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Radhika’s yearning for a relaxing trip to the hills appeased when she booked herself a 1 night 2 days trip to Dhanaulti that included her transfers, accommodation and sightseeing. She roped in her BFF and set off to greet those misty mountains of Uttarakhand with her infectious smile & chirpy personality.

radhika and her friend in Dhanaulti

Trip type: Two friends on a group adventure!
Duration: 1 night 2 days (A quick, refreshing break)
Budget: INR 4,099/- per person on double sharing basis
Destination: Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand
Distance from Delhi to Dhanaulti: 350 km
Travel time: 7-8 hours (with intervals for refreshments)
Inclusions: Accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch, & dinner at camp), transfers (A/C tempo traveler), jungle treks, adventure activities, & bonfire (All at INR 4,099! Unbelievable, right?)

Hilly pastures of Dhanaulti and the mist

Filled with alluring travel blogs, my Facebook newsfeed screamed out to me each to day to take a break. But it wasn’t until I came across an ad of TravelTriangle, did I finally decide to take one at last. While their well-planned itinerary for Dhanaulti was enough to convince me, the unbelievably low price they quoted was like a cherry on the cake.

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Day 1: From urban pollution to the scented mountain breeze

Our hotel camp in Dhanaulti- Camp o Royale

Upon our arrival at Camp-o-Royale in Dhanaulti, the first thing we noticed was the location. The breathtaking 360 degree views of the surrounding hills and the amazing weather made us forget all about the unpleasant bus journey and the tiring trek to the camp thereafter.

Standing before an enchanting view of the hills

Post some rest and a delicious, desi breakfast, it was time for a spot of adventure!

Walking over the Burma Bridge

We kickstarted our trip by indulging in Valley Crossing, Burma Bridge, Mowgli Walk and Suspension Bridge. Though I have indulged in such adventure activities numerous times, it was an altogether different, more intense experience here.

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A walk in the clouds: The thrilling trek uphill to bid farewell to the sun…

A view of the terrace farms in Dhanaulti

Post a sumptuous lunch, we trekked uphill to witness the sunset. The 6 km walk over narrow mountain trails, past lush green meadows, and through the pale mist was nothing short of heavenly.

a mesmerising view of the hills from the sunset point

And when the sun painted soothing colours in the sky and illuminated the haze hanging low over the panorama of mountains, it only added to our totally dreamy experience!

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taking a respite while trekking uphill to the sunset point

A joyous photo session later, our famished battalion trekked back to the camp.

Spicing up our evening in the hills

all of us sitting around the bonfire

What use is a trip to the hills if you spend it snoring away in your rooms once the sun goes down? Never mind, we spent ours singing and dancing around a crackling bonfire, giggling over a round of games or two, & gorging on a wholesome buffet dinner later.

making friends on the trip

Day 2: The adventure continues- Flying Fox & the trek to Eco Park

a blissful morning at camp-o-royale

Waking up to the enchanting views of hills, sweet chirping of birds, slowly dissipating mist, and lush greenery till where the eyes could see makes one realise how blessed are those who live in the hills. Only urban dwellers like us could truly appreciate such a refreshing experience.

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posing on the roads while trekking to Eco Park

After a fun session of Flying Fox, we rode off towards Eco Park.

The tall coniferous trees of Eco Park

We got down at a point & trekked all the way to the park, revelling in nature’s bounty along the way.

Me & the gang having fun at Eco Park

This beautiful botanical park turned out to be a fun package for all nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts in our group. And soon everyone was running off to check out its marvels like rock climbing, flying fox, sky walking, and what not.

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Engaging in various activities at Eco Park

Though the trip turned out to be better than I expected, it was much more than just a rejuvenating vacation to the charming hills up north. I went back home with a bucket full of memories, a huge smile on my face….and a lot of new names in my Facebook friend list!

What I loved: Camp-o-Royale’s location, services, & hospitality; the trek to the sunset point; the sunset point itself; spending some lone time amidst natural surroundings; making friends!

What I didn’t love as much: The bus journey from Delhi to Dhanaulti

Tips for travelers: One can skip Eco Park as there isn’t much to indulge in there.

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