Dhanaulti

Why To Go

Dhanaulti is a hill station in the Tehri Garhwal district in the state of Uttarakhand. Nestled in the lap of the Garhwal Himalayan range, this picturesque hill station is quite close to the hill stations of Mussoorie and Chamba. Rising to a height of over 2000 m, this hill station offers a beautiful view of the Himalayan mountain range. The terrain is covered by coniferous vegetation with trees like deodar, rhododendron, and oak abounding the landscape.

Vast meadows covered with thick carpets of green, soaring trees and splendid views of the Himalayas make Dhanaulti an alluring destination for the tourists.

A popular place for treks, particularly in the Tehri region of Garhwal, Dhanaulti is thus favoured by the tourists. Numerous of treks include Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri that take you through the dense alpine forest.

Dhanaulti, east of Landour along the Tehri Road, is the location of the Surkhanda Devi shrine. Dhanaulti is an excellent place to spend a day wandering amidst the deodars, with nothing to break the silence except the call of the cicadas.

Travel Tips

Though the temperature remains pleasant throughout the year April to June would be the best time to visit Dhanaulti. The temperature remains cool and moderate and it’s the perfect time to rewind. If you are planning to visit the hill station at Dhanaulti, avoid going there during the winter season. Most of the roads are blocked and many of the tourist spots are also closed down. Monsoon season should also be avoided as commuting becomes hazardous and the season hampers any outdoor activity. Carry food while you go out as food shops are few and far between.

Things To Do

Dhanaulti has recently started developing as a tourist destination in Uttarakhand. A view of the snow covered terrain of the majestic Himalayas is one of the most appealing features of the hill station at Dhanaulti. If you are someone who loves to marvel at the grandeur of mountains that rise to a majestic height, this is the place for you. Throughout the day, one can spot one captivating colour after the other on the terrain with the rotating positions of the sun creating a magnificent and breathtaking panorama. You can just sit on a chair and watch this change of colour all day long and never feel bored. The Eco-park is one of the main attractions for the people who make a trip to Dhanaulti. The two eco-parks, Dhara, and Amber are situated at a distance of 200 m from each other. The eco-parks are known for the small forests of deodar trees which are well reserved there in a protected environment. The entry fee is quite low. Another place of interest in Dhanaulti is the Surkanda Devi Temple, about 8 km from Dhanaulti. The temple is well known for the Ganga Dusshera festival which is held during the autumn months every year. This temple comprises the Devi darshan triangle, a trekking region around 3 parts- Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri. Aloo Khet is a nearby potato farm and is quite popular as a sunrise point. You can also go to the Dhanaulti Adventure Camp, one of the major features of the region. The camp offers you a chance to try your hand at various types of adventure sports. Some of the most popular activities carried out at the camp include moonlight trails, rappelling, trekking, and rock climbing. You can also go for a bike ride on the mountain slopes or have your dinner cooked in the open air on a barbecue. The camp also has archery ranges where you can try your skills with a bow and an arrow.

Getting Around

Once you get there, you might find it a bit difficult to travel around. Your best will be to rent a car from the rental car services for the duration of your trip. The other way to explore Dhanaulti is to walk around the place. Given the scenic beauty of the place, the prospect is not as tiring as it may sound.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

In case you want to take the aerial route to Dhanaulti, you can get on a plane from Delhi and get off at Dehra Dun. The Jolly Grant Airport there is the closest airport to Dhanaulti. From there, the distance to Dhanaulti is around 82 km. You can complete the remainder of your journey by taking a cab from outside the airport.

TRAIN

The nearest railway station of Dhanaulti is at Dehradun, which is at 35 km. Regular trains from major towns and cities connect this town. Once you get off at the station there, you can hire a cab to complete the remainder of the journey. Alternatively, you can reach to Rishikesh and from there travel to Dhanaulti via taxi or bus through well-maintained motorable road. Rishikesh Railway Station is at a distance of 65 km and takes around 2 hours to reach.

ROAD

You can travel to Dhanaulti via road best from Mussoorie, which is at adistance of 33 km. Taxi, private cars, buses are available aplenty. Apart from that, buses are available from Rishikesh, Tehri, Dehradun. Else, you can reach Dhanaulti by renting a car form Delhi or Dehradun and drive directly to your destination. From Delhi the journey takes around 8 to 9 hours to complete.

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Surrounding Attractions

Dhanaulti is quite close to the hill stations of Mussoorie and Chamba. Both the hill stations are popular tourist spots and trips to these places can be arranged easily enough. In Mussoorie, there are a number of beautiful waterfalls, like, Mossy Falls, Bhatta Falls, and Jharipani Falls. Jwalaji Temple is another spot of tourist attraction. The temple is known for the marvelous view it provides of the Aglar River valley. You can camp at Thangdhar Camp which is 14 km from Dhanaulti and is considered as the best adventure camp here. Standing at an altitude of over 8000 feet,the place is picturesque with pine and deodar forests.
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