|Author:Laxman Burdak, IFS (Retd.)|
The northern section of the river is known locally as the 'Tons nadi' (a misnomer, the actual Tons nadi is much larger and flows into the Yamuna in the Jaunsar Bawar region at Kalsi); originates from the southern slopes of Mussorie.
There are several streams here, that gradually merge into one river that emerges from Robber's cave. The river here is in a U-shaped valley meandering slightly in a south-westerly direction. The river flows through Bijapur canal; a major water pumping site of Dehradun that provides water to houses in the western part of the town through two water canals. It then moves on to Tapkeshwar Mahadev, a popular Shiva shrine before becoming a more shallow, broad valley near Premnagar. The river proceeds south-west, receiving the waters of several streams flowing southward from the northern range spanning Vikas Nagar - Mussorie; and northward from the lower Shiwalik forest hills that separate The Doon valley from Saharanpur district.