The season immediately after the monsoon is one of the best times to visit Chopta. Though the hill station remains open round the year and attracts tourists from across the country, I prefer to visit here immediately after the rainy season. The reason is the unseen view of the Himalayas and the crystal clear skies at night. Moreover, the smell that emanates from the ‘earth’ after the rainfall is indeed a drug to my mind. Here, I have explained why you should visit Chopta after monsoons for an amazing experience. So, let’s dig deeper!
Please do not that when I say ‘post-monsoon season in Chopta,’ here, I refer to the time around mid-August to September end.
Extended Green Cover:
After the rainy season in Chopta, the valley gets covered with a green blanket. The meadows, waterfalls, fields and forests all come to life, and the valley looks greenish. As you reach Kund- the junction for the roads to Kedarnath and Chopta- you can see the river Mandakini flowing with a great propensity. A few kilometres ahead, you find a waterfall coming straight out of the tree roots recently fed with the monsoon water. On the left side of the road, you can see the beautiful town of ‘Guptkashi’ all covered in green. The entire route to Chopta post rainy season remains embedded with rich flora and fauna. If you are a lens-hog like me, who loves getting clicked too often and posting pictures, you must visit Chopta after monsoons.
Temperature in Chopta after Monsoons:
Most of the crowd in the Char-Dham belt (that also includes Chopta) comes from outside the state of Uttarakhand. While the scorching heatwaves grip the ‘northern plains,’ yet, the temperature in Chopta after the monsoon remains at a maximum high of just 19 degrees. The days are sunny and the nights are chilly. You’ll require a pair of blankets to do away with the freezing nights of Chopta. The temperature may dip further in case of a slight rainfall, making the weather more pleasant.
How the peaks look like from Chopta?
The view of the peaks from Chopta after monsoons is wide and clear. On a sunny morning, you can easily catch sight of Mount Chaukhamba even from Augustmuni, a town 50 kilometres ahead of Chopta. I would suggest you going around 5km away from Kund (towards Kedarnath) to get the best view of Chaukhamba. It is the place where the peak seems very close to you (even closer than the main Chopta.) I remember my visiting here on a full-moon night when the peaks shine as they gave a milky colour. Indeed, the view of Chopta after monsoons is to die for.
Lesser Crowd in Chopta post Monsoon Season
It is one of the most important things that I keep in mind while travelling to the mountains. Chopta, being a famous tourist destination, remains packed with tourists throughout the entire year. However, if you are the one who’s looking to escape the city crowd and need some peace, you must visit Chopta in September or October. The roads are much less crowded and you reach your destination timely. For people who are going on Panch-Kedar Yatra, the darshans are much more convenient and porters more easily available.
Should I visit Tungnath after monsoons?
Yes. The Tungnath Mahadev Temple looks best only after the monsoon season. The Nanda Devi, Chaukhamaba, Trishul peaks are easily visible. If you go on the Tungnath trek post-monsoon season, you must not miss the beautiful sunset from here. I suggest you climbing 1.5 km further and reaching Chandrashila summit. The view from Chandrashila is much wider and perfect for a panoramic shot! If you are into birdwatching, you must try going to Chandrashila early in the morning (before sunrise.) It helps you in two ways. Firstly, you get to catch sight of a beautiful sunrise. Secondly, you can spot some rare Himalayan Monals (a species of bird) here! The entire trek to Chopta after monsoon season remains covered with grass on either side. You can try relaxing there for some time while enjoying the views!
For backpackers and college-going fellows on a tight budget, the post-monsoon season in Chopta will let you save your money. The facility of camping in Chopta after monsoons aren’t heavily priced as compared to winters. Additionally, you may stay at hostels in Chopta and can save your money further. During your stay, you can try eating some organic and local meals which will help you boost up immunity.
How about a bike trip to Chopta?
After the rainy season, the mountains appear to be in their best form. You can plan to hire a bike from Rishikesh and ride to Chopta. I bet, this will be one of the best experiences of your lifetime. Most people fear going on a bike trip to Chopta after rainy season due to the road conditions. However, with the newly constructed ‘all-weather roads,’ you don’t need to worry about the roads. The new roads are broad and you’ll enjoy your ride to the mountains. At the same time, the entire route serves you astonishing views. As you ride towards Chopta from Rishikesh, you move along the river Alaknanda, to your left (sometimes right.) Try stopping near a riverside cafe to enjoy the tasty pahadi-styled maggie!
The Last Note:
I’ve been visiting Uttarakhand for the past 15 years now and am happy to have witnessed the evolution of tourism in Uttarakhand. However, with an increased influx of people, sometimes, the beauty of the mountains can be seen deteriorating. Whether you visit Chopta after monsoons or in winters, loads of plastic can be seen lying near the trail and goes undisposed. As a responsible tourist, we must bear the responsibility to keep our mountains clean and green. We must carry a paper bag with us while we travel to the mountains and should dispose of our trash in these bags. After all, this is the least we can do in exchange of fresh air from the mountains! Cheers!