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Ruskin Bond's magical world began here in his grandmother's house, and Dehra Dun today does not disappoint. A lot more crowded than it used to be, the capital of India's Uttarakhand is the ideal pitstop for anybody heading over to Rishikesh, Haridwar or Mussoorie. At the foot of the Shivaliks, the beginning of the Himalayas, the once sleepy little town has a lot more to offer beyond Clock Tower and colonial bungalows. Interesting food options that range from surprisingly good continental to authentic North Indian cuisine give Dehra more flavor than those fantastic Tibetan momos at Kalsang. Don't miss a view of Doon valley from out of town before you leave.

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Things to do

Robber's Cave - Just 8 kilometres from Dehradun lies the Anarwala village, which is the entry point to one of the best spots in Dehradun - the Robber's Cave. A kilometre-long hike from the village of Anarwala will take you to a narrow river gorge which is about 600 metres long. A stream passes through it and you'll have to walk through it for most part. It culminates in a 10-metre high waterfall.

Sightseeing Mussoorie - The original “Queen of Hills” has still got some moves. While in Mussoorie, there's always something to do. A whole day devoted to this fascinating hill-town, head towards Kempty Falls 14 kilometres away from Mussoorie. This iconic waterfall is best visited earlier in the day, before tourists throng the area. Get up to ShedupChoephilling Tibetan Temple for Mussoorie's rich Buddhist heritage.

Nag Tibba Trek(overnight) - Touching 3000 metres on an overnight trek is always wonderful, especially with a beautiful trail. The Nag Tibba Trek from Dehradun offers you just that and more. An early morning drive of around 85 kilometres will take you to Pantwari village. Your grumbling stomach will be satiated by a hot lunch. You hit the trail after this and trek for 4 hours to reach the campsite of Nag Tibba.

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  • Ruskin Bond's magical world began here in his grandmother's house, and Dehra Dun today does not disappoint. A lot more crowded than it used to be, the capital of India's Uttarakhand is the ideal pitstop for anybody heading over to Rishikesh, Haridwar or Mussoorie.

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Best time to visit October to April

The best time to visit is from October to March. The rain recedes by September and the mountains are a lovely shade of green. The flora comes alive and you can catch a glimpse of the snow clad mountains as the haze disappears.

The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February. It does get pretty cold and it snows at higher elevations. The skies remain clear and you can get a good view of the snow-clad peaks.

Clear skies stay on through March till the haze sets in by mid-April. You need to be lucky to get a view of the peaks during this time. But this is the best time to witness some wildlife action, especially the tiger.

The rains arrive by mid-June and it's officially monsoon time. Everywhere you see, you'll come across the brightest shade of green. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.

How to reach

Air

  • Jolly Grant Airport (DED) is the only airport situated 30 kilometre away from Dehradun. There are many flights from Air India, Jet Airways, Spicejet and Indigo connect Dehradun to Delhi. You will find many connecting flights from different cities in India. Including Mumbai, Lucknow, Srinagar, and Jammu. You have to take cab from Dehradun to reach airport or vice versa.

Rail

  • Dehradun Railway station (DDN) is the major railway station. Dehradun Railway station is last station of Northern railway network so it act as a major terminus in Uttarakhand. Dehradun Railway station is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kolkata, Gorakhpur, Amritsar, and many more. You will find frequent trains from Delhi to Dehradun.

Road

  • Speak of roads, Dehradun has a well-established road network. You can take bus from any major destination in Uttarakhand heading towards Dehradun. While traveling through bus or cab you will come across many beautiful valleys, small waterfalls, and astonishing natures' beauty. Dehradun is connected to National Highway 72 which makes it more easily accessible.

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