Chakrata is elevated at 2,270 mts above sea level in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. It is a cantonment area situated between Yamuna and Tons River. It is an exquisite place situated amidst coniferous, rhododendron and oak trees. The town was known earlier as Jaunsar bawar, a small hamlet of Jaunsari tribe. The access of foreigners to military cantonment of Chakrata is restricted. It is a picturesque spot away from the crowd and pollution in the placid environment. Chakrata is rich in varied flora and fauna. The climate of Chakrata remains salubrious and pleasant throughout the year.
Yamuna valley is located down the hilly town and the panoramic view of the surroundings from the hillock is astonishing. Chakrata was developed by the British rulers and was a summer retreat for the high executives of English East India Company. Presently Chakrata encloses military cantonment and the access is restricted here for civilian travelers. Thriving by the lusting greeneries with dense forests all around, Chakrata is famed as a tourist destination to spend vacations merging with the Mother Nature’s grandeur gift. Cool but pleasant ambiance makes the stay in Chakrata more enjoyable. The northern sloppy regions of Chakrata are ideal for trekking and skiing.
Places to see in Chakrata
Chilmiri Neck: The mess quarters and military cantonments Chilmiri Neck is one of the peak points in Chakrata where the mess and quarters of military cantonment is located. The place landscape is exquisite with the lush green lands are located in Chilmiri Neck. The view of the scenic lush green land and dense forests offers ravishing views leaving an unforgettable impact on the visitor. The climate of Chilmiri Neck is cool and pleasant which blesses this tourist spot with salubrious weather. Chilmiri Neck is a perfect place for bird watching and you can also encounter countless butterflies here. The gigantic Himalayan peaks like Rohini Peak, Swarga Peak and the Banderpoonch can be seen from here.
Kalsi : There is an Ashoka Pillar Rock Edict built in 450 B.C. at Kalsi which represents the post-warfare era when king Ashoka converted himself to the Buddhist faith. The edicts ever aimed at the moral elevation of his people. An edict at Kalsi made up of quartz is 10ft in length and 8ft in breadth. This spiritual site is preserved by the National Archaeological Department as this edict has great historical significance. Kalsi is situated at a picturesque place with scenic splendors of nature.
Deoban: Deoban is located in the same hilly terrains of Chakrata and is placed at height of about 2200 m. This is a nice spot to have the mind catching and … Deoban is situated on the hilly terrains of Chakrata spread from elevation of 2200mts to 3025mts above sea level. Deoban is the perfect spot is Chakrata from where you can see the captivating and eye feasting views of the tempting Himalayan range. Deoban covers area with lush green meadow on the top of the hilly regions and by dense dark deodar green forests. This place is rich in varied flora and fauna. This is an ideal place for bird watching. Deoban is situated 16kms from Chakrata.
Lakhamandal : Positioned about 35 kms away from Chakrata at the banks of River Yamuna; this is the place where the anti-heroes, Kaurvas, of the epic Mahabharata made a shellac house to burn the Pandavas.
Tiger Falls: Tiger falls is the main attraction in Chakrata. An adventurous trek to the fall site is an enchanting experience. It is one of the highest … he Tiger falls is the main attraction in Chakrata. This enchanting waterfall can be reached by an easy 5km trek with rhododendron and oak trees everywhere. Tiger falls is one of the highest waterfalls in India falling from a height of about 312ft. The view of this cascading waterfall leaves a breathtaking and mesmerizing impact on the tourists. This is an ideal place for picnic and doing photography. The scattered drops of this majestic waterfall are collected in a small pond making it a gorgeous location for taking a bath.
Climate and Best time to visit Chakrata
The climate of Chakrata is salubrious and pleasant during summers. In winters Chakrata is a freezing place and you must carry heavy woolens. From July to September the roads are slippery but the flowers bloom in this period making the view invigorating. Generally tourists avoid this period but the place is enchanting at this particular time and you can easily get hotels booked without prior booking. Tourists prefer sightseeing during summers in Chakrata. You have to make prior bookings to hotels in Chakrata during summers as it is the peak season. If you want to explore the valley covered with the sheets of snow then visit Chakrata in January and February month.
Accommodations in Chakrata
The peak season of Chakrata re summer months so make prior booking before heading there. Rooms in the hotels are easily available in the remaining months. Hotels in Chakrata are Chakrata Camp Roof, Hotel Himalayan Paradise, Hotel Snow-view and many more. Hotel Snow-view is the best option to stay at Chakrata.
How to reach Chakrata
The nearest airport to Chakrata is Jolly Grant situated in Dehradun. Jolly Grant is located 113kms from Chakrata. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport.
The nearest railway station to Chakrata is situated in Dehradun. The distance from Dehradun to Chakrata is 94kms. Taxis and buses are easily available from Dehradun to Chakrata.
Chakrata is well connected with motor-able roads. The distance from Delhi to Chakrata is 290 kms which can be covered in 7-8hrs of time. Chakrata is situated on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and thus this place makes an important destination having better connectivity with the major destinations of northern India.