Doon Valley

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Doon Valley, Dehradun, 1850s

The Doon Valley is an unusually wide, long valley within the Shivalik Hills in the Lesser Himalayas, in the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana India. Within the valley lies the city of Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand state.


Doon or Dun (Hindi: दून) is a local word for valley, particularly an open valley in the Shivaliks or between the Shivaliks and higher Himalayan foothills. Other valleys in this region have names like Patli Dun, Kothri Dun, Pinjore Dun in Himachal. Such valleys are termed Inner Terai in Nepal.


The Doon valley lies between two intermittent ranges of the Himalayas. It is bounded on all sides by mountains, with northern range running from Kalsi in the west to Muni Ki Reti in the east with Mussorie at the centre in a semi-circular arc; and southern range running at south from Paonta Sahib in the west to Haridwar in the east. The valley also forms a watershed between the Yamuna and Ganges river systems. In fact the Yamuna and Ganges are closest to each other as they pass the Doon valley, with the Yamuna forming the western boundary and the Ganges the east. It runs 75 km long from west to east.[citation needed]

Important areas[edit]

Rajaji National Park, Kalesar National Park and Jaunsar-Bawar region lie within the valley as well.


In Uttarakhand:

In Himachal Pradesh:

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • The Doon valley across the years, by Ganesh Saili. Publisher: Rupa & Co., 2007.

External links[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Coordinates: 30°21′40″N 77°59′31″E / 30.361°N 77.992°E / 30.361; 77.992