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Happy Holidays – Dhanaulti

Happy Holidays

Dhanaulti

Situated amidst misty and dreamy surroundings, in the Garhwal Hills, is the pictorial town of Dhanaulti. Situated on the Mussoorie – Chamba route, Dhanaulti is 25 km. from Mussoorie. Unspoilt, unexplored and in stark contrast to the urban jungle that Mussoorie has become, Dhanaulti is as close to nature as can be. The lush greenery, comprising of soaring trees of deodar, rhododendron and oak, makes the hill station look like a painting created by Almighty himself and has an atmosphere of perfect peace and tranquility. The long wooded slopes, lazy outings, cool caressing breeze, warm and hospitable inhabitants, lovely weather and fabulous view of snow covered mountains makes it an ideal retreat for a relaxed holiday. The places to be visited in Dhanaulti are Barehipani and Joranda situated in the core area of Simlipal National Park. Chanderi a town, famous for its gossamer-like sarees, also has fine examples of Rajput and Sultanate architecture. A magnificent Mughal Fort dominates the skyline. Among the interesting sites are the Koshak Mahal, the Badal Mahal, Victory Arch, Jama Masjid and ancient Jain temples. Dashavatar Temple, a fine Gupta temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is the earliest known Panchyatan temple in north India. The terraced basement above the high plinth is decorated with sculpted panels. The figures of Ganga and Yamuna adorn the carved doorway leading to the sanctum sanctorum. Three large carved panels along the side-walls – the Gajendramoksha panel, the Nar Narayan Tapasya and the Anantshayi Vishnu, depict scenes from Vaishnava mythology. Only the lower portion remains, of the spire, which was the most important part of the temple. Deogarh, the 16th century magnificent fort, near Pratapgarh has some beautiful palaces ornate with murals and splendid Jain temples. Jain Temples were built much after the Vishnu Temple, but are no less remarkable. They are situated inside the fort of Kanali on the hills, overlooking the Betwa. The site was a Jain centre from the 6th to the 17th century. The temples abound in panels depicting scenes from Jain mythology, Tirthankara images, votive pillars, votive tablets, Jain images visible from all sides and pillars carved with a thousand Jain figures. Matatila Dam is an ideal picnic spot developed by the Irrigation Department. Water-sports and a garden on the lines of the Vrindavan gardens are added attractions. Pradhanpat hill, with its picturesque waterfall, offers a rare scenic beauty. Talbehat, 31 km south of Lalitpur, is situated on the Jhansi-Sagar National Highway. It derive its name from Tal (Lake) and Behat (village), in the language of Gonds, the original settlers at the site. Your tour to Dhanaulti will delight you with exciting treks, pony rides along fruit gardens and water streams appearing from nowhere. A treasure trove of scenic beauty, Dhanaulti is a woody paradise that will make you enjoy a holiday of a lifetime.

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