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Dehradun is located in Doon Valley, which is in the north of India and close to the foothills of the Himalayas. The valley lies in-between the river Ganges and the river Yamuna and so is blessed with a layer of bright vegetation. Dehradun sits at an elevation of 1,400 feet, which grants its residents and visitors stunning views of the valley and surroundings. It has an airport and train station which connects it to other cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
Along with breathtaking scenery, other things to see in Dehradun include the Gurkha Fort which is surrounded by a thick forest, and Robber's cave, which is 600 metres long and has a river running through it. There's also Rajaji National Park, which is home to more than 500 elephants, 12 tigers and 250 panthers, along with bears and sloths and more than 400 species of bird - a fantastic place for animal lovers.
Currently, there are no direct flights being offered to Dehradun from the UK. You can fly there indirect from a number of UK cities, however. They include London, Edinburgh, and Belfast. The journey time varies depending on how long your stop over is, but you could be travelling for 15-20 hours altogether. Airlines offering these indirect routes include Jet Airways and Air India, though your connecting flight may be with a different airline. The most common internal connections ate in Delhi and Mumbai.
Dehradun receives a great deal of rainfall during the monsoon season which starts in June and ends in September. If you're expecting drier weather on your holiday, consider booking a flight to Dehradun outside of these months.
February is a great time to visit the city because this is when the Tapkeshwar Mela festival takes place. Over two weeks, pilgrims congregate to celebrate Hindu deity Shiva, creating a fantastic vibrant atmosphere.