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Overview of Kanatal
Situated at a height of 8500 feet above sea level, Kanatal stands tall and calm in the Tehri district of Uttarakhand. This is quiet and serene hill station which has snow-clad peaks at its backdrop, dense and green forests all around and a relaxing ambience all over. This is one of the less-travelled places of Uttarakhand. It has all the ingredients in it to make it to the top honeymoon spots of the country. It would be apt to say that the Nature Goddess is at her best form here.
History of the place
The name Kanatal was initially given to the river that was present in this place many centuries ago. As years went, the river went dry and today there is no sign of this river anywhere. As an ode to the river, the area around this river was given the name Kanatal. This area is famous for the centuries-old Sakuntala Devi temple. Legend has it, that this is where Lord Shiva carried Goddess Sati’s corpse on this Trishul. The presiding deity in this temple is Goddess Sati. The rich history of this temple makes it very sacred as it is believed by all the locals that Lord Shiva himself had set foot here. This temple is located at a whopping 9995 feet above sea level and offers a phenomenal view of the Uttarakhand state. A small trek of around 2km is required from the Mussoorie route to reach this shrine.
Located at around 8500 feet above sea level, Kanatal is a wonderful hill station in Uttarakhand’s Tehri district. This is easily accessible from all the major cities of the state like Dehradun (78km far) and Mussoorie (38km far). Kanatal is located at 30.24 degrees towards the North and 78.20 degrees towards the East.
How to reach and local transport
Air – Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun, at a distance of 90km, is the closest to Kanatal.
Rail – Rishikesh Railway station, at a distance of 70km, is the closest to Kanatal.
Road- Kanatal is well connected by buses from major cities like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Delhi, Haridwar and many more. Taxis are available on rent from cities within Uttarakhand to reach Kanatal.
Local transport – Trekking and pony-rides are the widely-used methods to travel within Kanatal.
Tourist Attractions and Things to do
Tehri Dam, constructed on River Bhagirathi, is a wonderful picnic spot in Kanatal. Kodia Jungle is a thick forest that unravels many pleasant surprises like valleys, mountains, streams and wild animals all along its path. Mussoorie, the famous hill station is just about 38km from Kanatal, whereas the natural and spectacular Chamba valley is just about 16km from this place. Dhanaulti is one of the most natural places in the vicinity of Kanatal with orchards and sudden fresh water streams popping up here and there. Shivpuri is a place that tourists must visit, if they want to indulge in rafting activities, as this is one of the best in the business.
Places to eat / stay and local cuisine
Being a hill town replete with valleys and streams, tourists cannot find any restaurants or eating joints on the streets of Kanatal. The hotels and resorts that offer accommodation are the ones that have restaurants where tourists can enjoy multi cuisine food like Chinese, Thai, Italian and Continental. The local delicacies of Uttarakhand like Rotis burnt on fire directly; small and round Moong dhal papads and desserts made from jaggery are the local specialities of this place.
Some of the best resorts to stay in Kanatal are Terraces Spa Resort, Club Mahindra Resort and Kanatal Hermitage Resort. Tourists can also stay in luxury or budget camping tents like Camp Carnival and Camp little Jaguar, to get an actual feeling of the forests.
STD, PIN code and Emergency Contact numbers
The STD and PIN codes of Kanatal are 01376 and 249145 respectively. The emergency helpline numbers that apply all over India for Police (100), Fire (101) and Ambulance (103) applies for Kanatal as well.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
Banks – There are no banks in Kanatal.
Archana Hospital and Lithotripsy Centre,
No.123-A, Mahindra Vihar, Dehradun – 248001
Ph: 0135 2622775
Tourism Development Office of Tehri District,
Contact person – Mr. Jaspal Singh Chauhan,
District Adventure Sports Officer, Tehri district
Ph: 01376 232240