Kanatal & Dhanaulti – For The Best Camping Experiences
lets celebrate night under a million stars at this camping
Kanatal Camp is situated at 8,500 Ft Asl,in the Mussorie Hills, near Dhanaulti. Distance from Delhi is 300kms from Delhi, Travel time 8 Hrs Approx., Distance from Mussoorie is 42 Kms and Dhanaulti and Chamba is 15 & 13 Kms, Rishikesh to Kanatal is 70 Kms.
With this rising adventure spot that offers endless opportunities to enjoy thrilling activities clubbed with one of the best camping experiences, weekends will no more be boring at escapes like Kanatal. Considered to be one of the best holiday destinations in India for all travelers, camping in Kanatal is one experience that no one should miss out on.
Best time to visit: April to June
How to reach
- By air: Located at a distance of 92 kms, Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airstrip to Kanatal.
- By rail: Located at a distance of 75 kms, Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead to Kanatal.
Attractions: Kodia Jungle, Tehri Lake, Surkanda Devi temple, New Tehri Dam, and more.
Surkhanda Devi Temple, 1km
Surkanda Devi stairs starts from 1 kms away from Kanatal Camp , Temple could be seen from our camp , Trek to to Surkanda Devi is approx s 7kms far from our base camps by hill route. If you are really looking for a good trek, you can add a good trekking experience of Surkanda Devi Temple instead of going by road. It is a Hindu temple situated close to the small resort hamlet of Dhanaulti in Tehri District. It is at an altitude of about 10,000 ft, 2000 ft above Dhanaulti, which itself it at quite a height above sea level. It is surrounded by dense forests and affords a scenic view of the surrounding region including the Himalayas to the north, and certain cities to the south (e.g., Dehradun, Rishikesh) The Gange Dussera festival is celebrated every year between May and June and attracts a lot of people. Legend has it that the head of the charred body of Goddess Sati fell here when Lord Shiva was taking her remains along with him after she give her life in the yajna started by her father.
Tehri Dam, 35kms
Tehri Dam is the primary dam of the Tehri Development Project, a major hydroelectric project centered near Tehri Town in the state of Uttarakhand in India. Located on the Bhagirathi River, the principal tributary of the sacred River Ganges, the Tehri Dam has a height of 855 feet (261 m), making it the 5th tallest dam in the world. The dam’s intended capabilities include a power generation capacity of 2400 MW, provision of irrigation to an area of 270,000 hectares, irrigation stabilization to an area of 600,000 hectares, and a supply of 270 million gallons of drinking water per day to the industrialized areas of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. There is another smaller dam 14 km downstream at Koteshwar that will produce 400 MW of electricity, and is still considered part of the TDP hydroelectric plan. While initially planned with an approximate budget of 4 million U.S. dollars, an equivalent of over 1 billion US dollars has been spent on the construction of the dam to date.
Dhanaulti Eco-park, 8kms
A very good destination for eco-tourists to enjoy Eco-park consisting of herbal garden, treks, Himalayan view, animals and bird watching inside deodar forest, Heavy snow fall occurs during winter.
This hill station, situated in the foothills of the Himalaya ranges, is also known as the Queen of the Hills. The adjoining town of Landour, which includes a military cantonment, is considered part of ‘greater Mussoorie’, as are the townships of Barlowganj and Jharipani. Being at an average altitude of 2,000 meters (6,600 ft), Mussoorie, with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill resort. Commanding snow ranges to the north-east and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges in the south, the town was once said to present a ‘fairyland’ atmosphere to tourists. The highest point is Lal Tibba with a height of over 7000ft.
Kodia Jungle is one of the prime tourist spots in Kanatal. Also, it’s quite a famous picnic spot among locals. Known for several natural springs this place is an amazing place for nature lovers. A trip to Kanatal is incomplete without a visit to Kodia Jungle. It is 1 km ahead of Kanatal towards Chamba and is a trek of almost 5-6 km. In case you do not wish to trek you can go on a jeep safari. An excursion through the jungle will extend the scope of encountering the wildlife. Musk Deer, Wild boars, and Kakar (the barking deer) are some animals that can be sighted easily.
How you can reach Kodia Jungle :-
Kodia Jungle is 1 km ahead of Kanatal towards Chamba. You can reach here by hiring a jeep or taxi. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport (92 km) from Kanatal. From there you can take a taxi and cover the distance in almost 3 to 4 hours. Railway stations that are nearest to Kanatal are: Dehradun (85 km) and Rishikesh (75 km). A lot of buses and taxis ply on a daily basis to Mussoorie and from there to Kanatal.
Chamba is that one getaway you’ve always dreamed off. Minimal human alteration in the topography and environment and the balanced temperatures of the area make it the perfect destination all year round. The river Ravi cuts across town and adds to the scenery. Chambal is present at the confluence if Ravi river with Chal river.
The sub-Himalayan area is amply endowed with a variety of flora and fauna, making it a very picturesque background for your holiday memoirs. There’s about enough lakes, wildlife sanctuaries and temples to make you feel like this virgin land has more than enough to offer to every tourist. You only go back richer from Chamba.
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