Dehradun and Dhanolti

#1 Nov 13th, 2015, 21:23
Join Date:
Apr 2014
Location:
Chennai, IN
Posts:
11
  • r.praveen is offline
#1
I will be visiting Dehradun for a trek in December 2015. I will be reaching Dehradun on 23rd Dec morning, checking in a hotel and will have two whole days (23rd and 24th Dec 2015). I am planning to go to Dhanaulti for a day.

In Dhanaulti, I plan to visit one of the Eco parks and Surkanda Devi Temple. From information available in the internet, this is doable in a day. But I am unsure about the bus timings. Can someone advise me regarding buses and share taxis to reach Dhanaulti from Dehradun and back again? I want to keep the costs to a minimum so fully-paid taxis are a big no-no.

Also, in Dehradun or in any other nearby places, are there places that are less touristy and more off-beat which are doable in a day?

Thanks in advance!
#2 Nov 14th, 2015, 01:00
Join Date:
Aug 2006
Location:
Kibbutz Hamadia. Israel
Posts:
1,198
  • dcamrass1 is offline
#2
Do know if off the beaten track but worth a visit.

Dehra Dun Ram Rai Darbar Mausolem
Name:  IMG_0294 - Copy.jpg
Views: 1382
Size:  51.9 KB

Dehra Dun Forest Resarch Institute

Name:  IMG_0306 - Copy.jpg
Views: 1095
Size:  27.3 KB


And great Kulfi

Name:  IMG_0301 - Copy.jpg
Views: 1813
Size:  61.9 KB

Name:  IMG_0295 - Copy.jpg
Views: 936
Size:  67.2 KB
#3 Nov 14th, 2015, 01:35
Join Date:
Apr 2011
Location:
Delhi
Posts:
536
  • NEERAJ JAT JI is offline
#3
Buses on Dhanolti route will run on the snow condition. If road will be blocked (chances are very low), buses will not be available. Otherwise you will find bus and shared taxi, sumo easily.
[B]NEERAJ MUSAFIR (IN HINDI)
Musafir Hoon Yaaron
#4 Nov 14th, 2015, 01:54
Join Date:
Feb 2010
Location:
N/A
Posts:
229
  • madri is offline
#4
Clement colony in Dehradun has a Tibetan settlement and the nearby monastery has a big stupa in nice surroundings with a bunch of monkeys going crazy. It's a nice, free, and well maintained place to visit.

The FRI mentioned above is worth visiting for the architecture and the scale of the complex.

An evening walk from one end of paltan bazaar to the other can be enjoyable, especially if you are willing to eat whatever is being offered along the way.

Locals will tell you to go to Shastedhara (sp?) or Khalsi Deer Park or Robber's cave. All can be easily avoided unless you are super bored in which case the latter of the three is ok.
#5 Nov 14th, 2015, 01:55
Join Date:
May 2007
Location:
दिल्ली
Posts:
11,765
  • Dilliwala is offline
#5
Quote:
Originally Posted by r.praveen View Post I will be visiting Dehradun for a trek in December 2015. I will be reaching Dehradun on 23rd Dec morning, checking in a hotel and will have two whole days (23rd and 24th Dec 2015). I am planning to go to Dhanaulti for a day.

In Dhanaulti, I plan to visit one of the Eco parks and Surkanda Devi Temple. From information available in the internet, this is doable in a day. But I am unsure about the bus timings. Can someone advise me regarding buses and share taxis to reach Dhanaulti from Dehradun and back again? I want to keep the costs to a minimum so fully-paid taxis are a big no-no.

Also, in Dehradun or in any other nearby places, are there places that are less touristy and more off-beat which are doable in a day?

Thanks in advance!
There are buses from Dehradun which pass by Dhanolti. One bus starts from Dehradun RS and goes to Chamba. Other buses leave from the Parade Ground. Share-jeeps also leave from Parade Ground.

There's only one Eco Park at Dhanolti.

Where exactly are you going trekking?
#6 Nov 14th, 2015, 09:28
Join Date:
Apr 2014
Location:
Chennai, IN
Posts:
11
  • r.praveen is offline
#6
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcamrass1 View Post Do know if off the beaten track but worth a visit.
Thanks! I have the Forest institute in my sights. If time permits, I will surely give the Mausolem a visit.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NEERAJ JAT JI View Post Buses on Dhanolti route will run on the snow condition. If road will be blocked (chances are very low), buses will not be available. Otherwise you will find bus and shared taxi, sumo easily.
Thanks Neeraj! If there is snow, it is a huge plus ... though there is a huge risk that it might play spoilsport to my plans!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post There are buses from Dehradun which pass by Dhanolti. One bus starts from Dehradun RS and goes to Chamba. Other buses leave from the Parade Ground. Share-jeeps also leave from Parade Ground.

There's only one Eco Park at Dhanolti.

Where exactly are you going trekking?
Thanks for the info! Dhanaulti's supposed to have two Eco Parks - Amber and Dhara. This is just based upon info from the internet. I have no friends who have visited that place.
Regarding the trek, I am going to Har Ki Dun.
#7 Nov 14th, 2015, 14:18
Join Date:
May 2007
Location:
दिल्ली
Posts:
11,765
  • Dilliwala is offline
#7
Quote:
Originally Posted by r.praveen View Post Thanks for the info! Dhanaulti's supposed to have two Eco Parks - Amber and Dhara. This is just based upon info from the internet.
Yes, I now see Wikipedia mentions 2 parks, all of 200 m apart . I think they're both part of the same park, given different names. Other sites mention only one park.

Quote:
Regarding the trek, I am going to Har Ki Dun.
In that case, why do you want to go back to Dehradun? You can just head for Mussoorie, from where you'll get direct transport to Purola and onwards to Sankri.

I would have said to skip stayng in Dehradun altogether and stay in Dhanolti and.or Mussoorie instead. But if you're very keen, then just stay a day after arriving in Dehradun, see the sights, then head for Dhanolti/Mussoorie and on to HKD. This cuts out unnecessary back-track.
#8 Nov 14th, 2015, 21:12
Join Date:
Apr 2014
Location:
Chennai, IN
Posts:
11
  • r.praveen is offline
#8
Quote:
Originally Posted by madri View Post Clement colony in Dehradun has a Tibetan settlement and the nearby monastery has a big stupa in nice surroundings with a bunch of monkeys going crazy. It's a nice, free, and well maintained place to visit.
Thanks! A peaceful free-from-crowd monastery sounds good!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post In that case, why do you want to go back to Dehradun? You can just head for Mussoorie, from where you'll get direct transport to Purola and onwards to Sankri.
I have actually joined "IndiaHikes" for the trek and they will be sending pickup vehicles to Sankri (though that can be skipped). My main concern is that the stay options at Dhanaulti are a bit costly. And by staying at Dehradun instead of Mussoorie, I can have a relaxed visit of a couple of places at Dehradun. Also I prefer travelling to Sankri by the pickup as I can somewhat get to know the trekkers.
#9 Nov 22nd, 2015, 11:33
Join Date:
Nov 2015
Location:
Dehradun
Posts:
8
  • Hemu Sharma is offline
#9
1. Monastery is not "free-of-crowd". I say FRI is must-see.

2. Eco-park, as Dilliwala opined, is one only. It is pretty ordinary stuff. I will suggest going to Surkanda Devi, which is slightly ahead of Dhanolti, is a better idea. This will give you mild trek-practice too.

3. In Mussorrie you can walk upto Char-dukan and Sister's bazar to have a feel of old-time colonial Landour, and, if lucky, a good panoramic view of Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini ranges.
#10 Feb 10th, 2016, 23:19
Join Date:
May 2007
Location:
दिल्ली
Posts:
11,765
  • Dilliwala is offline
#10
Quote:
Originally Posted by r.praveen View Post In Dhanaulti, I plan to visit one of the Eco parks ...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post There's only one Eco Park at Dhanolti.
Quote:
Originally Posted by r.praveen View Post Thanks for the info! Dhanaulti's supposed to have two Eco Parks - Amber and Dhara. This is just based upon info from the internet. I have no friends who have visited that place.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Yes, I now see Wikipedia mentions 2 parks, all of 200 m apart . I think they're both part of the same park, given different names. Other sites mention only one park.
Time for a correction.
Went to Dhanolti today after 4 years, indeed there are two Eco Parks there now - the old one next to GMVN, and the new one to the west of it. Don't recall it being there 4 years ago. Seems I have to visit every place I know in the state every year now, just to see if there's anything new.
#11 Feb 11th, 2016, 10:13
Join Date:
Apr 2014
Location:
Chennai, IN
Posts:
11
  • r.praveen is offline
#11

Update

Thank you all for helping me with the details I went to Dhanaulti and Surkanda Devi Temple as planned during the last week of Dec 2015.

For the benefit of others who may be planning to go there, there is a bus to Dhanaulti from Dehradun (bus stand by the Railway Station) at 6 am. This is the bus that goes to Chamba via Dhanaulti and Kaddukhal village (where Surkanda Devi Temple is situated) and costs 120 Rs.

Transport options while coming back from Kaddukhal or Dhanaulti are very limited. I took a cab to Mussoorie that costs Rs. 600 from Kaddukhal.

Thank you guys once again and sorry for the late update.

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
Dehradun May 16th, 2012 01:35 1 1589 Uttarakhand
Dhanolti in February Feb 14th, 2012 14:36 0 997 Uttarakhand
Mussoorie, Dhanolti and rishikesh by Car - Itinerary help please! Sep 17th, 2011 18:05 12 5956 Uttarakhand
Itinerary for Dehradun - Yamunotri -Gangotri-Dehradun Aug 10th, 2011 00:25 6 5523 India Travel Itinerary Advice
Is it possible? 3 days Rishikesh-Dhanolti-Mussoorie Apr 15th, 2010 04:27 8 5338 Uttarakhand


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2018
Page Load Success