Dhanaulti is fast emerging as a gem among the major travel destinations in Uttarakhand. It is on Mussoorie – Chamba road, at an altitude of 2,250 m.It comes as a pleasant surprise for the enthusiastic weekend travellers, who find it peaceful, relaxed and laid-back. It’s a different experience altogether.
Dhanaulti is away from the crowds, busy market places and pollution. Set amidst thick virgin forests of Deodars, Oaks and Rhododendrons, it is an ideal location that ensures absolute peace of mind and soul. The green meadows, towering trees, breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks, make Dhanaulti an enticing hideaway for tourists.
Dhanaulti is the base point for numerous treks into the snow-capped Himalayas, especially to the Tehri region of Garhwal. The most popular treks are through the dense alpine forests that take you to Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri, the sacred three Shaktipeeths of the holy Devi Darshan triangle.Best time to visit Dhanaulti is between March and June.
District: Tehri Garhwal
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Garhwali, Hindi
Best Season: Sep – Jun
Weather: Summer 24 to 35°C,
Winter: 1 to 22°C
Altitude: 2286 m
STD code: 01376
Best Season / Best time to visit
The climate in Dhanaulti is a sub tropical climate, and the main seasons that the town faces are those of summer, winter and monsoon. Monsoon in the town of Dhanaulti is characterised by heavy rainfall, and summers are mild. Winters are cold, and you can visit the town of Dhanaulti anytime during summer and winter.
Summers in Dhanaulti are not hot and temperatures during this time are moderate. Tourists flock to Dhanaulti during this time to get away from the heat in the mainland. The maximum temperature during the summer months of April, May and June would be around thirty one degrees (31°C) and the minimum temperature would be around seven degrees (7°C).
Monsoon in Dhanaulti is accompanied by very heavy rainfall. Temperatures fall further during the monsoon months of July, August and September and thus this is not an ideal time to visit Dhanaulti.
Winters in Dhanaulti extend through the months of November, December, January and February. Temperatures during this time are very low, with the maximum temperature ranging around seven degrees (7°C) and the minimum temperature ranging around one degree (1°C). This is also a good time to visit the town of Dhanaulti, and you’ll need to carry winter clothing.
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Dhanaulti
Barehipani And Joranda Falls
Barehipani and Joranda are the two picturesque and popular waterfalls situated near Dhanaulti. The height of Barehipani fall is 400mts and Joranda Falls has approximately 150mts of height. These falls are located in the heart of the Simlipal National Park. The place is an ideal spot for family picnics and honeymooner’s getaway.
The deity of Dashavatar Temple is Lord Vishnu. The temple was built by the Gupta Empire. The temple is also considered as the earliest known Panchyatan temple of North India. 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.
There are two Eco-parks, “Amber” and “Dhara” about 200 m apart. It has been developed recently by the Forest Department of Uttarakhand with the help of local youth. It houses a protected patch of small forest containing Deodar Trees. There is an entry fee of Rs 15 For Adults and Rs 10 for Children. Mussoorie Forest Department is running Eco-huts for the tourists come to enjoy serene landscapes of Dhanaulti.
Deogarh is one of the most popular fort situated in Dhanaulti area. Deogarh Fort 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 serves as a popular picnic spot which is located amidst the hills of Dhanaulti. This place offers panoramic views and water sports activities.
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
How to Reach Here
By air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Dhanaulti situated at a distance of 83kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Dhanaulti is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Dhanaulti.
By road: Dhanaulti is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh, Tehri, Dehradun and Mussoorie are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Dhanaulti are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand. Dhanaulti is situated on Mussoorie – Chamba Road.
By rail: The nearest railway stations to Dhanaulti are situated in Rishikesh and Dehradun. Rishikesh and Dehradun both are well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh and Dehradun are frequent. Dhanaulti is well connected by motorable roads with Dehradun and Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh and Dehradun to Dhanaulti. Rishikesh Railway station is situated 83kms from Dhanaulti and Dehradun is situated 60kms before Dhanaulti.
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