Himalayan Eco Lodge, Viraatkhai - Chakrata

Our Himalayan Eco Lodge inViraatkhai (Chakrata), is nestled in a valley with a spectacular view of the Doon Valley with views stretching as far as Dehradun and Mussoorie. Viraatkhai lodge/camp, is located at an altitude of 1850 m (6100 ft) and this ensures a cool and comfortable climate all year round. This lodgeis located in Uttarakhand state and is easily approachable from Delhi (8 hrs drive) or is just a short 2 hrs drive from Dehradun or a 3 hrs drive from Saharanpur. With minimum inhabitation all around this camp in Chakrata is a quiet getaway for anyone looking to remove themselves from the hustle and bustle of urban life. There are a number of short walks available all around and one gets a spectacular view of the snow clad Himalayan peaks from just a 5 min walk from the lodge. Himalayan Eco lodge, Viraatkhai with its classic hill interiors, cozy cottages and camps is one of the best lodge/hotels in Chakrata. A short drive of 25 kms from the lodge gets you to Chakrata town which has been an army cantonment from the British times. Surrounded by thick forest, this town is an ideal place to spend time exploring the interesting market (especially for handmade woolen clothing) and other small items that are usually handcrafted by the Jaunsar-Bawar tribes that inhabit this area. From Chakrata one can go on a downhill walk (2 hrs) to the Tiger Falls (the biggest waterfall in this area) and spend a couple of hours here in the pool that is formed below the Falls. For those averse to walking to the Falls, you could drive ahead from Chakrata to a point closer to the Falls to enjoy the natural beauty here.For those looking for more adrenalin pumping activities, there is an option of rafting on the Yamuna that is a 45-min drive from the lodge. The Yamuna in its upper reaches here is a crystal clear green river unlike its sooty black avatar once it flows into the plains. You can enjoy a wild ride on this river through its numerous Class II and III+ rapids and couple this with other exciting water activities like bridge slithering and river crossing. Closer to the lodge, one can enjoy numerous hikes and rock sports to keep yourselves occupied during the day. As the night sets in, settle yourselves close to a bonfire under a star spangled sky (a rare sight in our cities!!) with the lights of the Doon valley in the distance. The mood is sure to evoke the musical sensibilities even in the most "ungifted" guestsand there are songs galore that are sung through the night followed by a piping hot dinner spread that awaits you. Those who prefer a more quiet evening can also soak in the mood at any of the nooks and corners in the lodge that have been created for hours of lazing around.
All in all, if you are looking for a holiday off the beaten track then you will be hard pressed to find a better place than Himalayan Eco lodge. Your best pick amongst hotels in Chakrata, this lodge will blend a rare mix of offbeat location, touch of wilderness and adventure, village interaction with inhabitants of Jaunsar and much more.

Jayalgarh lodge, accommodation

The camp offers accommodation in Deluxe and Superior tents.

Deluxe Cottages

  • Deluxe Cottages with tasteful interiors for a memorable stay
  • Ensuite washrooms
  • Large private sit-out in each cottage overlooking the valley for Coffee & conversations
  • Customised furniture including queen-size beds, luggage racks, side tables, etc
  • Coffee table and chairs
  • Study table

Deluxe Tents

  • Large Swiss cottage tents with a permanent roof with tasteful interiors for a memorable stay
  • Ensuite constructed washrooms
  • Running Hot & Cold water
  • Customised furniture including queen-size beds, luggage racks, side tables, etc.
  • Coffee table and chairs
  • Study table
  • A private sitout to sip your morning tea with the riverside view

Superior Tents

  • Spacious Swiss alpine tents
  • Ensuite washroom tents
  • Camp furniture including cots, luggage racks, etc.
Yamuna River Rafting
 
Day Hiking Himalaya
  • Viratgarh Top & Chaurani
  • Sunset Point
  • Tiger Fall From Chakrata
  • Nagthath Through Forest
  • Jhulke Danda
Mountain Biking, Himalayan Eco Lodges
  • Community Program - Blue Sky Learning
  • Angling (Permission Reqd.)
  • Cycling
  • Scavenzer Hunt(for Groups)
  • Organised Picnic Lunch
  • Village Interaction
  • Yoga & Meditation sessions (For Groups)
  • Cookery Classes on Local Cuisine
Rishikesh Rafting, Himalayan Eco Lodges
  • Rock Climbing Bouldering
  • Rappelling
  • Mountain Biking (Cycles)
  • Valley Traverse
  • Rafting on Yamuna
  • Jumaring
  • Kayaking & Duckie Rides (Inflatable Kayaks)
  • Bride Slithering
  • River Crossing
  • Overnight Camping
  • Water Skiing at Asan Lake
  • Raft Building & Racing (For Groups)
Mountain Views
  • Chakrata Town & Tiger Falls
  • Chakrata Town & Kanasar
  • Village Tour to Lakhwad
  • Kempty Falls & Mussorie Day Tour
  • Asan Barrage Lake
  • Ashokan Eddict at Kalsi
Trekking Tours Uttarakhand
  • Nagtibba 2-3 Days
  • Deoban - Kanasar 2 Days
  • Har Ki Dun 6 Days
  • Rupin pass 7 Days
inhouse Activities
  • Books & Magzines
  • Carrom Board
  • Chess
  • Cards
  • Ludo
  • Scrabble
  • Stargazing
  • Music & Video Library
  • Slide shows on local places of interest
Fact Sheet
  • Located 310 kms from Delhi / 75 kms from Dehradun / 100 kms from Saharanpur / 55 kms from Mussoorie
  • 11 Deluxe Swiss cottage tents with attached running water washrooms. These are large Swiss cottage tents with all creature comforts, customized wooden furniture, comfortable bedding, coffee table, relaxation chairs, luggage racks, ambient lighting and so on
  • Hot multi-cuisine meals apart morning and evening Tea/Coffee with Cookies .
  • Conference facilities
  • Cozy relaxation areas with wonderful views
  • Easy train/air connections available between Delhi and Dehradun / Saharanpur
  • 15 Superior Swiss Tents with attached running water washroom tents. These tents are furnished with camp cots, comfortable bedding and quilts
  • Restaurant with a majestic valley view
  • Bonfire, Barbecue & light music
  • 24x7 Electricity (with generator backup)
  • Games like chess, carom, beach volleyball, cricket, etc.
Viraatkhai Lodge, Packages
Tariff
 
Occupancy
Deluxe Rooms
Single Occupancy 3,850/-
Double Occupancy 4,500/-
Extra Adult 1,600/-
Child [5-12yrs] 1,100/-
Deluxe Tents
Superior Tents
2,850/- 2,250/-
3,500/- 2,900/-
1,200/- 1,000/-
850/- 700/-
  •   14% Taxes Extra
Tariff Includes
Note
  •   Accommodation for 1 night
  •   Breakfast & Dinner
  •   Comlementry for children below 5yrs
  •   Rates not valid for Long Weekends & Public Holidays
Additional Meal Costs**
Activiti Costs
  •   Breakfast - Rs. 200
  •   Lunch (veg) - Rs. 350
  •   Dinner (non-veg) - Rs. 450
  •   **5% VAT extra
  •   Rafting on Yamuna : Rs. 1000 per person
  •   Rope activites : Rs. 150 per person per activity
  •   Kayaking : Rs. 250 per person
  •   Trekking : Rs. 200 per person
  •   **5% VAT extra

3 Days / 2 Nights Package [Leisure]
 
Category
Tariff (Couple)
Deluxe Rooms 8,700/-
Deluxe Tents 6,800/-
Superior Tents 5,600/-
Extra Adult
Extra Child
3,000/- 2,200/-
2,400/- 1,700/-
2,000/- 1,400/-
Includes
  •   Welcome drink
  •   2 Nights stay
  •   Breakfast & Dinner
  •   14% Taxes extra

2 Days / 1 Night Package [Adventure]
 
Category
Tariff (Couple)
Deluxe Rooms 7,800/-
Deluxe Tents 6,800/-
Superior Tents 6,200/-
Extra Adult
Extra Child
2,700/- 1,900/-
2,400/- 1,700/-
2,200/- 1,500/-
Includes
  •   Welcome drink
  •   1 Night stay
  •   Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  •   1 Rafting, Rappelling, Rock Climbing/Jumaring, 1 Guided Trek
  •   14% Taxes extra

3 Days / 2 Nights Package [Adventure]
 
Category
Tariff (Couple)
Deluxe Rooms 13,800/-
Deluxe Tents 11,900/-
Superior Tents 10,700/-
Extra Adult
Extra Child (5-12)
4,800/- 3,400/-
4,200/- 3,000/-
3,700/- 2,700/-
Includes
  •   Welcome drink
  •   2 Nights stay
  •   Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  •   1 Rafting, Rappelling, Rock Climbing/Jumaring, Bridge Slithering, Kayaking/Ducky ride, 1 Guided Trek
  •   14% Taxes extra
Viraatkhai, Himalayan Eco Lodge
 

For travel to the camp, a combination of train/air and road travel is recommended. The closest railway station to the camp is Haridwar and there are a number of trains that connect to Haridwar from all over the country. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, etc. If you require assistance in booking, do get in touch with us.

  • Distance from nearest Airport: 101km (Dehradun airport jolly grant)
  • Distance from nearest Railway Station: 75km (Dehradun)

From Dehradun/Saharanpur/Delhi, we could organise a vehicle for you that would remain with you throughout your trip. The following would be the costs for the same:

Ex-Haridwar/Rishikesh

Vehicle 2 Days 3 Days
Tata Indica - -
Chevrolet Tavera (6-seater) - -
Toyota Innova (6-seater) - -
Tempo Traveler(13-seater) - -

Notes :

  • All transport rates inclusive of driver charges, state taxes and all other applicable taxes
  • All transport rates are for the specific itinerary that is listed above including the transfers for activities but do not include any other sightseeing, etc.
  • Transport rates are subject to change

 
Places Of Interest
  • Chakrata
  • Local Attractions
  • Jaunsar Bhanwar Region
  • Mori
  • Yamnotri

Chakrata

chakrata Chakrata or Chakrauta is a cantonment town in Dehradun district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is situated between the Tons and Yamuna rivers, at an elevation of 7000-7250 feet, 92 km from state capital, Dehradun, it was originally a cantonment of British Indian Army. Due west lies Himachal Pradesh, and due east are Mussoorie (73 km), Garhwal. The area was earlier known as Jaunsar-Bawar, a nearby village, belonging to the Jaunsari tribe, which still has a marked presence in the surrounding villages. 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.

Local Attractions

Chakrata  Uttarakhand Chakrata can be reached from Dehradun via Mussoorie or Vikasnagar. Both routes pass through beautiful mountainous road. The area has an abundance of conifers, rhododendrons and oaks. The red rhododendrons are the most abundantly found in this region. A key attraction near Chakrata is the waterfall named Tiger Fall. A secluded -nearby, leafy hamlet of Deoban offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas stretching from Kinnaur to Garhwal and Kumaon.
The region also has a number of temples including ones at Hanol, Mahasu Devta Temple dedicated to Lord Mahasu (Though this is still a topic of discussion that Lord Mahasu is Lord Mahashiva or Lord Ramchnadra), Radina, Thaina, Indroli, Lakhwar, and Lakhamandal, 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 cross country skiing opportunities, November to April but only for seasoned skiers on specially planned trips as there is no permanent infrastructure available at Mundoli.

The Jaunsar Bhanwar Region

Mori The Jaunsar-Bawar region, is a tribal valley, spread over 1002 km² and 400 villages, between 77.45' and 78.7'20" East to 30.31' and 31.3'3" North. It is defined in the east, by the river Yamuna and by river Tons in the west, the northern part comprises Uttarkashi district, and some parts of Himachal Pradesh, the Dehradun tehsil forms its southern peripery.
Modes of livelihood in this region are agriculture and animal husbandry, which in the upper region is mostly for self-sustenance, as merely 10 percent of cultivated area is irrigated. Milk, wool and meat are an integral part of the local economy. Jaunsar-Bawar it is the place where even today people don't lock their houses and if somebody left behind in completing any farming activity then all the other villagers would help them in order to celebrate their little festival that is
History
In 1829, Jaunsar-Bawar was incorporated in Chakrata tehsil, prior to which it had been a part of Punjab state of Sirmur, till the British conquered it along with Dehradun after the 1814 war with the Gurkhas.
Before the establishment of British Indian Army cantonment in 1866, the entire was known as Jaunsar-Bawar, and the name continued to be in popular use for the region, till early 20th century. While western Hindi was popular in most of the neighbouring hill areas, 'Jaunsari' language, part of the Central Pahari languages was spoken by most of the people of the region. Traditionally, Jaunsar-Bawar region has been known as its rich reserves of forested areas, in the high hills region, with trees of Deodar, Pine, and spruce, made for it becoming an important destination for the timber even during the British period, when the logs were rolled down the slopes and floated on Yamuna river to Delhi. gate system which was begin since the time of Britishers is now had came to an end.

Mori

Kanaktal uttarakhand Mori is a quaint little hamlet located on the banks of Tons River. Being a vital part of the Tons valley, Mori has a mix of unique culture and history. Mori is increasingly getting popular for adventurous water sports activities. Water rafting on the Tons River is the main activity that you can perform while traveling to Mori. Cultural diversity can be seen at Mori because it is situated at the border of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. Mori is surrounded by lush green paddy fields with some rich in culture villages in the neighboring area. Mori is one of the major tourist attractions and acts as a perfect holiday retreat. The ancestors of this area and its surroundings were said to be under the reign of the Kauravas and Pandavas, the mythological royal warriors and kings in the epic Mahabharatha. The people in the Mori are followers of Kauravas, considered as anti-heroes in epic Mahabharatha. An ancient temple dedicated to Karna is located nearby Mori in Netwar. The tall pine forest, ancient historic temple and the Lunagad Creek on the river side location makes this place popular with the travelers. It is a perfect destination for adventure, rejuvenation and a memorable experience. Distance from VIRAATKHAYI: 127 Kms.
TRIP PLANNER: Himalayan Eco Lodges & Camps operates a beautiful riverside camp at Mori. You will need a minimum of 2-3 days to explore the many wonders of Mori. Call your Tour Manager or speak to the manager for further assistance.

Yamunotri

Yamunotri Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. It is situated at an altitude of 3,293 metres (10,804 ft) in the Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 30 kilometers (19 mi) North of Uttarkashi, the headquarters of the Uttarkashi district in the Garhwal Division of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the four sites in India's Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage. The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti (7 km. Away).The actual source, a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar Glacier) located on the Kalind Mountain at a height of 4,421 m above sea level, about 1 km further up, is not frequented generally as it is not accessible; hence the shrine has been located on the foot of the hill. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer puja at the temple itself.