Dehradun is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Dehradun flights are offered by several major airlines, and visitors can often take advantage of cheap flights to Dehradun on these carriers. Dehradun flights arrive at the Jolly Grant Airport, which is about 32 kilometres from the city itself, but located with good central access to many areas of interest in the region. A runway extension in 2008 has allowed the airport to accept larger aircraft, and weekly routes from Delhi provide many choices for cheap flights to Dehradun. Transport from the airport can be easily arranged at the prepaid taxi counter outside the airport. Travellers also have the option of taking chartered buses into town. An alternative to flying is to take a train or bus from Delhi to Dehradun.
There are many ways to get around the city ranging from the extremely cheap (bus) to the moderately priced (private taxi). Buses are plentiful and run through virtually every important part of the city. Travel by local bus is very cost-effective, if uncomfortable way of getting around. Privately run deluxe and semi-deluxe buses are also available for travelling to tourist attractions near the city. However, buses can be unsafe after dark and tend to get very crowded during morning and evening rush hours.
A more convenient way to get around Dehradun is via taxis and auto-rickshaws. Three-wheeled auto-rickshaws are the most popular way of travelling in the city and can be found on almost every street corner. Tourists looking to cut back on travelling expenses have the option of taking shared auto-rickshaws. The layout of the city is quite compact, so many tourists prefer to simply get around on foot.
Dehradun is about 220 kilometres from New Delhi. It was originally developed as a summer retreat under the British rule in the 19th century. The city is today famous as an important educational hub, and as a gateway to the Himalayas. Located in the Doon Valley at the junction of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers, the city is famous for its spectacular scenery and is a popular spot for adventure tourism. You can trek into the Garhwal Hills, explore winding valley paths, or embark on a rejuvenating spiritual pilgrimage to the mineral springs of Sahastradhara. Deharadun is the location of some of India's most important Buddhist monasteries. Visitors enjoy Rajaji National Park, home to elephants, and animal and bird sanctuaries such as the Malsi Deer Park. Sports tourism is a big draw, with the Maharana Pratap Sports Complex featuring the first full-size ice arena in India. Other places of interest include the Wadia Institute, Forest Research Institute, and the Kalanga Monument. Classic architecture from the period of British colonial rule is worth seeing, including the Clock Tower, Morrison Memoral Church, and Indian Military Academy.
When it comes to shopping and dining, Dehradun is a tourist's delight. The fragrant Basmati Rice, traditional Khukris knives, and handmade woolen items produced by Himalayan weavers are must-haves on any shopping lists. After a long day trekking, you can relax with a good book purchased from one of the fine bookstores in the area, such as the English Book Depot. Food choices range from traditional Tibetan meals to roadside vegetarian fare. Since Dehradun has a vast student population, restaurants tend to be affordable, although there are some fine-dining establishments as well. There are a number of bars serving both traditional Tibetan drinks and tourist fare along Rajpur Road. Although many visitors prefer to focus on daytime outdoor adventures, a clutch of recently developed Dehradun nightclubs such as Escape Lounge and Opal Lounge offer night time entertainment.