After having nice and heavy breakfast at Astha's place we headed towards our first destination Dhanolti. It was so generous of Astha and her family we travelled to Dhanolti in her Innova with her driver. Astha's younger brother Nandan was also with us and this was his first journey in the mountains inspite being so close.
Dhanolti is 58 kms from Dehradun. We started at 10.AM from Dehradun, as soon as you are 10 kms from the city you will start seeing the changes in the surroundings, landscapes, trees etc. As the hilly terrains starts. On the way you could have some glimpses of the hill station Mussoorie which is on the mid way to Dhanolti. As we crossed Mussoorie the roads beacame steeper curves narrower and scenes were just breathtaking. Temparature fell to 20 in that sultry summer. We could now see the tall and green Deodar trees all around.
We reached Dhanolti around 12 :30 in the noon. It is at an elevation of 2,286 m/ 7,500 feet above the sea level. It was really beautiful pollution free and very silent hill station. Astha's dad had prebooked the Hotel for us which was the only 3 star Hotel in Dhanolti, Hotel Drive Inn. We checked in kept our bags in the room and quickly came out we were ready to explore Dhanolti.
Dhanolti is known for its quiet environs amidst the alpine forests of Deodar, Rhododendron and Oak. The main attraction of this hill station was Eco Park. There are two Eco-parks, "Amber" and "Dhara" about 200 m apart. It houses a protected patch of small forest containing Deodar Trees.There is an entry fee of Rs 25 For Adults and Rs 10 for Children.The adventure sports facility is available for visitors in the form of walking over the flying fox and riding horses. We sat there clicked some nice pictures. Nandan was quite playful and excited in the Eco park. After an hour four of us came out and were now hungry as it was lunch time. We al had lunch in one of the cute dhaba which was on the roof top ! The best thing about this place is that it has not been commercialised. You will find reasonable priced dhabas in this place. After lunch it was time that Nandan would say bye to us and leave for Dehradun along with the driver bhaiya in the Innvova. We felt sad for him as he was enjoying the place and now he had to go.
We went for a trek that evening and the roads were very quiet and view was simply awesome. 3 of us just roamed clicked pictures and had fun. After 4-5 kms of trek we decided to come back as it was dark now. We had very light dinner and came back tou our room which was very luxurious and comfortable. We played cards in the night listened some music and went to sleep after a while since we were all tired.