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Chakrata is a little cantonment town on the way to Yamunotri. A strong scent of pine cones hangs in the air. This small sleepy town has no busy bazaars or noisy restaurants to distract from the breathtaking views of the Garhwal Himalayas. Its spectacular cloud cover, even in summer, will charm the most jaded traveler. A mixture of all things nice like greenery, the Himalayas in the background and perfect location, Chakrata is for sure that one tourism destination in Dehradun district you would like to spend a holiday in Uttarakhand. The region was earlier known as Jaunsar Bawar from the local Jaunsari tribe, which still has a remarkable presence in the area.

Chakrata is an ideal spot for nature lovers, bird watchers, adventure lovers, and wildlife enthusiasts. The hill station is rich in varied panoramic views. Kharamba Peak, at an altitude of 10,000 feet provides opportunities for climbing and skiing. There are numerous caves and ancient temples near Chakrata which add to the attraction of this secluded hill station. The chief attraction around Chakrata is Tiger Fall waterfall and a small hamlet known as Deoban that provides views of the Great Wall of China. Hanol Mahasu Temple and the Lakhamandal are the other attractions near Chakrata.

Location

Chakrata is located approximately 92 km from the city of Dehradun in Uttarakhand. The Kalsi Army Check post allows only Indians to drive through to Chakrata where one has to pay a toll fee.

Must Watch Places

Jaunsar-Bawar

is an area surrounding Chakrata, home to the Jaunsari tribes, who follow some queer customs like polygamy and polyandry. The Jaunsar-bawar pargana is surrounded by Tehri Garhwal and Uttarkashi districts in the east, by Bashar, Raiengarh, Taroach, and Jubbal in the north, by Sirmaur in the west, and by Doon valley in the south. This region is precisely the north-westernmost area of the state of Uttaranchal, covering an area of 889.7 sq km.

Tiger Falls

At a distance of 111 km from Dehradun, 105 km from Mussoorie and 26 km from Chakrata, Tiger Falls is a magnificent waterfall located amidst hilly terrain near Chakrata in Uttarakhand. Tiger fall is also known as Keraao Pachad and Kailu Pachad in local languages. Tiger Fall is the key attraction of Chakrata. This beautiful falls can be reached by taking an easy trek through the rhododendron and oak forest. Tiger Fall is one of the highest waterfalls of Uttarakhand, cascading from a height of 312 ft. Mess and quarters of Garhwal Rifles are located in Chilmiri Neck. This is an ideal spot for bird watching, enjoy nature and marvel at a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks. The scenic view of verdant land and dense forests leaves an unforgettable impact on the visitors.

Kanasar

28 km away from Chakrata, perched on the Chakrata-Tiuni motorable road, is the forest outpost of Koti-Kanasar. Home to the largest deodars and rated as the best cedar (deodar) forest in all of Asia, Kanasar’s beauty is picture-perfect. The drive itself is awesome with views of the lofty mountains, dense forests, and scenic waterfalls with picnic spots along the route.

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