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Chakrata is a fascinating weekend destination situation at an elevation of 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 of Garhwal.
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. Blessed with natural bounteousness and panoramic vistas of nature, to the east of Chakrata, lies the famous Mussoorie and on the west lies the kaleidoscopic Kinnaur of Himanchal Pradesh. A person gets relieved and can unshackles 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 experienced at Chakrata.
Chakrata is an ideal spot for nature lovers, bird watchers, adventure lovers and wild life enthusiasts as the place is is like home of nature and provides ample oppurtinities. The hill station is rich in varied flora and fauna and there are many excursions from here which offers panoramic views. Chalrata 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.
Of the number of temples at Chakrata are the Hano Mahasu Temple and the Lakhamandal (both under supervision of ASI) which are located on the banks of river Yamuna and traces its existence to the legends of the epic Mahabharata.
Tourists can also find many hiking and small treks around Chakrata and few famous waterfalls, (Tiger Fall being 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. 30C, Min. 10C
Winters: Max 15C, Min. - 5C (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 woollens while travelling to Chakrata during summers. The majestic Himalayan peaks are distinctly visible during summers and the mountain breeze steals the showat Chakrata.
Chakrata in monsoons: The snow clad Himalayas plays hide and seek during monsoons with clouds obstructing most of the views. A wide variety of verdant colours can be seen from Chakrata during the monsoon months. The monsoon months at Chakrata stay from the month of July till September. Experience the wilderness of nature during these months. Enjoy the sip of tea, gazing at the verdant mountains and listen to the sound of 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 with you.
Chakrata in winters: Chakrata receives snowfall during winters and heavy woollens are required during this season. 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 barbecues at 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.