Situated between Mussoorie (35 km) and Chamba (27 km), Dhanaulti is a hill-station located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Covered with forests of deodar, rhododendron and oak, the quiet and picturesque hamlet of Dhanaulti is located at an altitude of 2286 metres.
Dhanaulti houses the famous Surkanda Devi temple where Lord Shiva dropped the remains of Goddess Sati. The Eco Parks started by the Uttarakhand Forest Department are also a popular tourist attraction.
Trekking trails to Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadani and Kunjapuri temples commence from Dhanaulti. Treks to Kempty Falls, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, etc. pass through Dhanaulti.
Himalayan Weavers produce hand-woven shawls, scarves, stoles using wool, silk, pashmina and natural dyes. Located on Mussoorie-Dhanaulti Road, they have a market for craft products made in the Himalayan region.
WHERE TO STAY
Dhanaulti offers limited accommodation options. Budget hotels are available on Mussoorie-Chamba Road. GMVN Tourist bungalows and forest rest-houses (eco-huts) also provide budget accommodation. Permission of the Forest Department is required for staying in the Forest rest-house. Luxury accommodation is available near Surkanda base and Mussoorie-Chamba Road.
Resorts in Dhanaulti offer mid-range and luxury accommodation options.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Mussoorie is as given below. The best time to visit Mussoorie is also specified.