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Chakrata is a fascinating weekend destination elevated at 2270 mts above sea level in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. It is a secluded hill station with peaceful environment, around 100 kms North west of Dehradun. Chakrata was earlier known as Jaunsar Bawar and the region is mostly populated by Jaunsari tribes.
Chakrata is a cantonment area situated between Yamuna and Tons River, is an exquisite place situated amidst coniferous, rhododendron and oak trees. A cantonment of British Indian Army was established in 1866 by Colonel Hume of the 55th Regiment, British Indian Army and the troops and officers first occupied the cantonment in April 1869.
About Chakrata Hill Station
Chakrata is a picturesque spot away from the crowd and pollution in the placid environment. Chakrata is blessed with natural bounteousness and panoramic vistas of nature. To the east of Chakrata, lies the famous Mussoorie and on the west lies kaleidoscopic Kinnaur. A person gets relieved and unbounds himself from all the material benefits and tensions of life to indulge in the presence of nature and its mystical creations that can be best seen at Chakrata.
Chakrata is an ideal spot for nature lovers, bird watchers, adventure lovers and wild lifers as the place is more than capable of satisfy in their needs. The hill station is rich in varied flora and fauna and there are many excursions from here which offers panoramic views and it is covered with the sheets of snow during winters.
There are numerous caves and ancient temples near Chakrata which adds the attraction of this secluded hill station. Most of the town regions are peaceful, unexploited and unpolluted.
The number of temples including are at Hano Mahasu Temple (under ASI) and Lakhamandal (under ASI) which located on the banks of river Yamuna, known for its ancient Shiva Temple, which traces its existence to the legends of Mahabharata.
Tourists can also find many hiking and small treks around Chakrata and few famous waterfalls (Tiger Fall is one of them). The alpine meadows of Mundali (2776 mts) also offers skiing opportunities during winters.
Chakrata Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summers: - Max. 30°C, Min. 10°C
Winters: - Max 15°C, Min. -5°C (Chakarata receives heavy snow falls in winters)
Clothing: Winters - Heavy Woolen , Summers - Cotton & Light Woolen
Best Season: April to June and Sept. to Nov.
Rainfall: 178 Cms Per annum
Chakrata in summers: During summers the weather of Chakrata remains pleasant and salubrious. Carry light woolens while travelling to Chakrata during summers. The majestic Himalayan peaks are distinctly visible during summers and the mountain breeze steals the show.
Chakrata in monsoons: The snow clad Himalayas plays hide and seek during winters with clouds obstructing the views. A wide variety of verdant colors can be seen from Chakrata during monsoon months. The monsoon months of Chakrata are from July to September. Experience the wilderness of nature during these months. Enjoy the sip of tea, gazing at the verdant mountains and listen to the raindrops falling on the tree leaves. There are chances of getting roads blocked for a couple of hours due to landslides but the scenic beauty of Chakrata during monsoons is worth it. Do carry raincoats.
Chakrata in winters: Chakrata receives snowfall during winters and heavy woolens are required. Tranquility and seclusion are at its best during winter months in Chakrata. Snow capped Himalayas are best seen from Chakrata during winters. Enjoy bonfires and barbeques in Chakrata during winter months.
- The access of foreigners to military cantonment of Chakrata is restricted. For visiting Chakrata foreigners have to obtain a permit from the Commandant 22 Force c/o 56 APO.
- Because of Cantt. Area petrol and diesel are hard to come by (for civilians), but can be obtained in small quantities from local traders.
- The closest petrol pump is at Vikasnagar (50 kms from Chakrata) and tourists are recommended to top up the fuel tank before coming to Chakrata.
- There are no restaurants in Chakrata, so hotels in Chakrata are best options for food.