Chakrata is known for its pristine and unparallel beauty. It is situated at an awe-inspiring 2270 m above sea level, and is only 98 kms from Dehradun and 73 kms from Mussoorie. A part of this town comes under cantonment area for the Indian Army and thus, this place is restricted for Foreign tourists. The northern part of Chakrata attracts the trekkers and nature lovers with its beautiful landscape, virgin forests of conifers, rhododendrons and oaks and attractive villages of the Jaunsari tribe. The area includes the 3084 m high peak of Kharamba. On its northern slopes is situated Mundali 2776 m where from the month of December to March skiers enjoy skiing.
Height: 2270 m
Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Chakrata
Road: Buses ply to all the major tourist centres in the region. Uttarakhand and other State Transport Corporations ply deluxe and superfast buses to Delhi.
Rail: The nearest railhead is 98 kms away at Dehradun.
Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 124 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Chakrata
Tiger Falls: After a breath-taking and easy trek of 8 kms from Chakrata, lies the Tiger Falls, a water ballad with unparallel beauty, falling gracefully from a height of 50 m. Tiger Falls creates a small pond, which renders an enchanting effect to the picturesque surroundings.
Deoban: 20 kms from Chakrata, this place is surrounded by dense forests. Deoban is situated at a height of 2200 m and provides a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges.
Lakhamandal: At a distance of 60 kms from Chakrata, this area has mythological significance due to its association with the Mahabharata. It is believed that the Kauravas built ‘Lakshagraha’ (House of Lac) at this place to burn the Pandavas alive. Many ancient temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Parashuram are scattered around this area.
Hanol: Situated at a distance of 98 kms from Chakrata and 189 kms from Dehradun at an elevation of 1500 m, Hanol has a temple of Lord Mahasu lying on the eastern bank of the river Tons. The temple of the deity has been constructed in the ‘Huna’ architectural style.
Kanasar: 30 kms from Chakrata and 128 km from Dehradun, Kanasar is perched on the Chakrata-Tuni motorable road. Backdrop of towering peaks and dense rain forests cuts out Kanasar as the idyllic retreat. The night halts are facilitated by the equally picturesque Forest Rest Houses.
Mundali: 125 kms from Chakrata via Tuni, lies Kathiyan, heads to Mundali. Mundali has everything a trekker or an enthusiast can wish for. Skiing in Mundali is a unique experience only to be felt. Mundali is easily accessible from Deoban (23 kms) by a motorable road.