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Mussoorie gives way to Dhanaulti

Tourists prefer going to Dhanaulti as Mussoorie has become congested

MUSSOORIE:   Dhanaulti, situated at an altitude of 2,286 m and around 24 km from Mussoorie, presents a beautiful view of the Bandarpoonch range of the Himalayas and the majestic Swargrohini peak on a clear day. It is a perfect tourist getaway that has all the ingredients of sweet memories spent in the forests.

Jim Corbett, renowned hunter who later became a wildlife lover, said “The time I spent in the jungles held unalloyed happiness for me, and that happiness I would now gladly share. My happiness, I believe, resulted from the fact that all wildlife is happy in its natural surroundings. In nature, there is no sorrow, and no repining. A bird from a flock, or an animal from a herd, is taken by hawk or carnivorous beast and those that are left rejoice that their time had not come today, and have no thought of tomorrow”.

It is here in the quiet environs of Dhanaulti, surrounded by tall deodar, rhododendron and oak trees, one is able to share and understand the joys of wilderness, as experienced by Jim Corbett who later became a wildlife lover and spent his time working to save tigers in Uttarakhand. Later, the Tiger Reserve was named after him and it is now popular as Jim Corbett Park that caters to wildlife loving tourists.

With Mussoorie turning into a concrete jungle and experiencing less snowfall during the winter, Dhanaulti is fast emerging a favoured alternative tourist destination. The motorcycle drive from Rishikesh to Dhanaulti is an out of the world experience for riders who are filled with renewed vigour and energy. Fresh cool Himalayan breeze from the Swargrohini and Bandarpoonch mountain ranges touches their faces inviting them for more adventure that is in store for them.

Dhanaulti comes as a pleasant surprise for the weekend travellers, who find the place peaceful, relaxed and loaded with oaks and rhododendrons. It is an ideal location that ensures peace of mind and soul. Ravinder, a tourist from Delhi who frequents Dhanaulti, says he is a mountain lover and with Mussoorie becoming crowded and congested, Dhanaulti provides a safe hideout for people like him who crave for green meadows, towering trees and a breathtaking view of Himalayan peaks.

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