Travel Uttarakhand Journal

“Chakrata” – The Cantonment Town of British Indian Army

Chakrata is a hill town with rich green woodlands, old sanctuaries, and caves in the state of Uttarakhand. Located at a distance of about 90 km from the capital Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand. This beautiful hill station is situated at an altitude of 2118 meters between the Tons and Yamuna rivers. It also offers you beautiful views of Himachal Pradesh, which lies to the west of the hill station. Chakrata is very famous for activities such as mountain climbing, trekking, skiing, nature-lovers, bird-lovers, and wildlife.

Bounded by nature’s beauty Chakrata is also a cantonment area. 24×7 this area remains under the surveillance of the Indian army. Situated between the Tons River and the Yamuna River this area used to be the cantonment area of ​​the British Indian Army. The arrival of any foreign traveler without permission to this area is absolutely prohibited.

The area is also known as Jaunsar Bawar by the name of the local caste Jaunsari. This caste which is still can be found in many parts of the Chakrata. The special thing about this area is that this area is far beyond modern amenities. To stay in this area with the least population, there are limited accommodation facilities. Due to the strictness of the army, the beauty of this region is one of the hitherto unseen beauties.

Other attractions of Chakrata Hill Station include Panther, Spotted Deer, other Wild Animals, and beautiful vegetation of the place. If you want to get more information about Chakrata Hill Station then definitely read this article of ours.

Places To Visit In Chakrata

Tiger Fall

tiger fall

Tiger Falls is a major attraction of Chakrata Hill Station. Seeing the glory of this waterfall is a wonderful sight in itself. To reach this beautiful waterfall, you have to trek about 5 km, but when you reach the tiger waterfall, the attractive view here makes you forget about the difficulties of the route and boost you up with energy. You can have a wonderful picnic here with cedar vegetation and attracting water.

Budher Caves

budher caves

Nestled at an altitude of 2800 meters Budher is a beautiful tourist destination that is famous for its stalactite and stalagmite formations. This cave is believed to have been built by Pandavas and takes you to the era of Mahabharata. Apart from this, Budher caves are also famous for some other adventure activities. Located about 40 kilometers from Chakrata Hill Station, Budher Caves is one of the best places to visit near Chakrata.



Located at an elevation of 2200 meters to 3000 meters above sea level Deoban is about 12 km from Chakrata hill station.  Deoban is one of the highest points of the hill station. The major attractions here are dense forest surrounded by deodar trees and beautiful snow-covered mountain ranges etc. Apart from this, there are beautiful birds such as Chuker Partridge, Himalayan Woodpecker, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Russet Sparrow, Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker, and Cinereous Vulture (rare species of vulture). If you have a plan to camp near Chakrata then Deoban is the best option you have. You can reach Deoban by hiring a cab or trekking from Kansar. Kansar is a nearby area surrounded by deodar trees.

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Chilmiri Neck

chilmiri neck

Located at a distance of about 25-30 minutes from Chakrata Hill Station, Chillamari Neck has beautiful places that attract tourists. For your information, let us tell you that Chilmiri Neck is the highest peak in the city. View of other beautiful Himalayan peaks such as Rohini Peak, Swarga Peak, and Bandarpoonch Peak can also be seen from Chilmiri Peak. Chilmiri Neck attractions are beautiful birds, colorful butterflies, and natural beauty. The area also offers you to experiences the best view of the sunset.



Among the major attractions of Chakrata Hill Station, Mundali is a beautiful place that proves to be the most popular skiing destination in Uttarakhand in winter. Mundali is located about 36 kilometers from Chakrata Hill Station. For your information, let us tell you that after Auli it is the most favorite place for skiers and snowboarders in India. Apart from this, tourists can also enjoy the beautiful scenery here during summer.

Kimona Falls

kimona falls

Kimona Falls is a major attraction of Chakrata Hill Station which thrills you. Kimona waterfalls are considered one of the most adventurous activities during a visit to Chakrata Hill Station. However, due to less crowd in the area, it is a great place for families and couples. Tourists are seen enjoying the water of the waterfall here.

Ram Tal Horticulture Garden

ramtal horticulture garden

During a visit to Chakrata Hill Station, you can also visit Ram Tal Horticulture Garden which is a beautiful picnic spot near chakrata. Located about 14 km from Chakrata, this garden has some famous bird species like the oriental turtle dove, grey treepie, and black-headed jay. The pond near the garden remains dry for most of the year but is worth visiting during the rainy season. This place offers tourists a romantic atmosphere with scenic views of hilly terrains including plum, apple, rhododendron trees.

Yamuna Adventure Park

yamuna adventure resort chakrata

Yamuna Adventure Park is one of the major attractions of Chakrata Hill Station. Water activities available here at this place automatically pull the attention of the tourists towards themselves. You can enjoy activities in the park-like River crossing, bridge slithering, duckie rides, swimming, river rafting, rappelling, swimming, and many other activities are available at this adventure park.

Places To Stay In Chakrata

Hotels In Chakrata

  • Hotel Snow View
  • Oxygen Resort Chakrata
  • Rana Guest House
  • Hotel Hill Knights Chakrata
  • Divyansh Resort, Chakrata
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Home Stays In Chakrata

  • UD’s Cafe & Homestay
  • Handaik Homestay
  • Chaani Churani
  • Deodar Dream Resort

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Camps Stay In Chakrata

  • Escape Tribal Camps
  • Blue Canvas Camp & Resorts
  • Chakrata Camps
  • Camp Room On The Roof
  • Himalayan Eco Lodges and Camps

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Things To Do In Chakrata

Trekking, Camping, River Crossing, Swimming, River Rafting, Mountain Climbing, Rappelling, Swimming, Bridge Slithering, Photography, Bird Watching, Nature Walk.

Best Time To Visit Chakrata

You can visit Chakrata in any month round the year. However, the best time to visit Chakrata hill station is considered to be between March and November.

Chakrata In Summers

Chakrata witnesses pleasant summers, with cool mountain breeze delighting the tourists. The average maximum temperature in the months of summer (March – June) reaches up to 28°C and the minimum average temperature reaches around 10°C. 

Chakrata In Winters

Winters months (December – February) in Chakrata are extremely chilly with an average maximum temperature of 16°C to an average minimum temperature as low as -5°C.

How To Reach Chakrata

By Flight

If you have chosen the air route to visit Chakrata Hill Station, then the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is nearest and it is located at a distance of about 116 km from the Hill Station. From the airport, you will easily reach the Chakrata hill station with the help of local means (bus and taxi) running here.

By Train

If you have chosen the railway route to go to Chakrata hill station, then the Dehradun railway station is the nearest and it is located about 88 kilometers from your destination Chakrata hill station. Taxis, Buses and other local means of transport are easily available outside the railway station.

By Road

If you have chosen a road route to visit Chakrata Hill Station, then you can get regular buses from Dehradun and Mussoorie bus stands. Apart from this, you can also travel to the hill station with the help of your personal means. Because Chakrata hill stations are well connected to their nearest cities via road.

So whenever you plan a trip to enjoy the views of Uttarakhand or Dehradun, do not forget to include this Chakrata in your plan.

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