Culture of DehradunSituated right in the middle of Himalayas and Shivalik Ranges, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities in the country and therefore, it is highly rich in culture and heritage. Even amidst all the technology and modernization, the locals of Dehradun are loyal to their traditions, and at every occasion or festival, they proactively take part in all the celebrations. People in Dehradun belong to many different religions and therefore, the city has become a neighborhood that consists of different backgrounds, which makes it a city with a unique set of cultures.
Since Dehradun is a major part of the Garhwal Region, the city is greatly influenced by the Garhwali Culture. The essence of old Garhwal Rule can still be seen in Dehradun. Besides Garwhali, which is the main language spoken in Dehradun, English, Hindi, Punjabi, Napali, Tibetan and Kumaoni languages are also spoken widely throughout the city. Hinduism is the prime religion followed by the people in Dehradun, around 60% of the population is Hindu. Other prominent religions in the city are Sikhism, Islam and Jainism.
Fairs and Festivals are the most excellent way of displaying the cultural side of any city and like any other town in India; Dehradun is famous for its diverse cultural activities. All the fairs and festivals in Dehradun are celebrated with a lot of passion and gusto. It is during these festivals that the cultural side of Dehradun becomes prominent and the entire city is out on the roads celebrating. Some of the famous fairs and festivals in Dehradun are Jhanda Fair, Tapkeshwar Mela, Laxman Sidhha Fair, Bissu Fair, Mahasu Devta’s Fair, Saheed Veer Kesri Chandra Fair, Hanol Mela and Shivratri Fair.
Due to various fairs and festivals present in Dehradun, the culture of the city includes many traditional dresses that are easily available at numerous stores in the city. The traditional dresses of Dehradun are colorful and vibrant and attract not just Indians but many foreign tourists as well. If visiting the city during one the many festivals, it is essential that you pick up one of these colorful dresses as a souvenir to make your journey memorable. Women’s’ traditional costume usually includes Bandhani, Ghagra Choli, Lehengas, Sarongs, Burkhas, Sarees and Long Skirts while men usually wear Dhoti, Lungi, Kurta Pajamas and Turbans.
The traditional dresses of Dehradun are not only the interesting thing to look forward too. Dehradun is also famous for its unique taste. Some of the popular cultural dishes of Dehradun include Kandalee Ka Saag, Kulath Phanu, Bal Mithai, Kaafli, Gulgula, Singodi, Arsa, Nimbu and Sani Hui Muli. Folk dances present in Dehradun are Jhumallo, Thadya, Chaunfla, Pandwana, Rasau, Tandi, Bhadgeet, Chaanchri, Jaagar and Chholia
One of the most famous landmarks of Dehradun is its Clock Tower, also known as Ghanta Ghar, which is situated right in the center of the city. It is structure that has six operating clocks on it. This feature adds to the beauty and calmness of the city and that is the reason why Dehradun is home to so many famous people. Artists and Writers like Ruskin Bond, Stephen Alter, Nayantara Sahgal and Allan Sealy have spent a lot of time in Dehradun writing some of their most famous works. Moreover, our country’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru loved this city and spent his last days here in Dehradun. Another freedom fighter, Rash Behari Bose spent his initial days over here before moving to Japan.
Dehradun is the perfect mix of tradition and modernization. Since becoming the capital of Uttarakhand, this city has seen continuous development but with its culture and heritage intact. Along with being famous for its mesmerizing and dazzling surroundings, Dehradun is also popular all over the world for its rich cultural legacy.