Chakrata - A Magical Hill Station

Embellished by the sun-kissed Himalayan ranges, the beauteous hill station of Chakrata is seated at an elevation of 2,118 metres above sea level. This secluded hilly town is cradled in the Dehradun district and is an ideal weekend getaway for the backpackers. Dotted by the coniferous forests, Chakrata is a loner’s delight as it is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. 

The towering mountainous ranges of Chakrata offer several adventurous activities including the heart throbbing mountain climbing. The professional mountaineers can conquer the Kharamba peak, the highest mountain in Chakrata having an impressive altitude of 10,000 feet. Apart from this Chakrata also offers exciting trekking, camping in the woods, and village walks through the periphery of the hill station. 

Why Visit Chakrata?

This mystical hill station features some of the ravishing waterfalls that are enough to entice the weary souls for having a betrothal in the lap of nature. Some of the treks of Chakrata pass through these cascading waterfalls, the gorgeous Tiger Falls being one of them. 

Mundali which is a popular tourist spot near Chakrata offers undisturbed views of the Himalayas along with the golden opportunity to experience skiing in winters. For the adventure buffs, there are numerous colossal caves and ancient temples that can be explored here.

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.

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 Himachal 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 opportunities. The hill station is rich in varied flora and fauna and there are many excursions from here which offers panoramic views. Chakrata is covered with the sheets of snow during winters.

  • Being a military cantonment area, Foreigners are required to obtain a permit from the Commandant 22 Force c/o 56 APO to visit Chakrata.
  • Strange it may seem, Chakrata doesn’t have a petrol pump. The nearest gas station is at Vikasnagar at a distance of 50 kms. So it is wise to fill up your tank before visiting Chakrata.
  • If possible, avoid visiting Chakrata in the monsoons season. The route can get slippery and the region is prone to unexpected landslides and road blocks.
  • There are no restaurants in Chakrata, so hotels in Chakrata are best options for food.

Chakrata is famous for?

Chakrata is famous among tourist as Hill Station, Peaceful Location, Weekend Destination.

Chakrata is recommended destination for Couples, Family and Kids, Groups, Solo.

Chakrata is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Bird Watching, Cantonment Area, Christmas and New Year, Emerging Destinations, Hill Station, Leisure, Weekend Getaway.

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