Are you are looking for the cities with the best education in India? Then definitely Dehradun will top that list. Here are the 10 reasons to study in Dehradun, the City of Schools.
1. Dehradun, a.k.a., ‘City of Schools’ and ‘School Capital of India’
Nicknamed as ‘Eton of East’, Dehradun boasts of prestigious day and boarding schools, affiliated to Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (I.C.S.E.) and Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E.). Some of the most prestigious schools to study in Dehradun include The Doon School, Dehradun Hills Academy, St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Thomas’ College, Welham’s Girls’ School, Welham’s Boys’ School, Rashtriya Indian Military College and so on. The schools in Dehradun not only aim at making students literate but also educated, by providing them with high-quality education which is not limited to classrooms and examination halls. Forest Research Institute (F.R.I.) in Dehradun is the most beautiful campus and museum in the country. Indian Military Academy, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Wildlife Institute of India, O.N.G.C. and U.P.E.S. are some of the beautiful campuses in the city every student aspires to visit to gain inspiration. Many schools in the city offer students to visit these centres for research work.
2. Unity in Diversity
People from different racial, lingual and religious backgrounds reside in Dehradun, be it Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism or Sikhism, making it the melting point of culture and heritage. Some of the languages spoken by Doonites are Garwhali, Hindi, English, Punjabi, Urdu, Sindhi, Kumaoni, Tibetan, Nepali and Tharu. The diversity magnifies the power of education in Dehradun by enhancing social development and self-insight. When students from various races, religions, backgrounds, socio-economic status and cultures live in the same environment, they tend to sharpen their creativity and enhance multiple perspectives as they step out from their shells. It prepares them for work across-the-board.
3. Peaceful City with Pleasant Weather
Lying at the foothills of Himalayas, Dehradun is 236 km from India’s capital, New Delhi. This capital city of Uttarakhand has become the education hub of India. Dehradun is a pollution free city with trees on both sides of the roads. The scenic picturesque and pleasant weather attracts students from all over the country. Doon valley is situated at an altitude of 2200 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by the Himalayas, Shivalik hills on two sides and the two mighty rivers, Ganges and Yamuna on the other two sides. The town offers scenic beauty and mild temperature which adds to the package of education in Dehradun which the schools in this city offer. Most of the people wouldn’t be searching for another reason to study in Dehradun schools as it is the calmest city in the country.
4. Weekend Fun
You know you live in Dehradun when you can go to Mussoorie, the Queen of Hills, in the morning and return by evening, spending an almost negligible amount of money. You can literally touch the clouds at Cloud End, in Mussoorie. Dehradun is well connected to Mussoorie, Dhanaulti, Rishikesh, Dakpathar, Chakrata, Landour and George Everest. Trips to these places are pocket-friendly as the cost of travelling is about 100 rupees. Also, you need not spend money in booking rooms as you live one hour away from these places. Doon Valley has canals, rivers, waterways running throughout its boundaries. Lacchiwala, Sahastradhara, Robber’s Cave, Fun Valley, Fun ‘n’ Food Kingdom, JhariPani, Shikhar Falls, Bhatta Falls are the best recreational spots to stop at on weekends. Not only do these outings open up your heart but also your mind.
5. Home to great artists and writers
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Dehradun is home to various artists and writers like Stephen Alter, Nayantara Sahgal, Allan Sealy, Ruskin Bond, Bil Acne, David Cling, et cetera. You can go to Mussoorie any Saturday and meet the prolific writer, Ruskin Bond, and get your novels signed by him. Many schools in Dehradun arrange talks with such writers to raise children’s interest in reading texts beyond their syllabus. The habit of novel reading nuances children’s development and their interest in literature increases.
6. All the foodies out there, broaden up your eyes to read what follows next, as your jaw’s gonna drop
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Being the melting point of different cultures, you can find South Indian to North Eastern to Rajasthani to Gujarati to typical Punjabi style food in Dehradun. Moving on to fast food corners, juice corners and soup parlours, you won’t wanna miss out on K.C. ke Momos, burgers and rolls at The Buffet, Bun Tikki at Dwarka Store, Chetan Poori Wala, Gaylord ki Ice-cream, Chaat Wali Gali at Clock Tower and Bobby Fast Food Corner which are small places but offer food which is best in taste and at reasonable prices, which suits students’ pockets. On Dehradun-Mussoorie Road, there are numerous Maggi Points where you can hang out with your friends and taste the best Hot and Spicy Maggi noodles while enjoying the scenic beauty of the hills. Also, Dehradun serves the sweetest Litchi in the country, which is a treat to tongues. Not to forget to mention, you just cannot miss Ellora’s’ Melting Moments for its deserts and pocket-friendly pizzas.The foodies will be finding the above mentioned as #1 reason to study in Dehradun :).
7. Part Time Jobs
Dehradun offers various part-time work options. There are several NGOs in this city which is oriented to wildlife, education, health, Himalayas and biodiversity. For all the animal lovers out there, Raahat Foundation and People for Animals (P.F.A.) are the places to be. Surrounded by Rajaji National Park, this city offers volunteers to work for the biodiversity, observing nature while staying close to it and adoring the creatures which reside on mother earth.
8. Recreational habits
Reading and writing are the most common hobbies of students in the city because the schools in Dehradun help children to inculcate the habit of reading by offering an entire period in schools for reading novels. Libraries are the most crowded places in the city and the membership cards allow students to issue as many books as they want to. Other facilities the schools in the city offer are Scholastic fairs, Scholastic quizzes, Olympiad, MUNs, singing, theatre, dance, Fashion Fiesta, P.T., karate, baking, sports and games. Fairs and Festivals in the field of music, cuisines, art and literature help students in making their roots in literature and culture strong. Jhanda Fair, Bissu Fair, Tapkeshwar Fair and Dehradun Literature Festival help students in social, political, literary, lingual and cultural development.
9. Variety in Sports
Dehradun offers a variety of sports to youngsters apart from basketball, cricket, football, discuss throw, marathons and relays; for instance, paragliding, skiing, angling, river rafting, swimming, bungee jumping, shooting, ice skating and ice hockey. Uttarakhand Cricket Association, Ice Hockey, Figure skating, Rink Bandy and so on facilitate students to indulge in sports. Dehradun is very less affected by capitalism and students in this city prefer to go to libraries or explore nature by going outdoors, instead of going to malls, bars and cinema halls.
This small city in the foothills of Himalayas has many historical temples with mythical tales, be it Asia’s largest feretory, Buddha Temple, mysterious Tapkeshwar Cave Temple, Idgah Darga, Shiv Mandir, Daat Kali Mandir, Guru ram Rai Ji Darbar, Believers Church, Maharishi Gautam’s abode or Morrison Memorial Church which are perfect places to be for nature lovers, wanderers and believers in different religions. Clock Tower, Malsi Deer Park, Inamullah Building, Osho Meditation Centre are amazing architectures of the city where students go out for research and meditation.
To conclude, when you study in Dehradun, you study in the arms of nature.