Dehradun is situated in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand about.235 kms from New Delhi. According to the epic, Mahabharata, Dehradun was founded by Guru Dronacharya. Situated on the threshold of a world full of adventure, spiritualism and tranquillity, amidst the Shivalik ranges, at the foothills of Himalayas, it is an entry point into the Garhwal Himalayas.
A gateway to the popular hill station of Mussoorie and the pilgrimage centres of Haridwar and Rishikesh, Dehradun boasts of the famous Forest Research Institute and the Indian Military Academy. Doon Valley finds its place between the two most important rivers of India - the Ganga and the Yamuna.
The surrounding hills of Uttarakhand have all the ingredients for adventure, excitement and thrill - snow-capped mountains, towering peaks, an unexplored valley, flowing rivers and a splendid combination of flora and fauna. It offers some of the best venues for adventure sports such as skiing, river rafting, canoeing, paragliding and rock climbing.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 24 kms from Dehradun. The closest International Airport is New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Three Domestic Airlines – Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher operate multiple flights to New Delhi everyday.
Dehradun is a terminus of the Northern Railways with direct connections to almost all the metropolitan cities of India. The Dehradun Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi and overnight Mussoorie operate daily services to and from New Delhi Railway Station.
Dehradun is connected by the National Highway Network to all parts of the country. There is a regular bus service to New Delhi. Distances of some major cities from Dehradun are New Delhi - 235 km, Agra - 381 km, Jaipur - 493 km, Lucknow - 582 km and Chandigarh -130 km. The 5-hour drive from New Delhi to Dehradun is approximately 235 kms along a National Highway. The route takes you through Meerut, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee and the holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. The extremely picturesque drive through the northern plains of India culminates in the final breathtaking ascent to Dehradun, a winding mountainous route that offers unparalleled views of the valley.
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