Dhanaulti Travel Guide

Picturesque hill station - Dhanaulti is adorned with tall trees and rich grasslands, and it is perched on an altitude of 2286 m above the sea level, offering the spectacular vistas of the Himalayas and the scenic trails. Sitting on the edge of Tehri Garhwal District, Dhanaulti shares its west-side border with Dehradun.This beautiful tourists destination of Uttarakhand makes for an ideal weekend getaway because of its close proximity to Delhi and various other popular places in Uttarakhand i.e Dehradun, Mussoorie, Tehri, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. Holiday in Dhanaulti is best during winters when the place turns into an ice blanket with the flakes of snow depositing on the branches of the trees to match its hue with the surrounding. In summers, Dhanaulti boasts blooming of rhododendrons, lush deodar and oak trees enveloped in the tranquilizing charm. Indeed this scenic little place is considered one among the phenomenal point of tourists interest in Uttarakhand. The Dhanaulti Travel guide, by including some of the best places of Dehradun tourism that lie nearby, makes itself more elaborate and attractive.

Blessed with alpine forests, the place owns exceptionally pleasing Eco parks by the name of Amber and Dhara, both residing just 200 m apart from each other. Developed by the forest department of Uttarakhand and maintained by the local youth, Amber and Dhara are the major tourist attractions here. Also, the government-owned Aloo khet / Potato Farm is also a place for a must visit to behold the pretty sunrise. The sightseeing tour of Dhanaulti definitely includes a visit to Surkanda Devi temple, which is quite known for being one among the 108 Shakti Peethas that are spread all over the world. For the adventure lovers, a special tour package for camping at Thangdhar, which is situated around 14 km away from Dhanaulti, comes with a fascinating opportunity to indulge into activities like trekking, mountain climbing, and biking along with camping. Whereas, shopping at an interesting place called Himalayan weavers, is among the alluring things to do while being on a vacation in Dhanaulti.

Best time to visit Dhanaulti

The best time to visit here is winters for sure when Dhanaulti is completely covered in the thick blanket of snow providing varied opportunities to dwell into several adventure activities and camping. For the ones, who are not a big fan of winters can visit this beautiful heaven to experience its comforting summer season. So, considering the above points the best months to visit Dhanaulti is from September to June. The temperature here hovers around 1 °C to 31 °C.

  • Summer

    Extending from April to June, in the summer season the temperature ranges between 11 °C and 31 °C, which seems quite comfortable for the tourists looking for a respite from the scorching heat.

  • Monsoon

    Monsoon arrives here from the month of July till the mid of September, with the temperature ranging between 13 °C and 26 °C. Though, not considered to be the best traveling time due to heavy showers that may result into landslides or blockage in road transport and the other means of traveling, people take their chance to admire the place’s beauty during monsoon and also to avail the off-season discounts. It is advisable to check for weather forecast before planning a trip to Dhanaulti in monsoon season.

  • Winter

    In Dhanaulti, from the month of September till the early April exist the winter season, which has the temperature ranging from 1 °C to 22 °C. This place represents the single shade of snow everywhere with some strokes of grey trees and partially covered black roads. The place calls for a must visit during this time of the season.

Popular Tourists Attaractions and Things To Do in & arround Dhanaulti

The enthralling beauty of this place that’s adorned with the thick forests of Rhododendrons, Oaks, and Deodars enclosing two beautiful Eco Parks i.e Amber and Dhara, Apple orchards and a Potato farm jointly owned by the Government and the local farmers, altogether make this place nature’s heaven. Apart from this, Dhanaulti also provides as the base point for many treks into the snow-covered peaks of the Tehri Garhwal district. Out of which, nearest being the Thangdhar trek which is also famous for camping and other adventure activities.

  • Surkanda Devi Temple

    It is considered as one of the Shaktipeethas, which is reached after travelling 8 km from Dhanaulti, followed by 2 km trek from Kaddukhal village. Once reached the top, the trekkers are rewarded with some splendid views of the mountains and green fields... Read more

  • Eco Park

    Located just 1 km away from Dhanaulti, the Eco Park is a peaceful respite for the nature lovers as well as bird watchers. The site is flanked by Deodar trees, providing the phenomenally beautiful views of the Himalayas. The Eco park has two divisions i.e Amber and Dhara, both residing 200 m away from each other.

  • Apple Orchard Resort

    It is a fine resort surrounded by huge fields growing a variety of quality apples like the Golden Delicious, Early Sunberry, Red delicious and royal delicious. One can spend here a good time moving along the orchard and buying fresh apples.

  • Camp Thangdhar

    Thangdhar is an outstanding campsite, situated at an elevation of 2530 m, around 14 km away from Dhanaulti. Surrounded by nature’s bounty including the Pine and Deodar tree forest, the trekkers feel at bliss beholding the exceptional views of the Himalayas, once reaching the top. Along with trekking, snow camping, mountain climbing, and biking, this camp also organizes the local sightseeing activities.

  • Potato Farm

    Joint venture of Government and few farmers - Potato Farm was formerly known as Aloo Khet. It is visited by many tourists to witness the nature in its raw form. The Farm is just a few kilometers walk away from the city market, perched at a point providing the spectacular views of the Doon valley.

Where to Stay in Dhanaulti?

Dhanaulti is blessed with some of the finest and outstanding resorts and hotels falling light on pockets. Whereas, among the smart stay options, there are several economical lodges, and homestay if you want to experience the local life. Apart from this, one also has the option of staying in Mussoorie and Kanatal, both of which are situated quite close to Dhanaulti. Mussoorie being a tourist place, is replete with a number of hotels in varied budgets, whereas, Kanatal has now emerged as an interesting camping and trekking site, thus has started to get crammed with tent accommodations and few resorts as well.

How to Reach Dhanaulti

Lying on the Mussoorie-Chamba road, the beautiful Dhanaulti hill station is around 32 km away from Mussoorie and 305 km from the Capital itself. Being a small place, the direct connectivity is not available, but the nearby places like Mussoorie, Dehradun, Tehri, and Rishikesh connects Dhanaulti to other major cities.

  • By Air

    The nearest airport to Dhanaulti is Jolly Grant Airport situated in Dehradun, which is around 104 km away. Once you reach Dehradun you can either opt for public buses or private taxis available, to reach this picturesque hill station - Dhanaulti.

  • By Rail

    Rishikesh and Dehradun are the two railway stations that lie close to Dhanaulti. The former is around 90 km away and 61 km from the later. Both the stations are well-connected to other major cities as well as with this petite hill station through public buses and private cab services.

  • By Road

    From ISBT Kashmiri Gate, the state-run buses are easily available to reach Tehri, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, and Dehradun. Upon reaching here, the well-connected motorable road takes one to Dhanaulti through public buses and private taxis.

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