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Chopta

Nestled in the arms of Kumaon Himalaya, Chopta a picturesque small hamlet of breathtaking beauty is situated on the Gopeshwar-Ukhimath road. Its easy connectivity by roadways makes it an excellent base for some splendid treks and bird watching walks.

In the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state, Chopta is an offbeat destination gradually gaining popularity with trekkers as birder’s heaven, trekker’s paradise and photographers’ delight.With panoramic Himalayan ranges ( Trishul, Nanadadevi and Chaukhamba) as backdrop, Chopta offers overwhelming landscape, misty mountains, lush green meadows  ,dense forests and beautiful views of the isolated mountain villages.

Located at a towering elevation of 2680mts above sea level, Chopta, an unspoiled gift of nature , is rich in flora and fauna and is quietly lying amidst thick forests of pine, deodar and rhododendrons. With luck the majestic bird of the high Himalaya - Monaal can also be seen here.
Chopta, the unexplored heaven is the starting point of some excellent treks, of which the first and most popular one is the Chopta – Tungnath trek.  Tungnath – Chandrashila trek (4000 mts above sea level) offers magnificent view of the snow clad peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. 
During winters Chopta, Tungnath and Chandrashila are covered with snow.  On a visit during Dec-Feb, one can witness heavy snowfall and enjoy trekking in the snow.

Tungnath  Chandrashila Trek
“Tunga” is peak and “Nath” is lord. Tunganath literally means “Lord of the Peak”.  A 4 km trek from Chopta, Tungnath temple, is one of the five temples of Lord Shiva, popularly known as “Panch Kedar”, located at an altitude of 3680 mts. 
The trek from Chopta to Tungnath, is a scenic delight dotted with Rhododendron trees.  It’s a 3000 ft climb from Chopta and takes about two to three hours on foot or pony-back. One can witness the blooming red and pink rhododendron flowers in abundance during March-April. Rhododendron also happens to be the state flower of Uttarakhand.  It is also a shorter trek, in comparison to Kedarnath, Kalpeshwar and Madmaheshwar. Tungnath temple is said to have been originally built by the famous Pandav, Arjun, about 5000 years ago.

The trek to “Mountain of the Moon” – Chandrashila is a steep upward climb from Tunganath. It is the end of the road from where you can reach out to the invisible almighty above.  Spectacular 270 degree view of the snow clad Himalayan peaks ( Nandadevi, Trishul, Chaukhamba, Kedar) await the trekkers here.

Very basic accommodation facilities are available at Chopta, Dogalbitta and Tungnath. 
Almost on a daily basis Tungnath is showered with rain making it sparkling green and clean. 

Tungnath
“Tunga” is peak and “Nath” is lord. Tunganath literally means “Lord of the Peak”. A 4 km trek from Chopta, Tungnath temple, is one of the five temples of Lord Shiva, popularly known as “Panch Kedar”, located at an altitude of 3680 mts. There is an ancient tale associated with Tungnath. After defeating Kauravas in the Kurhkshetra war, the Pandavas felt guilty of having killed their kith and kin and sought penance with Kedar – Lord Shiva, the protector and destroyer. But annoyed by Pandavas slaying of their brothers ( Kauravas) Shiva started avoiding them. Once being detected by the Pandavas, Shiva took the form of a bull and Bhima tried to hold on to him but Shiva dived into earth and only the hump remained in Bhima’s hand. Thereafter the lord was pleased with the Pandavas determination, persistence and emancipated them from their sin and advised them to worship his hump at Kedarnath. The other parts appeared at five other places - arm at Tungnath, face at Rudranath, navel at Madmahswar and hair locks at Kalpeshwar subsequently became places of spiritual upliftment. These five shrines are known as Panch Kedar and have become holy destinations for all Hindus. The trek from Chopta to Tungnath, is a scenic delight dotted with Rhododendron trees. It’s a 3000 ft climb from Chopta and takes about two to three hours on foot or pony-back. One can witness the blooming red and pink rhododendron flowers in abundance during March-April. Rhododendron also happens to be the state flower of Uttarakhand. It is also a shorter trek, in comparison to Kedarnath, Kalpeshwar and Madmaheshwar. Tungnath temple is said to have been originally built by the famous Pandav, Arjun, about 5000 years ago. Very basic accommodation facilities are available at Chopta, Dogalbitta and Tungnath. Almost on a daily basis Tungnath is showered with rain making the place sparkling green and clean.
Chandrashila
The trek to “Mountain of the Moon” – Chandrashila is a steep upward climb from Tunganath. It is the end of the road from where you can reach out to the invisible almighty above. Spectacular 270 degree view of the snow clad Himalayan peaks ( Nandadevi, Trishul, Chaukhamba, Kedar) await the trekkers here. It is situated at 1.5km further to the Tungnath temple, making it a total of 5km distance from Chopta. It is advisable to stay at Tungath and then start early morning for Chandrashila . The best time to visit is from January to early June and then from early September to late October.
Deoria Tal
Deoria tal ( lake) situated at an altitude of 3200 Mts, is one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes surrounded by snow capped hills. The reflection of snow peaks on water of the lake creates a heavenly atmosphere. Approximately 7.5 km from Chopta, Deoria Tal is also considered a good spot for bird watching. As per mythology, this is the place where Yaksha (the resident spirit), asked the famous philosophical questions to Pandavas. Four of them died as they couldn’t answer the questions, except for Yudhister who answered all the questions and subsequently resurrected his brothers from their curse.
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Summer months are pleasant with average maximum temperature around 15°C and average minimum temperature around 6°C. Winter months are cold with minimum temperature dropping below 0°C. Best time to visit are March - June and October - November periods.
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