Kanatal is an unaffected and unpolluted tourist destination perched at an elevation of 8500mts above sea level. Kanatal is a picturesque lake with pristine natural water. Kanatal as a tourist destination was forgotten and it almost died, but the tourists have now started visiting Kanatal and explore its hidden beauty. The stagnant water of this prestigious lake is situated amidst alpine forest and lush fruit orchards. The peacefulness of this place is impregnable, the reflection of the enchanting surroundings blesses the place with illusionary elements of life and the sound of the wind is the only thing that could be listened without making an effort. Kanatal is unlike other hill stations as it well connected with roads but remote in its own way. The scenic beauty od this place showers us with peace and tranquility.
Location of Kanatal
Kanatal is located 17kms from Chamba on the road connecting Chamba from Mussoorie. Kanatal is situated at a breath taking altitude of 8500ft above sea level. Kanatal is situated at a distance of 312kms from Delhi and 36kms from Mussoorie. The view of the splendid Himalayan range is invigorating from Kanatal.
What to do in Kanatal
Walk in the shades of the skyhigh trees and enjoy small picnics in the destinations you like. Spend quality time with your loved ones here. Do meditation and yoga, write poems and do creative work as quite places like Kanatal helps in concentration. Enhance your photography skills and capture some unforgettable moments of your life. Travel to the nearby popular excursions of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state.
Excursions from Kanatal
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.
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 36km from Kanatal 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.
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 17kms from Kanatal 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.
Rishikesh: Rishikesh is an ideal spot for white water rafting and camping on the river beach. Rishikesh comer under the shivalik range of the Himalayas and the place is also the home of numerous temples. It is one of the busiest places of Uttarakhand where lakhs of tourists visit every month throughout the year. It is situated 75kms from Kanatal.
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. Tehri Garhwal is situated 35kms from Kanatal.
Dhanaulti: Dhanaulti is situated on the misty mountains amidst dense alpine, oak and rhododendron forests in the Tehri District of Uttarakhand state at an elevation of 2286mts. 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. Dhanaulti is situated 22kms from Kanatal on Mussoorie - Chamba Road.
Accomodations Hotels in Kanatal
Kanatal Resort, The Terraces, The Hermitage are the only three quality hotels and resorts at Kanatal. Kanatal Resort is the best amongst all three of these hotels. Other good hotels in the nearby region are situated in Dhanaulti and Chamba.
Best time to visit Kanatal
You can visit Kanatal anytime throughout the year as the place has salubrious climate all around. Carry light woolens while a visit in summers and heavy woolens if you are planning a visit to Kanatal during winters. You can be blessed with snowfall at Kanatal in January and February. Monsoon months receive heavy rainfall to nourish the greenery of this region making it a must watch destination.
How to reach Kanatal
By Air: The nearest airport to Kanatal is Jolly Grant situated near Dehradun. The distance from Jolly Grant Airport to Kanatal is 92kms which can be covered within 3 hours of time. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport.
By Rail: There are two railheads connected with Kanatal one is situated at Dehradun and the other is Rishikesh. Dehradun is 85kms from Kanatal and the distance from Rishikesh to Kanatal is 75kms. Taxis and buses are available from both these destinations.
By Road: Kanatal is well connected by metallic roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. The distance from Delhi to Kanatal is 312kms. Kanatal is situated 36kms from Mussoorie and 12kms from Chamba. Buses to Rishikesh and Mussoorie are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate and you can easily get local transport to Kanatal from there. You can reach Kanatal by a 7-8 hour drive from Delhi.