- Thursday, 5 December 2013

Dhanaulti, Tehri Uttarakhand, India

This little village nestled amidst oak and pine forest came as quite a surprise. Dhanaulti is at a distance of about 60 kms from Dehradun. Its on the same route as mussorie but just 3-4 kms short of mussorie one needs to take detour and turn right from JP gate and drive straight on the scenic route for another 20-23 kms. Dhanaulti is a small village stretching not more than a kilometer and this forest rest house run by GMVN  (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd) is a basic, clean and picturesque option to stay. Getting to book this guesthouse in advance can be nightmarish- but its best to call GMVN head office in Dehradun first and get latest contact details from them for their Dhanaulti forest rest house. They do not take reservations in advance as they do not have any facility to receive booking money but a phone call, in our case, had managed to keep a room for us. 

This rest house is situated at a perfectly quaint location and offers an unhindred forest view. There is also an eco-park just facing the rest house which offers a wonderful walk through thick forests. Monsoons seem to be the best time to head here as a quick getaway from Delhi. 

Food is simple and tasty vegetarian, cooked in a common kitchen and served in their dining. However, non-wev can easily be brought in or ordered at any of the dhabas nearby which can be served to you along with your meals. Staff is friendly and does not hesitate from taking any such requests.

Eventhough this resthouse is mostly used for a night halt for those traveling ahead on Tehri route, and we seemed to be the only ones staying for over 4 nights, it was totally worth it. It's a good spot for writers or artists who just want to stay at one place and somewhat cut off from city life. 

* A copy of this article has also been published in The New Indian Express, Bangalore on 24th April 2014. The write up can be accesses here.

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