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Activities In Chakrata

The winsome hill station of Chakrata is surrounded by the lofty Himalayan peaks. Cradled in the Dehradun district, this immaculate destination is a blessing for the moribund souls seeking absolute quietude in the hills. 

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 at Chakrata are the Hano Mahasu Temple and the Lakhamandal (both under the 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 offer skiing opportunities during winters.

You will not see the maddening crowd and hear the honking of the vehicle as this charming hill retreat is known for its calm and comforting serenity. There are an array of activities and exciting that you can do here so let’s check them out.

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Things to Do (Activities) in Chakrata

1. Camp under the clear blue skies in Chakrata

Camping in Chakrata

Having abundant natural beauty, Chakrata with its mesmerizing vistas is perfect for camping. You can either take your own tents or choose to stay at the luxury tents offered by the getaway planners that are well equipped with basic amenities. Go for jungle walks or admire the night sky ablaze with the zillion stars.

2. Admire the Sunset from Chilmiri Neck

 Meghana Kulkarni/Flickr : Sunrise in Chakrata

One of the highest peaks in Chakrata, Chilmiri neck is besieged by the dense deodar jungle. It can be reached within 20-30 minutes as it is in the proximity of Chakrata's main town. This place is popular for sightseeing and the sunsets are amazing from here.

3. Trek to the colossal Tiger Falls : Tiger falls in Chakrata

The cascading Tiger Fall is one of the star attractions of Chakrata. The gorgeous waterfall can be approached by commencing a short trek of 5 km from Chakrata. This rewarding trek will take you through the dense deodar forest and will open up to the view of Tiger Fall tumbling down the hill to form a pristine pond.

4. Bird watching at Deoban

 Pic By: Nitin Pandey ( : Road in Deoban

The gloomy thicket of Deoban positioned at 2,200 meters is located about 12 km from Chakrata. Famously known as ‘Dev Ban’ that literally suggests ‘God’s own Forest’ lives up to its name as the place is utterly beautiful. Tempting views of the snow-shrouded peaks and rich Himalayan foliage can be admired from here. The bird watchers may call Deoban a birdwatching paradise as it is home to several rare birds like Russet Sparrow, Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker, Himalayan Woodpecker, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Chukar Partridge, Cinereous Vulture, etc. so don’t forget to carry a camera along.

5. Explore the Budher Caves

 Meghana Kulkarni/Flickr : Another picture of Budher Caves

If you are a mystery buster than hit the Budher Caves, hailed for its stalactite and stalagmite formations. It is only 25 km away from Chakrata and many Hindus believe that it was built by the Pandava brothers of the epic Mahabharata.

6. Rock climbing

Recently rock climbing has become the first choice for tourists visiting Chakrata. It is organized by many private getaway organizers and is done under the supervision of the professional climbers.

7. Waterfall Rappelling
Tiger falls in Chakrata

If you are a daredevil who is fond of heights then just hit the Tiger Falls where you can have the opportunity to experience thrilling waterfall rappelling.

8. Explore Chakrata Snow Fun

If you are planning to visit Chakrata in the months of January and February, you will find this picturesque destination transformed into a wonderland of fun and adventure. Embrace the thrill of snow-centric activities, such as snowshoeing through pristine landscapes and engaging in friendly snowball fights, creating unforgettable memories against the snowy backdrop. Capture the breathtaking beauty of the snow-covered Deodar forests and the majestic Tiger Falls, frozen in a moment of winter magic. Conclude your chilly escapades with a cozy retreat by the bonfire, sharing stories and warm treats.

9. Temple Hopping in Chakrata

While visiting Chakrata, commence your spiritual journey by heading to the ancient Chilmiri Neck Temple, situated approximately 5 kilometers from the town center. Perched on a hilltop, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Continue your pilgrimage to the Mahasu Devta Temple, located around 90 kilometers away, renowned for its intricate wood carvings and spiritual ambiance. Explore the Kanasar Devi Temple, surrounded by deodar forests, at a distance of approximately one hour. Finally, experience the tranquility at the Lakhamandal Shiva Temple, steeped in mythology and situated about 35 kilometers from Chakrata.

10. Photography in Chakrata

In Chakrata, a haven for photography enthusiasts, embark on a visual odyssey capturing the enchanting landscapes and cultural opulence. Frame the snowy landscapes around Chilmiri Neck and Kanasar Devi Temple, transforming the scenery into a winter wonderland. Immerse yourself in the spiritual aura and intricate wood carvings of the Mahasu Devta Temple, skillfully documenting the essence of cultural heritage. Capture the Lakhamandal Shiva Temple, immersed in mythology, where every photograph tells a tale of historical importance and spiritual significance. From the cascading Tiger Falls to the idyllic Yamuna Adventure Park, Chakrata beckons the discerning lens to capture its myriad nuances, ensuring each photograph is a masterpiece of visual storytelling.

8. Village Tourism
A beautiful village near Chakrata

The village trails in and around Chakrata takes one through the isolated Jaunsari villages, known for their unique wooden architecture. Makhti Pokhari is another village near Chakrata that offers unparallel views of the undulating valleys. One can learn about the customs, festivals, and lifestyle of the villagers.

9. Horse Riding

Saddle the horse and have a jolly rose ride from the Chakrata main town till the Forest Check Post. Don’t forget to wear the safety gear as the roads maybe a little bit bumpy.

10. Cycling through the winding roads

Let those two wheels move through the serpentine roads of Chakrata. The whispering willows will comfort you while you paddle through the Makhti, Pokhari and Jaunsari villages. You can also have a little chat with the locals and learn about their lifestyle and culture.

Fairs and Festivals in Chakrata Region

  • Maroj in January
  • Aathon in March
  • Bisu ki Sankrati in April
  • Khainda Sankrant in May
  • Paancho in July
  • Jaatra in August
  • Nurai in September
  • Diai in November

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