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Home to the sacred Tungnath temple and an exhilarating trek, Chopta is one of those beautiful places in Uttrakhand which must not be missed by adventure and nature lovers as well as Hindu devotees. At an altitude of 2900 m, Chopta is situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand , which is a lush green valley showcasing an exciting view of the Himalayan Peaks. The place is known for its stunning meadow, where camping is no less than a dream. However, what makes Chopta quite a popular travel place in Uttarakhand is the fact that it is the base point of the famous and sacred temple of Tungnath, which by the way is the highest Shiva Temple in India.
Chopta is also the part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and offers trekkers an excellent opportunity of scaling to a height of 4000 m, where is situated, the Chandrashila Peak that renders a 360° view of the snow-clad Himalayan Peaks like Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, and Trishul. Along with the enthralling trek, Chopta is ideal for camping under the starry sky. Pitch your own tent or rent one for few nights, and avail yourself one of the finest camping experience in Uttarakhand. Aah! In a scenic place, waking up in the morning and viewing the red sun coming out of the mountains from your tent, is definitely something you should experience.
Best Time to Visit
Chopta is a joy to visit throughout the year, but yes people choose to come here to beat the heat, however for an adventure lover, a winter trek here, is a dream. Summers are very pleasant with a cool breeze and moderate weather. But when it comes to winter, the temperature falls to negative and the entire place gets covered in snow.
Activities in Chopta
Chopta offers a great option for trekking with its exciting Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila. One can also enjoy a trek to Deoriatal, which is a close proximity to this pretty destination.
The Chopta meadows and the Deoria tal provide excellent opportunity for camping to people who are wanting to spend sometime under the stars and amidst beautiful landscape. Moreover, it is a calm and pleasant environment here which makes it more perfect to stay.
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary
Sprawled in an area of 5 sq km, it is the perfect place to explore rich flora and the species of Musk deer. It is still an offbeat destination, and only the locals can guide one well to reach here.
Places To Visit
The highest Kedar amongst the five, Tungnath is a magnificent temple with an aura soothes both eyes and soul. Situated at an elevation of 3680 m and on the Chandranath mountain, Tungnath is an important Hindu pilgrimage site that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is where his hands are worshipped. The shrine is believed to be more than 1000 years old and is reckoned to have been discovered by Adi Shankaracharya. This holy temple is situated in the Rudraprayag District of Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand and is at a distance of about 4 km from the gorgeous meadow of Chopta. Like several high altitude temples in Uttarakhand, Tungnath can also be reached only by trekking, and the trail is quite an easy one, however, it starts to become difficult when it crosses the temple towards the Chandrashila Peak i.e, the top of the mountain. The views from here although rewarding enough to compensate for the arduous trek. And even though the temple closes in the winter season, the trekking trail remains accessible throughout the year for the adventure lovers.
Located at a dizzying altitude of 4020 m, Chandrashila can be reached after 1 km of a trek from the Tungnath. This place has a stunning view of the gigantic Himalayan Peaks including, Nanda Devi, Trishul, Bandarpunch, Chaukhamba.
Deoriatal is situated on the Ukhimath-Chopta road.It is a high altitude lake that can only be reached taking an uphill trek of about 3 km from the villages of Mastura and Sari. Camping here is an amazing experience.
How To Reach
The nearest airport of Chopta is situated at a distance of 221 km in the city of Dehradun where Jolly Grant Airport is located. From there you can take a bus/cab to Chopta.
The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh and Haridwar. Out of the two, Haridwar railway station is well-connected with major cities and towns in India and is situated about 186 km from Chopta. One can get buses or cabs from Haridwar to reach the destination.
There is decent road connectivity for Chopta from Haridwar, Dehradun, Srinagar and Rishikesh. There are state-run buses and a good taxi service available from these destinations.
Perhaps one of the hardest but yet most rewarding treks that I had to do. Had a great time and the organisers were also super helpful and kind.
Chopta offers a terrific view of the Kedar and Chaukambha peaks. We had to go around 4 kilometers uphill to reach the Tungnath shrine. Truly an abode of god. It was nothing like I have seen before. Experiencing snow for the first time was also completely amazing. Loved the entire trip....