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Dehradun To Nainital - A Drive Among The Clouds

Written by: Swathi
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017, 14:03 [IST]
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Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand, is so beautiful that it feels like heaven on earth.The name Dehradun is a derivation from "Dera" meaning camp/home and "dun" meaning valley.

Dehradun is perched at a height of 435 m above sea level, in the Doon Valley, in the foothills of the Himalayas that are huddled between the Ganges and Yamuna. It is believed by locals here that Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana meditated here in penance before slaying down Ravana, the demon king of Lanka.

Dehradun also serves as the entrance to the famous Mussoorie and pilgrimage spots like Haridwar and Rishikesh. Dehradun is an elite educational town with many superior educational institutions like Doon School, Welham School. etc. Due to the above-mentioned reason and the first class weather that prevails throughout the year, there are many people settling down in Dehradun after retirement.

Nainital is celebrated as the Lake District of India and rightly so. It is home to 60 lakes. Parked at a great height of 1938 m above sea level, Nainital is surrounded by mountains on all three sides. The life of Nainital revolves around its pride, Lake Naini.

Nainital organises yachting competition at a national level during the season. Once a favourite summer capital of the British of United Provinces, Nainital still remains a hot favourite among tourists. Nainital still retains its colonial charm of bungalows, schools, churches and cemeteries.

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