*Garhwal Himalayas from Kanatal by Manish Topwal
Kanatal is one of the quietest hill in Tehri - Garhwal Uttarakhand. This hill station offers a enchanting view of Garhwal Himalayan ranges.
Kanatal means invisible lake in Gadhwali, some say that there used to be a small lake here long time ago.
Surkhanda Devi Mandir is one of the many highlights of Kanatal. This temple is dedicated to Sati Devi. Legendary belief is that Lord Shiva carried Sati Devi's dead body from Haridwar and brought it here.
One has to take a 2km trek to reach the Sati temple. The temple is the highest point of kanatal at at elevation of almost 10000 feet above sea level.
The temple provides a spectacular view of the Gadhwal Himalayas. The temple is famous for its Ganga Dussehra fair in autumn.
The other temples around here are Chandrabadni temple and Kunjapuri temple. They all together form the Devi Darshan triangle, which also offers ample trekking opportunities.
This small hill station of Kanatal provides one of the best views of the Himalayas in the region and is also a perfect getaway from the boring cubicle city life.
Kodia Jungle is an Oak and Pine dense green forest towards Chamba. The forest in an excellent place for leisure trek where many small wild animals and natural springs of pure cold water can be seen during the trek. The place is ideal location for bird watching and nature’s photography.
Resorts here in Kanatal provide camping facilities so enjoy the night out in the camps .. much much better than garbha with mosquitoes in Delhi.
Kanatal is just 10 kms away from the Tehri Dam the biggest dam in India and the second largest in Asia. Now one can find a lot of water sports available for the tourist near the Tehri lake.
Dhanaulti is one the upcoming hill station in Tehri Garhwal and also provides one of the best views of the region.
Chamba is a busy junction and a small hill market place to visit while in Kanatal.
Kanatal is very near to Mussoorie the Queen of the hills and one of many well known hill stations in India. A must visit when in Kanatal.
Kanatal Uttarakhand is a part of Garhwal tourism , and the local languages spoken are Gadhwali and Hindi. The best time to visit Kanatal would be from Feb - April and September - October.
Cotton and light woollens in summer and heavy woollens winter are advisable. The summer season extends from April to June. The winter season is from October to February.
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