Dhanaulti an offbeat destination in the majestic Himalayas which is yet to be discovered

Muskan Aggarwal, INN/Uttarakhand, @infodeaofficial
Located in a peaceful lush green valley of Uttarakhand sits one of the most idyllic getaways — a family run hotel – Burans Breeze, which is in the true sense a home away from home. 
What is so unique about this remote place is that one can see the snow-clad Himalayas up ahead and the  sparkling Dehradun valley from the other side.
The 10-year-old place offers its guests a truly never-before experience in the lap of nature. For those who wish to escape from all the hustle-bustle of life, this promsiesto be the place to rejuvenate oneself. 
Once travel restrictions ease up, the Burans Breeze is waiting to receive visitors wanting to enjoy raw untouched nature and explore their wild side. 
While one can experience pleasantly-chilly weather throughout the year in Dhanaulti, during the winter months of December, January and February, one will get mesmerized  as the valley turns from green into white due to heavy snowfall. 

Dhanaulti is an offbeat destination in the majestic Himalayas which is yet undiscovered by tourists. Well known for  the native Burans flower, apple orchards and potato farms, a variety of flora and fauna can also be spotted here. Come solo or with your friends or family, you are sure to enjoy this place.


The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant which serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. It boasts of serving organic food, veggies for which are grown in its own lawns and farm. Other than the staple  Indian, Chinese, Italian, and American cuisines, the place serves up genuine local Garhwali dishes, on demand. 

There is a beautiful lawn with flowers where one can enjoy their meals amid apple and plum trees. And soak in the nature and the enjoy the spectacular view. 
Arrangements are also made for bonfire and music on request. 
For adventure seekers, there are adventure activities like hill climbing, mountain biking, and valley ropeway crossing etc. The trekkers can explore the different routes, with the help of local, experienced guides. 

How to reach:
Dhanaulti is just 20 kms from Mussoorie and about 35 kms from Dehradun. There are buses available from Mussoorie to New Tehri in every 1-2 hours that go via Dhanaulti. It is best to travel in one’s private vehicle as the frequency of the public transport is poor.

What to do:
1. Surkanda Mata Mandir: It is one of the “sidhpeets” in India. This means that whoever comes here and wishes for something, it comes true. One has to take a tedious 2 km trek to reach the temple which is situated at an altitude of about 2,756 metres.  Spectacular views of the valley greet the visitors and pilgrims.

2. Eco Park: It is dedicated to the unique and rare flora and fauna of the Himalayas. While kids can enjoy swings and fountains here, wildlife enthusiasts can trek to explore the different varieties of flowers, insects and birds.
3. Trekking: There are several treks in Dhanaulti, some for beginners and some a little difficult. Breathtaking views can be witnessed from different peaks, giving a glimpse of the majestic Himalayas and the life on mountains.

4. Kaudia Forest: For those wild at heart and those wishing to see and experience nature from close, Kaudia Forest is a must-visit place. One will have to take permission from the forest department as this adventure can prove to be dangerous. Wild animals including bears, tigers, and deers can be easily spotted. It is best to hire a local guide if one wishes to go.

5. Tehri: It is around a 4-hour drive from Dhanaulti to Tehri with picturesque views. One can see the Tehri Dam and also do water activities and boating in the reservoir.

Traditional Garhwali Cuisine to try:

1. Jhangora Ki Kheer
One of the most popular sweet dishes of Uttarakhand, Jhangora Ki Kheer is a must-have. Jhangora is a type of millet which is the main ingredient of this dessert. It is cooked with milk and dry fruits that give it a rich texture.

2. Kandalee Ka Saag
It is a green leafy vegetable, often called “Bicchu Ghas”, which gives it a unique flavour. Like other dishes of Uttarakhand, this too is rich in nutrients.

3. Gulgula
A very common Garhwali snack, it is made using jaggery. This has even found place in North Indian cuisine.

4 Urad Ke Pakode
These spicy pakoras (fritters) are prepared with Urad Dal and are served as snacks, during breakfast or with evening tea.

5 Madua Ki Roti
These are delicious and highly nutritious rotis made from Madua, a local cereal. Most Garhwali people have it daily to keep their energy level high.

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