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Like river rafting and bungee jumping at Rishikesh, paragliding at Mussourie, trek to Tungnath and a thrilling ride towards Chopta, Chakrata and Dhanaulti. Despite all the trendy places, Dehradun upholds some of the most interesting historical outlooks of its existence.
Dehradun having a mystical aura has always enthralled people with its captivating environment. The picturesque landscapes and eye-popping experiences have never disappointed locals as well as tourists. Gateway to several hill stations and pilgrims, Dehradun becomes one of the exhilarating places for sojourners. As the outskirts of Dehradun severs major attractions. Like river rafting and bungee jumping at Rishikesh, paragliding at Mussourie, trek to Tungnath and a thrilling ride towards Chopta, Chakrata and Dhanaulti. Despite all the trendy places, Dehradun upholds some of the most interesting historical outlooks of its existence.
Talking to Sargam Mehra, a PhD student, NYOOOZ brings you the top 10 exclusive facts, which are definitely going to tickle your fancy.
1. Dehra Dun was founded by Guru Ram Rai, the elder son of seventh Sikh Guru, Guru Har Rai, in the 17th century. He served as an emissary to the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi.
2. The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb granted Ram Rai a jagir (land grant) in the Garhwal region by ordering the Maharaja of Theri (Uttarakhand). The name Dehradun was coined after the name ‘Dehra’.
3. Dehra Dun is a cup-shaped valley that traps all the clouds. That’s the reason it rains so much in Dehradun. It is surrounded by forests such as Thano, Dudhli and Vidholi.
4. It has been a part of several divisions and districts like Meerut, Saharanpur, Kumaon and Garhwal. As, the British put Dehradun under the commissioners and superintendents of several areas. Today it is a part of Garhwal Division. Earlier it has also been the part of Kumaon.
5. Dehradun was once considered as good a city as needed to be the capital of British India, as they were so much fascinated with the lush greenery which reminded them of their hometowns.
6. It has Asia`s oldest forestry school, Eastern Forest Rangers College by Dietrich Brandis, the first Inspector General of Forest of India. In 1974, Government of India took it and now it trains IFS officers since 1974.
7. The Khalanga Battle, famous as Batlle of Nalapani (1814-1816) fought here is the reason why the British could rule the country. They won this against the Gurkhas.
8. It has the Ashokan edict in Kalsi on the basis of which Mauryan history has been dated. Kalsi is a small town that can be found between the way of Dehradun and Chakrata. It is famous as it’s the only edict in whole northern India.
9. Dehradun is equidistant from the Ganga and Yamuna. It is also the progenitor of some regional rivers like Bindal, Sooswa and Rispana.
10. It has the world`s only hexagonal clock tower, which was also called Balvir tower. It was built to monumentalize India’s independence and the foundation was laid by Sarojini Naidu, who was the governor of U.P at that time.
After all these exciting facts about Dehradun, its time you ditch the Delhi smog, pack your bags and rush to Dehradun and let your lungs feel good!