Chakrata is a contonment town in Dehradun district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Chakrata is a small cantonment town of Indian state. Uttarakhand sitting between Yamuna and Tons rivers. This township was a cantonment of British Army which is nestling atop an elevation of 7000 to 7250 feet, 98km from state capital Dehradun. It was originally a cantonment of the British Indian Army. Due west lies Himachal Pradesh, and due east are Mussoorie, Garhwal. This fascinating gateway was named as Jaunsar Bawar derived from the ethnic people Jounsar who are living in this area for years. The place is covered by rhododendron, oak and coniferous forests. The panoramic view of the mountain ranges and the picturesque silent beauty is mesmerising the visitors during their stay.

Chakrata Uttarakhand is a part of Garhwal tourism, and the local languages spoken are Gadhwal and Hindi.



Travel Tips

People can visit all through the year. Though the best season to visit is April to June and September to November.

Chakrata is not open to foreigners.

Light woollen clothes are must during summer time.

Heavy woollen clothes with adequate warm accessories is a must during all the time.

Don’t stroll alone in the forest area without a licensed guide.

Private travellers coming in this area must obtain fuels in a small quantity from the pump only.

When to visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
sprinkles Pleasant
  • 28° Max
  • 20° Min
  • 43.6 mm
  • Light woollen
Things to do

The best thing to do in this area is taking a nature walk through its green coverage.

There are short trekking routes are available also.

Getting Around

Best way to roam around this small hillock is by walking. Taxis are more reluctant to got to Chakrata, making air and rail routes unfeasible.

Places to Stay

Chakrata's best hotel is 20km outside town, at Viraatkhai. 

How to Reach

  • There are no airport or airstrip connecting directly this township. Jolly Grant is the closest one with a distance of 115km. this domestic airport is connected by several daily flights of New Delhi. New Delhi is connected with other major metro cities of India on regular basis.
  • There is no railway station at Chakrata. The nearest railway station is at Dehradun. This is 87km away from the area. Regular trains are connecting this station with other major metro cities of India. There are fast trains available from New Delhi also.
  • There are public and deluxe AC coaches are available from Kashmiri Gate of New Delhi on regular basis. Major township of Garhwal regions are completely connected by motorable roads also. There are hired cars and rental or shared taxis are available also.

Surrounding Attractions

There is a waterfall named as Tiger Fall which is the main attraction of surrounding the region. There are some temples which can be visited also.

Take in the views of the Banderpoonch Massif and the Swarga and Rohini peaks, among others, from Chilmiri neck. Jaunsar the region of Garhwal in which Chakrata lies, is as beautiful as it is interesting. The local Jaunsaries have interesting. The local Jaunsaris have interesting matrimonial customs .  polygamy and polyandry are practised.

There are some forest department buildings that are of interest, in particular the DFO's residence, a beautiful example of colonial architecture.

Budher (Moila Donba) is a picturesue meadow at an attitude of 2800 metres. The Karst landscapes of Budher are home to a network of ancient limestone caves. 

Kanasar is surrounded by one of the best - rated Deodar forest of Asia. The roads are not in a best shape. The meadows and giant trees more than make up for the bumpy drive. It is one of the best picnic spots near Chakrata. A forest rest house in Kanasar ans some tented accommodation allows visitors to spend a night here on prior booking.

Chilmiri sunset point at 4km from main Chakrata market is a picturesque plateau offering one of the best view of sunset.

Deoban prched at about 2900 metres offer panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Mundali meadows are hard to access yet hold a huge potential for winter spots.

Lakhamandal is an ancient Hindu temple complex dedicated to Shiva and associated with the Pandavas.

Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire: 102

Ambulance: 103