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. Situated on the Mussoorie - Chamba route, Dhanaulti is 25 kms. from Mussoorie.
Knowing for its natural elegance, Dhanaulti is a place where natural beauty rooms throughout the year. It gives you a warm feeling and priceless moments to spend untouched by the urbanization. It is a picturesque place with its verdant hills and beautiful forest. The climate in Dhanaulti is just wonderful throughout the year. This exotically beautiful hill station is an ideal and upcoming summer resort.
The snow clad mountain peaks in Dhanaulti are the piece of attraction. It showers the tourists with its natural artistry and exquisiteness all around the year. The best time to visit Dhanaulti is the summer season as it is much pleasant and agreeable in summer. In monsoon season, the mountains of Dhanaulti turn misty which adds wilderness to the already existing solitude. The greenery of Dhanaulti region in monsoon season is more tempting than ever. In winter this region receives snowfall.
It is an ideal weekend gateway to visit to escape the hot and sultry conditions of the plains. Dhanaulti is a popular excursion of Mussoorie, Chamba and Kanatal. It is a heavenly place with its natural splendor all around the year and offers you the esoteric feeling. The all embracing view of the splendid Himalayas and Bhagirathi valley are visible from Dhanaulti.
Moreover, the views of Bhagirathi valley and Gangotri-Yamunotri Glaciers are breathtaking. The hilly terrain provides a unique opportunity for trekking, mountain climbing and camping. It is linked with the major cities like Delhi and Dehradun where airports are located. It is facilitated with the large numbers of accommodation options. It can be also reached through road.
The main point of attraction in Dhanaulti is Echo Park, sunrise point, potato farm, surkanda Devi temple, Deogarh. The echo parks are developed by the forest department of Uttarakhand . You can also visit the adjoining village during the trek and nearby peaks such as Chamba, Mussoorie and Kanatal etc. Dhanulti is untouched from the rest of the world with its simplicity and oneness that will leave you in owe. The salubrious weather and calm surroundings add to the beauty of Dhanaulti which will make you more rejuvenate and relaxed after coming here.
Places of Interest In Dhanaulti:
ECO-Park : It is the main attraction of Dhanaulti. There are two Eco-parks, “Amber” and “Dhara” about 200 m apart. It has been developed recently by the Forest Department of Uttarakhand with the help of local youth.
Surkanda Devi Mandir : 8 kms from Dhanaulti, on the road towards Chamba lies the Surkanda Devi Temple, famous for its Ganga Dussehra fair in autumn.
Aaloo Khet : (Potato Farm)– a Government Potato Farm, also a popular sunrise view point.
Himalayan Weavers : Located on Mussoorie-Dhanaulti Road are the Himalayan Weavers who produce hand-woven shawls, stoles, scarves and throws using only natural dyes and wool, eri silk and pashmina.
Barehipani and Joranda Falls : Barehipani falls from height of 399mts and Joranda falls from 150mts. Both these waterfalls are situated in the core of Simlipal National Park.
Kanatal: Situated 15kms from Dhanaulti, Kanatal is emerging as a tourist destination. Kanatal is located on Mussoorie – Chamba Road in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state.
Barehipani & Joranda Falls These picturesque falls (Barehipani - 399m and Joranda - 150m) situated in the core area of Simlipal National Park.
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.
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.
Deogarh A 16th century magnificent fort, near Pratapgarh with some beautiful palaces ornate with murals and splendid 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.
Pradhanpat The Pradhanpat hill, with its picturesque waterfall, offers a rare scenic beauty.
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.
Excursions from Dhanaulti
Mussoorie Mussoorie is located in the Garhwal hills. Due to its immense natural beauty, Mussoorie is known as the queen of hill stations.
Surkhanda Devi Fair (10Km.)
The Surkhanda Devi Fair is held on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra, at the Surkhanda Devi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Chamba valley is also known as Ravi valley. The scenery is of a picturesque and varied character presenting many delightful sights.
New Tehri (37Km.)
The district head quarters of Tehri Garhwal, at New Tehri is a recent development. It will soon become an important center of attraction on the completion of the dam at Tehri, when the huge lake will become a picturesque spot. Facilities are being developed here.
How To Get There - Dhanaulti
By Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (82 kms). From here take a taxi to Dhanaulti or go to Dehradun and take bus.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Dehradun, 60 kms. From here one can drive up to Dhanaulti, or take a tourist taxi or bus.
By Road: Well connected to Dehradun (60 kms.). One can also easily take a bus or taxi to Dhanaulti from Delhi or neighbouring cities.