Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dhanaulti: A little Paradise

Last year I planned my Christmas vacation to Mussoorie in and around. Although I never been there but I had this feeling that Mussoorie is gonna to be so crowded and I'll not like it. So, I search more about nearby excursion and I came to know about Dhanaulti.

Situated at an altitude of 2286m
Through overnight bus I reached Deharadun. The hill bus station is within the Dehradun railway station premises. Some 30-40 bucks and 35 km something drive will take you to the queens of hill through a bus. The journey was quite pleasant and one have to make choice that where to get off because usually buses are ply to distant route. Most of the buses will take to famous Campty fall.

First Glimpse of Mussoorie
May be due to Christmas or probably its proximity to Delhi and other major cities, Mussoorie was over crowded. So I decided to move to Dhanaulti which I already had in my mind. Before that i had great breakfast in highly recommended Kalsang restaurant.

Must visit Place : Kalsang Restaurant
Table top of Kalsang Restaurant
Waiting to get served
At Gandhi Chowk in Mussoorie there is a Garhwal Tourist information centre but that day unfortunately no trip for Dhanaulti was planned because of lack of tourist on that route, so I asked about alternate ways and someone suggest me that you go to Tehri Bus stand from there you'll get the bus for Dhanaulti. Also they said lightly it is just 30 minutes walk. A word of caution, never trust on Hill people on distance related matter, because they probably measures the Arial distances. Steep paths will easily take just double or may be triple time for people belongs to plane. Anyways I clicked few more photographs while walking and reached Tehri bus stand uncomfortably.

The bus charge was another 35 bucks for Dhanaulti which is relatively on much higher altitude. You can see breathtaking views en-route.

It is a very small place; just few 100 meters stretched but like a jewel in crown.
Rooms are available here from 6000 to 350 Rs, being alone I choose the least one, which was yet decent with a TV and Geyser. Except 'Star Utsav' and 'Zee Smile' all channels were from Doordarshan network which one has to bear to save some money. I slept for few hours then stroll with locals on tea shop and dhabas to get the first hand information about the place. One thing I always felt in hill people that although they are keen to know about the life of big cities like Delhi but still feel satisfied about their hustle free cozy lifestyle. And when we confirmed that we are getting uncomfortable with fast pace of our life and came here in search of peaceful moments they always welcome us with a sense of proud.

Next day I woke up early and clicked lots of photographs. What to say just have a look;

Skyline of Dhanaulti
Hawa se baten karte
Around 8 in the morning and you can still see moon
Dawn is mesmerizing in Dhanaulti
You will followed by nobody
This image is my favorite

Completely mesmerized with the charm of this magical tiny place I came around 4 pm to Mussoorie. I had little spare time but not sufficient to visit Campty falls so I visited to Company Garden, which was a real disaster for lone travelers like me. It was so much crowded, offers absolutely nothing and was like a family picnic spot.

Mussoorie as seen from Company Garden
You can be at this place through Rickshaw for 150 bucks to and fro, which is actually a pleasant surprise because I have never seen Rickshaw before in a hill station. Lal Bahadur Shastri IAS training academy is also close to it.

Finally I back to Dehradun by 7 pm to catch my train Mussoorie express.

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