Dehradun Travel Guide
Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarkhand, is regarded as one of the major attractions in the Garhwal area of North India. Being one of the major tourist destinations since the British rule, the city has a temperate climate and is blessed by the natural extravaganza and scenic landscape. Dehradun also known as Doon Valley has some of the world renowned academic institutions and knowledge centers. Paragliding, skiing, angling and river rafting are some of the breath taking water sports activities that lures people from all round the world.
Garrulous streams, profound ravines, and enchanting valleys can captivate the human mind and tune up to rhythm of the natural saga. The region with its beautiful hill stations and quite hilly towns is also known for its optimum quality Basmati rice and it is also regarded as one of the gateways to other hill stations situated amidst the Himalayan ranges. With twisting roads, swelling hills and a rich expense of fruit orchards, Dehradun appears as a heaven of the beautiful world.
Events/Festivals in Dehradun
Throughout the year, Dehradun has number affairs and festival al around the region. Magh Mela is celebrated on the 14 Jan and the Jhanda Mela is also celebrated during the month of March by the Sikh community people. People of different religion have their own festival that adds an aura to the kaleidoscopic culture of this region.
Fair in Dehradun:
Dehradun also host fair of the region like Jhanda fair,Tapakeshwar fair, lakshman sidh fair, Bissu fair,Mahasu Devta fair,Saheed Veer Kesri chand Fair.Trade fair are also organised on monthly basis where you can buy exotic things from different state of India and that too at an affordable prices.
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Check with your doctor about vaccinations: tetanus, hepatitis, typhoid, etc.Your doctor is also likely to recommend you bring various medications with you and not trust foreign medications. If you forget any, you are likely to find them once you arrive, and at very low prices….. India is manufacturing many of these medications for the rest of the world.
Bottled water is readily available elsewhere, and restaurants are increasingly filtering water. Tap water may be boiled to make potable. Note that water in Dehradun has a high calcium carbonate content, so boiling also serves to precipitate out the calcium.Many guidebooks contain dire warnings about getting sick with Delhi belly. We have found the food at school safe and tasty and we adjusted to it very quickly. It’s handy to have a little bottle of hand sanitizer to clean your hands because local custom encourages using your fingers. A prescription of Cipro is helpful if loose motions (diarrhea) occur. Local tummy remedies include drinking lassi (yogurt drink) and taking a mint capsule (pudin hara, available at pharmacies).
Medicines : The hospital can order most medicines for you. There are homeopathic and aryuvedic shops close by in town, on “suicide alley” and just beyond.
Hospital can make an appointment with a good local inexpensive dentist. Opticians are also relatively inexpensive.
Auto-rickshaws (“tuk tuks”) are easily found and there are stands including train station, Astley Hall. Rates within Dehradun range 20-60 rupees. You can also find shared Vikram rickshaws for rupees a ride. Number 1 from Astley Hall will take you to Rajpur village for 7 rupees. Traffic is 3-dimensional and difficult to maneuver. Auto-rickshaws are a fun, open-air way to get around and they don’t go fast enough to feel too dangerous. Their one drawback is that they’re high polluters. In Delhi , many have been converted to natural gas.
Excursions : In Dehradun, Forest Research Institute has a very good, if slightly dusty, large museum, Chakrata Road . Tibetan settlements in Clementown and toward Rajpur have monasteries (Mind-Rolling Monastery and Satka Centre), stupas, meditation centers (nunnery at Satka Centre), a large library (Songsten), schools, weaving, women’s handicrafts that are interesting to visit, although it takes a bit of detective work to find them. Likewise, there are many interesting NGOs and village community service projects. Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization have model farm headquarters in Dehradun.
Travel : About 1200 rupees for a full day. GMVN government travel office across from Madubhan Hotel might be useful for trekking providers.
Travel ideas : Outlook Traveller is a very good Indian travel magazine and website http://www.outlooktraveller.com/. www.IndiaMike.com is helpful.
Dhanaulti is 1 ½ hours away.
Mussoorie : 4000 feet up from Dehradun makes it a great place to beat the heat. Expect 1 hour to get there. From the “Library”, walk up Camelback Road to Happy Valley and Buddhist temple, Community Garden, Everest House.
Haridwar : Train to Delhi stops in Haridwar, city of the Ganges ( Ganga ). Haveli Hariganga Philib, spa, astrologer, Rajaji.
Rishikesh : yoga ashrams, whitewater rafting, temples, evening aarti ceremony. Where the Beatles went.
Recreation : There is a 3.8 km path in the military cantonment,(IMA) that is excellent for walking or running. For long-term visitors, Yog-Ganga yoga center is internationally renowned.
Banking : ATMs are readily available. If your bank doesn’t have a reciprocal relationship, expect to spend USD 8-9 per ATM withdrawal. You can take out up to 15,000 rupees at a time. Cashing travelers checks is not convenient, fees are high, and a photocopy of your passport is required with each transaction.
Internet/communication : 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.
All over India you see STD-IST booths for making phone calls (these have nothing to do with diseases.) Country code for India : 91. Dehradun city code: 0135 (internally) or 135 (internationally). Thus, you will dial 12 digits international and 7, or 11 digits internally for within Dehradun, and within India , respectively.
Mobile numbers are “all India ,” 10 digits starting with “9, 7 & 8”.
Books : English Book Depot, Penguin Books. Around the corner from each other and near FabIndia, Barista coffee shop, Rajpur Road .
Starter list on India
- Fiction : Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
- Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
- Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram
- Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy
- Non-fiction : In Spite of the Gods, Edward Luce
- Once Upon a Time in the Doon , ed. Ruskin Bond (2007, essays about local area)
- Holy Cow! Sarah MacDonald
- India in Mind, ed. Pankaj Mishra
- The Last Mughals, William Dalrymple
In the West, Passage to India , Jewel in the Crown, Namesake, Water, Lagaan are available and recommended.In India , be sure to see some Bollywood, even if it’s in Hindi there’s usually some English interspersed.
Also look for old B+W Hindi movies.
Hindi movies with English subtitles often need to be bought. Music World (across from Hotel Madubhan) has good, inexpensive collection to buy. Besto has the best collection to rent, but subtitles often don’t work, about a mile out Chakrata Road . VCDs are cheap but don’t have subtitles and are lower quality than DVDs.
Key Points to Remember
On Beggars: Beggars tend to congregate around Barista, Astley Hall area, but there aren’t a huge number in Dehradun. You will be asked for money from ragged children who pull at your heartstrings. Resist the temptation to support a begging lifestyle. There are excellent, hard-working NGOs with projects to help poor people become educated and self-supporting, and your money is much better spent going to such projects.
On Tipping: When you are provided a service, a tip is appreciated but never required. 10% on a restaurant bill. At a hotel, ask about leaving a tip with a manager rather than handing over money directly, discourage a culture of asking for money. Also, a bit of money here goes a long way and over-tipping can disrupt the economy…if tourist services are wildly over-paid then the traditional village occupations risk total abandonment.
On Theft: Usual pre-cautions should be taken with personal property, but generally safe.
On Being Stared At: Interest in Westerners is generally friendly. Children love to practice their English with you. Enjoy being an ambassador and exchanging pleasantries (but not money/“baksheesh”, which demeans the exchange). There’s a very small minority of Indian men who “eve-tease” western women and consider them easy targets. These men are usually easily ignored.
On Dress: Indian women dress modestly. Shorts, tight t-shirts, and skirts above the shin are seldom seen. Pants and western clothes are common. The khadi shop clothes are very well suited to hot weather. For entering temples, long pants are sometimes required and shoes are always removed.
On Haggling: If you know the local price, insist on not being over-charged. Many visitors have success bargaining for low prices in the small shops. “fixed price” shops are common.