One of the lesser known hill stations of Uttarakhand, Kanatal is a pristine, undiscovered jewel in the Garhwal region that offers a serene experience in the lap of nature. At an elevation of 8,500 feet on the Chamba–Mussoorie highway, Kanatal epitomizes the romantic aura of Tehri district.
Kanatal is a place unlike any you might have visited. The hill station offers quiet meadows, dense forests and quaint old villages. Unlike other hill stations in Northern India which are plagued by overcrowding, unchecked urbanization, rampant pollution and commercialization, Kanatal’s USP is its pristine beauty.
Things to Do
When in Kanatal, one must visit Dhanaulti. This eco-park is the prime attraction of this compact hill station and is situated 24km from Mussoorie. Comprising a deodar forest, herbal garden, viewing points, trekking trails, bird watching and recreational swings, the park has been developed by the Forest Department of Uttarakhand, in collaboration with local youth. They even provide guides to explore the many walking trails in the park.
You can have your share of divine intervention by visiting the Surkunda Devi Temple. Situated at an altitude of about 9500 feet and attracts hundreds of pilgrims every year. It is also known to be a good vantage point for panoramic views of the Himalayan range and nearby places like Rishikesh and Dehradun.
One can also explore the Kodai Forest. An ideal picnic spot, the Kodia forest – located just a few kilometres away from Chamba – begins with a narrow dirt track and unfolds into a plateau that then leads to dense forests, undulating hills, spectacular views of the valley below and natural springs.
One of the lesser known places you could visit while in Kanatal is Tehri dam, built on the confluence of River Bhagirathi and Bhilangna.
An experience of a Lifetime
The most enjoyable way to discover Kanatal is to simply walk and discover apple orchards, fruit trees, wild flowers, pine forests, tiny temples and smiling locals. There are no malls or shopping marts here, just miles after miles of forests and pristine nature. For the discerning tourist looking for a communion with nature, there are many pleasant surprises waiting to be discovered. You may even be tempted to indulge in some meditation.
Club Mahindra Kanatal
Club Mahindra Kanatal has a rustic aura about it, with old-school bricks forming the outermost layer. The sloping rooftops are a dead giveaway to a long-gone era. This kind of amazing vibe, coupled with state of art amenities makes it an ideal vacation get away.
Scenery around the Resort
Kanatal isn’t a destination that comes with a promise of frills and thrills; it urges you to slow down and relish nature’s sights and sounds in the serene abode of the Himalayas. A series of narrow, zigzag roads surrounded by fragrant pine, deodar and rhododendron trees lead you to this little hill station tucked inside the belly of Uttarakhand’s rolling hills.
Club Mahindra has many resorts in North India in the vicinity of the Great Himalayas. Each Club Mahindra Property offers scenic views that’ll will mesmerize you and transport you to a different place; with Club Mahindra Kanatal being one of our top destinations for a truly magical vacation!