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Dhanotu is a village in the Kangra district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.[1] It is 13 km from Dharamshala bus stand and 9 km from Dharamsala airport. Primarily known for growing rice, wheat, corn and Lychee farms, it is the farm country of Dharamsala area. At any given time, it is 6 degrees Celsius warmer than Dharamsala.[2]


At 770m (2,525 ft) elevation, Dhanotu is located in the Kangra Valley, at the base of the Dhauladhar Mountain Range in the Lesser Himalayas. It is classified as a Himalayan Wet Temperate Biome, characterized by heavy rain fall and Sub-Tropical Broad-Leaved Hill Deciduous Forests.[3]

It is a key habitat to flying fox and many species of migratory birds, including the Sarus Crane - the tallest flying bird in the world. The Sarus can be seen from spring through fall in the marshes and river beds surrounding Dhanotu village.

Geologically, Dhanotu sits on non-conglomerated glacial out-wash, dropped by ancient glaciers which melted or washed down from high up in the Himalayan range.

Places of Interest[edit]

The small village of Dhanotu is seeing more activity as it is becoming the choice of organizations due to its non extreme weather while still being close to the mountains.[citation needed]

  • Very near to the village by Chambi Khad is Guru ji Ashram.
  • Peepal Farm.
  • White house retreat and artist residency
  • Chambial homestay


  1. ^ "Chari Dhanotu Village in Shahpur (Kangra) Himachal Pradesh". Villageinfo.in. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Chari Dhanotu November Weather 2016 - AccuWeather Forecast for Himachal Pradesh India". Accuweather.com. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Shodhganga" (PDF). shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in.