CHAKRATA TRAVEL GUIDE
HOW TO REACH
1. By Air
Jollygrant Airport is about 126 kms and takes about 3.5hrs.
2. By Rail
Nearest railhead is Dehradun at about 96 kms.
3. 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
1. Kimonā Fall
A 15-20 minutes of hike from the property,Kimona Fall stands at more than 35metres ,hidden amidst thick Oak forest. Just take your tea, a book and go enjoy the serenity. If you’re the adventurous kinds then you can definitely try rappelling down with water, which is a great experience in itself.
2. Keraao Pachad/Kailu Pachad/Tiger Fall
5 kms from the resort by foot and 13 kms by drive; it is a beautiful water fall, falling from a height of about 300 plus feet, converging into a small pond which creates an enchanting effect on the scenic surroundings. Roaring, gushing water, thick forest and a beautiful view makes it an ideal place for enchanting outing. The guest can enjoy a beautiful hike all along the stream which on it’s course falls from a height making it one of the high waterfalls in India. Along the trek guests can watch local birds, take a dip in crystal clear water of the stream.
3. Kanasar-26 Kms Drive From Himalayan Paradise.
Kanasar is a beautiful place at an elevation of 2100m above mean sea level and is endowed with immense natural beauty. Backdrop of towering peaks and dense forests cuts out Kanasar as the idyllic retreat. The night halts at picturesque camping area in nature bring nearer to nature and is a memorable event. Activities offered are nature appreciation and interpretation, camping, trekking, bird watching, village visit etc. It is best suited for educational tours, bird watching, and nature trails and treks. This place is known for its deodar forest. The magnanimity of the trees takes you back thousands of years when such huge trees adorned this area. The largest tree has a girth of 6.35 meters, which also makes it the largest deodar tree in Asia. Half a km from Kanasar is a beautiful village with apple orchards all around it.
4. Devban-16 Kms, Away From Himalayan Paradise
This place is surrounded by dense forests and lies at an altitude of about 9500ft. There is a famous Vyas Peak about 3km from here, which provides a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. A trek of 10 km for Kanasar is for adventure lovers.
It is about 31kms from Himalayan Paradise at an elevation of more than 8500ft, with pristine deodar forest. 3km Trek to MoillaDanda(hill top) leads to an alpine meadow from where there is clear view of the Himalayas.
Nature interpretation, trekking, enjoyment of pristine eco-system.Suitable for educational tours, bird watching, nature trails and treks.
6. Hanol-The Distance From Himalayan Paradise is about 110 kms.
Mahasu Devta Temple is located on the Tuini-Mori road at Hanol. The temple is dedicated to Mahasu Devta. Lord Mahasu is the chief deity of this area and is worshiped in Mahasu Devta Temple by the people of Hanol and nearby villages. It is the ancient temple of Mahasu Devta built in 9th century. The temple was constructed in Huna architectural style initially but, over the ages, acquired a mixed style. It is included in the Archaeological Survey of India list of ancient temple in Dehradun circle, Uttarakhand.
Mahasu Devta Temple is on the eastern bank of Tons River (Tamas) at Hanol village.
7. RamTalGarden. It is about13 kms from HimalayanParadise on Chakrata-Mussoorie Route.
Ram Tal is a notable location in Chakrata, which encloses different varieties flora and fauna. The Ram Tal Garden is enriched with many varieties of climbers, conifers, lichen, ferns, flowering plants and woody trees. An apple garden and a natural pond in this horticultural garden are highly attractive.
8. Lakhamandal-About 65 kms From Himalayan Paradise
Village Lakhamandal is situated at the distance of, on the way to Yamnotri. It exhibits the north Indian temple architectural style having a historical as well as mythological significance. It is believed that the wicked son of blind king Dhritarashtra conspired against the Pandavas to burn them alive inside the Jatugriha. But fortunately they were saved by the power of the Shakti and therefore a Shakti Temple had been constructed here to commemorate the sacred power of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It contains temples dedicated to Diva, the five pandava brothers, Parasuram and Kedar. The two remarkable well executed figures in stone of Arjuna and the other of Bhima are available in the village.This temple displays the richness of Indian Heritage.
9. Sahiya Cave
A 22 km drive from Himalayan Paradise brings the guest at the opening of Sahiya Cave. The farther end of the cave still stays a mystery, and has still not been discovered. Experience of walking through the narrow passages and entering the dark and very dark zones of the cave is once in a lifetime experience.
10. Thana Danda-About 11 kms From Himalayan Paradise.
A view point to witness the beauty of Himalayan ranges. The steep slopes of the young fold mountains are well appreciated from this point by virtue of its location. Take your book, pack lunch and get launched.
11. Bitoo Cave: Near Gorcha Village
Your host, Bittooji, ‘discovered’ this cave with the help of local villagers, and later, facilitated its official exploration by a team of Indian geologists(Gayatri and team), leading to the discovery of six metres long and more than 3 lakh year-old stalagmites within. The local people fondly refer to this cave as Bittoo’s Cave.
12. Kalsi-About 45 kms from Himalayan Paradise.
Approximately 5 kms from Dakpathar, is an Ashoka Pillar Rock Edict (John Forest, in 1860), built in 450 B.C., which represents the post-warfare era when king Ashoka converted himself to the Buddhist faith. The edicts ever aimed at the moral elevation of his people. One such edict at Kalsi is made of quartz which is 10ft long and 8ft broad. ‘Gajottam’ meaning ‘the most excellent elephant’ is inscribed on the right side of the rock and is engraved in Brahmi script in the eatern dialect of Magadhi, the then official language. The National Archaeological Department has taken the responsibility of preserving the edict having a high historical significance. The scenic beauty around Kalsi is picturesque. From the Yamuna upto Kalsi the land on the western bank of the river is formed in two successive ledges, each about 30 metres high. Near the foot of the upper ledge is the Kalso stone containing one of Ashoka’s Edicts.
13. Jagatgram-About 47kms from Himalayan Paradise.
On the opposite side of the river from Kalsi, just a little further down, is a very different kind of ancient site. There is place called Jagatgram in the middle of a thick orchard of mango trees. From here too you can see the river and mountains beyond it. Archaeologists sis an excavation at Jagatgram, and discovered a lot of bricks arranged in a strange way. They also found some inscriptions that said that a king named Shilavarman had performed several ashvamedha sacrifices at this place. The ashvamedha or the horse sacrifice was a ceremony performed by some ancient kings to show their power. The writing of the inscriptions belongs to the 3rd century A.D.
14. Timli Pass-About 70 kms from Himalayan Paradise
The Timli Pass, situated at 620m above sea level in the Siwalik Hills, is at the lowest point in the ridge between the Saharanpur and Dehradun Districts. It is said to be one of the most picturesque spots around Kalsi offering panoramic views of the mountains and lush green forests around. The environment around the Pass is a study in tranquillity. Timli also has a place in history, as during the British rule it was through this pass that the British Military marched on to support the troops of Major General Ochterlony in his war against the Ghurkha forces of General Amar Singh Thapa.
15. Asan Barrage- About 60 kms from Himalayan Paradise
Asan Barrage is the far-familiar and exciting attraction situated in Dehradun is familiarly known for the Dhalipur Lake. This lake was organized during 1967 at the conflux of the Yamuna and Asan River via Dhaipur power house. If you are an ardent bird watcher, then you must have to visit Asan Barrage. This place is an excellent destination to spend time in bird watching. Moreover, the area has developed an exciting water sporting resort during the year 1994, by GarhwalMandalVikas Nigam. Above all, Asan Barrage holds an excellent and breathe-taking landscape that grabs the attention of most tourists all around the world.
16. Paonta Sahib-About 50 kms from Himalayan Paradise enroute Delhi.
The Gurudwara Paonta Sahib has linkages to the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh and the Sikh leader Banda Bahadur. Its original name was Paontika. “Paon” in Hindi means feet and “tika” in Hindi means became stable. It is believed that Guru Gobind Singh’s horse stopped at this place on its own and he decided to stay here. He wrote many Sikh religious books here and then went to Anandpur Sahib to establish the KhalsaPanth. The Gurudwara also houses a museum which contains a lot of antiques and weapons used by Guru Gobind Singh during his stay.
17. Nag Tibba-About 66 kms drive till Pantwari village and trek of about 7kms to the top from Himalayan Paradise.
It is a long and hard walk to the 2904 m summit. Nag Tibba hosts an abundance of wildlife, lush Kharsu Oak and Rhododendron forests, wild flowers, and marks the beginning of the main Himalayan range in this region. This is a must do for eager hikers. There are a variety of different routes to the summit, such as the South route via Pantwari, the traditional route via Manglori as well as via Deolsari.
18. Har- ki- Doon –About 150 kms by Road upto Taluka from Himalayan Paradise. Thereafter about 24 kms of trek.
For trekkers/ nature lovers Har-Ki-Doon valley 3566 mts, offers rich jungles abundant in bird and animal life, variety of alpine flowers and plants, and spectacular view.Har-Ki-Doon , the hanging valley of gods is a treat for trekkers. This moderate trek takes you to one of the least explored regions of Garhwal.
As Har-KI-Doon falls within the Govind Pashu vihar , chances of seeing wildlife here are very bright. Here, you have a beautifully carved temple dedicated to Duryodhana , the Kaurava Prince. And if you are interested in glaciers then Jaundhar Glacier at 4300 mt. is just about five kilometers from Har-Ki- Doon. Har-Ki-Doon Valley is a base for Swargarohini ht. 21000 ft.
There is legend which says that the Pandav went to Swarga (Heaven) through this mountain. This is a place where you can find Trees of Bhojpatra flower Bramhakamal. Swargarohini and Jaundar Glacier is at south-east of Har-ki-dun.Towards west you can see Bandar Punch.2.
FESTIVALS OF JAUNSAAR BAWAR
Fairs & Festivals
- Bisu ki Sankranti
- Khainda Sankrant
- Choit- Chaitra-March.
- Baishak( aur Jeth(May))
- after a month – Mangsheer – Nov
The culture of the local Jaunsari tribe is distinct from other hill tribes in Garhwal, Kumaon and Himachal Pradesh,a fact demonstrated by the presence of polygamy and polyandry in the local traditions, with richer tribesmen practicing polygamy, while their poor counterparts, choose to share a wife (polyandry), though the husbands should be brothers,a fact which is often connected to, the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata, marrying Draupadi, from whom Jaunsaris trace their ethinic origin.Though, anthropology studies in the 1990s revealed that these practises were fast phasing out, and is being replaced by monogamy.
An important aspect of their culture are festive sports and dances like the folk dance named ‘Barada Nati’/Harul/Raso/ during all festive occasions,like ‘Magh Mela’ which is the most important festival of the Jaunsaries, it is marked by an animal sacrifice ritual, which celebrates the killing of ‘Maroj’, an ogre, which according to local legends, stalked the valleys for years.
During festivals, people wear the Thalka or Lohiya, which is a long coat. The dancers – both boys and girls – wear colorful traditional costumes.Bissu is an important festival of Jaunsar and Bawar.