Once an offbeat destination in Uttarakhand, Dhanaulti has now emerged as one of the sought after places for solace seekers, adventure enthusiasts, laid back travellers and backpackers. This stunning hill station in Uttarakhand is indeed a stellar option if peace, relaxation and adventure is on your agenda. It is located at an altitude of 2250m and offers incredible vistas of imposing Himalayan ranges. 

Besides offering a scenic charm, Dhanaulti Uttarakhand is a great adventure destination as it is the gateway to many exhilarating trekking trails and adventure activities. Verdant forests abuts its spellbinding landscape that adds up to the quaintness and serenity. You are sure to have a memorable vacation at this perfect weekend getaway where fun and good times are totally assured.

Best Time to Visit Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti enjoys a pleasant climate all through the year. You can visit this beautiful hill station anytime between October to April if you wish to enjoy winter bliss. It is considered to be the best time to visit Dhanaulti as you can indulge in many adventure activities like rappelling and paragliding. Avoid the monsoon season that falls between July to September as there is heavy rainfall. 

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History of Dhanaulti

The history of Dhanaulti dates back to the 17th century when it was ruled by Raja Sudarshan Shah who is remembered as the founder of Tehri district. He established his kingdom in Tehri Garhwal region. After his death in 1859, his throne was passed on to his successors who ruled the region between 1815 to 1949. 

People belonging to the Tehri Garhwal region actively participated in the Quit India Movement and soon after independence in 1947, they waged a protest against the rule of Garhwal King. The protest led to the merger of Tehri Garhwal region into the state of Uttar Pradesh. Later in 2000 when Uttar Pradesh was partitioned, Tehri Garhwal was declared as an independent district falling in the Indian State of Uttarakhand. 

Best Places to visit in Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti is the best hill station in Uttarakhand that offers innumerable sightseeing options and adventure activities. With many immersive experiences and places to visit in Dhanaulti mentioned below, you are sure to have a memorable time. Check out the list! 

1. Eco-Park

There are two eco parks, Amber and Dhara in Dhanaulti that are exclusively managed by the forest department of India. Both these parks offer incredible experience to nature lovers as it boasts a unique foliage, bird species and variety of denizens. The parks are located 200 m apart and can be visited anytime during the day. 

2. Adventure Park

Dhanaulti is high on the adventure circuit as it offers an array of adrenaline pumping activities that are found in Adventure Park. Some of the best things to do in Dhanaulti are zip lining, paragliding, rappelling, valley crossing, sky walking etc which turns your simple laid back trip into an elaborate adventurous affair.  

3. Deogarh Fort

This 16th Century fortress in Dhanaulti is a popular heritage site of Uttarakhand Tourism. This beautiful fort complex in Dhanaulti is a treat for heritage lovers as there are many spectacular sites that are worth visiting. The well maintained fort complex near Pratapgarh houses magnificent palaces with pale facades and elaborate frescoes. There are beautiful Jain temples inside the fort that will leave you awestruck. 

4. Surkanda Devi Temple

One of the most popular temples in Uttarakhand, Surkanda Devi Temple is a must visit as it is a divine seat of Goddess Sati. It is considered as a Shaktipeetha and is visited by a large number of devotees. The temple is located at a height of 3021m and offers a panoramic view of the valley. It is 6 km away from Dhanaulti and you will have to walk for about 3 km to reach the temple from Kaddukhal.

5. Tehri Dam

One of the most picturesque places to visit in Dhanaulti is Tehri Dam which is located in New Tehri region. It is an ideal picnic spot in Dhanaulti where you can simply sit for hours and enjoy the serenity of the place. You can also enjoy boating here along with many other fun activities. 

6. Potato Farm

If you are looking for some unique travel experience on your trip to Dhanaulti then do pay a visit to the exceptionally amazing Potato Farm that is owned by the Government of Uttarakhand. Along with discovering a few facts about potato farming, you will also get an opportunity to grab an ethereal view of sunset and beautiful Doon Valley. You can also enjoy horseback riding to explore this sprawling farm that is located in close proximity to Dhanaulti's main market. 

7. Dashavatar Temple

Uttarakhand is popularly known as Dev Bhoomi for a valid reason as it is dotted with many revered temples and Dashavatar Temple is one of them. Previously known as Panchayatan temple, this famous temple of Lord Vishnu is among the ancient temples of the state that depicts architectural style of Mauryan dynasty. The temple features brilliant architecture, intricately carved causeways and marvellous sculptures that fascinates history buffs. 

8. Camp Thangdhar

One of the prime reasons why Dhanaulti has gained so much popularity is incredible camping opportunities. Camp Thangdhar in Kanatal is about 15 km away from Dhanaulti and is considered among the best adventure camps in the entire Uttarakhand state. Some of the irresistible offerings of the camp include best lodging, fascinating vistas, bird watching, stargazing and an array of thrilling activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing etc. 

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How to Reach Dhanaulti

The Indian state of Uttarakhand is known for its great infrastructure and therefore visiting tourist places here is easy and enjoyable. You can easily reach Dhanaulti by flight, train and then road as it is well connected by motorable roads and also by air and train. 

  • Nearest Major City. Dehradun
  • Nearest Airbase. Jolly Grant Airport
  • Nearest Railhead. Dehradun Station
  • Distance from Dehradun. 36.2 km via Theva Maldevta Road

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Dhanaulti. This airport serves as the prominent airport for the cities in Uttarakhand as it has good connectivity with all major flights flying to and fro from different cities on daily basis. 

  • Distance from Jolly Grant Airport. 50.9 km via Thano Rd

After deboarding at the airport in Dehradun, you can hire a cab or take a state bus for onward journey to Dhanaulti. 

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By Rail

The nearest railway stations to Dhanaulti are Rishikesh Station and Dehradun Station which are well connected by rail networks from all major cities in India. 

  • Distance from Dehradun Railway Station. 62 km

After deboarding at your desired station out of two, you can hire a cab or take a state bus for onward journey to Dhanaulti. 

By Road

Dhanaulti is well connected by road to all major cities of India. You can conveniently reach Dhanaulti by road from Delhi which is about 320 km away and other neighbouring regions as it sits beautifully on the Mussoorie-Chamba highway. You can drive down in your own vehicle or simply hire a cab or take a bus to reach Dhanaulti according to your convenience and budget. 

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  • Distance from Chamba. 29 km
  • Distance from Mussoorie. 33 km
  • Distance from Haridwar. 78.6 km via NH 7
  • Distance from Chandigarh. 206.4 km via NH 7
  • Distance from Delhi. 317.5 km via NH334
  • Distance from Mumbai. 1,695.2 km via NH 48
  • Distance from Kolkata. 1,804.2 km via NH19
  • Distance from Bangalore. 2,404.2 km via NH 44
  • Distance from Chennai. 2,437.3 km via NH 44

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Dhanaulti

Q 1. Why is Dhanaulti famous?

A 1. Dhanaulti is a hill station in Uttarakhand that is famous for nature trails and adventure activities. It is also famous for its scenic beauty and quaintness. 

Q 2. Which one is better, Dhanaulti or Mussoorie?

A 2. While Mussoorie is Queen of Hills and Dhanaulti is the Land of Tranquility and Peace. It is hard to decide which one is better. We suggest travelling to both the places in one trip as these places have an individual charm.

Q 3. Is there snowfall in Dhanaulti?

A 3. As Dhanaulti is located at a great height, there is snowfall here during winter season. 

Q 4. What is special in Dhanaulti?

A 4. Dhanaulti has stunning places like Eco Park, Adventure Park, Kanatal Camp, Potato Farm etc that makes it really special and worth exploring. 

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