Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: A cantonment town in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, Chakrata is a beautiful town that was earlier known as Jaunsar Bawar, named after the Jaunsari tribe.
Developed as a summer retreat by the British, the town was frequented by high ranking officials of the British East India Company.
Places to Visit:
A 50 metres high waterfall, Tiger Falls is located at a distance of 25 kilometres from Chakrata. Surrounded by dense deodar forests, this serene place is popular amongst trekkers.
A picturesque village, Kanasar is surrounded by deodar forests. The village is also famous for being the site of the largest and biggest deodar tree in Asia. Tourists visit this quaint village for the magnificent views it offers.
As the name suggests, Deoban is often called “God’s own forest”. An ideal location for hiking and trekking, Deoban is a perfect place to enjoy some peaceful moments. Located at heights ranging from 2200 metres to nearly 3000 metres, this forest also houses the Vyas Peak, from where one can get amazing views of the Himalayas.
The forest also has beautiful meadows, and due to some areas which are high in altitude, the forest receives snowfall in the winters. Due to this, a few lakes freeze in the months of December and January, which gives the region an otherworldly charm.
Believed to have been built by the Pandavas, Budher Caves are a network of underground tunnels that run for a distance of nearly 150 kilometres. Located near the Moila Tibba meadow, there is an old Shiva temple near the caves as well.
Best Time to Visit:
Since Chakrata is located at a height of nearly 2,100 metres, it stays pleasant in the summers, with temperatures hovering around a maximum of 23 degrees and a minimum of 12 degrees.
During the winters, the area receives mild to heavy snowfall, with temperatures hovering around a maximum of 10 degrees and a minimum of -5 degrees Celsius.
How to Reach:
The nearest railhead and airport to Chakrata are in Dehradun, which is located at a distance of around 90 kilometres.
The cities of Chandigarh and New Delhi lie at a distance of 189 kilometres and 290 kilometres, respectively.