For those who are looking for serene and a calm place to relax and unwind the jaded spirits are sure to find solace here. A few years ago it has only 20-30 stone houses. Dhanaulti is about 250 meters higher than Mussoorie. It is located amidst thick, virgin forest of Deodar, Rhododendron, and Oak, has an atmosphere of perfect peace and tranquility.
The long wooded slopes, relaxed outdoors, cool caressing breeze, warm and hospitable inhabitants, lovely weather and fabulous view of snow covered mountains makes it an ideal retreat for relaxed holiday.
For the peace lovers who come to seek serenity which gets lost in the hustle-bustle of Mussoorie (which is at an hours distance). They find Dhanaultia perfect hideaway.
Many of whom skip Mussoorie entirely to reach this tranquil paradise. Dhanaulti is yet to register itself in the tourism map of Uttarakhand. The latter the better. The USP of the small place will vanish once its name gets out.
So neatly this sleepy hamlet of Dhanaulti gives you can miss this nine and 3 quarter platform to Hogwarts if you don’t keep yourself in check of Dhanaulti in the highway. So neatly tucked in the pine and deodar Forrest. This quaint, enchanting hill station in the foothills in the Himalayas.
It majestic Himalayas best to their presence on bright days.The Badrinath, Kedarnath, Bandarpooch, Sri Kanta, and Nanda Devi are some of the ranges which are visible from here. You can spend hours admiring the might of Himalayas.
What to do in Dhanaulti?
This tiny place which will completely mesmerize your soul. You can spend time taking little walks across the area. The little place is also en route to many of the famous trekking routes in the area. There are two eco parks at a distance of 500 m of each other. The other trek might lead you to Potato Farms among other places to go in Dhanaulti.
The place is ideal to sit back, with a hot cup of beverage and enjoy the zephyrs from the hill. The place also is an ideal spot for Honeymooners. The romance in the air will automatically turn on the SRK in you. There are few small shops which provide fast food and a hot cup of tea. The sweet smell of deodar adds to the place. The arrangement of the Bonfire on chilly nights is an ideal way to pre-eminence on old times.
One can sit down and talk to the humble village folks who are very welcoming. They will open their heart in front of you. Tell you how different things were only a few years ago and how they have sent their sons and daughters to far off lands in search of a better future.
Places to visit in Dhanaulti:
1. Dhanaulti Eco Park-
Dhanaulti eco park is the center attraction which has been developed by Forest department. There are two eco park which are 200m apart namely Amber and Dhara. These are excellent way to preserve the fragile flora and faunna.The fee for ann adult is Rs 15 while for a child is Rs 10.
2. Surkanda Devi Temple:
Surkand Devi is at an altitude of 3030m above the sea level. An easy trek of 2kms will lead to a temple of Goddess Sati. The temple has a massive ques of people in an important festival. Turk and Devi have been ideally placed at a point which provides scenic views which present the vista of Himalayas and beyond. The place is tranquility redefined.
3. Aloo Khet:
Aloo Khet as the name suggest is a potato farm. The farm extends area in a distance of 1 kms. You can get a glimpse of doon valley from here. Horse rides are also available on demand.
Best time to visit Dhanaulti
Dhanulti is open to the visitors throughout the year. You can visit Dhanulti at your time. In the summer Dhanulti can be a respite from the summer heat. In winters the area is gets covered with snow. The monsoon season breathes new life to Dhanaulti.
Things to do Dhanaulti
1. Nature Walks:
The lush green region of Dhanaulti surrounded with dense deodar trees, is a perfect place to indulge in hiking. There are quite a few trails that take one through lush green forests, quaint hamlets and pristine rivulets.
Due to less accommodation options at Dhanaulti, many tourists and adventurers usually prefer camping out in the open under the sky. Tents can be availed on rent or can be brought by the tourists themselves.
3. Adventure Activities:
At Eco Park, there are plenty of adventure activities that have been made available for tourists visiting Dhanaulti. Horse riding, Burma Bridge, rappelling and hiking are some of the popular activities among tourists.
4. Shopping in Dhanaulti:
You can buy hand made shawls, stoles, scarves and throws using only natural dyes and wool, eri silk and pashmina in Dhanaulti from Himalayan Weavers. Their aim is to produce high quality handloom products, popularize the use of environmentally friendly natural dyes and provide a market for craft products made in the Himalayan region.