather, warm people and delectable cuisine, you will bring back a ton of sweet memories with you that will linger for the lifetime.

Tucked away in the city of Uttaranchal, Dehradun is not just a good place for sightseeing but can also be said to be every shopper's heaven. The small stores and bustling markets have plethora of priceless souvenirs that cannot be found even in the swankiest of shopping malls. All you need to have is a little patience and ability to wander along the endless roads to stock your bag with lovely memorabilia. The best shopping bazaars in Dehradun are Rajpur Road, Paltan Bazaar, Astley Hall, Connaught Place and Tibetan Market.

The capital city of Dehradun comes with entertainment that starts from the late evening till the wee hours of the morning. The Nightlife is available during late night and lasts until the morning. Interestingly, people who prefer to be active during the night-time are known as night owls. The tourists who come here to see the beauty of clubs, enjoy to the fullest during the night, shake their booties at the discotheques and party hard till the morning. Discotheques are considered as the key part of nightlife in Dehradun. Who doesn't love to dance? Alcoholic, non-alcoholic, girls, boys, men, women, children - all can be seen dancing on the floor in discotheques.

Bring your laptop and power chord (these are generally universal and will accept the 220V electricity source). With a small 3-pin outlet adaptor you can connect to the internet in campus houses. Having your own laptop makes it very convenient to use Skype as a phone to call home. Many find it very cheap and convenient to buy a Reliance mobile phone when they arrive.These also work for international calls, at less than 10 cents per minute.

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