Chakrata is a calm, beautiful, and impeccable destination for mountain and nature lovers. Located in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. The city widens your imagination with a placid environment, beautiful snow peaks, and lush green mountains. The place is mostly occupied by fewer people, especially Indian army forces, who find it ideal to train and craft their skills. It is ideally an Indian Army cantonment town. However, with its quiet and peaceful atmosphere, Chakrata is becoming more popular as a hill station.
Being easily reached from various places nearby, it gives you a spectacular view of the mountainous road. The panoramic view of the hillock gives you an amazing scene of the Yamuna Valley. However, due to the presence of military personnel, some part of the cantonment is restricted to civilians. In addition to its scenic beauty and trees like conifers and oaks, the prime attraction remains the ‘Tiger Waterfall’.
On my note, people are simple and ready to help with happiness. It adds to the delight of already ongoing fun while exploring the hill station. You will find various local guides, who can take you around to experience the Himalayan stretch. If you have been to Kasauli, it will give you more or less the same feeling. While exploring Chakrata, you can enjoy trekking and other adventurous activities. Someone has truly said the hidden treasure and beauty of nature lies in the lap of Chakrata. The city has also famous for its rich history, especially with natural caves and ancient temples along the Yamuna bank.
On the way to Chakrata, you can visit Kalsi which is 40 odd kilometers away and famous for Mauryan Emperor, Ashoka’s inscriptions as rock edicts. One can also visit Lakhamandal Lord Shiva temple built in 6th Century BC in NAGARA style.
Places to Visit
- Tiger waterfall
- Budher Caves
- Moila Top
- Chirmiri Peak/Top
It is considered one of the highest direct waterfalls in India. It was named tiger fall because of the waterfall’s roar sound. One of the most beautiful places is hidden in the mountains. The waterfall is barely a 5 Km trek starting from the Chakrata bus stand. It’s a picturesque trek with snow-cladded mountains waking along with you.
These are ancient limestone caves on the way to Moila Top starting from Lokhandi which is 20 Km from Chakrata. These caves are made by the Pandavas in the Mahabharata era when they were exiled from their kingdom. It is a great spot for adventure lovers.
It is a beautiful trek near Lokhandi. Lokhandi is 12-15 Kilometer from Chakrata. The trek starts at Forest rest house Budher, Kanaser. Moila top is 2.5 kilometer day hike.
Surrounded by lush green deodar trees this is one of the highest peaks in the town. Tourists can enjoy a picturesque view of the Himalayan ranges from it. Himalaya’s top peaks like Bandarpoonch, Swarg Rohini etc. are visible in a clear environment. Chirmiri is 5 kilometres from Chakrata main market and can be easily reached.
Deoban is a forest area near Chakrata.
Best Time to Visit
Chakrata can be visited at any time of the year. However, monsoons should be avoided, as the city experiences landslides.
Snowfall can be best witnessed in the month of January, Feburary and March
Summers are gentel as well as harsh April, May and June.
Rainy season is a bit challenging can be seen in the months like July, August and September
Autumn is the pleasant months of October, November and December.
How to Reach
Travelling to Chakrata is very convenient, as it is well-connected to nearby cities and hill stations like Dehradun, Mussoorie, and more. From Delhi, the best way to reach is by road. However, it can be reached by air and by rail as well. You can board any bus from the ISBT Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi going towards Dehradun. Then you must drive for 4 hours or take a taxi to Chakrata.