Surkanda Devi Temple
Surkanda Devi Temple is a famous shrine and short trek also located near Kaddukhal, 24 kms from the town of Chamba, 40kms from Mussoorie and around 90km From Rishikesh. and nearest and famous trek of kanatal & dhanaulti. Surkanda devi temple is also famous as Shakti peeth of Maa sati, who was the wife of the ascetic god Shiva and daughter of the Puranic god-king Daksha.. Mythology says that ‘head’ of Devi Sati fell on this place naming the place as ‘Sirkhanda Devi’ which was later renamed as ‘Surkanda Devi Temple’ by localites. It is situated at an altitube of around 2756 metres/ 10000 ft & very much famous for Kanatal trek among adventure lovers. At the top of Surkanda devi peak, You can take a beautiful 360 degree view of beautiful snow caped himalayas. It is one of the best and must visited places in Dhanaulti & kanatal. Anyone between 12 to 60 years, Religious people, Nature and Adventure Lovers they will love the trek. You can also enjoy snow during the trek in winter session in the month of january. There are two ways to reach this temple, one was the main gate in kaddukhal and the other is Chamba - Mussoorie Road, Saklana Range
Best Time to Visit: August to June
Trek Duration: Around 3KM and take 2 hour to 2 an half hour
Difficulty level of the Trek: Easy
Weather: In summer the night time temperature between 10 to 21 deg C and in winter between 9 to -4 deg C. Lower altitudes report between 21 to 10 in summer and 5 to -5 in winter deg C.
How to reach Surkanda Devi Temple
The temple is 2-3 km uphill from the nearest town of Kaddukhal which is situated 40 km from Mussoorie while from Chamba and 10 km from kanatal and around 80km From Rishikesh.
How to reach Surkanda Devi Temple From Mussoorie: You can just hire a taxi from Mussoorie, Surkanda Devi Temple was situated 40 km from Mussoorie, You will reach there by road in just 1-2 Hours by road. You will also find local buses from Mussoorie to Chamba through Kaddukhal route.
How to reach Surkanda Devi Temple From Rishikesh: You can just hire a taxi from Rishikesh, Surkanda Devi Temple was situated 85 km from Rishikesh, You will reach there by road in 2-3 Hours by road.
How to reach Surkanda Devi Temple From Dehradun: You can just hire a taxi from Dehradun Bus/Railway station or Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport, Surkanda Devi Temple was situated 67 km from Dehradun, You will reach there by road in just 2-3 Hours by road. You will also find local buses from Dehradun to Rishikesh way Chamba and Kanatal.
You can return the same day from surkanda devi temple, dhanaulti and kanatal local sightseeing or you can stay at kanatal or dhanaulti campsite, Kanatal Heights is a one stop destination for camping in kanatal & dhanaulti & its a place for adventure lovers and nature lovers both. At kanatal Heights , you will get the chance to see apple orchids, with bird chirping all around kanatal heights camps and in evening you can also enjoy Jungle walk in kodia jungle and adventure activities like bridge crossing, valley crossing, Rock climbing and etc near kanatal heights camp site. Camping in Kanatal heights are now becoming popular for Adventure & treks. Kanatal Trek is popular among Beginners, who want to explore jungle through Adventure trekking but not in Extreme conditions. Dhanaulti Camps & camps in Kanatal are the best place to Explore Adventure & leisure trip on Weekends. kanatal Trek is around 04 kms while going & 02 kms while coming back from Surkanada devi trek. Kanatal Trek comes on top among places to visit in Dhanaulti.