History of Dehradun
Dehradun is the interim capital city of the state of Uttarakhand. The religious town of Rishikesh; the Queen of Hills - Mussoorie; the quiet Chakrata Hills and a part of Rajaji National Park lie in this district. The district is surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the north, Shivalik Hills in the south, the river Ganga in the east, and the river Yamuna in the west. Founded by Guru Dronacharya, according to the epic of Mahabharata, Dehradun one of the most developed cities of India, is situated on the threshold of a world full of adventure, spiritualism and tranquility, amidst the Shivalik ranges, the foothills of Himalayas. A gateway to the popular hill station of Mussoorie and the pilgrimage centres of Haridwar and Rishikesh, Dehra Dun boasts of the famous Forest Research Institute and the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy. Doon Valley finds its place between the two most important rivers of India Ganga and Yamuna and is a picturesque town with moderate climate and a number of places of tourist interest. Mussorrie, the ‘Queen of Hills’ perched at a height of 2000 metres is one of the most popular hill resorts of the country.
The ancient Nag Devta Temple is situated on Cart Road, 6 kms. from the town and is popular among devout followers. Lakshman Jhoola, the hanging bridge across Ganga, is about 5 kms. from Rishikesh. It was originally a jute rope bridge without pillars and was rebuilt with iron ropes in 1889. PLACES OF INTEREST Nag Devta Temple, Shatrughan Temple, Jwalaji Temple, Kempty Falls, Mussorrie, Rishikesh.