Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand, which got its name by the union of two words, ‘Dera’ and ‘Dun’, meaning ‘Camp in the Valley’ is in the foothills of the Great Himalayas and is situated between two beautiful rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna. First thing, it gives to the eye, its picturesque beauty and the hill culture.
Located at an altitude of 960 meters, it is a perfect place to get respite from the scorching heat of the summer. Proximity to tourist places like Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Auli, Nainital etc. make it the most popular destination to visit in the Great Himalayas. It has strong connections with Hindu mythological characters Ram, Laxman, Pandava brothers, the great Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (a rock edict near Kalsi), Sikhs, Mughals, Gorkhas and British (some part of the city with British style). It is a favorite destination for industrialization with a few big and developing private and government companies.
Places to visit
The Tapkeshwar temple is in the Garhi Cantonment zone around 6.5 kms from the Dehradun city.
Tapkeshwar is a radiant place along a regular waterway in the thick woods valley where an extensive number of Lord Shiva Devotees throng amid the Shivratri. The water or dampness gathers from the slopes and trees and streams down as drops onto the shivling, thus the name (Tapkeshwar). Thousands and a great many individuals group to this spot to see the uncommon wedding function of Shiva and Parvati.