Dhanaulti is a hill station 24 km from Mussoorie, and 29 km from Chamba and New Tehri. This beautiful picnic spot with perfect climate and serene landscapes make it a perfect holiday getaway.
Dhanaulti is a scenic hill town with lush green hills, varied flora and fauna and the majestic view of the Shivalik Mountain ranges. Thousands of Tourist visit this beautiful hill station every year.
It is a beautiful and quite place to visit during the weekends. Have a walk in the quite oak and deodar forests and forget your worldly tensions.
Please keep Dhanaulti clean and be it a small effort towards Mother Nature and the future from you.
Dhanaulti lies in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. It spreads over 6.5 sq km at an altitude of approx 2290 meters from sea level. It is surrounded by Shivalik Ranges in the south and the Doon Valley in the north. Dhanaulti is surrounded by dense Sal, Coniferous, Rhododendron, Oak and Deodar forests and huge mountains snowy mountain peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas namely Banderpooch, Swargrohini, Gangotri Group, Yamunotri and Nanda Devi are clearly visible from here.
The population of Tehri Garhwal according to the 2011 census was 16,98,560 in which The Dhanolti village has population of 346 of which 228 are males while 118 are females. The literacy rate of is about 91.61 percent. Hindus form the majority of people in Dhanaulti and Garhwali is the major languages spoken by the people. Other languages spoken in the region is Hindi. People of all religion live together in peace and close harmony with each other.
Almost all Hindu festivals are celebrated here in Dhanaulti. The Garhwal festivals and celebrated here in full traditional methods.
Dhanaulti is around 218 km from Delhi, 49 km from Rishikesh and 84 km from Haridwar and 65 km from Dehradun city and can be easily reached from the mentioned places. The Dhanolti village follows the Panchyati Raj Act, and is headed by a Sarpanch who is elected by the villagers every 5 years.
Dhanaulti has a favourable climate so summers are cool and winters colder. Dhanaulti receive snowfall during the winter during the months between December and February. Dhanaulti can be visited any time of the year..
Dhanaulti a sleepy hamlet in the peaks of the Garhwal mountains is now slowly developing into a tourist hill station. It has it proximity with the queen of hills and also receives a decent amount of snowfall during the winter. The magnificent views of the mountains, valleys and a serenity of this beautiful place will surely make you feel one with nature.
Dhanaulti is a great place to relax and spend your vacation in the lap of mother nature. It also has a lot of hotels and resorts which provide modern amenities and can easily take care of the travellers needs.
Surkanda devi temple is one of the main attractions of Dhanaulti. This temple is dedicated to Sati Devi. Legendary belief is that Lord Shankar carried Sati Devi's dead body from Haridwar and travelled to Kailash. The temple is located where the head of the Goddess was fallen.
From Dhanaulti, on the road towards Chamba lies the Surkanda Devi Temple. One has to take a 2km trek to reach the temple. The trek is quite scenic and the end of the trek provides a spectacular view of the Gadhwal Himalayas.
Eco Park is a jointly developed park by the forest division of Garhwal and the locals of Dhanaulti. The park is a forest conserved area amidst lofty green deodar trees. There are two parks Amber and Dhara are about 250 mts apart from each other. The park is a good place to spend some quality time and also has a separate playing area from small kids. These parks are also an government initiative to provide employment to local people of the villages in Dhanaulti. Plant a small tree sampling here in the name of your loved once here.
The Devi Darshan Triangle are the three temples around Dhanaulti they are the Surkanda Devi temple, Chandrabadni temple and Kunjapuri temple. If you feel religious the Devi Darshan Triangle is a must visit for you.
The two other temples Kunjapuri Devi and Chandrabadni Devi Temple are also a part of the 52 Shaktipeeth temples in India.
The three sidhpeeths are on top of a hill in a triangular form and are visible from the top of any of the temples.
presenting a panoramic view the mighty garhwal himalayasA must visit and the temples too provide a panoramic view of Garhwal.
The potato farm developed by the Government which is also a sunrise view point is also one of the attractions here. The potato farms are about 1 km from the main market. The fields are developed with a joint effort of the government and the local farmers. The pahadi allu is a less sweet variety of potatoes which usually grow in the cold areas of Garhwal and are a huge demands in the plains and other parts of the country. A large amount of potatoes is produced here and is supplied to many places outside the state of Uttarakhand.
You can also hire a horse ride here to go around the potato farms.
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Nature Walks and village Walks trips can be undertaken to any small nearby village in Dhanaulti. You can also educate yourself of the simple yet tough life of the hilly people of Garhwal.
Bird Watching can be undertaken by bird lovers around here. There are a large varieties of birds which live here in the deodar and pine forests.
Trek - Devi Darshan Triangle Route. For the trekking enthusiast this is a great route to trek through.
The treks are through the dense alpine forests that take you to Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri Temples.
From Hindolakhal - 3 kms trek to Kunjapuri.
From Kaddukhal - 3 kms trek to Surkanda Devi.
From Chandrabadni via Deoprayag - 2 kms trek to Chandrabadni temple.
Good Food in Dhanaulti can be found in the resort and hotels here. There are no restaurants as such. The small roadside dhabas usually serve alu parathas and tea only.
For shopping in Dhanaulti you can easily find hand-woven shawls, stoles, scarves and throws using only natural dyes and wool here made by the local weavers. You can also buy some local fresh fruits and some pahadi potatoes in the local market here.
Image courtesy - Trek Earth Dhanaulti