Dhanaulti is set on the misty mountains amidst dense alpine, oak and rhododendron forests in the Tehri District of Uttarakhand state. Dhanulti is also written as Dhanolti sometimes. Dhanaulti is very near to famous tourist spots like Mussoorie, Tehri and Chamba and Dhanaulti itself is earning a good name as a tourist destination because of its serene natural beauty. The pleasant weather, wooded slopes, invigorating vies of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas adds peace and tranquility for the tourists visiting Dhanaulti. As Mussoorie has become crowded, many tourists love to retreat to Dhanaulti. This place has become honeymooner’s favourite as the place offers misty environment with caressing breeze in the shadowy slopes of the alpine and oak trees. Long walks in the woods of Dhanaulti can shower u with lots of ideas if you are an artist or creative person and it could also help you in finding yourself. Dhanaulti is set at an altitude of 2286mts above sea level. Dhanaulti offers several trekking spots and famous excursions offering panoramic scenic vistas of the nature. Dhanaulti is unlike other hill stations as it is set in a quiet and serene place away from the boisterous places. Dhanaulti offers luxury hotels and budget hotels as well. The place has GMVN tourist Bungalow and other private hotels which guarantee you a comfortable stay and quality food.
Location of Dhanaulti
Dhanaulti is situated 24kms from Mussoorie and 30kms from Chamba on Mussoorie - Chamba Road. Dhanaulti is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas of Tehri District of Uttarakhand state of Northern India. It is situated at an elevation of 2286mts above sea level affording enchanting views. Dhanaulti is often considered as a weekend getaway from Delhi as it is situated 325kms from Delhi.
Places to see in Dhanaulti
Mussoorie: Mussoorie is a hill station which needs no introduction as it is one of the most frequently visited hill station of India. Mussoorie is visited by lakhs of tourists throughout the year. Mussoorie is set in the foothills of Himalayas in the Dehradun district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand state. Mussoorie is situated 25km from Dhanulti and is set at an elevation of 2005mts above sea level. The place is situated amidst green hills and is rich in varied flora and fauna that’s why Mussoorie is also known as ‘queen of the hills’. Kempty Falls, the mall road, Bhatta falls, Gunhill and Lal Tibba are some of the popular places nearby Mussoorie.
New Tehri: It is the only planned town of Uttarakhand state made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. Tehri dam is one of the largest and highest dams of Asia continent.
Chamba: Chamba is one of the best excursions of Dhanaulti as the place offers panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range and the sacred view of the Bhagirathi River. Chamba is situated 30 kms from Dhanaulti at an altitude of 1676mts above sea level. Chamba is unlike Mussoorie as the place provides peace and tranquility. The place is quite and serene with pine and deodar trees everywhere.
Barehipani and Joranda Falls: Barehipani and Joranda are the two picturesque and popular waterfalls of Dhanaulti. The height of Barehipani falls is 400mts and Joranda Falls from 150mts of height. These falls are situated in the heart of the Simlipal National Park. The place is an ideal spot for family picnics and honeymooner’s getaway.
Dashavatar Temple: Dashavatar Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu which was built by the Gupta Empire. The temple is also considered as the earliest known Panchyatan temple of North India. The temple is adorned with skillfully sculpted panels. The side-walls have 3 carved panels depicting Vaishnava mythology. The Gajendramoksha panel, the Nar Narayan Tapasya and the Anantshayi Vishnu, depict scenes from the Vaishnava mythology.
Deogarh Fort: Deogarh Fort is one of the most popular forts in the area which was built in the 16th century near Pratapgarh. The fort is one of the 52 garhs or 52 forts of Uttarakhand state. The fort comprises of ornamented palaces, and artistic Jain temples.
Matatila Dam: Matatila Dam serves as a popular picnic spot which is located amidst the hills of Dhanaulti. This place offers panoramic views and water sports activities.
Jain Temples: The place has numerous Jain temples situated inside the Kanali fort of Dhanaulti hills. From 6th to 17th century this region served as the Jain centre and during this period 31 Jain temples were built here. The temples depicts scenes from Jain mythology, Tirthankara images, votive pillars, votive tablets, Jain images visible from all sides and pillars carved with a thousand Jain figures.
Surkanda Devi Trek: Surkanda Devi is an ancient shrine located near Dhanaulti dedicated to Sati – Wife of Lord Shiva. This sacred temple is set at an astounding altitude of 3030mts above sea level. The deity of this temple is the Shankar's consort - Sati and one can reach there through 2 km easy trek. The trek to Surkanda Devi goes through dense forest which is rich in varied flora and fauna. The trek affords panoramic views of snow clad peaks of the splendid Himalayan range. According to myths and legends the head of the charred body of Goddess Sati fell here when Lord Shiva was taking her remains along with him after she give her life in the yajna started by her father. The temple holds immense importance amongst the people of Uttarakhand state and other nearby regions. The temple is situated 9kms from Dhanaulti.
What to do in Dhanaulti
Explore the unexplored beauty of Dhanaulti and its excursions. Visit nearby ancient temples. Do photography. Walk in the woods. Carry raincoats with yourself as the weather is unpredictable there. Do bring back all the polythene bags if you took some of them while trekking as throwing them anywhere would harm the beauty of such a heavenly place.
Accomodations Hotels in Dhanaulti
Dhanaulti offers good places to stay at Hotel Drive Inn Dhanaulti, The Signature Crest, GMVN Tourist Bungalow, Dhanaulti Crown Plaza and Whispering Pines Nature Camps.
Best time to visit Dhanaulti
Dhanaulti showers tourists with natural beauteousness throughout the year. During summers the place acts as a relief for the tourists coming from hectic city schedules and sultry conditions of the plains. During winters the place is blessed with sheets of white snow with temperature falling around zero. Even though the monsoon offers beautiful greenery, people try to avoid this season because of the chances of blocking and breaking of roads due to landslides.
How to reach Dhanaulti
By Road: Dhanaulti is well connected with motorable roads from major destinations of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state like Chamba, Mussoorie, Tehri etc. Dhanaulti is situated 325km from Delhi which can be covered in 8-9 hours drive. Taxis and buses are easily available from Mussoorie, Chamba, Landour and Tehri.
By Air: Jolly grant is the nearest airport situated 82kms from Dhanaulti. Taxis are available from the airport.
By Rail: Nearest railway stations from Dhanaulti are Rishikesh and Dehradun where Dehradun is situated 58kms and Rishikesh is located 84kms from Dhanaulti.