Chakrata is a small town situated in the Dehradun district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is a cantonment town which was initially a cantonment of the British Army. Located at an elevation of 2,118 meters, this town is at a distance of 98 kilometers from the state capital, Dehradun. It is located between the Yamuna and Tons rivers. The area of Chakrata town belongs to Jaunsari tribe who inhabit the region.
Mussoorie, a picturesque hill station in the Northern part of India, was discovered in the 18th century by Captain Young. The British officials added to the popularity of this hill station, as they mostly visited it as a getaway from the heat during summer. Mussoorie is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, on ahorseshoeshaped ridge. This altitude gives the destination cool and pleasant climate conditions.
Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand is prettily placed in the centre of the heavenly Doon Valley surrounded by the lower ranges of mountains -n the Himalays to the north and mist clad Shivalik mountain ranges to the south. Because of its geographical location, it is also called Doon Valley. The valley echoes with the soul-stirring numbers played by the two most revered rivers of India -Ganga and Yamuna flowing by its sides.sea level in Uttarakhand India.
Valley Of Flowers
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park located in West Himalaya Stretching over 87.50 sq. km., in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear. Valley Of Flower The valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and carpeted with some 500 rare species of flowers. Frank S. Smyth – mountaineer, explorer, botanist who camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and did valuable exploratory work, introduced the valley to the world as the valley of Flowers.
Kanatal is a little hamlet of great beauty which is located just about 13 km. away from Dhanaulti. It is heavenly and you get a great view of the Himalayas if it’s a clear day. Located in the picturesque settings of the Garhwal Himalayas, the charming hill station of Kanatal is a perfect weekend getaway for the weary souls. This place is to take a day trip and picnic in the beautiful surroundings of Kanatal.
Chamba valley is 31 km. from Dhanualti is also known as Ravi valley is rather picturesque and presents delightful sights. The territory is wholly mountainous with altitude ranging from 2000 Lo 21000 feet. Bhuri Singh Museum, Pangi Vally and Lakshmi Narayan Temple are the main attraction at the beautiful place.
New Tehri is 37 km. away and is a recent development. It promises to attract a lot of tourists once its dam is completed. The areas around the lake will be ideal for picnics. Additional water sport facilities are also being developed in the area. New Tehri is the only planned hill township of Uttarakhand which was made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. Tehri is situated 69kms from Mussoorie. There are many good hotels in New Tehri.
Joshimath is a popular hill station and a famous centre for pilgrimage at a height of 1,890mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Garhwal division in Uttaranchal. In ancient scriptures Joshimath is described as Kartikeyapura as it has been named after Kartikeya, the God of Katyuri kings. Joshimath is one of the four maths or monasteries established in the 8th century by Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Dhanaulti situated at a distance of 83kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Dhanaulti is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Dhanaulti.
By Rail: The nearest railway stations to Dhanaulti are situated in Rishikesh and Dehradun. Rishikesh and Dehradun both are well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh and Dehradun are frequent. Dhanaulti is well connected by motorable roads with Dehradun and Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh and Dehradun to Dhanaulti. Rishikesh Railway station is situated 83kms from Dhanaulti and Dehradun is situated 60kms before Dhanaulti.
By Road: Dhanaulti is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh, Tehri, Dehradun and Mussoorie are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Dhanaulti are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand. Dhanaulti is situated on Mussoorie - Chamba Road.
Best Season / Best time to visit Dhanaulti
The climate in Dhanaulti is a sub tropical climate, and the main seasons that the town faces are those of summer, winter and monsoon. Monsoon in the town of Dhanaulti is characterized by heavy rainfall, and summers are mild. Winters are cold, and you can visit the town of Dhanaulti anytime during summer and winter.
Summers in Dhanaulti are not hot and temperatures during this time are moderate. Tourists flock to Dhanaulti during this time to get away from the heat in the mainland. The maximum temperature during the summer months of April, May and June would be around thirty one degrees (31°C) and the minimum temperature would be around seven degrees (7°C).
Monsoon in Dhanaulti is accompanied by very heavy rainfall. Temperatures fall further during the monsoon months of July, August and September and thus this is not an ideal time to visit Dhanaulti.
Winters in Dhanaulti extend through the months of November, December, January and February. Temperatures during this time are very low, with the maximum temperature ranging around seven degrees (7°C) and the minimum temperature ranging around one degree (1°C). This is also a good time to visit the town of Dhanaulti, and you’ll need to carry winter clothing.
Barehipani and Joranda Falls: Barehipani and Joranda are the two picturesque and popular waterfalls situated near Dhanaulti. The height of Barehipani fall is 400mts and Joranda Falls has approximately 150mts of height. These falls are located in the heart of the Simlipal National Park. The place is an ideal spot for family picnics and honeymooner’s getaway.
ECO Park: There are two Eco-parks, "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. There is an entry fee of Rs 15 For Adults and Rs 10 for Children. Mussoorie Forest Department is running Eco-huts for the tourists come to enjoy serene landscapes of Dhanaulti.
Aaloo Khet (Potato Farm): A Government Potato Farm, also a popular sunrise view point.
Dashavatar Temple: The deity of Dashavatar Temple is Lord Vishnu. The temple was built by the Gupta Empire. The temple is also considered as the earliest known Panchyatan temple of North India. The side-walls have 3 carved panels depicting Vaishnava mythology. The Gajendramoksha panel, the Nar Narayan Tapasya and the Anantshayi Vishnu, depict scenes from the Vaishnava mythology.
Deogarh Fort: Deogarh is one of the most popular fort situated in Dhanaulti area. Deogarh Fort was built in the 16th century near Pratapgarh. The fort is one of the 52 garhs or 52 forts of Uttarakhand state. The fort comprises of ornamented palaces, and artistic Jain temples.
Matatila Dam: Matatila Dam serves as a popular picnic spot which is located amidst the hills of Dhanaulti. This place offers panoramic views and water sports activities.
Jain Temples: The place has numerous Jain temples situated inside the Kanali fort of Dhanaulti hills. From 6th to 17th century this region served as the Jain centre and during this period 31 Jain temples were built here. The temples depicts scenes from Jain mythology, Tirthankara images, votive pillars, votive tablets, Jain images visible from all sides and pillars carved with a thousand Jain figures.
Day 1 : Delhi - Mussoorie (7 hours)
In the morning, we drive to Mussoorie, one of the most popular hill stations in North India. Half day is free for your leisure activities. Overnight at hotel in Mussoorie.
Day 2 : Mussoorie
Morning after breakfast, start on a sightseeing tour visiting Kempty fall, Gun hill, George Hill Everest, Company Garden, Mall road, Camel's Back, Lal Tibba, Municipal Garden etc. Overnight in Mussoorie.
Day 3 : Mussoorie - Dhanaulti
Morning after breakfast, take a drive to Dhanaulti and then enjoy great sightseeing covering Jain Temples, ECO-Park, Barehipani and Joranda Falls, Dashavatar Temple. Overnight at hotel in Dhanaulti.
Day 4 : Dhanaulti-Delhi
Early after breakfast, check out the hotel. On arrival at Delhi, proceed to airport/ railway station for onward journey Tour End.