Misty mountains, pleasant weather and romantic strolls down winding paths- If this is your idea of a relaxing vacation then by all means, check out Dhanaulti. A beautiful small town near Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is known more as a pit-stop for those exploring other attractions in Uttarakhand. However, it can actually be a good place to enjoy a truly calming holiday, situated 2286 m high and dotted with cute cafes and a multitude of other attractions.
How To Reach Dhanaulti?
Wondering how to reach Dhanaulti? The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun which is approximately 83 kilometres away. The Rishikesh Railway Station is also located 83 kilometres away from Dhanaulti while the Dehradun Railway Station is around 60 kilometres away from the area.
There are buses going to Dehradun, Rishikesh and Mussoorie from Delhi as well. Hop onto one of these since you can easily take a cab from any one of these popular hill stations to access Dhanaulti.
Best Time To Visit Dhanaulti
Dhanaulti is best enjoyed in the months between March and June every year since you get lovely views of the mountains and clear skies. The weather is really comfortable and it will be more convenient in terms of traveling to popular tourist places from here.
Places To Visit In Dhanaulti
Dhanaulti is home to several landmarks and some of these include the following:
1. Surkanda Devi Temple
This temple is one of the top religious landmarks in the area and is located 10,000 feet high, dedicated to Goddess Parvati. One of the Shakti Piths, this temple is also favoured by trekkers since there is an adventurous trek spanning 1.5 km from the Kaddukhal Village.
2. Dashavatar Temple
Talk of the historical significance of the place which is supposedly one of North India’s earliest Panchayatan temples. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is famous for its beautiful panels and mythological inscriptions on the walls.
3. Deogarh Fort
Picture an imposing fort, regal palaces, breath-taking murals and pristine Jain temples. You have the Deogarh Fort which is a photographer’s paradise and one of the best places to visit in Dhanaulti.
4. Dhara and Amber Eco Parks
These two eco parks have beautifully maintained gardens along with surrounding cedar and deodar trees which combine to create a spectacular ambience. These are ideal options for lazy walks, picnics and having fun with near and dear ones.
5. Potato Farm/Aloo Khet
A unique attraction but enticing nonetheless, this is basically a huge tract of land where you will see the most potatoes you have ever seen in a lifetime! This farmland has now become a tourist spot in Dhanaulti and gives you Instagram worthy photos as well!
6. Dhanaulti Adventure Park
For jaw-dropping views of the Himalayan mountain range, this is the place to be. Of course, adventure junkies can indulge in guided treks to Surkanda Devi and Top Niba or opt for rappelling, mountain biking, camping and horse riding.
7. Tehri Dam
Another spot that is out of a picture postcard, the Tehri Dam is ideal for a day trip with its lovely gardens and gorgeous views.
8. Chanderi Town
Another day trip marvel, Chanderi Town will bowl you over with its architectural marvels such as the Koshak Mahal, Badal Mahal and Victory Arch among others.
Bonus Attraction- Apple Orchard Resort and The Glasshouse Restaurant
The Apple Orchard Resort is where you can gleefully indulge in picking up the choicest organic vegetables and fruits from the orchard while taking some great snaps at the same time. Once you’re done, sit down for a lip-smacking Garhwali meal at the Glasshouse Restaurant which offers amazing views of the hills and valleys.
This experience truly encapsulates the essence of Dhanaulti- relaxed, undisturbed, serene and attractive. Planning a trip to Dhanaulti is definitely what you need, i.e. oxygen for not just your body but also your soul!
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