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A Holiday in Chakrata: The Road Less Travelled

Rajinder is a wanderer and Uttarakhand has always been Rajinder's favourite state in India due to its many less travelled destinations.

Chakrata from Delhi

April is the perfect month to start planning a road trip, as most schools in Delhi will be closed for two months in May and June and you have a plenty of time to plan your trip for the pleasure of your kids and family.

When it comes to enjoying school summer holidays, there is nothing better than giving your kids the best treat by taking them away from the scorching heat of summers in metros to somewhere really cool and pleasant where they can play all day long, learn new things whereas you and your partner relax and forget the busy life of Delhi, so this month, we will cover Chakrata which is a little hill station in the Uttarakhand State.

For Roads Less Travelled

Chakrata - Over and above the clouds, the evergreen trees, lonely roads, beautiful mountains look like a sweet dream I took when I was a child and it seems that dream has come true when I visited Chakrata.

Chakrata - Over and above the clouds, the evergreen trees, lonely roads, beautiful mountains look like a sweet dream I took when I was a child and it seems that dream has come true when I visited Chakrata.

By road, Chakrata is only 332 kms from Delhi border and is totally different from other popular hill stations of Northern India. In Chakrata, you can visit Mundoli, Tiger Falls, Kanasar, and Devban as depicted via the photographs taken en route. Enjoy these astonishing views of Mother nature.

Chakrata Travel - Beauty of Chakrata in Uttaranchal cannot be described in words. I love this place for its natural life and army history.

Chakrata Travel - Beauty of Chakrata in Uttaranchal cannot be described in words. I love this place for its natural life and army history.

The deep valley, scenic beauty, evergreen mountain trees, sparkling white water calls the traveler inside you. The nature says that come here and I will show what natural life is.

The deep valley, scenic beauty, evergreen mountain trees, sparkling white water calls the traveler inside you. The nature says that come here and I will show what natural life is.

It is interesting to note that Mussoorie is located just 77 kilometers from Chakrata if you are going by road. As Mussoorie is a very popular travel destination among Indians, you may already know that it has its fair share of narrow and twisty roads full of scenic beauty. At some places, roads are so much narrow that it is almost impossible for two cars to pass each other easily, here you have to take caution as one mistake and one could end up falling in 5000 to 7000 feet deep valley.

Though, this road is devoid of traffic, we took this route two times and both the times, we found no more than three to four vehicles en route. In fact, it is so lonely route that we hardly found one to two villages en route and not more than 10 to 12 people. So this route is not advisable in the evening hours as if you meet anything wrong, there is no one to help you, but this loneliness makes it one of the best scenic roads to enjoy in the daytime.

Chakrata Trip Photos - A steep and narrow road from Mussoorie to Chakrata. Don't use this road after dawn, as it is very lonely but if you will go through this route in the daytime, you will enjoy each and every thing your eyes will see.

Chakrata Trip Photos - A steep and narrow road from Mussoorie to Chakrata. Don't use this road after dawn, as it is very lonely but if you will go through this route in the daytime, you will enjoy each and every thing your eyes will see.

Chakrata Photos - The road from VikasNagar to Chakrata in Uttaranchal.

Chakrata Photos - The road from VikasNagar to Chakrata in Uttaranchal.

The beauty of this road is that it is the same road which goes to Yamunotri and Mori plus River Tons (see below pic), one of the less known but very exciting place for camping and river rafting as written in my previous article, so you will witness yourself driving along with the Yamuna river sometimes and the beauty is tough to spell in words.

Photograph of River Tons in Uttaranchal - Quiet Tons river will meet inside Yamuna river.

Photograph of River Tons in Uttaranchal - Quiet Tons river will meet inside Yamuna river.

As Chakrata is a cantonment town, it has a restricted entry and exit system. You and your kids will learn many new things like army discipline and teamwork from this place. The most important thing in Chakrata is that you cannot visit or leave the town at your own wish any time. There are fixed timings for it. Chakrata has two check posts at both ends. First end is Chakrata itself and second is Kalsi, a small town again controlled by Indian Army Special Frontier Force.

For Chakrata friends - A tourist van from Delhi on its way to Chakrata Kalsi check post in Uttaranchal.

For Chakrata friends - A tourist van from Delhi on its way to Chakrata Kalsi check post in Uttaranchal.

The check post at Kalsi first stops all the vehicles and makes a caravan of them. Same process takes place at Chakrata at the other end. One has to register himself/herself by entering personal details in the register and pay toll. After registration and toll payment, vehicles get green signal to move every two and a half hours so if a vehicle misses the exact time period when the tollgate is open for entering, then that group of travelers have to wait for another two and a half hours before they can think of going inside. They allow around 20 minutes for one convoy to leave.

Chakrata by road pics - A convoy or caravan of vehicles approaching Kalsi

Chakrata by road pics - A convoy or caravan of vehicles approaching Kalsi

After that, the toll gates are closed for the next 2 hours and 15 minutes. The last convoy leaves at 7 p.m. after which, you are only allowed to leave or enter Chakrata in the first convoy which starts next morning at 7 a.m. This rule applies to the route which goes to Dehradun through Kalsi and Vikasnagar. If you choose to take the route to Mussoorie, no such restriction is applied but as I warned you, do not even think of taking that route after dawn, as it is very risky. So it is better to reach Chakrata via Mussoorie in daytime or via Kalsi.

Chakrata Travelogues - A narrow Tiuni road towards amazing Chakrata

Chakrata Travelogues - A narrow Tiuni road towards amazing Chakrata

As Chakrata is close to Himachal Pradesh Border, a nearby place of interest is Paonta Sahib, which is a Sikh community Gurudwara on the banks of a river. You can offer your prayers to Wahe Guruji here. It is at a distance of around 53 kilometers from Chakrata by road.

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Inside Paonta Sahib Gurudwara

Inside Paonta Sahib Gurudwara

Tiger Falls, Chakrata - Have your beers with your feet in chilling water

Pics clicked en route Chakrata Uttaranchal.

Pics clicked en route Chakrata Uttaranchal.

A scenic view of Chakrata via the window glass.

A scenic view of Chakrata via the window glass.

As depicted via the pictures taken on our car trip to Chakrata, one can imagine that how lovely place it is. I recommend you to visit Chakrata with friends and relatives, especially kids.

This place is very peaceful and you can enjoy the beauty of nature here.

Do not forget to visit Tiger Falls with your stock of beers, as it is an amazing experience, but be cautious as it is very easy going downhill to the fall but will take the best of your energy to climb back to your cars and the road is very steep, narrow and sometimes slippery so be cautious.

Due to little space here, I will write about how to reach Chakrata including driving directions, more pictures, accommodation options, transportation cost, food expense, and overall cost of travel to Chakrata from Delhi and Delhi to Chakrata by road in my upcoming hub, so that you can enjoy your trip to Chakrata with your friends, family, and kids and the memories will remain in your mind as precious recollections forever, as I think that Chaktra is the best summer vacation destination near Delhi.

Again, I would say there is nothing better than visiting a hill station via road, as you can enjoy the scenic beauty of mountains, rivers, and pleasant weather en route.

It is very common to see travelers standing in middle of the road, opening their shoulders wide, breathing in fresh and refreshing air, and falling in love with Mother Nature.

Just Turn on Your GPS and Follow The Easiest Route from New Delhi to Chakrata

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Rajinder Soni

Comments

Bharat Sharan from Dhanbad on April 08, 2020:

Excellent description sir. The way you describe things is simply unique. One can and should always be ready to learn.

Halemane Muralikrishna from South India on April 07, 2020:

Pilgrimage and sightseeing tour to Chakrata may be really memorable. I too wish to visit Mussorie and Chakrata in Uttaranchal. The natural beauty of mountains and chilling climate together will take the traveller to heaven on earth. I had a virtual tour already by reading your article, Mr Rajinder, many thanks for such a picturesque article.

Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on August 26, 2019:

Prantika, it is nice to hear that you have kept Chakrata in your wishlist. I always try to visit places that are less travelled or are less known and Chakrata is still unexplored by many.

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on August 26, 2019:

The lonely roads, the high mountains, the gushing waterfall, and the breathtaking views have made me fall in love with the place. It is in my wishlist now and would like to visit it at the earliest.

Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on July 21, 2019:

Hi Rocky, congratulations for shifting your business to Dehradun. I hope you have visited Chakrata now. Enjoy.

Rocky Rawat from India on April 08, 2014:

Very nice pictures yar!! I have recently shifted to Dehradun to develop my travel business and now I will plan surely visit this place..it looks awesome

Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on March 04, 2013:

This is my only blog on Chakrata buddy. Rafting in Rishikesh is amazing. When you reach Rishikesh, then go ahead and buy a rafting plus camping package from them. Rafting rates depend on the distance covered. We were there last year in April and enjoyed a lot but it was very hot so don't visit in April, go there right now as the weather is pleasant now.

anubhavnavy on March 02, 2013:

hi soni...can you send link to all your blogs about chakrata///just joined the hub pages an hour back after reading one of your blogs on chakrata.....plan to do delhi rishikesh mussorie chakrata paonta delhi over 08 days by road....any suggestions for rafting in rishikesh ....

Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on June 28, 2012:

Thanks for your comments and this link Nitya. It will help many.

Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on May 30, 2011:

Don't you worry Tina. I am here for you when you will come to my country. I will be your guide and will show you the true colors of Indian subcontinent.

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on May 28, 2011:

soni, to tell you the truth, I am afraid to leave this country right now!

Tina

Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on May 20, 2011:

Yes Granny, but for people who love visiting different places and getting to know about different cultures and traditions, there is nothing better than visiting India. India has a blend of infinite cultures and traditions that you will love coming here. Tell me if I am wrong Granny.

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on May 20, 2011:

It is beautiful there but I do not think I would ever want to go there. Travel in the USA. is much easier

Nice pictures

Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on April 04, 2011:

Thank you so much Simone.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 04, 2011:

Beautiful Hub, soni2006! Chakrata sounds divine!!

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