It was the first week of September, 2009. Me and my husband Ashish both were desperate to go somewhere for a weekend trip. Both of us like to visit places like hills, forests, waterfalls etc. Finally we settled to go on a road trip to Mussoorie and Chakrata along with my husband’s friend Naveen and his wife Gurpreet.
We decided to go by Naveen’s car and the plan was to leave early in the morning. The journey finally begun at 4 o’clock in the morning on Saturday.
We took a short break at 7:00 am and had our breakfast. After another drive of 7-8 hours to cover around 250 km, we reached Mussoorie at 2:00 pm.
Since much of the day was already over, we decided to take a stroll around Mussoorie. Although Mussoorie is a well known tourist spot, it failed to impress me, apart from the delicious lunch and dinner served at the hotels. Next morning around 10 am we are all ready to go to Chakrata, the lesser known and hence almost untouched place.
On our way to Chakrata, while crossing the Yamuna bridge, we decided to take a short break and have some fun at the river bank. We enjoyed so much over there that the 15 minutes’ break got extended to almost two hours. After all the fun finally we reached Chakarata at around 2:00 pm.
Chakrata is an army cantonment area of Dehradun District, Uttarakhand, at an elevation of 7000 ft. It was earlier known as Jaunsar Bawar, cantonment of British Indian Army. It is very naturally scenic and beautiful town. Chakrata known for its serene environs and pollution-free atmosphere, is situated at a distance of 98 kms from Dehradun.
There were only 2 renowned accommodations in Chakrata; one is Snow View and other one Himalayan Paradise. We decided to move direct to Hotel Snow View, where accommodation was fine without any luxury, but still manageable. People say it is famous for the viewing early morning sun rise. Unfortunately we couldn’t see because of clouds but what we explored was more beautiful I must say. One thing that we won’t forget is Sardar Ji’s Dhaba.
The nearby major attraction around Chakrata is Tiger Fall. It was around 4:00 pm after having lunch and we did not had sufficient time to go over there. Localities told us that the destination is 17 Kms away from Chakrata . So we decided to go to Deoband instead.
Deoband village is located 16 km from Chakrata. Since the road to Deoband was very poor, we had to hire a Mahindra Marshall for the trip. Deoband is surrounded by thick forests and lies at an altitude of 9,500 ft. It offers a fine view over the majestic Himalayan peaks.
If you are looking for a peaceful place this is the one. We spent about an hour over there as we had to get back before the evening.
The next morning we checked out from the hotel and moved towards Tiger Fall. After reaching the point nearest to the fall, we had to trek about 3 km downhill to the fall. The valley was so green and beautiful, that the 3 km trek felt like nothing.
And the moment we saw the fall – we were speechless. The view of the fall was breathtaking. We were lucky to arrive just before the rainy season, so that the fall was not at its full prowess and we were able to take a quiet and enjoyable bath at the small pool which had formed at the bottom. No wonder this was the best moment of our trip.
We had lots of fun, no one of us wanted to come back from there. While coming out of the pool, Naveen suddenly remembered that he forgot to take the car keys out of his pockets before taking the plunge in the pool. The keys (the remote lock) were completely drenched in water! Anyways, the worst part was to climb back to the point where we left the car, especially when you are already tired from jumping and screaming in the pool.
After the climb, our first task was to put the keys under sunlight, that was the only hope to get it work again, and it worked! It was already 4:00 pm and we began our return journey soon after taking some snacks.
Tiger fall visit was tiring but the nature’s view was so pleasurable, the beautiful color combination, with velvet touch of super green mountains, sparkling blue sky with feathery white clouds. I feel good even now, when I remember it.