Chakrata

Why To Go

Chakrata is a small town in the Dehradun district under the Indian state of Uttarakh and sitting between Yamuna and Tons rivers. This township was a cantonment of British Army which is nestling atop an elevation of around 7000 feet, and lying 98km from state capital Dehradun. Due west lies Himachal Pradesh, and due east are Mussoorie and Garhwal. 

This remote hilly town is adorned by the Himalayas and is an ideal weekend getaway. With coniferous forests, waterfalls, ancient temples and caves along with trekking, Chakrata is a nature’s paradise.

Kharamba Peak, the highest peak in this hilly region is situated at an altitude of over 10,000 feet is encircled with dense greens and nature’s beauty. The forest is the home of varied wildlife.

It is also a town for trekking; some of the treks pass through the waterfalls, Tiger Falls being one of them. Along with this, camping in the woods and strolling along the green woodlands are other popular activities that visitors would love to do.

This fascinating gateway was named as Jaunsar Bawar derived from the ethnic people Jounsar who are living in this area for years. The place is covered by rhododendron, oak and coniferous forests. The panoramic view of the mountain ranges and the picturesque silent beauty mesmerize the visitors during their stay.

Travel Tips

People can visit all through the year in Chakrata. Though the best season to visit is March to June and from September to November. During the summer time, the region gets covered with blossoms that look very beautiful. Monsoon season looks beautiful with lush greenery. Winter is quite chilly with occasional snowfall. Chakrata is not open to foreigners. Light woollen clothes are must during summer time. Heavy woollen clothes with adequate warm accessories are must during all the time. Don’t stroll alone in the forest area without a licensed guide.

Things To Do

The best thing to do in this area is taking a nature walk through its green coverage. There are short trekking routes also available. Trekking, camping in the woods and strolling along the green woodlands are other popular activities that visitors would love to do. Tiger falls, one of the cascading waterfalls, falling from a height of 312 feet is a fascinating sight. Budher (Moila Danda) is a meadow standing at an altitude of 2800 metres is worth visiting. Kanasar is encircled with Deodar trees and is a lovely picnic spot. Chilmiri Sunset Point , 4 km from Chakrata market is a charming plateau that offers a captivating sunset view. Resting about 2900 metres is Deoban which offers a majestic view of the Himalayas. You can also enjoy winter sports at Mundali meadows.

Getting Around

Best way to roam around this small hillock is by walking. You can also avail taxi or private cabs, or local buses.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

There are no airports or airstrip connecting directly this township. Jolly Grant at Dehradun is the closest one with a distance of 115km. Taxis are available to reach Chakrata from the airport; the time taken is around 2 hours. This domestic airport is connected by several daily flights of New Delhi. New Delhi is also connected with other major metro cities of India on regular basis.

TRAIN

There is no railway station at Chakrata. The nearest railway station is at Dehradun, which is 87km away from the area. Regular trains connect this station with other major metro cities of India. There are fast trains available from New Delhi also.

ROAD

There are public and deluxe AC coaches are available from Kashmiri Gate of New Delhi on regular basis. Major township of Garhwal regions are completely connected by motorable roads also. There are hired cars and rental or shared taxis are available also. Chakrata is also well connected with Himachal Pradesh. You may also travel to Chakrata from Delhi via NH 44. Alternatively, you can go to Chakrata from Dehradun that takes around 4 hours by car.

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Surrounding Attractions

There is a waterfall named as Tiger Fall which is the main attraction of surrounding the region. There are some temples which can be visited also. Take in the views of the Banderpoonch Massif and the Swarga and Rohini peaks, among others, from Chilmiri neck. Jaunsar the region of Garhwal in which Chakrata lies, is as beautiful as it is interesting. There are some forest department buildings that are of interest, in particular the DFO’s residence, a beautiful example of colonial architecture. Lakhamandal is an ancient Hindu temple complex dedicated to Shiva and associated with the Pandavas. Bairat Khai, also known as Bairat Khai Pass is situated 25 km east from Chakrata where you can experience a panoramic view of the snow clad Himalayas. It is at a height of 200 feet. Hanol is around 100 km and is a beautiful spot near Chakrata. It has Mahasu Devta Temple dedicated to Lord Mahasu. Rishikesh, Mussourie, Badrinath can be visited from this hilly town.
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