Located on the Mussoorie-Chamba track, Dhanaulti is the starting point for numerous treks into the snow-capped Himalayas, especially to the Tehri region of Garhwal. At an altitude of 2286m and is known for its quiet environment amidst the alpine forests of Deodar, Rhododendron and Oak. Cuddle by a bracing mountain, this hill station is just ideal for long walks up shady slopes or grassy meadows. This place can be a very ideal place for summer if you’re looking for a tranquil and serene place to connect with nature.
Dhanaulti lies at a distance of just twenty four kilometers from the prominent hill station Mussoorie. You can also visit the Eco Park, which is the main attraction in the entire region and houses sections of Deodar trees.
The Surkanda Devi temple in Dhanaulti is very popular among pilgrims and tourists, and it lies on the road that leads from Dhanaulti to Chamba. The town is famous for its potato farms, one can take a horse ride to the farms and make the experience worth remembering.
Tourist attractions in Dhanaulti
ECO-Park : Mussoorie Forest Department is running Eco-huts for the tourists come to enjoy serene landscapes of Dhanaulti. These are built by green technology and are Eco-friendly. There are two Eco-parks named, “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.
Surkanda Devi Mandir : It is situated at a distance of 8 km from Dhanaulti, on the road towards Chamba. It is surrounded by dense forests and affords a scenic view of the surrounding region including the Himalayas to the north, and Dehradun, Rishikesh to the south. The Ganga Dussera festival is celebrated every year between May and June and attracts a lot of people. It is part of the Devi Darshan triangle, which offers trekking opportunities around Dhanaulti – Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri.
Aaloo Khet (Potato Farm) : The large expanses of potato farm also known as Aloo Khet, is a quiet place where the tourists can have a walk. These fields belong to the government and also are owned by private farmers. The potato farms are about 1 km from the main market and from here the Doon valley is clearly visible. Horse ride is also available to go around these potato farms.
Camp Thangdhar : The Camp Thangdhar in Thangdhar village at a distance of 14 kms from the market area. This particular adventure camp has accommodation facilities and has been developed especially for the tourists who are interested in mountain adventure. It is situated at a height of 8300 feet and is surrounded by the pine and deodar trees. Various activities such as trekking, golf, mountain biking, rock climbing, bonfire, snow camping etc. are arranged for the tourists who stay in Camp Thangdhar. Sightseeing to the nearby locations is also organized for the tourists.
The summer temperatures in the town range from 32 °C to 37.5 °C, while winter temperatures remain between 7 °C and -1 °C.
How to get there
By air: The closest airport is Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun situated at a distance of 80kms.
By rail: The nearest railway station is located at Dehradun. The taxi stand is right next to the railway station and prepaid cabs to Dhanaulti are easily available. The uphill drive is a picturesque one and usually takes less than 2 hours.
By road: One can alternatively drive up to Dhanaulti from Dehradun or New Delhi. The distance from New Delhi is approx. 350 km and takes about 8-9 hours.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit is during the summer months, (May, June, July and August) . The snowcapped mountains offer a rare glimpse. In winters, however, the mercury plummets and occasionally there is a snowfall that caps the tree tops and mountain peaks beautifully.
Summer: April to June, Temperature- 30°C Max to 17°C Min.
Monsoon: July to September. Heavy rainfall.
Winter: October to February, Temperature- 15°C Max to 1°C or less Min.