Dhanaulti is a fast emerging Tourist destination in Uttarakhand. It is a famous hill station on the Mussoorie-Chamba Road. It is a magical destination at an altitude of 2286 metres above the sea level. It offers elegant views of the beautiful snowy peaks of Himalayas. If you want to visit a peaceful place far from crowd, noise and pollution, then this is the ideal place where you can relax and enjoy the weekend. The best time to visit Dhanaulti is March to June.
The nearest airport from Dhanaulti is Jolly Grant Airport, 82 km and the nearest railway station is Dehradun, 66 km. The taxi services are available from both Dehradun railway Station and Jolly Grant Airport. The prepaid cabs are also available. Dhanaulti is 325 km from Delhi. You can reach this place by 8-9 hours’ drive from Delhi. The uphill ride is a scenic journey. You can also avail bus from Delhi.
Dhanaulti is a place where you will be captivated by the beauty of green meadows amidst the forests of Oaks, Deodars and Rhododendrons. Apart from these towering trees and the splendid view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks attract tourists to Dhanaulti. The summer is enjoyable here. In winter the scenic beauty of snow-covered trees, mountain peaks and Gangotri-Yamunotri Glaciers are amazing. The heavy snowfall in winters attracts tourists to enjoy the mesmerising beauty of Dhanaulti. You can visit Dhanaulti in both summer and winter.
Camping and Adventure:
Swiss Cottage Camps at the Kanatal Adventure Camp
Dhanaulti is a fairy-land for tourists. The tourists prefer to stay in the camps under the sky. These tents are available for rent or tourists can carry their own. In Dhanaulti tourists also prefer hiking to enjoy the serene beauty of nature. There are Camp Thangdhar and Kanatal adventure camps. The Outdoor and indoor activities along with the bonfire, barbeque is a fantastic experience.
Dhanaulti offers activities full of adventure for the tourists. You can go for mountain climbing, sky-walks, Zip-line, mountain biking, rappelling and valley crossing. These activities are perfect for the tourists who love adventure. Dhanaulti is a point from where you can trek to three sacred Shaktipeeth of Devi known as Devi Darshan Triangle, i.e. Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadni, Kunjapuri. Tourists also climb to the Tehri region of Garhwal.
The main attractions in Dhanaulti are:
There are two Eco-Parks-‘Amber’ and ‘Dhara’ developed by the forest department of Uttarakhand. It covers a small Deodar forest. Tourists can enjoy adventure sports like horse riding, walking over the Burma Bridge, Flying Fox etc. The tourists can plant a sapling here in the memory of their dear ones as a part of memory sapling plantation. There are Eco-friendly Eco-Huts run by the Mussoorie Forest Department.
Surkanda Devi Temple:
This temple is eight km from Dhanaulti. You can reach this temple by a trek on foot. This trek offers the splendid scenic beauty of mountains.The main festival is Ganga Dussehra fair in the autumn.
Government Potato Farm or Aaloo Khet:
This Aaloo Khet is a joint initiative of Government and the private farmers. The vast land with the step cultivation of potatoes is a tourist attraction in Dhanaulti. This farm is also a favourite point to see the Sunrise.
Located at the distance of 16 kilometres from Dhanaulti, there is a dried-up pristine water lake. It is near Surkanda Devi temple.It is now a very famous tourist destination for its Swiss Eco-Camps.
You can also visit Mussoorie, Chamba, Tehri dam etc. from Dhanaulti. Mussoorie is known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’ and one of the most visited hill station in India. Chamba is another beautiful location near Dhanaulti. The magnificent view of Himalayan peaks, Bhagirathi River, the greenery of Pine and Deodar trees are hard to miss.
The hotel, resort, guest house, cottage, tent and eco-camps are readily available in Dhanaulti. There are many restaurants, and the food is palatable.
The main attraction for shoppers is a shop of Himalayan Weavers, eight km from Mussoorie and just on the Mussoorie-Dhanaulti Road. You can find here hand-woven shawls, scarfs, pashmina, stole and Eri silk etc. In this place, you can buy the local high-quality handloom products. The use of natural dyes and natural fibres made these products unique.