Dhanaulti is a hill station in the Tehrai Garhwal district in the state of Uttarakhand. This picturesque hill station is quite close to the hill stations of Mussoorie and Chamba. Rising to a height of over 2000 m, this hill station offers the tourists a beautiful view of the Himalayan mountain range. The terrain is covered by coniferous vegetation with trees like deodar, rhododendron, and oak abounding the landscape.

Dhanaulti is a hill station 24 km from the popular hill station of Mussoorie, and 31 km from Chamba, as it is situated between the two. It is situated between the hill station of Mussoorie and Chamba and is known for its quiet environs amidst the alphine forests of Deodar, Thododendron and Oak.

Garhwali is the most widely spoken language in Dhanaulti. Hindi which is the official language of the state of Uttarakhand, is also spoken by residents involved in the tourism industry.

Dhanaulti, east of Landour along the Tehri Road, is the location of the Surkhanda Devi shrine. Dhanaulti is an excellent place to spend a day wandering amidst the deodars, with nothing to break the silence except the call of the cicades.


Travel Tips

If you are planning to visit the hill station at Dhanaulti, avoid going there during the winter season. Most of the roads are blocked and many of the tourist spots are also closed down. Carry food while you go out as food shops are few and far between.

Though the temperature remains pleasant throughout the year April to June would be the best time to visit in Dhanaulti.

When to visit

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sprinkles Cold
  • 20.2° Max
  • 6.8° Min
  • 43.6 mm
  • Carry Heavy woollen.
Things to do

Dhanaulti has recently started developing as a tourist destination in Uttarakhand. A view of the snow covered terrain of the majestic Himalayas is one of the most appealing features of the hill station at Dhanaulti. If you are someone who loves to marvel at the grandeur of mountains that rise to a majestic height, this is the place for you. Throughout the day, one can spot one captivating colour after the other on the terrain with the rotating positions of the sun creating a magnificient and breathtaking panorama. You can just sit on a chair and watch this change of colour all day long and never feel bored. The Eco-park is one of the main attractions for the people who make a trip to Dhanaulti.

The two eco-parks, Dhara, and Amber are situated at a distance of 200 m from each other. The eco-parks are known for the small forests of deodar trees which are well reserved there in a protected environment. The entry fee is quite low. Another place of interest in Dhanaulti is the Surkanda Devi Temple. The temple is well known for the Ganga Dusshera festival which is held there every year in the autumn season. Aloo Khet is a nearby potato farm run by the government. It is quite popular as a sunrise point. You can also go to the Dhanaulti Adventure Camp, one of the major features of the region. The camp offers you a chance to try your hand at various types of adventure sports. Some of the most popular activities carried out at the camp include moonlight trails, rappelling, trekking, and rock climbing. You can also go for a bike ride on the mountain slopes or have your dinner cooked in the open air on a barbecue. The camp also has archery ranges where you can try your skills with a bow and an arrow.

Getting Around

Once you get there, you might find it a bit difficult to travel around. The lack of public transportation along with the poor condition of the roads is to be held responsible for that. Your best will be to rent a car for the duration of your trip. Cars can be hired easily from the rental car services as well as the tourist agencies. The other way to explore Dhanaulti is to walk around the place. Given the scenic beauty of the place, the prospect is not as tiring as it may sound.

Places to Stay

As Dhanaulti has been developed keeping in mind the tourists, there are a number of hotels in the region for you to pitch your tent. Depending on how much you want to spend, you have the choice of booking your rooms at a luxury hotel or at mid-level one. Budget offerings are also there. You can also look for paying guest accommodations in the locality. The local tourist agencies can help you in case you prefer to be a paying guest.

How to Reach

  • In case you want to take the aerial route to Dhanaulti, you can get on a plane from Delhi and get off at Dehra Dun. The Jolly Grant Airport there is the closest airport to Dhanaulti. From there, the distance to Dhanaulti is around 82 km. You can complete the remainder of your journey by taking a cab from outside the airport.
  • The nearest railway station of Dhanaulti is at Dehra Dun. You can take a train from Delhi to Dehra Dun. Once you get off at the station there, you can hire a cab to complete the remainder of the journey. The journey is a 66 km long one. You can get the details of the available trains and book your tickets online from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com. The fare for interstate train journey can cost between Rs.1600 and Rs.2800.
  • If you are planning to reach the mountain resort by road, you can do so by renting a car form Delhi or Dehra Dun and drive directly to your destination. From the Delhi the journey takes around 8 to 9 hours to complete. You can also hire a taxi from Dehra Dun. The fare can be expected to cost you around Rs.2600.

Surrounding Attractions

Dhanaulti is quite close to the hill stations of Mussoorie and Chamba. Both the hill stations are popular tourist spots and trips to these places can be arranged easily enough. In Mussoorie, there are a number of beautiful waterfalls, like, Mossy Falls, Bhatta Falls, and Jharipani Falls. Jwalaji Temple is another spot of tourist attraction. The temple is known for the marvelous view it provides of the Aglar River valley.

Important Numbers

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