Renowned as a picturesque picnic spot, Chakrata in Dehradun District of Uttaranchal State of India is a hill station and a famed tourist destination located at an altitude of about 7000 ft above the sea level. The town was known earlier as Jaunsar bawar, a small hamlet of Jaunsari tribe.
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 lush 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 ambience makes the stay in Chakrata more enjoyable. The northern sloppy regions of Chakrata are ideal for trekking and skiing.
Kharamba peak is the highest mount in Chakrata with an altitude of about 10,000 ft. The mount climbing here is wonderfully an adventurous task. Nature lovers, Trekkers, bird watchers and wild life enthusiasts can spend days together here in the lap of Chakrata exploiting the nature’s hidden treasures and beauties. The forest around Chakrata has an amazing flora and fauna. This is the natural habitat of many wild life species including panther, spotted dear and wild fowls.
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Hindi, English
Best Season: Apr – Jun, Sep – Nov
Weather: Summer 10 to 30°C,
Winter: -5 to 15°C
Altitude: 2118 m
STD code: 01360
Chandigarh to Chakrata 189 km
Delhi to Chakrata 290 km
Shimla Manali to Chakrata 304 km
Nagpur to Chakrata 1397 km
Mumbai to Chakrata 1712 km
Best Season / Best time to visit
Chakrata is renowned for freezing temperatures during winters and pleasant climate during summers.
Summers (March to June) are very pleasant with 10 °C (Min) and 30 °C (Max). Sightseeing tourists prefer this season.
Monsoons (July to September) are associated with medium rainfall and are tiring with slippery roads and cold winds. Tourists typically avoid the rainy days.
Winters (December to February) are chilly. During this period maximum temperature is below 15 °C and minimum touches -5 °C, the freezing cold..
Autumn (October and November) provides a mild cool atmosphere and the destination becomes scenic.
Best season to visit Chakrata is all through the year, may keep off freezing days in January and February.
June to September is good with beautiful showers but slippery roads make the travel difficult.
October to December is ideal for outings in the picturesque landscapes.
January to February is perfect for the indoor activities and honeymoon trips. Those who like freezing temperatures, this season is ideal.
March to May is the ideal season for outdoor activities
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Chakrata
Chilmiri Neck is the peak point in Chakrata where the mess and quarters of military cantonment are located. The view of the scenic verdant land and dense forests from Chilmiri Neck leave an unforgettable impact. It is an ideal place for bird watching and butterflies of different colors are in plenty here. The massive Himalayan peaks like Rohini Peak, Swarga Peak and the Banderpoonch are distinctly visible from here. 5 K.M. from hotel Snow View, Chakrata. Almost beauty of the nature can be sighted from here.
Situated 16kms from Chakrata, Deoban is located in the hilly terrains of Chakrata covering the elevation from 2,200mts to 3,025mts above sea level. Deoban is the perfect spot in Chakrata from where you can see the captivating and eye feasting views of the enchanting Himalayan range. Deoban covers area with lush green meadow on the top of the hilly regions and by dense dark deodar green forests. Deoban is rich in varied flora and fauna and it is also an ideal place for bird watching.
Tiger falls is the main attraction in Chakrata – 20 kms from Chakrata. This mesmerising waterfall can be reached by an easy 5km trek with rhododendron and oak trees everywhere. The adventurous trek to the Tiger Fall is an enthralling experience. Tiger falls is one of the highest waterfalls in India falling from a height of about 312ft. This is an ideal place for picnicking 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.
Ashoka Pillar Rock Edict built in 450 B.C. at Kalsi 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.
Ram Tall Horticulture Garden (12 Kms)
Ramtall or Ramtal Horticulture Garden is located on beautiful sloppy hills at chakrata Mussoorie road. A beautiful natural pond, worth seen sceneries and apple garden making it an ideal picnic spot.
28 K.M. from Chakrata. A forest of deodar or pine. The deodar trees here said to have the largest trunk in Asia.
Mundali, Kimona Water Fall, Budher Forest, Budher Cave (25 kms) and Thana Danda Peak are other popular tourist places in the vicinity of Chakrata.
Foreign tourists are allowed upto KALSI. For visiting CHAKRAUTA foreigners have to obtain a permit from the Commandant 22 Force c/o 56 APO.
How to Reach Here
By air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Chakrata. It is situated 113kms from Chakrata. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Chakrata. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Chakrata is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport.
By road: Chakrata is well connected with motorable roads. Luxury and normal Buses to Mussoorie, Dehradun and Chakrata are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi. Buses and Taxis to Chakrata are easily available from major destinations of Garhwal regions of Uttarakhand state. Chakrata is also well connected by motorable roads with Himachal Pradesh.
One can either drive or take a taxi to Chakrata. It is about 4 hrs drive from Dehra Dun and 3 hrs from Ponta Sahib. There are two ways of going there, the traditional one is through Herbertpur and Kalsi (98kms) and the other is through Mussorie and Yamuna Bridge (100kms).
By rail: The nearest railway station to Chakrata is situated in Dehradun. The distance from Dehradun to Chakrata is 87kms. Taxis and buses are easily available from Dehradun to Chakrata. The road to Chakrata from Dehradun is motorable. Dehradun is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Shatabdi Express and Mussoorie Express are the two major trains connecting Dehradun with major cities of India. Dehradun has excellent rail network with all important cities like Amritsar, Howrah, Bombay, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi etc.
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