Located at an altitude of about 7000 ft above the sea level, Chakrata in Dehradun District of Uttarakhand State of India is a hill station and a famed tourist destination ideal for mount climbing, trekking and skiing. The town was known earlier as Jaunsar bawar, a small hamlet of Jaunsari tribe.
Yamuna valley is located down the hilly town. 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.
Kharamba peak is the highest mount in Chakrata with an altitude of about 10,000 ft. 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 is habitat to an amazing flora and fauna including panther, spotted deer and wild fowls.
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Hindi, English
Best Season: Apr – Jun, Sep – Nov
Weather: 10 to 30°C,
Winter: -5 to 15°C
Altitude: 2118 m
STD code: 01360
Following is the list tourist places in Chakrata. These are some of the popular tourist spots 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.
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.
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.
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).