One of the major concerns, which people face while traveling to Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand, is how to reach there. Since Dehradun is set amidst the rivers– the Ganges and the Yamuna on two sides, and lies at the feet of the Himalayas, it becomes quite difficult to decide, how to reach there. Well, it’s not as difficult as it appears to be.
Various flights run everyday, to and from Dehradun, sometimes, stopping at major cities like Delhi and Mumbai. If you do not want to burn a hole in your pocket by opting for the air route, it is best to catch a train or a taxi. The Dehradun Railway Station runs Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express and Nanda Devi Express and connects all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Varanasi, etc. However, it is best to catch a taxi, as it will drop you to the exact location, you want to be at, in Dehradun. Nowadays, the Delhi to Dehradun to Delhi taxi is quite popular, covering a round trip route. You just need to book a taxi once, and save the trouble of booking various things to reach the separated destinations.
Now that you are aware of how to commute to Dehradun, let’s throw some light on what you can buy, while you visit this quintessential hill station.
Dehradun Basmati Rice is very popular all over the world, and everyday huge truckloads of this rice is transported to all the major cities around Dehradun. This long-grained rice is famous for its taste as well as aroma. Similarly, the delectable Chakrata Rajma is also popular here.
The custom-made leather shoes of the Landour Bazaar is so popular that many celebrities come here to get them made to order.
Another thing which you must buy from Dehradun is its woollen clothes. Colourful, hand-woven woollen clothes, right from caps, socks, mufflers, sweaters, and cardigans to brightly coloured shawls, scarves, stoles and pashminas, can be bought from here, at very reasonable prices. The Himalayan Weavers are world popular for selling hand-made woollen clothes, which are made from purely natural fabric and dyes, like henna, indigo and pomegranate, and no synthetic product is used. Each cloth has the immense love and care of its weavers, knitted in it.
One can buy an array of these snuggly woollen clothes from the Ashley Hall market in Dehradun.
Every shopping is incomplete without beautiful jewellery pieces and antiques, to adorn the pretty ladies out there. Doon has it all, in plethora. The Mall road is a famous street selling these hand-crafted, intricately fabricated earrings, necklaces and anklets. One can even buy a varied range of footwear here. You can even buy beautiful wind chimes for your loved ones as souvenirs.
Paltan Bazaar, Landour Bazaar, Rajpur Road and Tibetan market, are few main markets of Dehradun, where you can spend a buck or two and buy these little knick knacks.
If you are an arduous reader and want to enjoy the picturesque charm of the Doon Valley, reading a book, you ought to make way to English Book Depot or Book World and grab a few books of your interest. These bookstores are renowned for an incredible collection of fiction, travelogues, literature and much more.
Don’t go home without having collected these specialities of this place. Never thought shopping in Dehradun would be such a delight!