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DHANAULTI (INDIA)

STATE :- Uttarakhand

 

DISTANCE

  • From Delhi (325km)
  • From Dehradun (60km)

 

CONNECTION
  • AIR : The nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, 82 km away. From here take a taxi to Dhanaulti or go to Dehradun and take bus.
  • RAIL : The nearest railway head is at Dehradun, 66 km away. From here you can drive up to Dhanaulti, or take a tourist taxi or bus.
  • ROAD : It is 325 km from Delhi, an approximately 8-9 hrs drive and 25 km by road from Mussoorie. You can also easily take a bus or taxi to Dhanaulti from Delhi or neighbouring cities.

 

ABOUT DHANAULTI

Dhanaulti, amidst thick forests of oak, deodar, pine and rhododendron, is a perfect destination to retreat from the maddening crowds of big cities. Nestled in Garhwal Himalayas, Dhanaulti is a treat to the soul that seeks serenity and tranquility.

Dhanaulti is not like any other commercialized hill station of India. It is away from noise and crowd of usual hill destinations. There are a number of beautiful fruit orchards in and around Dhanaulti that one can visit either trekking or on horseback.

Dhanaulti can be visited all through the year; however, monsoon season must be avoided as one can be marooned due to occasional land slides in this area during heavy rains.

 

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN DHANAULTI
    Mussoorie: Mussoorie is popularly known as the queen of hill stations. It is an ideal retreat for nature lovers and travelers. New Tehri: The New Tehri is a recent development. It will soon become an important center of attraction as the dam at Tehri completes, when the huge lake will become a picturesque spot. Chamba: Situated at a height of about 1676m the upcoming township of Chamba gives a panoramic view of the Himalayas and Bhagirathi valley from above. Barehipani and Joranda Falls: Barehipani and Joranda Falls are counted amongst the most popular attractions of Dhanaulti. The height of the former is around 400 m, while the latter comes cascading down from an altitude of 150 m.

 

RELIGIOUS PLACES
  • Surkhanda Devi Temple : Situated at an altitude of about 3000 meters above the sea level, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Surkhanda Devi temple is one of the most revered temples of this region. It is believed that after Goddess Parvati became a sati, her head fell at this location where the temple stands today.
  • Surkhanda Devi : The temple of Surkanda Devi nestles on the top of the mountain at an altitude of about 2,903m above sea level. Thickly draped by dense forests Surkhanda Devi is place of great religious implication. A fair is held every year on "Ganga Dussehra" (May-June) in which thousands of people participate.
  • Dash avatar Temple : Dashavatar Temple, belonging to the time of the Gupta Empire, is the earliest known Panchyatan temple in North India. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple boasts of terraced basement, adorned with skillfully sculpted panels. On the doorway of the sanctum sanctorum, one finds the carvings of Ganga and Yamuna. The side-walls have 3 carved panels depicting Vaishnava mythology.
  • Jain Temples : There are as many as 31 Jain temples situated inside the Kanali fort, on the Dhanaulti Hills. The place served as a Jain center from the 6th to the 17th century and this is when the temples were built. The temples stands festooned with panels depicting scenes from Jain mythology, Tirthankara images, votive pillars, votive tablets, Jain images and pillars carved with a thousand Jain figures.

 

WHEN TO GO DHANAULTI
  • Dhanaulti is at its best in summers, from March to June and again in winters, from November to February. The summer temperatures hover between 31° C and7.5° C and winter temperatures hover between 8° C and 1° C. Summers and winters are the peak seasons so book your hotel in advance.
  • Winters witness heavy snowfall and so carry heavy woolens. Dhanaulti serves as a base for trekking, hiking and camping and so the summer and the winter months are very suitable for these activities. The lush environment of the lazy hill spot with lofty mountains, gorgeous valleys and the green meadows is perfect for both nature lovers and adventurous buffs.
  • Monsoons, July to September, should be best avoided as the mountains turn misty and often the region gets secluded.

 

WEATHER
  • The summer temperatures in the town range from 31°C to 7.5°C
  • winter temperatures remain between 7°C and 1°C

 

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

The Surkhanda Devi Fair is held on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra. It is held at the Surkhanda Devi Temple and dedicated to the much-revered Goddess Durga.

 

FOODS AND RESTAURANTS IN DHANAULTI

Food options are very limited here as you will primarily get only Indian, Mughlai, and Chinese food. My advice for you is to go for Indian food only. There are few restaurants in the market which serve all these specialties. Tadka Daal-Haandi of Hill.

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