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Wanna Travel Off-Beat? Go Kanatal And Explore The True Hidden Jewel Of The Hills

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 6 min read

Kanatal, a quaint village situated in the mesmerizing valley of Uttarakhand is an unexplored paradise where the happiness meets heaven. Situated at the height of 2590 Metre, Kanatal is one of the hidden gems of Uttarakhand and less popular than any of its neighboring cities such as Mussoorie and Rishikesh. Describing in a nutshell, exploring Kanatal is like experiencing the Heaven on Earth where you can rejuvenate your soul and can find a new you. Away from the urban uproar, it's an off-beat travel destination with a few adventures, picturesque valleys, Calm Mountains and everything with a little tone of twist and thrill. If you are looking for a tranquil vacation then Kanatal awaits you. kanatal-uttarakhand-travel-guide-image


1. How To Reach Kanatal From Delhi

The distance between Delhi and Kanatal is approx 345 km and it will take you around 9 hours to reach by road or you can choose to go Mussoorie first and then take a drive from there which is a max of 3-hour journey. You can also take a train to Dehradun or Haridwar and continue the onward journey to Kanatal by road. Be ready with your ultimate road trip playlist.kanatal-uttarakhand-travel-guide-image



2. Where To Stay In Kanatal

There are multiple lodging options and beautiful properties to stay in Kanatal. From luxurious hotels to resorts and homestays to camps there are multiple options to opt for. But for the better experience of Pahadi life, book yourself a private homestay and dedicate your soul with a never to forget sense and memory.kanatal-uttarakhand-travel-guide-image


Below Are A Few Of The Best Options To Look Out For:


Mahindra Resorts:

This Oh! So beautiful property has 37 well-furnished rooms adorn with the hypnotizing wooden decor and services like spa, bar, and gym everything is available here starting from 7000 INR and pre-booking is advised. one of the best parts of this property is all the rooms offer a scenic view where you can relax over a cup of tea or coffee.kanatal-uttarakhand-travel-guide-mahindra-resort-image



The Terraces: 

Set amidst the majestic forest of pines, deodar trees, magnificent rhododendrons, fruit-bearing apple trees and fresh air, The Terraces is a boutique spa resort in Kanatal which promise you a remarkable, alluring and bracing holiday experience. Starting with 10,000 INR, The Terraces offer 20 rooms and a suite with the excellent facilities all aimed at enhancing the comfort and well being of the esteemed visitors. Conference room, dining room, and fitness center are one of such facilities which are offered by this Resort.kanatal-uttarakhand-travel-guide-the-terrace-resort-image



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The Hermitage: 

The Hermitage Hotel in Kanatal is a neat, tidy and compact little cozy holiday resort located with uninterrupted views of serene mountains on the one side and blue mountain valleys on the other. It offers a warm welcoming environment along with courteous staff and hospitality is simply the best. The rooms a well furnished and have wooden decor. It offers outdoor and indoor activities as well. The room starts at 6000 INR pre-booking is again advised.The_Hermitage-kanatal-image



Note: Please don't restrict yourself to the aforementioned places only as there are many more options available for a wonderful stay in Kanatal. You can even book yourself a private home or accommodate in an Open camp.


3. Things To Do

Adventure Activities:

Kanatal is a perfect place for adventure junkies! With many sports and adventure activities like sky bridge, valley crossing, zip line, zip swing and similar, it's a perfect HubSpot to experience an adrenaline rush in you. Imagine yourself floating in the clouds while cold breeze hits you, the experience is just magicalrock-climbing-kanatal-image



Tehri Dam:

Located 22km away from Kanatal, Tehri Dam is the tallest Dam in India and one of the tallest in the world. It is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam situated on the Bhagirathi River. The water gives a teal green effect. You can either enjoy the view or indulge yourself in water sports like jet skiing, motor boat, banana boat, surfing and many more.Tehri_Dam-kanatal-image



Trek In Kodia Jungle:

5-6 km trek en route Chamba, Kodia jungle is a perfect trekking place for every nature walk lover. Perfect place for enjoying nature’s gift, the color of the sky, cherry blossoms and if you are luckier you can spot animals like Musk Deer, Kakar, Ghoral and Wild Boar. The place is blessed by amazing views, surrounded by hills and valleys - the views are truly breathtaking.trekking-kanatal



Surkanda Devi Temple:

You can visit the Surkanda Devi Temple, which is about 5 km away from the main city. It is dedicated to god Sati and is an easily accessible place. The temple is surrounded by hills and green valleys offering picturesque sceneries. After visiting the temple you can also go for sight-seeing and click pictures for memories.Surkanda_Devi_Temple_Dhanaulti_kanatal-image



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Situated 24 km from Mussoorie, the major attraction of this small hill station is its eco-park. Comprising a deodar forest, herbal garden, viewing points, trekking trails, bird watching and swings, the park has been developed by the Forest Department of Uttarakhand, in collaboration with local youth. best-camp-resort-kanatal-image



If You Want To Shop:

There is no market in Kanatal itself but you can go Chamba where you can shop souvenirs for friends and family and can buy local handicrafts like baskets made out of bamboo sticks and more.

So if you want to explore something new, away from other crowded and common hill stations then you should definitely plan your weekend getaway to Kanatal with your friend and family for picturesque view and serenity.


Q. Where is Kanatal?

A. Kanatal is a small village in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Kanatal is 78 km from Dehradun (capital of the State Uttarakhand), 38 km from Mussoorie and 12 km from Chamba. It is on the Chamba-Mussoorie road and nearly 300 km from Delhi.


Q. What is the climatical condition of Kanatal?

A. The temperature here ranges between 10-20 degrees Celsius during summer and 5-10 degrees Celsius during winter. The location experiences heavy snowfall blocking roads in winters. Due to the high altitude, Kanatal faces unpredictable high winds.


Q. Which is the closest Railway Station and Airport to Kanatal?

A. Kanatal is connected by road to Delhi and major cities. The closest railway station and airport is Dehradun.

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