Chakrata Cantonment is a Military establishment which is a category III Cantonment, installed of 1869CE, administered by a Board composed of 12 members, of whom 6 are elected , while the total population of the Cantonment residents as per 2001 Government of India census is 3499.
Chakrata town situated 98 km from the main areas of Dehradun District of Uttarakhand State, sandwiched between Mussoorie and Kinnaur of the east and west respectively, is popular for its beautiful and calm atmosphere, lying of a location at an altitude of 2,118 metres above sea level.
This town was earlier called Jaunsar Bawar, a small hamlet of which Jaunsari tribe people were the inhabitants, which included two regions, Jaunsar and Bawar, both retained as the summer retreat for East India Company’s officials, then access restricted for civilians.
British Army Colonel Hume was responsible for forming Chakrata Cantonment of 1869 by of the present location which is at height of 135 metres, amidst Nag tibba ranges of the middle part of the Himalayas, situated at a distance of 90 Kms from Dehra Dun
The cantonment location established on a thickly wooded forest area of the Kailana range, it gives anyone spectacular view of the northern ranges, with the mountain slopes extending from about 30 degrees of the North to about 77 degrees of the East.
The northern side of Chakrata Cantonment is a fascinating landscape particularly for trekkers with its virgin of conifers, oaks and rhododendrons which enthuses the one who walks around, Chakrata on the whole abundantly blessed with natural beauty.
How to Reach Chakrata (Dehradun) Cantonment
Chakrata Cantonment is approachable by all the three modes of transport, air, rail and road, a traveler taking flights to Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun, the nearest domestic airport to reach Chakrata, while international visitors can board at Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi, from where one can travel by rail or road.
Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station for Chakrata Cantonment, from where one can take a cab to reach this place, being major railway junction of this part; it is connected well with cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Lucknow and Varanasi.
Bus transport is abundantly available by buses run by both the State and private operators, while plenty of taxis are available both at Delhi and Dehradun at affordable tariff.
Chakrata cantonment board offers all the civic amenities to the residents particularly of the form of two primary schools and one High School, giving free education including free books distribution.