Dhanaulti – an icy heaven is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction in Uttrakhand. It is on the Mussoorie-Chamba road which makes it easily accessible and is perfect for tourists who are looking to spend a peaceful weekend in the lap of nature away from the hustle bustle of the city life. Spend a fun day in Dhanaulti eco-parks- the forest department of Uttrakhand has developed two eco parks “Amber” and “Dhara” which showcases patches of preserved and protected forest land with deodar tress. Tourists wanting to experience raw beauty of Dhanaulti can spend a serene evening taking casual walks and small hikes in these parks. It is a must visit for families and kids. Soak in the history at Deogarh fort-this 16th century fort is one of the most visited places in Dhanaulti especially by history lovers. It is one of the 52 forts in Uttrakhand and is known for well decorated palaces with murals and Jain temples. Seek blessings at Surkanda Devi temple- this temple is dedicated to goddess Parvati and is also one of the shaktipeeths. Situated at a height of 10000 ft, it is thronged by religious devotees and also people who love to trek as the way to reach the temple is through a 1.5km trek passing through Kaddukhal village. Camping at Thangdhar- for tourists who are nature and adventure lovers, Camp Thangadhar in Kanatal is a must visit. It offers a perfect balance of outdoor adventure activities like river crossing, rock climbing and relaxing activities like stargazing and bird watching. The packages begin from INR 1500.
Places To See In Dhanaulti
Matatila dam- the view of green garden surrounding the snow capped Dhanaulti hills makes Matilda dam a perfect picnic spot. For people looking for some adventure, water sports are also available at this scenic spot. Chanderi- for people who would love to visit the bygone era of Mughal’s, a visit to Chanderi town is a must. The architecture reminds of Rajput and Mughal era. Some of the must see places in this small town are Badal Mahal, Victory Arch and Koshak Mahal. Barehipani falls- located at a height of 400mts, these falls in Simplipal National Park and are a must visit for families and honeymooners. This fall originates from Budhabalanga River and is known for its mesmerizing beauty. Aaloo Khet- also known as the sunrise point, these potato farms are a joint venture of the farmers and the government and is a must visit for photography lovers and kids especially.
Food And Shopping In Dhanaulti
There are not many options when it comes to eating out in Dhanaulti. The small and big restaurants serve North Indian, Chinese, continental and Garhwali delicacies at a reasonable price. The food has a fresh feel to it as the products used are locally grown. Apple Orchard Resort and Crown plaza offer quality food and great ambience. SHOPPING
The take away from Dhanaulti are fresh apples, locally made handicrafts, woolen garments and stoles made of silk, wool and natural dyes. Dhanaulti road is the best place for shopping products made by the locals. For buying fresh juices and jams, apple orchid resort is the place to go.
How Reach To Dhanaulti Place
Buses connect Dhanaulti, which is on the Mussoorie-Chamba road to other major cities like Mussoorie, Roorkee, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Nainital and Dehradun. Regular buses move from ISBT Kashmiri Gate Delhi move to Tehri and other nearby places to Dhanaulti. BY TAXI
Roads are well constructed and regular cab services are available which connect Dhanaulti with major cities in Uttrakhand and other nearby states. BY TRAIN
Dehradun 60kms and Rishikesh 80 km are the nearest railway stations to Dhanaulti. Shatabdi express trains run from Delhi to Dehradun. Regular buses and cabs are available from the station the hill station. BY AIR
Jolly grant airport in Dehradun is located around 80 kms away from this hill station and is the nearest airport. Regular flights operate from Delhi international airport and Jolly Grant Airport. There are regular buses and cabs available from the airport to the hill station.
NEAREST AIRPORT- Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun DISTANCE FROM NEARBY PLACES DHANAULTI TO MUSSOORIE- 31 KM DHANAULTI TO TEHRI- 41 KM DHANAULTI TO KANPUR- 740 KM DHANAULTI TO MEERUT- 230 KM DHANAULTI TO SIMLA- 280 KM DHANAULTI TO DELHI- 302 KM