Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Great Himalayas, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India. According to the skanda purana , an ancient religious text, dehradun formed part of the region called kedar khand. It was later included in the kingdom of emperor ashoka by the end of the 3rd century B.C.
It is revealed by history that for centuries Dehradun came under the Garhwal empire. Then the Gorkhas came and ruled for a few decades, and were eventually ousted by the British empire in 1815.
After the Indian independence in 1947, dehradun was part of the state of Uttar Pradesh till 2000, when the movement of a separate hill state intensified. A new state ‘Uttarakhand’ was carved out in November of 2000 and Dehradun was made its its capital.
The headquarters of many National Institutes and Organizations like ONGC, Survey Of India, Forest Research Institute, Indian Institute of Petroleum etc are located in the city. Some of the premier educational and Training Institutes like Indian Miltary Academy, RIMC(Rashtriya Indian Military College), Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy(IGNFA), Lal Bahadur Shahstri National Academy of Administration(LBSNAA) etc are also there in Dehradun. It is a favoured tourist destination as it attracts tourists, pilgrims and enthusiasts from various walks of life to its serene environs. Add to this the abundance of special Basmati rice, tea and leechi gardens which contribute in turning the city into a paradise.
Dehradun is a valley surrounded by the shivalik range(lower Himalayas) from all sides, and bordered by the river Ganges on the left and Yamuna on the right. It has tremendous scenic beauty. The Buddha temple, Dehradun