Doon Rediscovered unfolds its realms to the reader, glorifying the historic past of Dehra Doon before and after the arrival of the East India Company. Wtih the Gurkha invasion the entire region of Garhwal, Khumaon and Dehra Doon succumbed into a lamentable decay, till the advent of the East India Company, when Lord Hasting in 1814 declared war on Nepal. Immensely mesmerised by the idyllic beauty of the Doon, the British at one point of time thought of making it the capital of their India colony.
The British administration being growth-oriented, gave Doon a thriving economy with Dr Royle, the superintendent of the Saharanpur Botanical Gardens in 1827, recommending the Himalayas. Silk trade too flourished by all means. Mr F.J. Shore’s administrative acumen gave Dehra Doon a network of canals and wells. Ever since independence, the Doon has undergone many a change. Yet it continues to enthrall people from far and wide with its fragnance of lime,litchi and basmatirice.
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