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Chakrata Travel information
Chakrata is known for its pristine and unparallel beauty. Chakrata is situated at an altitude of 2270 m and is only 98 km from Dehradun and 73 km form Mussoorie. Chakrata comes under cantonment area for the Indian Army. The northern part of Chakrata attracts the trekkers and nature lovers with its beautiful landscape, virgin forests of conifers, rhododendrons and oaks and attractive villages of the Jaunsari tribe. The area also includes the 3084 m high peak of Kharamba. On its northern slopes is situated Mundali, one of the popular destination for skiing during December to March months.
The town Chakrata lies above the Yamuna Valley in the Garhwal Himalaya and is approached from Dehradun either via Mussoorie or Kalsi. The latter is the commonly used one, but the road surface is pretty atrocious. Once you make it to Kalsi, you have to be lucky enough to make it through the barrier there on time. Barrier, you ask? Indeed. The Kalsi Army Check post allows only Indians to drive through to Chakrata, where there's a toll of Rs 21. But it's also single-lane traffic from here on to Chakrata, since the road is pretty narrow. It's better to take the Dehradun-Mussoorie route, which is about 20-odd km longer but is a newer road, barrier-free and very picturesque.
Tiger Fall: After a awesome 8km trek from Chakrata lies Tiger Fall a water ballad with supreme beauty, lessening stylishly from a height of 50 m. Tiger fall creates a small pond, which renders an enchanting effect to the picturesque surroundings.
Deoban: 20 km away from Chakrata this place is surrounded by dense forests. Situated at an altitude of 2200 m, Deoban provides a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. The views along this stretch are grand. The entire Greater Himalayan variety lies stretched along the horizon. You might as well keep your eyes firmly fixed on the peaks as one look down will give you a serious attack of dizziness. As you travel upwards, you enter a deep, dark deodar forest, which as a final point clears to reveal a vast green field
Lakhamandal: At a remoteness of 60 km, from Chakrata, this vicinity has fairy-tale connotation due to its associateion with the Mahabharata. It is understood that the Kauravas built "Lakshagraha" (House of Lac) to burn alive the Pandavas here. Many very old temples of Lord Shiva and Parashuram are spread around this area.
Ram Tal: Kids will enjoy a visit to the Ram Tal Horticultural backyard, 10 km away on the Mussoorie Road, by means of its apple garden and normal pond.
Kanasar: 30 km from Chakrata and 128 km from Dehradun, Kanasar is on the brink on the Chakrata-Tuni motorable road. Backdrop of the towering peaks and dense forests cuts out Kanasar as the idyllic retreat. The night halts are facilitate by the equally striking Forest Rest residence.
Mundali: Mundali is situated in 129 km from Dehradun via Chakrata. From Chakrata to Mundali is 36 km unmetalled jeepable road. Mundali offers an etched in your mind view of the snow capped Himalayas. The place has vast ski slopes on which professionals can enjoy skiing. As accommodation facility is only available at woodland Rest House, therefore one has to ensure somewhere to stay through the Forest Department.
Kalsi: Approximately 5 km from Dakpathar, is an Ashoka Pillar Rock Edict, built in 450 B.C., which represents the post-warfare era when king Ashoka converted himself to the Buddhist faith. The edicts ever aimed at the moral elevation of his people. One such edict at Kalsi is made of quartz which is 10ft long and 8ft broad. 'Gajottam' meaning 'the most admirable elephant' is emblazoned on the right side of the rock and is engraved in Brahmi script in the eatern dialect of Magadhi, the then official language.
The National Archaeological Department has taken the responsibility of preserving the edict having a high historical significance. The picturesque beauty around Kalsi is picturesque. From the Yamuna upto Kalsi the land on the western bank of the river is formed in tow consecutive ledges, each about 30 meters high. Near the foot of the upper ledge is the Kalso stone containing one of Ashoka's acts.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit this place would be in the month of October and if some perfectionists want some more time it can extend till January.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant.
Nearest Railhead: The nearest railhead is Dehradun, which is 98 Km from Chakrata
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