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Explore the unexplored in Uttarakhand: Chakrata- a hidden gem waiting to be explored

Explore one of Uttarakhand’s veritable treasures- The hidden gem Chakrata promises an unforgettable experience for every Indian traveller

Uttarakhand is a trending tourist summer destination for both Indian and foreign travellers during this part of the year. The state is witnessing an unprecedented crowd of tourists due to the Chardham Yatra pilgrimage and the allure of hill station summer retreats.

So, if you are someone seeking to immerse in the tranquil beauty of Dev Bhoomi and rejuvenate your souls amidst serene landscapes in Uttarakhand minus the bustling crowds then we have a hidden gem for you- the East India Company originally developed Chakrata, a picturesque and peaceful town, and now houses a military cantonment.

About Chakrata

Certain unexplored hill stations in Dev Bhoomi are a perfect retreat for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Nestled amidst lush conifers, flaming red rhododendrons, towering oaks and the mighty snowy Himalayan ranges, Chakrata looks down upon the Yamuna valley and is a must-visit destination for them.

Location: It is around 100 km from the capital city of Dehradun and perched at a height of about 7,000 m above sea level. It is also well-connected with all other major towns of Uttarakhand through roads. Being located on the border it is a high-security location, and is only accessible to Indian nationals no foreign tourist can gain access to this peaceful getaway., 

Places of attractions in Chakrata

Tiger Falls: A mesmerizing waterfall that is surrounded by lush green forests. It is one of the highest of Uttarakhand at 312ft.

The Kharamba- The highest peak in Hilltown, situated around 10,000 m above sea level, it is one of the best for those looking for a snowy adventure.

Chilmiri Neck – A prevalent sunset point, it is located at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level. The place offers panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges and good place for camping, picnicking and trekking. 

Budher Caves- The ancient Budher Caves are a natural wonder that is located near Chakrata. The limestone caves are believed to be millions of years old. and offer a thrilling experience to adventure seekers.

Deoban: Situated at an altitude of 2200 m and about 13km from the main town, the place is a paradise for wildlife photographers and ornithologists alike.  The forests boast diverse fauna ranging from wild fowls to spotted deer and panthers.

Wrapping up- The best time to visit Chakrata is between April and June, and from September to November. During winter, the temperature can dip as low as negative 5 degrees C. To reach Chakrata, you can first travel to Dehradun via train, air, or road. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport. From Dehradun, you can take a bus or hire a car to reach Chakrata, enjoying scenic views along the journey.

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