Chakrata is a cantonment town in Dehradun district in the state of Uttarakhand, India.
It is between the Tons and Yamuna rivers, at an elevation of 7000–7250 feet, 98 km from state capital, Dehradun; it was originally a cantonment of the British Indian Army. Due west lies Himachal Pradesh, and due east are Mussoorie (73 km), Garhwal.
The area is known as Jaunsar-Bawar, which has a marked presence in few surrounding villages.
In 1901, Chakrata Tehsil was part of the Dehradun district, of United Provinces, with a collective population of 51,101, which consisted of the towns of Chakrata (population 1250) and Kalsi, with a population of 760, which is most known for the rock edict of the Mauryan king Ashoka 2nd century BC, first discovered by John Forest, in 1860.
Tourism and nature
Chakrata can be reached from Dehradun via Mussoorie or Vikasnagar. Both routes pass through beautiful mountainous roads. Traveling in the monsoon can be tricky as the area sees frequent road blockages due to landslides.
The area has an abundance of conifers, rhododendrons and oaks. The red rhododendrons are the most abundantly found in this region. The attractions near Chakrata are:
Tiger Falls is one of the highest direct water fall in Uttarakhand. Tiger Falls is 20 km from Chakrata and has an elevation of 312 ft.
Misty mornings at Budher forest rest house
Budher (Moila Danda) is a picturesque meadow at an altitude 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. About 25 km from Chakrata market on Tuini Road, the roads are not in the 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 and some tented accommodation allows visitors to spend a night here on prior booking.
Chilmiri sunset point at 4 km from main Chakrata market is a picturesque plateau offering one of the best view of sunset.
Forest Rest House – Deoban
Deoban perched at about 2900 meters offer panoramic view of the Himalayas.
Mundali meadows are hard to access yet hold a huge potential for winter sports.
Lakhamandal is an ancient Hindu temple complex dedicated to Shiva and associated with the Pandavas. It is slightly further from Chakrata and may take almost a whole day of driving and coming back. For heritage and a long drive, this Archaeological Survey of India protected site is a must visit.
Manjhgaon Shiv tample an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to lord shiva it’s called in regional language is Massu Devta. It is 15 kilometres far from Chakrata market. You can take Quansi Lakamandal root from chakrata and then after 10 kilometres you will reach at dava pool. Now you can take off-road driving for 5 kilometres then you will reach at Manjhgaon. It is very oldest tample in the region.