Chakrata


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 of Chakrata is restricted. A person gets relieved and unbounds himself from all the material benefits and tensions of life to indulge in the presence of nature and its mystical creations that can be best seen at Chakrata.

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 ambience, calm environment and eye catching backgrounds make this a splendour attraction for all kinds of holiday makers looking for tranquil and secluded stay.

The number of temples including ones at Hano(under ASI)l, dedicated to Mahasu devta Radina, Thaina, Indroli, Lakhwar, and Lakhamandal(under 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 (for civilians), 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.


Demographics


As of 2001 India census, Chakrata had a population of 3497, belonging to the Jaunsari tribe. Males constitute 62% of the population and females 38%. Chakrata has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 81% and female literacy of 65%. 12% of the population is under 6 years of age


Summers Max.30°C,Min.10°C

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.

RAIN FALL: 178 CMs Per annum