Dhanaulti, located amidst thick, virgin forests of deodar,
rhododendron and oak has an atmosphere of perfect peace &
tranquility. The long wooded slopes, lazy outings, cool caressing
breeze, warm and hospitable inhabitants, lovely weather and
fabulous view of snow covered mountains makes it an ideal
retreat for a relaxed holiday. Dhanaulti is away from the
crowd, busy market places and pollution. The green meadows,
towering trees, breathtaking view of the snow-capped Himalayan
peaks, make Dhanaulti an enviable hideaway. Dhanaulti, a dreamy,
misty mountain retreat in the Garhwal Hills, makes a wonderful
holiday getaway, just 24 km away from Mussoorie, on Mussoorie
- Chamba road, at 2,250 m above the sea level. It comes as
a pleasant surprise for the weekend travelers, who find it
more peaceful and more relaxing. It's a different experience
Thing to do
Ranikhet is an ideal spot for Trekking. Located on the Mussoorie-Chamba
track, Dhanaulti is the launching 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 of the holy Devi Darshan triangle. The temple
of Surkanda Devi, 10 km from Dhanaulti is perched high on
a mountain and there is a 2 km uphill trek from the tiny village
of Kaddu Khal to get here.
Prime Attractions in Dhanaulti Hills Dhanaulti is a small
hill station. The town provides a panoramic view of the lush
green hilly environs. Travelers can enjoy the scenic beauty
of this place by taking a walk around. Today, the Dhanaulti
is very rich in tourist spots. A nature lover's paradise,
the famous hill resort of Dhanaulti offers a lot of sites
Few of them are -
Dashavatar Temple, this fine Gupta temple
dedicated to Lord Vishnu is the earliest known Panchyatan
temple in north India. The terraced basement above the high
plinth is decorated with sculpted panels. The figures of Ganga
and Yamuna adorn the carved doorway leading to the sanctum
sanctorum. Three large carved panels along the side-walls
- the Gajendramoksha panel, the Nar Narayan Tapasya and the
Anantshayi Vishnu, depict scenes from Vaishnava mythology.
Only the lower portion remains, of the spire, which was the
most important part of the temple.
Chanderi, this town, famous for its gossamer-like
sarees, also has fine examples of Rajput and Sultanate architecture.
A magnificent Mughal Fort dominates the skyline. Among the
interesting sites are the Koshak Mahal, the Badal mahal, Victory
Arch, Jama Masjid and ancient Jain temples.
Jain Temples, these 31 Jain temples were
built much after the Vishnu Temple, but are no less remarkable.
They are situated inside the fort of Kanali on the hills,
overlooking the Betwa. The site was a Jain centre from the
6th to the 17th century. The temples abound in panels depicting
scenes from Jain mythology, Tirthankara images, votive pillars,
votive tablets, Jain images visible from all sides and pillars
carved with a thousand Jain figures.
Matatila Dam, this is an ideal picnic spot
developed by the Irrigation Department. Water-sports and a
garden on the lines of the Vrindavan gardens are added attractions.
Talbehat, 31 km south of Lalitpur, Talbehat
is situated on the Jhansi-Sagar National Highway. It derived
its name from Tal (Lake) and Behat (village), in the language
of Gonds, the original settlers at the site. In 1618, Bharat
Shah, the king of Bar and Chanderi built a fine fort with
the famous Narsingh temple inside.
And the other, excursions from Dhanaulti Hills are -
Mussoorie 24 kms. From Dhanaulti, popularly
known as 'The Queen of the Hills. Places of interest : The
Mall, Kemty Falls, Mussoorie lake, Gun Hill, Jharipani Fall,
Surkhanda Devi, the famous temple is at the
of a hill, at a distance of 9 kms. from Dhanaulti, at an altitude
of 3,050 mtrs. Above the sea l evel, it's a center 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
Chamba, The town of Chamba is just 31 km
from Dhanaulti, at a height of 1,676 m. 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 breathtakingmountain ranges and fruit
laden orchards. Government and Private accommodations are
available in the town.
New Tehri, the new township is built around
a mountain miracle, the massive dam, that has been built on
the Bhagirathi River. New Tehri town is a spectacular achievement
as Asia's most comprehensive resettlement exercise. It's fast
developing into a tourist destination.
Best Time to Visit : In Summer - April to
In Winter - November to February.
How to reach
Dhanaulti Hills can be easily accessed through air or road.
By Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun
By Rail: Closest railhead is 66 km away,
also at Dehradun.
By Road: Well connected to Dehradun (60 kms.),
Delhi (325 kms.) & Rishikesh (107 kms.)
So, what are you waiting for.. Just pack your bags and Get
going for the most adventurous vacation of your lifetime in
Dhanaulti with us.