Dehra Dun: The City of Joy

  • The Majestic Forest Research Institute Building in Dehra Dun

Dehradun is made up of two words Dehra and doon. 'Dehra' is derived from the word "dera", deriving from griha and meaning home , and "doon" is a term for the valley that lies between the Himalayas and the "Shivaliks".

Dehra Dun is an exciting cosmopolitan city – It’s history, culture, daily life and the amazing beauty of surrounding Garhwal, make it one of the best places to live. Dehra Dun has always been known for quality education. The city is famous for its picturesque landscape and slightly milder climate and provides a gateway to the surrounding region. It is well connected and in proximity to popular Himalayan tourist destinations such as Mussoorie, Nainital and Auli.

Dehradun is also renowned for its natural resources, publishing services and particularly for its prestigious educational institutions. It hosts some of India's best schools and training institutions of national importance such as the Indian Military Academy. It is also home to national foundations such as the Ordnance Factory Dehradun and Opto Electronics Factory of the Ordnance Factories Board and the Defence Electronics Application Laboratory and Instruments Research and Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation which maufactures products for the Indian Armed Forces. Other institutions include the Indian Institute of Petroleum, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Survey of India, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Wildlife Institute of India and the Forest Research Institute.

Whether you’re interested in adventure, wildlife, water sports, spiritually, culture, architecture or nature, Dehra Dun is most strategically placed to offer you all these; and more. Dehra Dun is flanked by the Yamuna River in the west and the Gangas River in the east, the mighty Himalayas to the north and the Shiwaliks in the south. Nature has endowed Doon with its bounty. The holy pilgrim centres of Hardwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath,Kedarnath, Yamunotri, Gangotri and Hemkund Sahib are all too accessible from here. And so are the numerous avenues to adventure sports like Snow Skiing, Water Skiing, River Rafting, Trekking, Rock Climbing, Paragliding and Parasailing.