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Unspoiled Serenity of Chakrata
Bored and stressed with the same routine life and nothing exciting to look forward to, I’ve been having a hard time coping with the reality of my life. Adventures are tough but routine is just lethal, that’s what I understood after not having anything new to try. The frustration was getting the best of me and that is when I thought that I should go on a vacation. I mean, you do not always need a reason to escape to the mountains but I so wanted to get away from everything at that point in time. We decided to take a break but the million-dollar question was- what should be our destination, where could we escape from everyday life? A friend came up with the name of Chakrata which, honestly I never heard before. He was sure that it’s just the perfect spot for us. I and a bunch of friends after packing few clothes hired a cab and embarked to the hills of Chakrata.
Tucked away in the mountains of Uttarakhand, Chakrata is one of the lesser-known hill stations and has suffered through the popularity of Kasauli and Chail. After about a night’s drive, we reached our destination early in the morning. Honestly, I was quite amazed by what I saw there. Surrounded by the green hills from all sides, it is a tiny but immensely beautiful town. The lush greenery and the mist-covered mountains add to the beauty of the place. After checking in the hotel and relaxing we decided to explore Chakrata. Impressed by its pristine surroundings and natural splendor we decided to take a stroll around the town. These lush green forests are perfect for long walks. Each and every scene was like a lovely painting. The well-maintained roads, simple villages, and friendly locals all added to come up with this unique place.
Our first destination was Tiger Falls which is the most popular attraction near Chakrata. After a trek of about 5 km, Tiger Falls is a lovely gushing waterfall in the midst of dense forests falling from an altitude of about 50 m. An ideal picnic spot, Tiger Falls truly has an enchanting effect on its visitors. They can have fun playing in the ice-cold water and enjoy under the natural shower. After having a lot of fun under the waterfall we moved to Kansas for lunch. It is a beautiful village at about one and half hour drive from Chakrata. The simple and friendly people from the village are hospitable and make you feel welcomed. After having food we decided to come back to the hotel. The first day at Chakrata was perfect with fun amidst nature.
The next day we headed to a tiny village called Hanol situated on the left bank of River ‘Tons’ which was earlier known as River Tamsa. It is believed to be the same place where the Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata escaped from Lakshagriha. According to a belief, the water of River ‘Tons’ is actually the tears from the eyes of the son of Arjun, one of the Pandavas ‘ brothers.
We also visited ‘Mahasu Devta’ Temple which is located on the eastern bank of the Tons River and attracts many tourists. Built in the 9th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Mahar. Originally, constructed in Huna architectural style, it has been renovated many times and acquired a mixed style.
After having a great time in Chakrata, it was time for us to say goodbye. It was an awesome trip where we literally lost ourselves to nature. It was time to go home and the memories we created there would always remain with me for the rest of my life.
So if you plan a trip to Chakrata hill station, make sure to visit one of these amazing hills in Uttarakhand. You will surely have a great time enjoying the breathtaking views and relaxing in the serenity of nature.