Chakrata- The Paradise of Uttarakhand

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Overview of Chakrata

When ever I am asked about something related to hustle free getaway for weekend, the only name that strikes my head is Chakrata.
If you want best sun rising shots or a picturesque spot away from the fast and crowded metro life, then it can be the best option for you.
Chakrata is a small hamlet in Dehradun district which is the capital of the state of Uttrakhand. Although, this place is not that much famous of a hill station as Mussoorie and Shimla but its insulation from the civilization is its uniqueness. Chakrata is around 90 kms from Dehradun and 320 kms from national capital Delhi.
Now the question arises that why Chakrata over any other mainstream hillstation? The answer lies in the question itself that is it’s unlike mainstream hillstations, which means freedom from pollution, noise and hustle-bustle of city life. One of the major reasons behind traveling is to relax and Chakrata is the perfect spot for that. Secondly, it lies in the cateogry of nearest hill stations near major cites like Dehradun, Chandigarh or Delhi etc. which means that it won’t take you much time to reach here.


The area which comprises of towns chakrata and kalsi is known as Jaunsar-Bawar and is situated between Tons and Yamuna rivers at an elevation of 2118m. Kalsi town is famous for its rock edicts of King Ashoka, a Mauryan dynasty king of 2nd Century B.C.. Chakrata was originally a cantonment of British India Army. Colonel Hume of British India Army, established cantonment here in 1866, for its own regiment. Being a cantonment area it has restricted access and foreigners face restrictions while visiting this enchanting place. Nowadays, it serves as permanent garrison of elite and secretive Special Frontier Force, aka Establishment 22 (Two-Two). This establishment was raised after Sino-India War of 1962 and holds the distinction of being the only Ethnic Tibetan unit of the Indian Army. The whole area is abundantly enriched with tress of rhododendron, conifers and oaks. Visitors can also enjoy the waterfalls, skiing, bird-watching, trekking the kharamba peak, exploring the wilderness or simply sitting quiet and enjoying the peace felt within the inner self.

How To Reach Chakrata

There are two major ways to reach Chakrata.

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Fog in Chakrata

One is via Dehradun – Mussoorie
other is via Paonta Sahib and Vikasnagar.
If you are going to Chakrata via vikas nagar the distance will be around 320 kms and it will take you around 8 hours to reach from National Capital Region New Delhi.
Whereas if you head via Dehradun-Mussoorie route the distance will be around 380 kms and it will take you around 9 hours to reach depending upon the traffic.

By Bus

There is no direct bus service between Delhi and Chakrata. If you want to head to this place by public transport or private bus, first you’ll have to board a bus for Dehradun or Paonta Sahib. From there you can have a shared taxi or local bus for Chakrata. You can Directly Book buses for Chakrata from Uttarakhand Transport Corporation

By train

The nearest railway station is Dehradun Railway station and you can easily get trains for Dehradun from New Delhi. From Dehradun you can get Private Taxi or local buses for Chakrata.
For Train Bookings to Dehradun You can use IRCTC Train Booking app or Website

By Air

Nearest airport to Chakrata is Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun.


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Main attractions in Chakrata.

Tiger Falls

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Tiger Falls

One of the major attractions of Chakrata is the famous Tiger Falls. Tiger Falls is one of the major waterfalls in the state of The Uttrakhand. It is around 20kms from chakrata.
Either you can get here by taxi or you can trek. Usually trek is preferable for tiger falls as one gets to experience the splendid view of Nature around the place.

Budher caves

Budher Caves
Budher Caves

Budher caves are also known as Moila caves. These caves are not well known to people and they are partially explored because of its difficult tracks. Budher at an altitude of 2800m is a beautiful meadow with network of caves made up of limestone.
This place can be a great option for those who are seeking adventure and also are in the search of unexplored places.

Chilmiri Top

Chilmiri Top
Chilmiri Top

This place is the best sunset point of chakrata. You will get to see a 360 panoramic view of himalayan ranges and in winters you can even have a fine layer of snow here. This place can be considered as the relaxing point where one can just sit and feel the nature.

Kanasar

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Kanasar Ecolodge

It is one of the best picnic spots near Chakrata. It is surrounded by one of the best Deodar forests in Asia. It falls on the road going towards the Tuini town. The roads are not in good condition but the lush meadows and huge tall trees more than make up for the bumpy drive. A forest rest house in Kanasar and some tented accommodation can be booked prior to visit by the travellers.

Other places of attraction are:-

Deoban

Situated at 2900m is the well known point for panoramic views of Himalayas

Mundali meadows

Though hard to access but best option for winter sports.

Lakhamandal

A slightly far away place from chakrata but worth a visit for heritage lovers. It is a famous temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva and associated with Pandavas. It is a Archeological Survey of India protected site.

Best time to visit Chakrata

In summers you can visit here from the month of march till june. The weather is pleasant and you can enjoy the cool breeze at evening. This time is quite good for the activities like nature walks.
It is not recommended to go here in monsoon as the roads get muddy and it is majorly raining the whole day and you can not enjoy the nature. The rainy season stays from the the month of july till mid september.
In winters one can get to see the snow in the month of January and mid Februray. The temperature usually drops below 0 and the nights are chilly.

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Hi, I am Karan and I love writing about isolated destinations. My life revolves around the change in Longitude. I drink Room Temperature Water and Smoke only Oxygen. I believe that Vacation Calories don't count so think less and Travel More. I am on a mission to travel the world and this Bio pretty much Sums Up my Life!

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