Chakrata is a hill station famous as British Colonial weekend getaway break destination. A cantonment of British Indian Army was established in 1866 by Colonel Hume of the 55th Regiment, British Indian Army and the troops and officers first occupied the cantonment in April 1869.
Chakrata is a sub division and consist of people of Jaunsari tribe. The region as a whole is known as Jaunsar Bawar.The language spoken is Jaunsari, Hindi, Nepali and English. To the east of Chakrata, lies famous Mussoorie and on the west lies kaleidoscopic Kinnaur. The access of foreigners to military cantonment is restricted. Here, a person gets relieved from all the material benefits and tensions to indulge in the presence of nature and its mystical creations.
Numerous caves and ancient temples closely add the attraction to this precious beautiful town. Most of the town regions are unexploited and unpolluted. Clear and clean ambiance, calm environment and eye catching backgrounds make this a splendor attraction for all kinds of holiday makers looking for tranquil and secluded stay.
The number of temples including ones at Hanol(Archeological Survey of India), dedicated to Mahasu devta, Radina, Thaina, Indroli, Lakhwar, and Laakhaamandal(ASI), on the banks of river Yamuna, known for its ancient Shiva Temple, which traces its existence to the legends of Mahabharata, the village also has several natural caves.
The alpine meadows of Mundali (2776 mts.), offers skiing opportunities, November to April.
Petrol and diesel are hard to come by, but can be obtained in small quantities from local traders. The closest petrol pump is in Vikasnagar & the traveller is recommended to top up the fuel tank before coming to Chakrata.
Chakrata is a Cantonment Board city in district of Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The Chakrata city is divided into 6 wards for which elections are held every 5 years. The Chakrata Cantonment Board has population of 5,117 of which 3,717 are males while 1,400 are females as per report released by Census India 2011.
Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 367 which is 7.17 % of total population of Chakrata (CB). In Chakrata Cantonment Board, Female Sex Ratio is of 377 against state average of 963. Moreover Child Sex Ratio in Chakrata is around 844 compared to Uttarakhand state average of 890. Literacy rate of Chakrata city is 90.38 % higher than state average of 78.82 %. In Chakrata, Male literacy is around 94.31 % while female literacy rate is 79.14 %.
Chakrata Cantonment Board has total administration over 759 houses to which it supplies basic amenities like water and sewerage. It is also authorize to build roads within Cantonment Board limits and impose taxes on properties coming under its jurisdiction.
Schedule Tribe (ST) constitutes 16.75 % while Schedule Caste (SC) was 10.63 % of total population in Chakrata (CB).
Out of total population, 3,510 were engaged in work or business activity. Of this 3,112 were males while 398 were females. In census survey, worker is defined as person who does business, job, service, and cultivator and labour activity. Of total 3510 working population, 92.65 % were engaged in Main Work while 7.35 % of total workers were engaged in Marginal Work.
Winters: – Max 15°C, Min. -5°C (Chakrata receives heavy snow falls in winters)
Clothing: Winters – Heavy Woolen,
Summers – Cotton & Light Woolen
Season: April to June and Sept. to Nov.
Rainfall: 178 cm Per annum
By Air – Jollygrant Airport is about 126 kms and takes about 3.5hrs.
By Rail – Nearest railhead is Dehradun at about 96 kms.
By Road – Dehradun is 99 kms and takes about 3 hrs.
Saharanpur is about 129 km and takes about 4 hrs
Mussoorie-79kms and takes about 3 hrs.
Simla is about 215kms via Tiuni and takes more than 8hrs
Road advised from Delhi: via Karnaal,Yamunanagar,Paonta Sahib,Herbertpur and to Chakrata.
Advisory: always call up before starting for the destination to know the real time situation.