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Monday, December 9, 2013

Amazing trip to Dhanaulti - Near Mussoorie

It was a detour from our usually biking and we decided to hire a cab for our outstation venture..
seems the gods of all my teammates were not on their sides.....It was a very evenful experience and an eye opener for all of us.

It was the 9:00pm of 24th April,09 and I was at our office to pick all the 6 fellows for our well planned trip to Surkanda Devi temple near Dhanaulti. Inder has come specially for this trip to Delhi. After picking all of them, we went to the nearest DHABA in Delhi. Here we took some food & after that searched for our PETROL....ooaahhaaa..

After having 4-4 Patiala, we all were fully ready for the trip at around 10:00pm, and as decided we all started the journey. That was our first stoppage of the trip to repaired the punchered tire. We all stopped here and had some tea. Two of guys went inside the hospital and did a lot of TAFRI there. Now as we all get charged with the tea & tire also got repaired, we started again towards the destination.

As we moved out of Dehradun, we all suddenly entered the land of beautiful landscapes and lush green mountains. Before we all could enter those curvy mountain roads...I myself slept...HUH !!! missed the curves..

In the meanwhile, our driver had to pay a bribe of Rs 200/- at UP-Uttranchal traffic outposts because (a) the taxi had no permit. Just after crossing the post, one of our fellow friend Mr.Jags had Ejected the contents of the stomach through the mouth..LOLZ....BOLE TO sale ko mai paani dene gya aur mere stomatch mai v GUD GUD suru ho gai..shit shit shit..HA

ha ha ha ha...

So, we reached Dhanaulti around 8 in the morning and stopped at the guest room to take some rest over there. It costs us Rs 250/- only for four hours..ha ha ha ha thanx to me for bargaining with the Manager. He was asking for Rs 1000/- earlier.

Dhanaulti is 325 km from Delhi (an 8-9 hour drive) and 25 km from Mussoorie. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 82 km and the closest railhead is 66 km away, also at Dehradun. From here you can drive up to Dhanaulti, or take a tourist taxi or bus.

Dhanaulti lies on a ridge at an altitude of 2286 m. Tucked away in the midst of deep forests of deodar, oak, conifer, rhododendron and flame of the forest, Dhanaulti is a woody paradise that makes you forget where you are. Caressed by a bracing mountain zephyr, this hill station is just ideal for long walks up shady slopes or quiet tête-à-têtes in grassy meadows.

I woke up at 10 am and and discussed about the trip with Mr.Jaat. where all other were still on the bed. Be both decided to

entered into the ECO Park, which was just 100 mtrs from the hotel, and yes we really got some great shots there. After spending around 1 hour there we both decided to head back to hotel as we also had to start back. We headed back to our rooms packed our stuffs and came down for Breakfast, Mean while..other guys were packing to move towards the temple of Surkanda Devi, 10 km from Dhanaulti is perched high on a mountain and there is a 2 km uphill trek from the tiny village of Kaddu Khal to get here.

Located on the Mussoorie-Chamba track, Dhanaulti is the launching point for numerous treks into the snow-capped Himalayas, especially to the Tehri region of Garhwal. The most popular treks are through the dense alpine forests that take you to Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri, the sacred three of the holy Devi Darshan triangle.

Longer treks from Dhanaulti take you to Deoprayag where the Bhagirathi and the Alaknanda rivers unite and the Ganga is born. Visit the villages of Kandikhal, Jamnikhal and Nekhari en route where you can spend the night at simple guesthouses. Another magnificent route is the Dhanaulti- Nagtibba trek through the Garhwal Himalayas, past the pretty village of Panthari, past some splendid scenery and interesting flora and fauna. Other exciting treks via Dhanaulti are to Kempty Falls, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri glaciers.

Its easy to surrender yourself to Dhanaulti's charms - just give yourself a chance!