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Chakrata : An Offbeat Vacation Spot in the Himalayas

Chakrata - An offbeat vacation spot in the Himalayas

The secluded hilly cantonment town cradled in Dehradun district of Uttrakhand, Chakrata offers a picturesque view of hills.

The town was known earlier as Jaunsar bawar, a small hamlet of Jaunsari tribe. Explored by few tourists, this was once famous among the British officials for a perfect weekend getaway.

Well undoubtedly it is perfect for the loners who are in search of some peace and want to experience the serenity of nature.

Away from the all the hustle bustle of city life, Chakrata is located at an elevation of 7000-7250 feet from sea level and it can be reached from Dehradun via Mussoorie or Vikasnagar.

Presently Chakrata encloses military cantonment and the access is restricted here for civilian travellers.

Chakrata sunset
A Typical Sunset of Chakrata

Flora of Chakrata
Flora of Chakrata

Surrounded by coniferous trees, the place is generally reported with snowfalls. During snowfall and rainy season it becomes a herculean task for travelling via roads as frequent landslides are reported.  The roads are usually wretched and are under construction to cover up the attacks of monsoon.

Chakrata roadside

Budher Caves and Moila Top – Beautiful Meadows in the Valley

Budher, which is a beautiful meadow complimented by Himalayas at the background is the main attraction of Chakrata. With a trekking distance of around 3 km, it will completely make you exhausted but the effort is worth the view that is being offered by the nature at the end. Melted ice blanket all across the hills and the uber blunt curvy paths is a challenge for trekkers.

way to budher chakrata
Way to Budher

While going up, the temperature gradually starts to drop combining with the cold winds making it a chilly experience all together. From the edges of the hills one can see the beautiful snow-capped mighty Himalayas at a distance.

way to budher
Way to Budher

Budher Caves are the stalactite and stalagmite formations and are ideal for the ones who are looking for some adventure. The caves are of historical importance and are believed to be built by Pandavas. The entrance of the Budher cave is surrounded by the beautiful green meadow and an ancient Pari Mandir that seem to be livestock sacrifice ceremony place for locals.

Budher Lord Shiva Temple
Budher Lord Shiva Temple

Budher Caves are still unexplored due to unknown and difficult track.

Stalacite and Stalagmite formations inside Budher Caves
Stalacite and Stalagmite Formations Inside Budher Caves

Budher cave is located at a distance of 30kms from Chakrata. To reach Budher, the nearest place is FRH Budher and from here the trekking of 3 km starts.

Tiger Falls

Another attraction is the Tiger Falls, since it is not explored by regular tourists that much, it is less developed as compared to other tourist place. 20 km away from Chakrata, Tiger Falls is the main attraction. For rappelling this is the best place to experience it. With a small trekking distance of around 5 km , the place is the enthralling with the crystal clear and super cold water. Tiger falls is one of the highest waterfalls in India falling from a height of about 312ft.

Tiger Falls dehradun

Since it does not have many visitors, the place is far away from all the tourist litters. In short one can see raw side of the nature. Ideal for picnics and photographers the cascading waterfall just gathers into a small pond ; the chirping birds and enthralling noise of the waterfalls sums up to a great holiday experience.

Yamuna Adventure Park

Looking for some more adventure? Well! Chakrata is never out of options. There is Yamuna Adventure Park. Yamuna Adventure Park is a complete package in itself! Thinking about Yamuna, it’s not the same polluted river that you get to see in Delhi. In fact it’s in the purest form that you will see Yamuna over here. The enchanting river with round pebbles and green mountains as it’s backdrop, one can go for rappelling, swimming and river crossing.

Yamuna adventure park
Yamuna Adventure Park

Thinking about visiting the place? Here’s how you can reach Dehradun which eventually connects the aforementioned places.

How to Reach by Air

Jolly Grant Airport located around 22 km southeast of Dehradun, also known as Dehradun Airport, connects the city to almost all major domestic destinations. It is situated 113kms from Chakrata and taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Chakrata.

How to Reach by Road

Dehradun is well-connected by road to other major cities of the country via NH 72. Regular deluxe and normal buses to the city are easily available.

How to Reach by Rail

Dehradun Railway Station connects the city to all major cities of the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Varanasi and Vadodara etc. The distance from Dehradun to Chakrata is 87kms. Taxis and buses are easily available from Dehradun to Chakrata. The road to Chakrata from Dehradun is motorable.

Best Time to Visit

Chakrata is renowned for freezing temperatures during winters and pleasant climate during summers.

Summers (March to June) are very pleasant with 10 °C (Min) and 30 °C (Max). Sightseeing tourists prefer this season and is ideal for outdoor activities.

Monsoons (July to September) are associated with medium rainfall and are tiring with slippery roads and cold winds. Tourists typically avoid the rainy days as there are high chances of landslides.

Autumn (October and November) provides a mild cool atmosphere and the destination becomes scenic. It is ideal for outings in picturesque landscapes.

Winters (December to February) are chilly. During this period maximum temperature is below 15 °C and minimum touches -5 °C, the freezing cold. It is perfect for the indoor activities and the ones who love freezing temperatures.

Best season to visit Chakrata is all through the year, may keep off freezing days in January and February.

City Glimpses


State: Uttarakhand
District: Dehradun
Famous for/as: Hill Station


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