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Located in the Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand and furnishing as the state capital, Dehradun is a city nestled betwixt the foothills of the Himalayas to its north and the Shivalik Mountain Ranges to its south. Placed about 255 km to the north of New Delhi, Dehradun is approved as one of the ‘Counter Magnets’ of the National Capital Region and is undergoing a speedy development. The city derives its name from two words Dehra and Dun. The word Dehra has been deduced from the word ‘Dera’ which means ‘Camp’, while Dun finds its origin from the word ‘Doon’ which refers to the ‘Doon Valley’ where Dehradun is stationed. Baba Ram Rai, the son of Guru Har Rai, the 7th Guru of Sikhism arrived here along with his followers and established a camp for their dwelling. In this way he marked the onset of the development of the human habitat here which gradually grew up into a city. The word ‘Dehra’ was linked with ‘Doon’ and the town was named Dehradun.
Dehradun, one of the oldest cities of the country is a home to every possible elegant, vivacious and cheerful aspect of nature. Perched in the lap of the Himalayas, this renowned hill station is adored for its picturesque landscapes marked with deep ravines, surging brooks, flower carpeted valleys, lofty snow capped mountain ranges, winding roads, fruit orchards, swaying pines and profuse natural resources. Two of the most sacred rivers of India; Ganga and Yamuna flow to the east and the west of Dehradun, respectively. It is also a gateway to some of the most sought after Himalayan tourist destinations namely Mussoorie, Auli and Nainital as well as two of the Holy Cities of Hinduism; Rishikesh and Haridwar. Moreover, Dehradun also suffices as the entry point for trekking and mountaineering expeditions into the Himalayas. Widely reckoned and one of the most visited summer resorts since British Era, this city is now acknowledged as a popular hill station and a most preferred tourists’ destination both for domestic and international travelers.
Apart from being a leading tourist hub, Dehradun has also made up a mark in the educational field as well. This city is a proud harbor of some of the preeminent educational institutes of the country such as Forest Research Institute, Indian Military Academy and a number of highly reputed boarding schools. Dehradun is also a home to several national foundations namely Indian Institute of Petroleum, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Wildlife Institute of India, Indian Institute of Petroleum and so on.