Dehradun travel guide

Dehradun Tourism | Dehradun Guide

You're Going to Love Dehradun

Dehradun is one of India's most scenic and stunning cities, nestled as it is between the foothills of the Himalayas and right in the Doon Valley, with the meeting of two grand rivers, the Yamuna and Ganga. Walk around and take in the beautiful temples, old colonial architecture and little local bazaars.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Dehradun

1. The Rich Cultural Mix

Dehradun is a meeting spot for several Eastern cultures and still has a lingering British influence. Tuck into Tibetan, North Indian and Hakka style food throughout the city.

2. Beautiful Mountain Hikes

To the north are the Himalayan foothills and to the south are the Shivaliks, which make for incredible drives and hikes that are not to be missed.

3. Stunning Scenic Views

Resting at an altitude of 2,200 feet, many of the temples and smaller hill towns around the city have incredible viewpoints where you can catch a misty morning sunrise or an above-the-clouds sunset.

4. Silent, Sacred Temples

Besides the many local Hindu shrines and Buddhist monasteries, the Char Siddhs are a great attraction for devotees.

5. Interesting Colonial Architecture

Since the city once upon a time acted as a base for British rule, and with the presence of the Doon School (known as India's "Eton"), colonial influences in architecture are everywhere.

Where to Eat in Dehradun

For amazing Hakka-style and Punjabi food, don't miss the famous Nanking restaurant, where one vegetarian dish is around ₹240 and you'll pay around ₹350-₹450 for non-veg delicacies like butter chicken.

When to visit Dehradun

Dehradun in August
Estimated hotel price
$5
1 night at 3-star hotel
Dehradun in August
Estimated hotel price
$5
1 night at 3-star hotel

The climate in Dehradun is very tolerable, especially in the spring and just before winters. While temperatures rise to 112°F in the hottest months, they drop to a cool 44.2°F in winter.

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How to Get to Dehradun

Plane

Flights in to Dehradun land at Jolly Grant Airport. From here, it's around 20 miles to the city center. There are no bus shuttle services, so rent a taxi for ₹2,617.

Train

Dehradun is a major stop on the train lines. Fares vary, depending on city of origin. A trip from Delhi to Dehradun costs ₹1,320.

Car

To get to Dehradun from Delhi, use the two-lane NH 72A.

Bus

There are different private bus companies you can travel with. Journeys from Delhi to Dehradun take 5-6 hours and arrive at the bus station, that's 3 miles north of the city center. Fares start at ₹750.

Airports near Dehradun

Airlines serving Dehradun

United Airlines
Good (69,526 reviews)
Air India
Good (7,059 reviews)
IndiGo
Good (690 reviews)
Vistara
Excellent (157 reviews)
SpiceJet
Good (360 reviews)
FlexFlight
Excellent (4 reviews)
GoFirst
Good (121 reviews)
Air India Express
Okay (32 reviews)
Air India
Good (71 reviews)
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Where to stay in Dehradun

For luxury accommodations, check into the Hotel Viceroy Inn. A notable four-star place is Hotel Softel Plaza. Hotel Ambassador is a great budget option.

Popular neighborhoods in Dehradun

Clement Town - Home to the Indian Military Academy and the beautiful Mindroling Monastery, Clement Town is a quiet but popular district for travelers to explore.

Rajpur - This district is the economic and commercial heart of the city and the streets are buzzing with youth checking out the nightlife, shopping and Silvercity multiplexes.

Mussoorie - A picturesque and quiet hill station located in Dehradun, Mussoorie is home to stunning views, interesting local breweries and hiking trails.

Where to stay in popular areas of Dehradun

Most booked hotels in Dehradun

Four Points by Sheraton Dehradun
Good (7.6, 379 reviews)
$91+
Lemon Tree Hotel, Dehradun
Good (7.9, 18 reviews)
$118+
Ramada by Wyndham Dehradun Chakrata Road
Good (7.7, 21 reviews)
$79+
Hotel Pacific Dehradun
Excellent (8.6, 2 reviews)
$55+
Hotel Rajpur Heights
Good (7, 72 reviews)
$21+
Jaypee Residency Manor
Good (6.8, 205 reviews)
$151+
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How to Get Around Dehradun

Public Transportation

Local transportation means the bus in Dehradun. Prices for tickets are given when you enter the bus, depending on destination.

Taxi

Taxis are actually auto-rickshaws in Dehradun, with a 6-8 person capacity. Fares run from ₹3-₹5 for an intercity trip.

Car

While the city is pedestrian-friendly, renting a car means you can travel to all the beautiful nearby towns and cities like Rishikesh. Use chauffeur-driven car rental services for ₹1,400 to ₹2,900 a day.

Car rental agencies in Dehradun

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The Cost of Living in Dehradun

Shopping Streets

Check out any of the five malls in Dehradun, like Pacific Mall at Jakhan, which is the largest. Otherwise, head to Astley Hall on Rajpur Road for one-off shops and restaurants.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk costs ₹45 and a dozen eggs will cost you approximately ₹55.

Cheap meal
$2.50
A pair of jeans
$44.35
Single public transport ticket
$0.27
Cappuccino
$1.23
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