One of the most exquisite hill stations Dhanaulti also called as Dhanolti is heaven on earth. Dhanaulti is located near Mussoorie in Uttarakhand. Dhanaulti is well-known among those who love the view of nature. Dhanaulti is beautifully covered with Deodar and Oak forests.
The beautiful place is marked by hills, forests, heavenly view and the beautiful culture of Tehri-Garwal.
This hill station is still not as popular as Mussoorie, but those who know about Dhanault love to visit the place. It is becoming a
popular destination as people want to explore new places.
Dhanaulti is becoming a popular tourist destination due to its easy accessibility. Dhanaulti can be reached easily by people who come to visit Uttrakhand from Delhi, UP, Chandigarh, Punjab etc. One of the main reasons why Dhanaulti is becoming popular is because Mussoorie has become excessively crowded.
Dhanaulti is located in the ‘Tehri’ district of Uttrakhand. Dhanaulti is covered with a thick cover of Oak, alpine and deodar forests. Located at an altitude of 2,286 meters above the sea this place is on the edge of the Himalayan Mountains.
Dhanaulti is 24 Kilometers far from Mussoorie, sictuated on the Chamba road.
Temperature or Climate
Dhanaulti remains cold for the most of the year.
In summers the maximum temperature is 30 to 32 degree Celsius.
In winters the temperature varies from 7 to 1 degree Celsius.
History of Dhanaulti
Dhanaulti, as it is the part of the Tehri- Garwal district of Uttrakhand. Before independence Tehri Garwal was a princely state. King Sudarshan Shah founded the dynasty, he made Tehri his capital. The dynasty of Shah ruled since 1815 till 1949.
In the midst of the quit India Movement, people from Tehri region actively participated in the independence of the country. People then revolted under the rule of the king and finally broke the Tehri Riyasat. After struggle, people of Tehri got independence from the Maharaja and in 1949 Tehri district along with Dhanaulti was merged with UP.
Tourist Attractions in Dhanaulti
Barehipani and Joranda Falls: The best romantic place for a couple. These two Barehipani and Joranda are two waterfalls of 400 and 150 meters respectively. This is a widely celebrated tourist spot specially visited by the couples who come to enjoy their honeymoon.
Both of the water falls are situated in the center of the Simlipal National Park.
Dashavatar Temple: One of the famous temples situated in Dhanaulti. This temple is made in reverence of the Lord Vishnu. The temple is an example of history as it was built during the Gupta Empire.
The fortifications of the temple have 3 engraved imprints of the Vaishnava mythology.
Deogarh Fort: Is a well-known Fort built in the 16 century. It is an example of the Jain architectural work. There are in total 52 forts in Uttrakhand.
Jain Temples: During the 17 century this place was dominated by Jains. Therefore, there are a lot of Jain temples. During that era more than 31 temples were built. Most of the temples have engraved sculptures on their walls.
ECO Park: It is the key charm of this hill station. There are two Eco-parks situated in Dhanaulti, “Amber” and “Dhara” at a distance of 200 meter.
The ECO Parks have been constructed lately by the “Forest Department of Uttarakhand”. A Group of 60 youths took part in the development of the two ECO Parks. These ECO Parks have covered and saved a small patch of trees within the forest.
Entry Fee for the ECO Park ranges from Rs 10 to 15.
Mussouri Forest Department has started a new project with the name of ECO Huts. Under this project the Govt. entity will construct
huts for tourists with the Eco free technology.
Surkanda Devi Mandir
This is the most visited temple and the most famous temple of Dhanaulti. Surkanda Devi Temple lies on the outer of the region. It is almost 8kms from Dhanaulti on the Chamba Road.
This temple is famous for its cultural festivity. The Ganga Dussehra fair in autumn is celebrated by all.
The temple comes under the Devi Darshan triangle, which is a leading adventure sports and tourism partner of the government of Dhanaulti.
Himalayan Weavers: This is a famous hand weaving and handmade ecofriendly products company in Dhanaulti. Its products are supplied in the whole northern region.
Potato farm: This is one of the biggest potato farms in the north. It is even famous for the view which it gives at the time of sunset.
Local Culture and Tradition of Dhanaulti
Dhanaulti remains cold for the most of the year so people have chosen up a life style which suits the place. People of Dhanaulti wear cold clothes throughout the year.
Food in Dhanaulti
As it is a mountainous region so the soil is not very fertile. Very few crops are grown in Dhanaulti. But Dhanaulti is famous for vegetables; a lot of vegetables along with potato are grown in Dhanaulti. So people of the region are well accustomed of keeping a diet of vegetables. Non-vegetarian food is also quite popular in Dhanaulti.
Apple Orchard farming is also quite famous in Dhanaulti. Apples from here are supplied in the neighboring places.
Culture of Dhanaulti
As Dhanaulti is place is dominated by Hindus, so all the Hindu festivals are celebrated with joy.
Every year the Surkanda Devi Mandir celebrates the Ganga Dussehra fair in the season of autumn. This is the most famous festival of Dhanaulti. Every year almost the whole of Dhanaulti celebrates this festival.
Economy of Dhanaulti
Dhanaulti earns most of its income from tourists. Every year thousands of tourists visit here.
Because of the growing tourists, the place is getting more and more attention by bi Hotels and resorts. This serves as a way of employment to the people of Dhanaulti.
How to Reach
By Air: This hill station so it does not have its own air strip. In order to reach there by plane the nearest airport is located in Jolly Grant which is approximately 83 kilometers away.
From the airport local taxi could be taken to reach.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Dehradun and Rishikesh. Both of these places share common distance with Dhanaulti.
From the railway station local taxi could be taken to reach.
By Road: Dhanaulti has a well maintained road. One could reach Dhanaulti on one’s own two/four wheeler. Buses are also available from Dehradun and Rishikesh to reach Dhanaulti.
Dhanaulti does not have a railway or airport of its own but it does have a bus station which is located in the city. So to get a bus you won’t have to go far.
Delhi to Dhanaulti: 323kms
Rishikesh to Dhanaulti – 84kms
Dehradun to Dhanaulti – 59kms
Haridwar to Dhanaulti – 107kms
Where to Stay in Dhanaulti
Luxury And Budget Hotels in Dhanaulti
Camp Carnival: Located in the hills, this hotel serves as a luxury residing place.
Cost: Rs 3500 /day
Drive Inn: The only 3 star hotel of Dhanaulti. This is one of the most famous hotels located.
Cost: Rs 3500 /day
Hotel Crystal Palace: Located on the Mussoorie – Chamba road this hotel serves luxury at affordable prices.
GMVN Dhanaulti Tourist Bungalow: Located at an height of 2300 meters, this place gives the best view of all. This hotel is made by GMVN so all the facilities are available.
Cost: Rs 700 to 1000 /day
Whispering Pines: The best hotel – resort located in the region. This hotel is an attraction in itself.
Cost: Rs 5000/day
Apple Orchard Resort: Located near the beautiful apple orchard, this hotel is quite affordable and luxurious.
photo credits: Vivek Yadav