Dehradun is a capital city, a political seat, a commercial centre, hill station, the educational heartland of India, the headquarters of many National Institutes and Organizations and a base for trekking and adventure tourism. A bulk of the district lies in doon or the low lands at the foot of a mountain range.
Dehradun is a part of Garhwal region, therefore the local customs of the Garhwali people have had a great influence on its culture. Be it the evening buzz of Rajpur road, the central Clock Tower with its six functioning clocks, the statue of San Dijen in Shanti Niketan, buses identified with blue bars, Dehradun has an unmistakable character. For this reason Dehradun has been a muse to many artists and writers like Stephen Alter, Nayantara Sahgal, Allan Sealy, and Ruskin Bond, who either stayed her for long or wrote during their stay.
Nickname: Adobe of Drona, The Gray City
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