Been There and Done Everything in Doon?

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Sunday, 31 March 2013 02:27

If you feel that you know everything that there is to know about Dehradun, have explored every nook and cranny of the city and done everything that there is to do here, you may be in for a surprise. For example, did you know that the Beatles were so smitten by the charms of our beautiful Doon Valley that they composed a song just on Dehradun in the year 1968? Ok, you might have known that but did you also know that Hathibarkala is so called because it had banyan trees with prop roots so huge that elephants could easily pass through them and that way back in 1920s, Dehradun competed with New Delhi in being named the new capital of India? To discover such nuggets of interesting information and look at Dehradun anew, delve into a new book released on Dehradun titled, “Been There, Doon That?”

Written by anthropologist, educator and heritage activist, Lokesh Ohri, the book has been prepared after years of research. It explores Dehradun’s rich cultural heritage in an interesting format. The book has been presented in the form of ten walks to heritage sites like the Clock Tower, Jangam Shivalaya, Paltan Bazar, CNI Boys' School, Jama Masjid, Dhamawala, Darshini Gate, Guru Ram Rai Durbar, Ramlila Ground and Nagalia Haveli. It emphasizes the pleasures of walking the streets and the nature trails that the Doon valley offers in great abundance. It makes anecdotal references to historical facts and offers the joy of history and adventure to the reader in equal measure and is a great addition to the reading list of books on Dehradun.

 
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