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Travelogged #6 Explore The Off Beat Place Chakrata-Comprehensive Guide

By Anubha Das

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 6 min read

Chakrata-For All The Nature Lovers

If you want to embark on a short trip with a low budget in hand, Chakrata is the place to be. Chakrata is a small cantonment town in Dehradun district in Uttarakhand. It is situated between the Tons and Yamuna Rivers, at an elevation of 7000–7250 feet, 98 km from state capital, Dehradun and was originally a cantonment of British Indian Army. Tiger Fall is the highest direct waterfall in the country. It is 20 Km from Chakrata at an elevation of 312ft. Sher-e-Punjab dhaba is a nice place to eat at. 



Best Time To Visit Chakrata: You can visit Chakrata all year long except for the chilly months of January and February.

Highlights: Tiger Fall, Kimona Falls, Danda peak is the highest peak of Chakrata and chirmiri point provides a fantastic sunset

How To Reach: The best way to reach Chakrata is by road. 



Things To Do In Chakrata


1. Watch Sunsets At Chilmiri Neck

Surrounded by lush green forests, Chirmiri Neck is the highest peak in Chakrata where you can enjoy the sunsets. During the sunsets at Chilmiri Neck you enjoy the amazing view of the Himalayan Ranges along with other distant hills. This place offers a stunning view of the setting sun and also one of the best spots to catch it is the pier among Bandarpoonch, Rohini and Swarg peaks. travelogged-6-things-to-do-chakrata-image



2. Waterfall Rappelling

Along the hidden terrains of Chakrata there lies Tiger falls at the height of 312 ft. There are a lot of rappellings activities that surrounds the daunting tiger falls which is not visible to the eye from more than a distance of 50 meters since the mesmerizing falls in well conceales by the mountains.travelogged-6-things-to-do-chakrata-image


3. Enjoy Bird Watching At Darun Deoban

Darun Deoban is an amazing place to be if you enjoy bird watching. Walk through the numerous terrance flields and in between the densed oak forest to reach Darun Deoban which is known to be the most reliable birding spots near Chakrata. You can easily spot birds along with the marvellous Himalayan views on the backdrop.travelogged-6-things-to-do-chakrata-image


4. Go camping At Chakrata

It's one of the most breathtaking places for camping in Uttarakhand. There are campsites which are well-facilitied with self camping spots as well. Do learn about the wildlife around to take the right set of precautions. The area around is great for bird watching and natural sights to admire. travelogged-6-things-to-do-chakrata-image


5. Explore the Budher Caves

Discovered by a German national, Budher Caves are one of the most exciting and famous historical caves that you can exlore in Chakrata. According to the legends it is belived that the Budher Caves are built by the Pandavas of the Mahabharat and it streatches more than 150 kms in length.travelogged-6-things-to-do-chakrata-image


Places To Visit In Chakrata


1. Tiger Falls

Away from all the commercialisation and pollution stands Tiger Falls at the height of a thousand feet away from all the hustle bustle of the city. It is known to be a favourite attraction among basic trekkers as well as a remote picnic spot for friends. There are a lot of adventure activities like Waterfall rappelling that is being organized at Tiger falls which is a must visit spot for everyone.travelogged-6-things-to-do-chakrata-image


2. Deoban

Lying in the lap of Himalayas, Deoban is one of the spots that is not to be missed while making a trip to Chakrata. Either trek to the best or take your vehicle to Deoban. A standout amongst the most notorious spots in Deoban is the Vyas Shikhar, from where Sage Vyas is said to have composed the Mahabharata and the best spot to see the Himalayas from. Flanked by deodar trees on all sides and home to a wide range of animals, Deoban is an untamed life and a natural paradise.travelogged-6-things-to-do-chakrata-image


3. Koti Kanasar

Koti-Kanasar is a beautiful area at 26 km from Chakrata town. Perfect for outing or organizing a date, Kanasar is an alluring spot encompassed by thick green backwoods. Green knolls appeals travelers and makes it a best excursion spot close Chakrata.travelogged-6-things-to-do-chakrata-image


How To Reach Chakrata From Delhi


By Road: Buses are available from ISBT Kashmir Gate to Chakrata. The distance can be covered 10 hours and 45 minutes.


By Train: The nearest railway station is situated in the capital city Dehradun. The distance between railway station and Chakrata town is around 87 kilo meters. Post that you can either book a private taxi or take a bus to Chakrata.


By Air: You can book a flight from Delhi to the nearest airport to Chakrata which is Jolly Grant. This airpoet is located about 115 kilo metes away from Chakrata. Post that you can either book a private taxi or take a bus to Chakrata.


Places To Visit Near Chakrata


1. Mundali

Mundali is a tourist spot near Chakrata which is famous for its majestic Himalayan views and skiing in winters. This beautiful hill station is located at 36 kms from Chakrata encircled by lush green forests. The alpine meadows of Mundali provides a perfect sot of skiing at an altitude of 2776 mtrs. There are also vast ski slopes for the skiers who wants to do this sport professionally. 


2. Dehradun 

It's the interim capital of Uttarakhand, during the British Raj - the official name of Dehradun was Dehra. It is well-connected with one of the top places in Uttarakhand like Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Haridwar. Dera means settlement and Doon means valley. Tourist destinations in Uttarakhand include the Dehradun Zoo, Kalanga Monument, Chandrabani, Himalayan Gallary and Tapovan.


3. Mussoorie

It is a very popular tourist destination among travellers as it never fails to mesmerize them with its scenic beauty. This place is also popularly known as "Queen Of Hills" - It's located 34kms away from Dehradun. The town is also referred as "Mansoori" by most Indians, it was founded by Lt. Frederick Young of East India Company. The highest point in Mussoorie is 'Lal Tibba'.


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Q. What are the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in December?

A. Auli, Dhanaulti, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Mukteshwar, Nainital, Bhimtal, Ranikhet, and Chopta are some of the best places one can visit in Uttarakhand in the month of December.


Q. What is the best time to visit Uttarakhand for a honeymoon trip?

A. Nainital, Mussoorie, Kausani, Ramgarh, and Bhimtal are some of the most romantic destinations in Uttarakhand to go on a honeymoon.

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