Delight in the mystical lands and nature’s surprises as you head to Dehradun and embark on the Chakrata Trek. The short 4-day trek takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain locales and is packed with exciting activities. From bird watching and organic farming to witnessing the local village life and exotic flora and fauna of the region, this expedition is an absolute must for nature enthusiasts.
Located in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, Chakrata lies about 98 km from the main city in the hilly Garhwal region. You cover a total distance of about 10 to 15 km across 4 days and go up to an altitude of almost 9,120 feet above sea level. The trek is extremely popular for the breathtaking views that it offers of snow clad mountain peaks, rolling hills, and the majestic Himalayas. It takes you through quaint villages, gorgeous waterfalls, and dense forests of oak and deodar trees. You will also cross through beautiful fruit orchards comprising peach, apple, plum, and apricot trees and enjoy a first-hand experience of life on the famous apple valley. Chakrata is considered an easy trek that can be undertaken by beginner level trekkers just to enjoy the sheer untamed beauty of nature.
Delhi to Chakrata
Once you arrive at Delhi, you will have to prepare for your onward journey to Chakrata in Uttarakhand.
Start by meeting your group members at the ISBT Kashmere Gate in Delhi, and board your vehicle here.
Set out on your overnight journey to Chakrata
Warm clothes: You will not experience very low temperatures here if you travel in the summer months from May through June. So you can pack light jackets, sweaters, and windcheaters especially for the early morning treks. You can also keep thermal inners, woolen gloves and socks for the nights.
Trekking clothes: Full sleeved and collared t-shirts to keep you from getting sunburnt, trekking pants preferably with zippered pockets.
Caps and hats: Sun caps, hats, scarves
Raincoat and ponchos for sudden showers
Trekking shoes: Wear good quality trekking shoes with proper grip and ankle support.
Backpack or daypack with rain cover: you can carry a small day pack as this is a short trek.
At least two water bottles of 1 liter each
First aid kit with band aids, bandages, ORS, pain relief spray, pain killers, medicines for fever, indigestion, and allergy
If you are traveling from Delhi, the distance via road is about 326 km along NH44. You can take a shared taxi, jeep, traveler, or even self drive to reach Chakrata. If you are taking a taxi or driving from Dehradun, you will reach Chakrata in 4 hours and from Ponta Sahib, you will reach in 3 hours. You can either take the traditional route through Herbertpur and Kalsi which is about 98 km long or the other route through Mussoorie and Yamuna Bridge that is about 100 km long.
Take a bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi for Chakrata for an overnight drive that will get you to your destination early morning the next day.
By Air: The nearest airport to Chakrata is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is about 113 km from Chakrata. You can avail of a taxi service that is available outside the airport to take you to Chakrata.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Chakrata is the Dehradun Railway Station which is about 87 km away. It is well connected with various cities across the country and once at the station, you can take a bus or taxi to reach Chakrata in about 3 hours.
It will take you about 4 days to complete the Chakrata trek starting from Delhi and getting back here. It is a short trek and comprises some amazing views of the mountains as you go through beautiful forests and tiny villages.
Chakrata is located in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, about 100 km north west from the main city. You can reach here directly from Delhi or from Dehradun, Mussoorie, or Vikasnagar.
Chakrata trek has been classified as an easy trek that can be undertaken by beginner level trekkers as well who have little or no experience in trekking. It is a short trek of about 4 days and is very popular among families and also solo travelers.
The best time to do the Chakrata trek is between the months of May and June as well as October and November. This is when you will experience the most pleasant weather here as well as the best views of the snow covered mountains in the distance.
There are several fun activities that you can enjoy when in Chakrata. These include rock climbing, bird watching at Deoban, water activities in Yamuna Adventure Park such as river crossing, swimming, and rappelling, waterfall rappelling at the Tiger Falls, horse riding near Chakrata town, village tour, and tour of the limestone caves in Budher.
Yes, Chakrata is definitely worth a visit for its breathtaking natural beauty and wonderful activities that you can partake of. You can catch glimpses of some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalayan range from here as well as explore the beautiful Tiger Falls, and Budher Caves.