Chakrata, Photo: Aashu Punetha


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. It is only 90 kms from Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand.

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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. 

Chakrata stands as a renowned tourist destination, enveloped in misty weather, lush foliage, and pristine natural beauty that transports visitors to a captivating imaginary world. Those in search of such alluring locales should consider visiting Chakrata at least once to immerse themselves in this unique experience.

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.

Chakrata Travel Tips

  • 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.

Staying in Chakrata

Chakrata is known for its secluded location and serene atmosphere. Due to its relative obscurity among 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 a hotel, it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance in order to avoid last-minute rush and uncertainly over availability.

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 unshackle 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 wildlife enthusiasts as the place is like a 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 offer panoramic views. Chakrata is covered with the sheets of snow during winters.

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Trek route to Moila devi peak( Moila Danda) in Chakrata.
Chakrata Misty Views
Tourists in Tiger Fall
Snowfall in Chakrata
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Chakrata Weather in July

The minimun and maximum temperature in July in Chakrata is 16.5°C and 22°C respectively. The weather is generally cloudy and rains in July and you would feel pleasant throughout the day. Summer Clothes clothes are recommended for Chakrata in July.

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