As I sat with my friend to hear the tales of hidden Kanatal, the place did hold my breath, for the simple reason of unfamiliarity among the Indian travellers. As he goes around describing the beauty in words, it was easy to make out that the place must have some sparkles attached and hence I decided to pay a visit to this hidden talent. And to be honest, the place did hold up to my expectation
Known for its mesmerizing beauty, scenic views, verdant forests, invigorating winds and tranquil weather, Kanatal is a perfect getaway for people who want a good and quick break from work. Situated 78 km ahead of Dehradun and 38 km ahead of the Queen of Hills- Mussoorie & 12 km from Chamba, Kanatal is a hamlet built around numerous hills, a locale which personifies the romantic aura of Tehri District, Uttarakhand, which is located on the Chamba-Mussoorie highway.
History goes around that Kanatal gained its name from the now dried lake with the same name. To personify the lake existence, this beautiful and secreted hill station was named after the lake itself. The town is far and far away from the pollution, humidity and the hustle bustle of city life. The temperature during summers varies from 10 to 20 degree Celsius.
The month of winters turn this beauty into a mesmerizing white ground, as Kanatal is blessed with snowfall during the months of December till February. The trees look so beautiful in white furry clothes
For the wondering travelers Kanatal will be a great gift of silence. A walk amidst Deodar trees will not only provide a sense of happiness but also calmness to the mind.
In Kanatal city the most elevated point is Surkunda Devi Temple. The holy shrine is at an altitude of 9995 feet above the sea level, and considered as a very sacred temple in Kanatal, dedicated to Sati Ji. History has it that Kanatal is the place where Shankar Ji brought her dead body on his trishul from Haridwar. From the temple, enjoy the complete 360 degree view
The place is not extraordinary but has an extraordinary impact with the magnificent mountain view. On the whole, Kanatal is an ideal place for people to spend some memorable and peaceful time in solitude, away from the noise of modern cities!!!
|Distance from Delhi||Nearly 300 KMs|
|How to reach||By Road: Delhi- Meerut-Muzaffarnagar- Roorke-Dehradun-Mussoorie-Kanatal|
|By Train: Train till Dehradun or Rishikhesh. Taxi thereafter|
|By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest. Taxi thereon|
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