Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand, which got its name by the union of two words, ‘Dera’ and ‘Dun’, meaning ‘Camp in the Valley’ is in the foothills of the Great Himalayas and is situated between two beautiful rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna. First thing, it gives to the eye, its picturesque beauty and the hill culture.
Located at the altitude of 960 meters, it is a perfect place to get respite from the scorching heat of the summer. Proximity to tourist places like Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Auli, Nainital etc. make it the most popular destination to visit in the Great Himalayas. It has strong connections with Hindu mythological characters Ram, Laxman, Pandava brothers, the great Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (a rock edict near Kalsi), Sikhs, Mughuls, Gorkhas and British (some part of the city with British style). It is a favorite destination for industrialization with a few big and developing private and government companies.
It is a home to highly reputed and important national institutes like
- Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP)
- Wildlife Institute of India
- Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
- Forest Research Institute (FRI)
- Survey of India
- Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
- Indian Military Academy (IMA)
- Indian Institute of Remote Sensing
- Ordinance Factory
Thus, it is a small and quiet town to a commercial and educational center with a favorite tourist destination globally.