The First Thing to know about Chakrata is that it is pronounced "Chakarota" by the locals, I've asked couple of people how to get to Chakrata but got the reply as there is no such place near Dehradun. There are a lot of places to visit in Chakrata that can be explored on a weekend getaway from Delhi.
After completing one huge and exhaustive task I reached my home at 8 in the night sitting and thinking what to do, then a notification from my phone from redbus "Go and explore Manali !"
Then I started packing and went to Kashmiri Gate ISBT as fast as I can to see the closed ticket counter of Himachal Transport. There was no tickets for Dehradun bus also as Mussoorie was my backup plan, my brain wanted me to return home before the last metro leaves the station and my heart wanted me to stay and try. As usual my brain won and i was getting out of the bus stand, a dehradun bus came from no where and stopped in front of me (Yup like in the movies!). The bus got filled in 2 minutes and I was so confused as i have visited Mussoorie so many times. The Internet came to the help, Chakrata!! but I was getting only little info about this place and not much about places to visit in Chakrata and I couldn't any means to reach this place as all the blog's I saw went there with their own transport. Them I asked the local sitting next to me how to go to "Chakrata" and he told me he doesn't know any place like that near Dehradun (see!).
The morning I reached Dehradun, the climate was fantastic with cold breeze and as I always do I went to the nearest tea shop for a refreshing masala chai asked the chaiwala about Chakrata, same reply from the guy "never heard of a place like that". What?!? directly went to the enquiry office and asked them, there I got my preaching it is called "Chakarota" and buses will be available from Vikas nagar which is 25 kms from dehradun and lot of local buses are there to reach Vikas nagar.
I was about to leave and I heard a guy asking the same question "How to reach Chakrata", I met Anuj and Shashank 2 guys from Delhi just like me wanted to escape from the concrete jungle. We all planned to travel together as we are going to the same place, we reached vikar nagar by bus and found out that the morning bus had already left and no bus till evening. And then a really stout guy came to us and asked "Chakarota jaana kya?" and the led us to a Force Trax 10 seater, I got a seat in middle row and cramped with 4 people. Suddenly the car was filled with 20 people with 2 sitting on the top (yeah top!). Then the first 2 hours of boredom was overtaken by the next hour by greenery and cloudy mountains.
The car stopped in the stand opposite to the army canteen and I finally got to stretch my legs only to find a flight of steps to enter the town. The air was sweet and cold to soothe the tiredness of journey and the steps came to an end with a hotel MRB Residency, but not within our budget so we asked in a tailor shop nearby for cheap rooms, surprisingly he took us to his attic where we found our perfect stay for 600. The attic had 3 rooms in which we took the big room which had space for 3 beds and window in place of a wall overlooking the valley outside. "Rana Ji Guest House"