In the winter of 2019, I had a realization. A realization of how little I knew about the surroundings of my own home in Delhi. Having spent 9 years in the city, I couldn’t name many spots despite the few generic places like Lodhi Garden, Qutub Minar, and Connaught Place. Though these are beautiful in their own right, I didn’t feel quite satisfied and the thirst to explore around the Delhi NCR region grew from thereon.
For a whole year, I would come back home to Delhi after each trip and swear off travelling for some time to explore around the city, only to book yet another trip off somewhere – with my promise to the city unfulfilled. It wasn’t until the coronavirus lockdown in India that I (unwillingly) put these itchy feet to rest. Then began my journey of researching more, exploring more, and writing more about Delhi and its surroundings. And it was exactly this that led me to Dhosi Hill in Haryana, some 150 kilometres from Delhi.
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How to Reach Dhosi Hill from Delhi
Dhosi Hill or Dhosi ka Pahad is an extinct volcano standing alone amidst the Aravali Ranges on the border of Haryana and Rajasthan. Located at a height of 730 meters, this volcano dates back to 732 million years before present. The hill falls in the region of three villages today – Thana and Kultajpur in Haryana, and Dhosi in Rajasthan.
The first search result for “Dhosi ka Pahad” on Google Maps leads you to the entrance in Thana, Haryana and that is the route we took. We decided to check the “avoid highways” option on Maps and enjoyed a scenic ride through the forests and villages of the Aravalli Hills in Haryana.
The distance between Dhosi Hill and Delhi is about 150 kilometres. Because we were travelling during the coronavirus pandemic, we took our own car and turned it into a short road trip! Otherwise, one can catch a local Haryana Roadways State Transport bus from Delhi to Narnaul, and then change buses to reach Thana while visiting Dhosi Hill by public transport.
The hike to the top of the Dhosi Hill is around 2 kilometres. It is a short, but very steep hike as the entire way uphill is a series of stairs. There are a few rest point with benches and shed at regular intervals throughout the hike.
Things to do at Dhosi Hill
There are several points of interest and things to do in Dhosi Hill, This offbeat place near Delhi is not only a geographical wonder, but also has important Vedic and historical stories attached to it:
Chyavan Rishi Temple
There is a Chyavan Rishi Temple at the summit of Dhosi Hill, where the crater of the volcano used to be. It is believed that the origin of the ayurvedic chyavanprash happened here when a mix of 43 herbs was made to heal the ailing Chyavan Rishi.
Dhosi Hill Sarovar
An ancient sarovar or reservoir also sits atop the crater which has been used to harvest rainwater since the olden days. This water inside the sarovar is said to have healing properties due to the large number of herbs growing around in abundance – and so, many pilgrims climb the Dhosi Hill for a dip in the ancient sarovar.
Dhosi Hill Fort Ruins
While climbing the hill from Thana side, just before the top, one can find some ruins of an ancient fort built by Hemu, some 500 years ago. The Hemu Fort was built to prevent the hill and its many Vedic ashrams from frequent attacks by the Mughal invaders.
Just a little upwards from the crater, is also a small shrine dedicated to a Hindu goddess. This shrine is the topmost part of the hill and serves as a great vantage point for the surrounding regions and also the crater and temple complex.
Dhosi Hill Frequently Asked Questions
Is water available at Dhosi Hill
The Haryana Government recently made provisions for fresh drinking water to be available at the summit of the Dhosi Hill, so one does not have to worry about the availability of drinking water at Dhosi Hill
Is there mobile network at Dhosi Hill?
Jio and Airtel both work well at the summit of Dhosi Hill. Jio also gives high-speed 4G data at some spots around the crater.
Are there any places to eat near Dhosi Hill?
There are no dhabas or shacks for food at Dhosi Hill. One can buy packaged snacks and fruits from the nearby villages of Thana and Kultajpur before starting the climb to the top.
What is the best time to visit Dhosi Hill?
Dhosi Hill has a certain charm in each season but summer in Dhosi Hill is quite extreme and can be unbearable. Monsoons and winters (July to February) make for the best time to visit Dhosi Hill, each with certain perks.
Are there any places to stay near Dhosi Hill?
The nearest town to Dhosi Hill is Narnaul – some 12 kilometres from Thana. Here, you will find plenty of options for places to stay near Dhosi Hill.
Have you ever been to Dhosi Hill – or any other offbeat place near Delhi? I’d love to know about your experiences in the comments below!
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A twenty-something solo adventurer, Avantika finds comfort in learning about various cultures, its people and listening to age-old folk tales. When not on the road, she can be found cuddled up with her dog in her room, with a book in her hand.