Altitude: 6397 ft
Time: 5 to 6 hours
How to reach:
Singor – Viraatkhai Market (15 -20 minutes) – Chaurani (2- ½ Hours)
From Singor it takes around 4 hours to trek to Chaurani (6397 ft). It is a famed campsite from days of the British Raj. It is a moderate trek, negotiating with some steep patches in between.
Viraat Khai market is the starting point of this trek. I hiked up to the Viraat khai market in around 15 minutes. It’s an easy hike. Starting with a 20-25 minute walk on the road, one needs to be careful about, an inlet in the forest.
This forest welcomes hikers with a thick cover of rhododendron, oak, and pine trees. It takes around 1.5 to 2 hours. Fortunately, it is a single trail, so it doesn't need much asking around. The forest cover clears to unfold the view of a trail of mountains lined up together, one after the other, on the both the sides. And thus, these sleepy alpine alleys lead to Chaurani.
There is an ancient Shiva Temple amidst the pine forest. Ahead of that, is a viewpoint, around 1.5 hours. It unfolds in a panoramic view of snow clad mountains on one hand and the Shivalik range, on the other.
From the Shiva Temple, I descended back to Chaurani in around 30 to 40 minutes to reach the road head in the Viraat Khai market.
What to eat?
There is no food stall there in the middle of the jungle, so it is advisable to carry lunch.
3. Sunrise point:
An easy 20 to 25 minutes hike from Singor leads to a table top cliff near the Viraat Khai market. It is just like one of those photographs with a blanket of clouds, rising like silvery fumes, from the mountains.
So I am saying, Chakrata is a lesser known paradise. It is a haven for those who want to push the snooze button and pause for a breath! It indeed is an extraordinary experience in an ordinary budget of just Rs,3000. In winters, it even snows there, so what are the chances that you are thinking of packing your bags?