nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 24 km from
is connected among other places to Amritsar,
Howrah, Bombay, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi
and other major cities.
is connected to other parts of India with
a wide network of road route.
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bus services, tempos (vikrams), auto rickshaws,
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Jhanda Fair is held every year at the historic Guru
Ram Rai Darbar in Dehradun city in the sacred memory
of the Guru. The fair begins with putting up a new
Jhanda (flag) on the staff located in the compound
of the historic complex. Besides local people, a large
number of devotees turn up from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi,
U.P. and Himachal Pradesh etc..
is a legendary place located on the eastern bank of
the river Tons. Lord Shiva is the reigning deity of
the ancient temple located here in a cave. In the
Skandapurana, this place has been referred to as Deveshwara.
It is believed that during Dwaparyuga, this place
was abode of Guru Dronacharaya who lived here with
his family. Since then, the cave was known as Drona
Gufa. One of the famous heroes of Mahabharata and
son of Guru Drona, Ashwathama was born here. When
Ashwathama was very young, the poor father could not
find any milk for him. The Guru was too poor to afford
a cow. It was a matter of worry to the great master.
One day, when young Ashwathama was crying for milk,
the helpless Guru advised him to pray and worship
Lord Shiva, who would bless him with milk. Ashwathama
did so. Pleased with the young boy's tough penance,
Lord Shiva appeared before him in the garb of Brahmin
and enquired about his wish. Little Ashwathama asked
for milk. Lord Shiva blessed him and said that milk
would be made available here. Ashwathama found milk
falling on the Shivalinga, drop by drop. Ashwathama
had prayed to the Lord by the name of Tapakeshwar
and hence the place was known by the same name. A
big fair takes place here on the shivratri day. Thousands
of devotees congregate at this place on the day to
offer prayers. Tapakeshwar is approachable from Dehradun
by city bus or three wheelers. It is about 5 km from
the bus-stand and 5.5 km from the railway station.
|Lakshman Siddha Fair
siddha is one of four siddhpeeths around Dehradun.
It has immense religious importance. It is about 10
km away on Dehradun-Rishikesh road. It can be easily
approached by city bus or three wheelers and is located
about 1 km off the road inside jungle. It is mainly
local religious fair held every sunday, but last sunday
of April has special significance, when people turn
up in very large numbers and congregation of 20-25
thousand people can be seen offering obeisance to
the samadhi here.
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fair is held at the Jhanda ground in cantonment area
of Chakrata block of the Dehradun district. It is
about 3 km from Chakrata. The fair reflects cultural
heritage and tradition of Jaunsari tribe. A large
number of people turn up in this fair from nearby
Tehri, Uttarkashi and Saharanpur districts. The fair
marks harvesting season in the area and reflects the
happiness of the local people.
|Mahasu Devta's Fair
Devta's fair is held at Hanol which is about 120 km
on the Chakrata Tyuni road. The fair takes place in
August every year, when Mahasu Devta (deity) is taken
out in a procession. Musical prayers continue for
three days and night. The havan samagri (offering
material) is arranged by the Government of India.
This is a local fair of Jaunsari tribe. Thousands
of participants throng the place on the occasion from
the adjacent Tehri, Uttarkashi and Saharanpur districts.
Shaheed Veer Kesri Chand Fair (Chakrata Fair)
fair is held at Ramtal in Nagau Gram Sabha of Chakrata
tehsil in Dehradun district. Ramtal is a beautiful
natural tank of about 30 m length and 30 m width,
located on a hill and is connected with a 700 m long
motor able road. The tank is surrounded by a green
ground which is the venue of fair. Every year during
navratras (April) a big fair is held here. A temple
and a memorial dedicated to the freedom fighter Veer
Kesri Chandra is located at this spot.
village fair is held during Sept.-Oct. and is very
popular in the neighbouring area of Chakrata, 78 km
from Mussoorie. The fair reflects the Garhwali tribes.
Activities include cultural programmes and sports
|Hanol Mela, Chakrata
temple of Hanol in Chakrata, 78 km from Mussoorie
is the venue of an exotic fair. The hill dwellers
of the state gather in October to worship in all their
finery. This is an opportunity to exchange message,
purchase wares from various merchants and to celebrate
with friends and relatives before the onset of harsh
|Neelkanth Mahadev Mela
at a height of 1675 m on a hill above Swarg Ashram,
Neelkanth Mahadev is one of the most revered temples
of Rishikesh. According to a legend, after the great
'Sagar Manthan', the churning of the sea, by Gods
and demons, Lord Shiva drank all the effluent venom
that turned up from the manthan. The poison turned
his throat blue and hence the name Neelkanth (blue
throat). An important fair is held in the Hindu month
of Bhadrapad (July / August) when a visit to the temple
is considered auspicious.
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