Chakrata at a glance:
Coordinates:30.7016° N, 77.8696° E
Chakrata is a small hill town near Dehradun located on top of the Yamuna valley amidst lush green forests caves and ancient temples. With a host of activities to offer, this iconic place is perfect for a leisure weekend too. The distance from Delhi to Chakrata is 326 kms and is an exciting place to visit with a lot of things to do over a weekend trip.
How to reach Chakrata:
By Air: Dehradun airport is the nearest airport near Chakrata. It is about 64 kms from Dehradun airport to Chakrata.
By Rail: Dehradun is the nearest railway station. Cabs are available from the railway station.
By Road: Chakrata can be reached by buses and taxis.
Places to visit in and around Chakrata
At a distance of about 30 km from Chakrata, lies the Budher caves, also known as Miola caves. The name Miola is after the German person who discovered this cave and this cave is now a popular spot to visit for spellunking or exploring caves.
One of the peak points, Chilmiri is where the cantonment is located. You can view the Rohini Peak, Swarga Peak and the Banderpoonch Massif from here.
At 2200 m high, Deoban offers expansive views of the Himalayan ranges and is surrounded by dense deodar forests. Home to wide varieties of Himalayan Woodpeckers, white collared blackbirds and Green Backed tit, these forests attract great number of bird watchers.
Ram Tal Horticultural Garden
One of the popular attractions of Chakrata, Ram Tal Horticultural Garden is located 9 kms from Chakrata on Chakrata-Mussoorie route. This garden also includes different types of lichen, ferns, climbers, conifers, woody trees and plants. Some of the popular birds in this garden are oriental turtle dove, grey treepie and black headed jay. It also has an apple orchid and a small pond. It is a nice place to visit, especially for nature lovers.
You can trek up the hill to reach one of the highest Indian waterfalls at 312 ft. high. The waterfall is covered by a backdrop of scenic woody deodars. During peak tourist season this place is a busy picnic spot.
What to Eat in Chakrata
Local Food and Cuisine
Chakrata does not foster too many options for food, cuisines and restaurants and your choices might get somewhat limited here. However there are a few good restaurants that serve typical Indian food and popular items, including Chinese cuisine.