Utttaranchal town: Dehradun

Dera (or Dehra) is a camp, while Dun or Doon is a reference to a local term used for a river valley between a smaller range Shivaliks and the main Himalayas. Dehradun has a sub-tropical climate with cold winters, warm and crisp springs, hot summers and a strong monsoon. The mountains around Dehradun receive sustained snowfall in winter, but the temperature in the city rarely drops below freezing. Even though city transportation is now taken care of by blue striped city buses crisscrossing the city, another popular sight are the omnipresent blue three wheel vehicles (known as "Vikrams"). These vehicles provide the most common and cheapest form of public transport, however, these vehicles have also been cited as the chief cause of increased levels of noise and air pollution in the city. The railway station of Dehradun is linked with major cities of the country such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Indore, Ujjain, Ahmedabad, etc with dedicated trains to Dehradun, under Northern Railways. The Dehradun - Chennai Express is the only weekly train that connects Dehradun to Bhopal Junction, Nagpur, Gwalior  and Chennai.
Dehradun's night view from Midway Mussorie

The city is served by the Jolly Grant Airport, 25 km east of the city. Dehradun has a helidrome located on Sahastradhara Road.

 Nearby locations are:

    * Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
    * 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.

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