Chakrata

Chakrata is a small town situated in the Dehradun district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is a cantonment town which was initially a cantonment of the British Army. Located at an elevation of 2,118 meters, this town is at a distance of 98 kilometers from the state capital, Dehradun. It is located between the Yamuna and Tons rivers. The town surrounded by lush green forest enables the tourists to unwind and relax in the lap of Mother Nature. The pleasant atmosphere of the hill station makes it an ideal destination for calm vacations. The town also provides the adventurous travelers with options of trekking and skiing. The Kharamba peak is the highest mountain peak of the region with an altitude of 10,000 feet. It is an ideal place for mountain climbers, nature lovers and trekkers. The forest has a rich variety of flora and fauna, and is home to various wild life species such as wild fowls, panthers and spotted deer.

Weather

The best time to visit Chakrata is all through the year except chilly January and February. Chakrata witnesses pleasant summers, with cool mountain breeze delighting the tourists. This season extends from the month of March to June. This season witnesses an average maximum temperature of 28°C, and an average minimum temperature of 10°C. This is the ideal time for sight-seeing.

Monsoon season, which extends from the month of July to September, has medium rainfall with cold winds.

Winter season starts from the month of December and lasts till February is extremely chilly, with an average maximum temperature keeping below 16°C. Whereas, average minimum temperature going as low as -5°C.

How to Reach

The Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport to the town, at a distance of 116 km by road. Domestic flights of various airlines connect Dehradun with Delhi.

The nearest railway station to Chakrata is Dehradun railway station at a distance of 92 km from the town.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Chilmiri Neck: Chilmiri Neck is located around 4 km away from Chakrata town It is the highest peak in Chakrata and is enamored by lush green deodar forests and opens up to picturesque views of soaring mountains and dazzling descending valleys. The sight of colorful butterflies and various bird species are pleasant and charming. The majestic views of Swarga Peak, Banderpoonch Massif and the Rohini Peak can be enjoyed from the top of Chilmiri.

Tiger Falls: Tiger Falls is counted amongst the few largest waterfalls in India and is a great Chakrata attraction. It originates at a height of 312 feet, and has a beautiful view with forests at the back. The walk towards the waterfall is extremely interesting and exciting. The calm atmosphere surrounding the waterfall is extremely relaxing. It is a busy picnic spot during peak tourist seasons.

Ram Tal Horticultural Garden: The Ram Tal Horticultural Garden at Chakrata is a great location that has huge variety of flora and fauna. Various species of birds such as Oriental Turtle dove and Black Headed Jay, can be spotted here. The greenery at this place is amazingly refreshing.

Deoban: Also known as Devban, Deoban is situated 16 km away in the hilly terrains of Chakrata, covering the elevation from 2,200 metres to 3,025 metres above sea level. It is the perfect place for those who want to witness the mesmerizing scenic vistas of the enchanting Himalayan range. Encircled by lush green meadows and dense deodar trees, this place is a paradise for nature lovers, artists and peace seekers.

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