An Enviable Hideaway
Dhanaulti is fast emerging as a gem among the major travel destinations is Uttarakhand, on Mussoorie-Chamba road, at 2,250mt.above the sea level. It comes as a pleasant surprise for the weekend enthusiastic travellers, who find it more peaceful, more relaxing and serene. It’s a different experience altogether. Dhanaulti is away from the crowd, busy market places and pollution. Set amidst thick virgin forests Deodars, Oaks and Rhododendrons it’s an ideal location that insures absolute peace of mind and soul. The green meadows, towering trees, breathtaking view of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, make Dhanaulti an enviable hideaway for tourists.
The long wooded slopes, lazy outings, cool caressing breeze, warm and hospitable inhabitants, lovely pleasant weather and fabulous enchanting view of snow covered mountains makes it an ideal retreat for a relaxed holiday sojourn.
Dhanaulti is the base point for numerous treks into the snow capped Himalayas, especially to the Tehri region of Garhwal. The most popular treks are through the dense alpine forests that take you to Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri, the sacred three Shaktipeeths of the holy Devi Darshan Triangle.
It’s easy to let yourself surrender in the vicinity to Dhanaulti’s charms-just give youself a chance that will surely revive your entire experience!
Best time to visit Dhanaulti is between March and June.
What to See:
Dhanaulti is not a colonial town but it is a sleety hamlet, surrounded by towering mountains, tall trees and green valleys which reverberates the entire day with charm & happiness. Spend the whole day walking through the wildrness and tranquility –to soak the rejuvenating elixir of nature. Of course, If you’re bitten by
the adventure bug, you can trek, rock climb or enjoy camping to discover yourself in a new way.
Mussoorie: 25km from Dhanaulti, populary known as ‘The Queen of the Hills! Places of interest here are The Mall, Kempty Falls, Mussoorie Lake, Gun Hill, Jharipani Fall, etc.
Surkhanda Devi: The famous temple is at the top of the hill, at a distance of 9km from Dhanaulti situated at an altitude of 3,050mt. above the sea level. It’s a centre of great religious importance. Every year a fair is held on Ganga Dussehra (June), when thousands of pilgrims, congregate to pay their obeisance. A picturesque trekking path takes you to the temple complex.
Chamba: 31km from Dhanaulti, the town of Chamba, situated at a height of 1,676mt provides a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks and the Bhagirathi river. It’s also in the midst of an apple growing region. The serpentine road passes through breathtaking mountain ranges and fruit laden orchards. Both government or private accommodations are available in the town.
New Tehri: The newly constructed township is built around a mountain miracle overlooking, the massive Tehri dam, that has been built on the confluence of Bhilangana and Bhagirathi river. New Tehri town is a spectacular achievements as Asia’s most comprehensive resettlement exercise came into being with the submergence of old Tehri in water. It’s fast developing tourist destination.
Accommodation is available at hotels and GMVN Tourist Rest House.
Trekking Trails: Trek from Mussoorie to-Dhanaulti,a distance of 26km, through green valleys and misty mountain trails.
Contact ‘Himalayan Adventure Institute’, near Kempty Falls, Mussoorie, for guides and equipment.
How to Reach:
- Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun (82km). Taxis are available from the airport.
- Rail: The nearest railhead is Dehradun (168km).
- Road: Dehradun is well connected by roads. Take the Tehri bypass from Mussoorie and drive down the Mussoorie –Chamba road.
Where to Stay
- Forest Rest House
- GMVN Tourist Bungalow
- Dhanaulti Retreat
- Apple Orchard
- Crown Plaza Drive in Dhanaulti
- Himalaya Guest House
- And other private tourist resorts.