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Doon Valley
About Doon Valley

The Doon Valley is an extraordinarily wide, long valley within the Sivalik Hills in the Lower Himalayas, in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Within the valley lies the city of Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand state.

200 kms from Chandigarh and 250 kms from Delhi, Doon Valley is a Himalayan getaway and one which is famous for many boarding schools. Area around Doon Valley is excellent for wooded walks and more than 200 species of birds are found here.

The Dehradun Valley, its neighbouring hills, starting with the River Ganga to the east and the River Yamuna to the west, Asan Barrage wetland , near Paonta Sahib (50 kms), hills of Mussoorie, Dhaunalti and Chakrata and areas touching Rajaji National Park are all found to be home to a wide variety of migratory as well as resident Himalayan birds.Best time to visit Doon Valley is from October to May which is good for Bird watching.


Doon or Dun is a local word for valley, mainly an open valley in the Sivaliks or between the Sivaliks and higher Himalayan foothills. Other valleys in this region have names like Kothri Dun, Pinjore Dun, Patli Dun in Himachal Pradesh. Such valleys are termed Inner Terai in Nepal.

Geography of Doon Valley

The Doon valley lies between two intermittent ranges of the Himalayas. It is bounded on all sides by mountains, with one range running from the west to the east (with Mussorie at the centre) in a semi-circular arc; and one running at the south from Poanta Sahib to Haridwar. The valley also forms a division between the Ganges and Yamuna river systems. In fact the Ganges and Yamuna are closest to each other as they pass the Doon valley, with the Yamuna forming the western boundary and the Ganges the east.

Important areas

Kalesar National Park
Kalesar National Park is a protected area in eastern Haryana, India, it is about 150 kms from Chandigarh. It is home to the red jungle fowl among other birds. It is a popular destination for bird-watching.

Jaunsar-Bawar is a hilly region, it is about 85 kms from Mussoorie, in Chakrata tehsil, in Dehradun district, it represents the geographical region inhabited by the 'Jaunsari' tribe, which traces its origin from the Pandavas of Mahabharata.

These regions lie within the valley as well.

Doon Valley Bird Watching Gataway
It is a bird watching getaway for regular bird watchers that allows bird watchers to visit reserve forests around Dehradun and excellent opportunity to spot a wide range of diverse birdlife. Shaheen Bagh  is an excellent stay option for exploring Bird watching in Doon Valley.

Towns nearby Doon Valley

Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand in the northern part of India.

Narendra Nagar
Narendra Nagar is a city and a municipal board in Tehri Garhwal district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Nearby Tourist Places

Gurdwara Paonta Sahib
Gurdwara Paonta Sahib is situated mid-way between Dehradun and Nahan (50 kms either way). It is a major pilgrim centre for Sikhs.

Asan Barrage Water Sports Complex
GMVN Watersports complex at Asan Barrage offers Water Sking, Double Water Skiing, Motor Boating, Kayaking, Paddle Boating, Rowing, and Mono-Skiing. The whole water ski equipment, paddle boats, kayaks, rowing boats, surfing boards and motorboats are available here for visitors for hire. Asan Barrage is home to migratory birds in Winter and is a popular option for Bird watchers to explore.



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