Dhanaulti – Nature’s Retreat

Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti
There is really not much to write about Dhanulti, except that it is a small hamlet, just 25 kms. from Mussoorie, located amidst thick, virgin forests of deodar, rhodendron and oak. It is a very very peaceful and tranquil place. Once here, you are sure to enjoy this place. The cool breeze, warm hospitable inhabitants and the lovely weather coupled with the fabulous view of the snow-capped moutain will just blow you away.
I have personally been to Dhanaulti many a times, and each time I have discovered something new about the place. It is located on the Mussoorie – Chamba route and hardly takes one hour to reach. If you are visiting Mussoorie, then my suggestion would be skip Mussoorie and go and stay in Dhanaulti instead. Although, the staying options are really limited, and can be a little on the higher side, but if you want to get away from the regular hustle-bustle associated with a regular hill station, then nothing like Dhanaulti.
Dhanaulti is such a beautiful little hamlet, that it almost gives you a dreamy feeling of the whole place. It is also a perfect place for those couples who are out on their honeymoon. You can literally miss this place and move ahead if you don’t keep yourself alert enough. That’s because it seems to be neatly tucked away among the deep forests of oaks and pines and rhodendrons. You can easily spend a couple of days here, in the tranquil atmosphere and go back to the daily chores of urban life all set and rejuvinated.
If your idea of traveling to a place is really to go to such a spot which has a different fel to it, then Dhanaulti should be up there on that list. This is one diversion that you surely should not miss. Situated at a height of 7,500 feet, it also offers a never-ending view of the flowing rivers through the green valleys. You can also enjoy sights on a horse back! Considering that number of narrow winding tracks are there to be explored, you can do so on horse-backs or perhaps even trek these tracks if you please. There is also this wonderful ‘View Point’ in Dhanaulti, which gives you a vast and breathtaking view of the whole of Doon valley and the beautiful Himalayas. If you trek even higher from this point, you can reach the famous Surkhanda Devi temple which has a really calm and beautiful environment.

I would say the best way to explore Dhanaulti is either on a horse-back or through biking or perhaps on foot. And for those who are looking for nature walks, a trek perhaps, Dhanaulti is absolute heaven. It doesn’t really matter what your choice is – Dhanaulti has literally everything for the traveler.

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Β There is really not much to write about Dhanulti, except that it is a small hamlet, just 25 kms. from Mussoorie, located amidst thick, virgin forests of deodar, rhodendron and oak. It is a very very peaceful and tranquil place. Once here, you are sure to enjoy this place. The cool breeze, warm hospitable inhabitants and the lovely weather coupled with the fabulous view of the snow-capped moutain will just blow you away.

I have personally been to Dhanaulti many a times, and each time I have discovered something new about the place.

Dhanulti

Dhanulti

It is located on the Mussoorie – Chamba route and hardly takes one hour to reach. If you are visiting Mussoorie, then my suggestion would be skip Mussoorie and go and stay in Dhanaulti instead. Although, the staying options are really limited, and can be a little on the higher side, but if you want to get away from the regular hustle-bustle associated with a regular hill station, then nothing like Dhanaulti.

Dhanaulti is such a beautiful little hamlet, that it almost gives you a dreamy feeling of the whole place. It is also a perfect place for those couples who are out on their honeymoon. You can literally miss this place and move ahead if you don’t keep yourself alert enough. That’s because it seems to be neatly tucked away among the deep forests of oaks and pines and rhodendrons. You can easily spend a couple of days here, in the tranquil atmosphere and go back to the daily chores of urban life all set and rejuvinated.

If your idea of traveling to a place is really to go to such a spot which has a different fel to it, then Dhanaulti should be up there on that list. This is one diversion that you surely should not miss. Situated at a height of 7,500 feet, it also offers a never-ending view of the flowing rivers through the green valleys. You can also enjoy sights on a horse back! Considering that number of narrow winding tracks are there to be explored, you can do so on horse-backs or perhaps even trek these tracks if you please.

The narrow winding roads of Dhanaulti

The narrow winding roads of Dhanaulti

There is also this wonderful ‘View Point’ in Dhanaulti, which gives you a vast and breathtaking view of the whole of Doon valley and the beautiful Himalayas. If you trek even higher from this point, you can reach the famous Surkhanda Devi temple which has a really calm and beautiful environment.

I would say the best way to explore Dhanaulti is either on a horse-back or through biking or perhaps on foot. And for those who are looking for nature walks, a trek perhaps, Dhanaulti is absolute heaven. It doesn’t really matter what your choice is – Dhanaulti has literally everything for the traveler.

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Comments

  • Siddharth Sirohi  On May 26, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Nice read…it’s like your second home i guess!!

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  • Bobby Roy  On May 26, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Yes JB, it is like my second home. Beautiful place, wonderful people and absolutely awesome views. πŸ™‚

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  • Tippu Sultan  On September 5, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    I accidentally came by ur blog.. and i am also a vivid traveller.. nice 2 c sm1 penning his feel abt travelling.. i completely agree wid u.. i hav been der @ dhanaulti 1ce n i really loved it.. bettr dan mussorie by miles.. da surkhanda devi temple view was da best.. da mighty himalayas seems so near.. if u hav more travelling experiences, do share wid me @ nautilus.ptp3@gmail.com..

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  • CooL LeO  On February 2, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    I have been there…myself…and i really appreciate my decision of skipping mussoorie and hopping to Dhanaulti!!! it was amazing..i spent two days there! I went there on four wheeler…self-driven…next m planning it on my Avenger….Really a wonderful place.!!
    Way to GO!!
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  • annie  On May 11, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Hey I am planning a trip to Dhanaulti with some college mates. Would you have some advice on where we good stay. What the prices are like. Any specific place worth watching out for. Thanks πŸ™‚

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  • annie  On May 11, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Hey i am planning a weekend trip here with some college mates. any advice on where we could stay for a decent budget? also is there any special place to look out for. thanks πŸ™‚

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    • vulpineshooter  On May 11, 2010 at 9:54 AM

      Hey Annie, I am glad you could post a query here. For staying in Dhanaulti, you can inquire at the couple of hotels there although I doubt you would get current bookings. Alternatively, what you can do is stay at Mussoorie, and then drive/ ride up to Dhanaulti for a day and spend the day there. πŸ™‚

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  • urmi  On November 16, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    I am planning to go to dhanaulti for my honeymoon and its was absolutely delightful to read your blog……….I feel happier about our choice . I’ll be going there in the second week of december. Any pointers on the kind of weather to expect would be really helpful. Loved your pictures.

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    • vulpineshooter  On November 16, 2010 at 3:36 PM

      Hi Urmi, Dhanaulti is a very beautiful place to spend some quality time (especially considering you would be going there for your honeymoon, no less). During the second week of December meaning it would be amazingly cold, and I am sure you would absolutely enjoy the lovely weather there. πŸ™‚ It will be very cold, so, do take good warm clothes, so as to enjoy the lovely weather and the beautiful views.

      And once you are back, do share some pictures of the place , please. Would LOVE to see the photographs. πŸ™‚ Take care and have a lovely honeymoon. πŸ™‚

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  • urmi  On November 19, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    Hi, Thanks a ton!.I looked up the accommodations there..what do you suggest would be good(read reasonable one) one? we are not looking to splurge on living, but we want it to be a clean and reasonable one..any suggestion would be helpful.

    Thanks!

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  • DEEPAK RANA  On December 23, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    How much tourist point dhanaulti & Shiv puri

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  • Akriti  On March 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    NIce Blog… I have also visited Dhanaulti and feel exactly the same…

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  • Shuvro  On June 11, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Hi, I am also planning for my honeymoon in Dhanulti in the month of December. Just wanted to get some smart opinions from you all to have a pleasant stay there. I need to know if there are any star hotels available in Dhanaulti and which is the best place to book a hotel so that the view and the feeling of the place seems to be nice. Thanks in advance for your help!!

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    • vulpineshooter  On June 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      Hi Shuvo, there is the Jaypee property available but that’s well outside Dhanaulti. Next best option would be the Apple Orchid resort, which is barely 1km past Dhanaulti and they have wonderful tents to stay in, or rooms available as well, if you prefer rooms. πŸ™‚

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  • Yogesh Singh  On November 21, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    dhanaulti is the best hill station in uttrakhand as per me we also have great website related to dhanaulri

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