Top 05 things to do in Kanatal

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Kanatal is a small village in Tehri district of Uttarakhand at the elevation of 8500 feet. We can also call Kanatal suburbs of Mussorie and Dhanaulti. As it is now very far away from both the places and have a direct road to connect. Do you know Kanatal gets much more snowfall than Mussoorie and Dhanaulti?

So if you love snowfall than go to Kanatal this time instead of Mussoorie. Kanatal is an emerging destination for the nature lovers and peace lovers in mountains. In this post, I will explain to you the top 05 things to do in Kanatal.

Top 05 things to do in Kanatal
A place to relax

Do you know? how this place got its name as “Kanatal” Let me tell you. There used to be a Pond in the area that dried with time. In the local language Pond called “Tal” and Dried called “Kana”. This how this place got its name as “Kanatal”. Here in this post, I will not only explain to you the top 05 things to do in Kanatal. I will also explain to you how to reach the destination from different routes and cities and where to stay.

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You must have been to Mussoorie and may be Dhanaulti as well and must have faced traffic jams and overcrowded atmosphere. Which must have spoiled your mood. Kanatal is a perfect place if you want to avoid both situations. Kanatal is a perfect destination for family holidays, couples, and friends travelling together and for schools and educational trips as well.

Kanatal could be a great weekend gateway for the people of Delhi NCR. Kanatal is only around 330 Km from Delhi and can be reached by 7-8 Hours with smooth traffic.

Let’s check out top 05 things to do in Kanatal.

Tehri Lake and Dam: Tehri Dam is the highest dam in India and one of the highest in the world. It is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam on the Bhagirathi River near Tehri in Uttarakhand. You can have a mesmerizing view of the dam from different points. Hight of Tehri Dam is 855 feet, making it the fifth-highest dam in the world.

Top 05 things to do in Kanatal
Water Sports Tehri Lake

Tehri Lake is Asia’s largest man-made lake. It has been created by submerging a town called Tehri. The People of Tehri was asked to make space for the Tehri dam, and the population was shifted to the town of New Tehri. Uttarakhand govt has developed the lake as a hub for water sports in Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand govt also organize Tehri lake festival here every year. all this make it to include in the top 05 things to do in Kanatal. You can enjoy so many water sports here like:

  • Boating
  • Jet Speed Boar Ride
  • Water Skiing
  • Zorbing
  • Banana Boat Ride
  • Bandwagon Boat Ride
  • Hotdog Ride
  • Paragliding

Surkanda Devi Temple: This is a Hindu temple situated near Kanatal on Chamba-Mussoorie road. It is at an altitude of around 2756 metres lies close to hill stations of Dhanaulti. To reach the temple you have to climb stairs which will tale almost 30-45 Minutes. Uttarakhand govt is now developing a ropeway to reach the temple. From the Temple, you can have a magnificent view of the city Rishikesh and Dehradun from the left side of the Temple. At the other side of the Temple, you witness a mesmerising view of Himalaya if the sky is clear.

Top 05 things to do in Kanatal
Surkanda Devi Temple

Kaudia Forest Trek & Safari: Only 01 km away from the Kanatal this dense forest is so beautiful. You can have a walk here or can go on safari with a gypsy. Many wild animals can be seen during the trek like Kakar (the barking deer), Wild Boar Ghorals, and musk deer. It could be the best place for bird watching and nature photography. This forest is full of pine trees which make it so dense. You witness here cool breeze which makes your walk so relaxed not tiring.

Top 05 things to do in Kanatal
Trek in Kaudia Forest

Adventure Sports: Kanatal is being emerged as a hub for adventure sports as well. Govt also doing all the efforts to make this destination perfect for adventure lovers with providing all the safety measures and training to the guides who operate all the adventure sports. You can enjoy many adventure sports like Zip-line, Valley Crossing, Burma Bridge, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Sky Walk and many more. The adventure could be the main thing for many of you in the top 05 things to do in Kanatal.

Adventure sports Kanatal

Camping: If you love to stay in camps and want to experience a night full of stars than come to Kanatal. Kanatal still an eco-friendly destination and do not have many hotels here. But camping options are unlimited here. You can have basic camps to luxury tents with attached washrooms. Budget is not a problem here. Camping has become a trend nowadays so how can we ignore it to include in the top 05 things to do in Kanatal.

Hope the above activities will ease your work to search about top 05 things to do in Kanatal. Now let me tell you how to reach the destination so you can enjoy these top 05 things to do in Kanatal.

How to reach Kanatal: Kanatal is very well connected by road to all the famous cities of Uttarakhand and Delhi NCR. It is almost 330 km away from Delhi and connected very well. From Delhi, you can come to Kanatal via 02 routes first is Meerut-Roorki-Haridwar-Dehradun-Dhanaulti-Kanatal. second is Meerut-Roorki-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Chamba-Kanatal. I will advise you to take Rishikesh-Chamba route because the road is broad and the distance is less.

Evening view Kanatal

If you want to come by train than Dehradun or Haridwar is the nearest train station. From Dehradun or Haridwar you can taxi or buses to the Kanatal.

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport Dehradun which is almost 80 Km away only. From here again you can hire a taxi to the Kanatal.

Places to stay in Kanatal: As I mentioned above Kanatal is still does not have many good hotels and have mostly camping options. We also choose a camping option whenever we travel to Kanatal. Camping options are unlimited as per your budget and choice. Here are a few of them where we stayed and enjoyed.

Pahadi House Ranichori: This place is a little far away from Kanatal but near to Tehri Lake and Chamba city. The place is managed by Mr. Abhay Sharma who has a great sense of hospitality and your one point solution for all the knowledge and activities for nearby places. Mr. Abhay also doing a great job to preserve the Pahadi culture by developing more pahadi house from old and vacant houses. Stay here can make your trip memorable for the top 05 things to do in Kanatal.

Pahadi House Ranichori

Camp Garden Kanatal: This is the highest campsite in Kanatal. From this campsite, you can have some mesmerizing views of the Himalaya and Kanatal Valley. They also provide you packages with adventure sports. Do not forget about this property when you are in Kanatal to enjoy top 05 things to do in Kanatal.

Camp Garden Kanatal

The Kanatal Orchids: This is also one more good option to stay in Kanatal. This place is near to Surkanda Devi temple and the team here is very hospitable and humble to make your stay memorable.

The Kanatal Orchids

Above are some of few options there are many more. you can also find some home stays and small hotels in Kanatal.

With whom to book: We book all our trip with Edu Travel. They are kind of expert for the destination. They are specialized to organize educational trips and friends group travel with family and honeymoon travel as well. customer support excellent with Edu Travel. We advise you to contact them once before booking with anyone else.

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Danish Akhtar

Hey, my name is Danish Akhtar and welcome to my website. I have been traveling the world since 2012 and finally decided in October 2015 to make this website to share my experiences around the world. I hope to not only give you tips, tricks and my personal insight for your own travel but save you time and money when you travel next
So a little about my story, I was born in Nagina, a small town in Utter Pradesh India. I Passed out from University of Delhi in 2012 and decided that I needed to get some sort of career in that I can travel the world and could earn some smart amount. So that I m here working as assistant manager in a travel company beside that writing my experience of travelling which can help people.


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