Located in the Garhwal region, Dehradun is a city of immense natural beauty. It is a popular tourist spot and attracts visitors from all over the country and the world. Since being made the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun has undergone tremendous changes. There has been a spurt in industrial growth and it is also being developed as a counter magnet to ease off the migration levels in the Delhi NCR region. It is located close to popular tourist destinations such as Nainital, Auli and Mussoorie and hence it also receives a sizeable amount of tourist footfall every year.
Dehradun is also home to the prestigious Indian Military Academy, Instrument Research and Development Establishment of the DRDO, Wildlife Institute of India and Doon School. It is situated in the Doon valley between two most important rivers of the country -- Ganga and Yamuna. It is rich in flora and fauna and is home to the Rajaji National Park which is home to several elephants and the Terai and Bhabar forests.
The traditional costumes of the people of Dehradun are colourful and distinct. Men usually wear dhoti, angrakha and langoti. Women wear saris with full sleeved blouses and a jacket called the angra. These days many women have switched to wearing salwar kameez instead of the traditional attire.
Apart from being an important destination for nature and wildlife tourism, Dehradun is a popular tourist destination and is noted for its innumerable temples. The local attractions such as the water springs of Sahastradhara and the temples of Tapkeshwar and Bhadraj are extremely popular. Furthermore, Dehradun has the first full sized ice rink in India where many national ice skating competitions have been held.
Dehradun is well connected by rail, road and air. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport, which lies at a distance of about 25 km from the city. The nearest railhead is the Dehradun railway station. With respect to road travel, Dehradun is well connected to Delhi, Shimla and Mussoorie and luxury buses regularly ply in the region.