The next day, I left Kanatal at around 1pm with the same bus. The driver and the conductor recognised me and very sweetly asked me if I had a good trip. I did, indeed.
And here I am today, planning another solo trip as I write this experience down.
So, if you like the sound of Kanatal and are planning to visit the place, take a few quick tips:
You can also reach the place via the Rishikesh route and it would take you lesser time.
There are a very few restaurants in Kanatal apart from a couple of luxury hotels perched in pretty corners.
The restaurants serve basic food items like paratha, momos, Maggi, bread omelette and of course the Garhwali cuisine. So don't go expecting German bakeries around every corner.
It is a quaint place and is recommended for people who want to destress and unwind.
You will find a few camping sites in Kanatal apart from some other home-stay type accommodations. There are a few luxury resorts too like The Terrace and Club Mahindra, if you can afford to splurge.
The various camping sites here also provide facilities for adventurous activities like rock climbing, rappelling etc.
Surkunda Devi temple, a famous religious site is only a few kilometers away.
If you do not want a very aloof kind of a getaway, you can try Dhanaulti which is a stone’s throw away from Kanatal and it is bustling with activity since it is a famous tourist destination.
Delhi to Dehradun: 6.5 hours (approximately)
Dehradun to Mussoorie: 45 minutes (considering no massive traffic snarl)
Mussoorie to Kanatal: 2 hours by bus.
Happy tripping! :)