Dehradun

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Dehradun

(dâr`ədo͞on), city (1991 pop. 270,000), capital of UttarakhandUttarakhand,
formerly Uttaranchal,
state (2001 provisional pop. 8,479,562), 20,650 sq mi (53,483 sq km), N India. Situated in the Himalayas where many peaks top 20,000 ft (6,096 m), it is bordered by Tibet, China (NE), Nepal (SE), and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh
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 state, N central India. It is a rail terminus from the S for Mussoorie, a summer hill resort. Tea processing is the main industry. In Dehradun is the Indian military academy and an institute for forestry research, with an associated museum and botanical garden. The temple (1699) of Ram Rai, founder of the Hindu Udasi sect of ascetics, is the city's most notable historical building.
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Because of his settlement here the Doon Ghats were then called Dehra Doon and now referred as Dehradun.
The novel based on his experiences at Dehra, Dehra Doon, in a small rented room on the roof, won him the coveted John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957.
Midnight Mass on Holy Saturday is always crowded in Dehra Doon, and, really, you have to have lived in India to know what crowded means.
By Jo McGowan, a writer living in Dehra Doon, India with her husband and their three children.