Dhanaulti is fast emerging as a gem among the major travel destination in Uttarakhand, on Mussoorie-Chamba road at 2250 m above sea level.
It comes as a pleasant surprise for the weekend enthusiastic travelers who find it more peaceful more relaxing and serene. It’s a different experience altogether.
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 yourself a chance that will surely revive your entire experience! Best time to visit Dhanaulti is between March and June.
Dhanaulti is not a colonial town but it is a sleepy hamlet, surrounded by towering mountains, tall trees and green valleys which reverberate the entire day with charm and happiness. Spend the whole day walking through the wilderness and tranquility to soak the rejuvenating elixir of nature. Of course, if you are bitten by the adventure bug, you can trek, rock climb or enjoy camping to discover yourself in new ways.
Places around Dhanaulti
Mussoorie: 25 kms from Dhanaulti, popularly known as The Queen of the Hills, Mussoorie is a perfect destination for nature lovers. Places of interest here are The Mall, Kempty Falls, Mussoorie Lake, Gun Hill and Jharipani Fall.
Surkanda Devi: The famous temple of Surkanda Devi is located atop a hill at an altitude of 3050 m, 9 kms from Dhanaulti. It’s a centre of great religious significance. Every year a fair is held on Ganga Dusshera (June) when thousands of pilgrims congregate to pay their obeisance. A picturesque trekking path takes you to the temple complex.
Chamba: 31 kms from Dhanaulti, the town of Chamba, situated at an altitude of 1676 m provides a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks and the Bhagirathi river. The serpentine road passes through breathtaking mountain ranges and fruit laden orchards. Both government and private accommodations are available in Chamba.
New Tehri: The newly constructed township is built around a mountain miracle overlooking the massive Tehri Dam, which has been built on the confluence of Bhilangana and Bhagirathi rivers. New Tehri town is a spectacular achievement as Asia’s most comprehensive resettlement exercise came into being with the submergence of old Tehri.