Dehra Dun or the Doon Valley, lying at a general elevation of 450 mtrs from mean sea level, is one of the loveliest meadows in the world, surrounded by the Shivalik ranges and its foothills. It is further bounded by the mighty River Ganges to its East and the River Yamuna to its West. Its main road avenue, Rajpur road, is in fact the physical water shed between the river basins of River Ganges and River Yamuna. It has salubrious climate round the year with summer temperatures ranging from 20 degrees centigrade to 40 degrees centigrade and in the winters from 5 degrees centigrade to 25 degrees centigrade. Cool breeze during the summers, warm sunshine in winters and plentiful rains during the monsoons makes its climate enjoyable throughout the year.
Surrounded by Sal forests, Leechi and Mango orchards interspersed with perennial streams and water bodies it attracts varied avian life making it a Bird watcher’s paradise. Its agriculture produce, Basmati rice, is world famous.
Migratory Birds in Asan Barrage
It has the ideal natural backdrop for nascent minds and growing children, providing them an ideal, quiet, serene, and pollution free environment. Its natural surroundings and salubrious climate makes it the ideal location for study and growth of young developing minds. Its premier educational institutions, on the other hand, promote a healthy and encouraging atmosphere of learning.
Lachhiwala Picnic Spot
Mussoorie Queen of Hills
It is renowned for being the ideal town for education and research. It is no wonder that some of the most prestigious world renowned national institutes such as Survey of India, Forest Research Institute, Indian Military Academy, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Oil & Natural Gas Commission, Instruments Research & Development Establishment, Defence Electronics Application Laboratory, Wild Life Institute of India, National Institute for Visually Handicapped are located here.
Indian Military Academy
Forest Research Institute
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
Wild Life Institute of India
Dehra Dun is a melting pot of varied cultures giving the place a cosmopolitan flavour. Hindi and Garhwali are the main spoken languages, though a wide variety of other spoken languages include Punjabi, Kumaoni, Nepalese, Tibetan, English, Sindhi, Bengali and Urdu. Dehra Dun is well serviced by extensive air, train and road network, giving it easy accessibility within India and abroad.