Dehradun, the capital city of Uttrakhand, is a popular holiday destination for tourists. Whether you are an adventure enthusiast, or a nature-lover, Dehradun has something for everyone. The city is home to the first full-size ice rink, Doone Ice Rink, which hosts many national and international competitions. Tourists can also visit places such as Tapkeshwar temple, Kalanga monument or Santala Devi temple, before heading off on nature trips at Malsi Deer Park or hill stations such as Sahastradhara and Chakrata.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Dehradun. Some of them are The Solitare Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Queens Pearl Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Rajpur Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Ashray Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Dehradunis Hindi. Other languages spoken are English and Urdu.
The important festivals of Dehradun are Makar Sankranti (January), Maha Shivratri (March), Vijayadashami (October) and Diwali (November).
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attractions in Dehradun. Some of them are Guchhupani (8 km), Sahastradhara (16 km), Santaura Devi Temple (16 km) and Mussoorie (35 km).
How to Get There
Dehradun Airport is just 2 km away from the city.
The closest railway station is Dehradun Railway Station (2 km).
Dehradun is linked to Rishikesh by road. It is only 41 km away. Dehradun Bus Station is the nearest bus stand, located a kilometre away. It is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Garhwal Local buses are operated by Uttaranchal Transport Corporation and ply from Dehradun. Travellers prefer getting to their desired holiday destination by a Volvo bus.
The largest industrial city of Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur It is known as the "Economic and Industrial Capital" of the state. Widely known as Manchester of the East, Kanpur is one of the oldest industrial townships in North India. The city is also known as the "Leather City" as it has some of the largest and finest tanneries in India and in South Asia. The 75th largest city in the world, Kanpur has many prominent universities and colleges, which includes the world renowned institute – IIT Kanpur and the city’s oldest technical institute Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI).
Places to Stay
Kanpur has a wide variety of accommodation options near the bus stand. Some of them are Him Leela Regency, Aditya Home Stay and Hotel Dalhousie Heights that offers accommodation from Rs.700 onwards.
The four day long Antaragni, an annual cultural festival at IIT Kanpur, held in the month of October is one of the most popular college festivals in the country.
Hindi is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Gora Kabristan (a graveyard) and the Radha-Krishna Mandir, or J K Temple within the centre of the city are well-known places to visit.
How to Get There
There are three airports within the city limit namely-Kanpur Airport, Kanpur Civil Airport and IIT Kanpur Airport.
Kanpur Central is a major railways station
The Inter State Bus Station (ISBT), named as the "Shaheed Major Salman Khan Bus Station is locally known as the ‘Jhakarkati Bus Station’. The other bus stands in the city are the Chunniganj Depot, Azad Nagar AC Bus Depot, Fazalganj Bus Depot and Unnao Depot have regular bus service that connects the city to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Seabird Tourists, Kalpana Travels, RST Volvo, Jsr Travels, JBG Travels, UPSRTC and Chamunda Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Log on to bus ticket online booking sites like Ticketgoose and book your tickets without any hassle.