Activities in Chakrata
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.
Staying in Chakrata
Chakrata is known for its secluded location and serene atmosphere. Due to its relative obscurity among the tourists, there are only a handful of hotels and lodges for tourist to stay. Backpackers tend to take their tents and camp under the starlight. If one prefers hotel, it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance in order to avoid last minute rush and uncertainly over availability.
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Chakrata Food Guide
Due to slow influx of tourists at Chakrata, not many restaurants have mushroomed at Chakrata. One can find roadside food stalls and food joints that serve local cuisine, North Indian cuisine and popular Chinese dishes. However, some hotels and resorts have built-in restaurants that serve all kinds of delectable cuisines one wishes to savor.
History of Chakrata
Earlier the region of Chakrata was a part of the territory of Sirmaur. It was later conquered by the Gorkhas and then by British, after defeating the Gorkhas in the Anglo-Nepalese War of 1814-1816. On the request of the British residents of Delhi in 1816-17, The first settlement in Chakrata was made by Captain Birch.
Colonel Hume of the 55th Regiment of the British Indian Army established the cantonment of the British Indian Army in 1866. It was in April 1869, the cantonment was firstly occupied by the troops and officers. Around 1901, Chakrata Tehsil was a part of the Dehradun district of United Provinces, which had a population of about 51,101 individuals.