Chopta, also known as The Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand is located in Rudraprayag district of Ukhimath town in Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand also popularly known by the name of Devbhoomi or land of Gods in the northern part of India holds charm and serenity that is yet to be explored.
Activities To Explore In Chopta
Chopta Valley is the extraordinary tourist spot in Uttarakhand that is yet unexplored. The valley is famous for its adventurous activities, like, trekking, camping and bird-watching. The valley is rich in its flora and fauna.
It is surrounded by thickly dense forest, mountain peaks covered with snow blankets and lush green sceneries of pastures and meadows which will make you calm and relax.
Trekking in Chopta will lead you towards Deoria Tal. At the same time trekking on a mountain peak, you will notice the delightful views of the lake that lies beneath the Chaukhamba peak. The lake water is viewed lucid and plain and surrounded by thick prolific forests.
On the other hand, camping in Chopta is an experience of a lifetime. Below the constellation of the stars with cosy and cool breeze patting our face and sounds of water running is beyond our imagination.
An Epitome of Sanctity: Tungnath Temple
Chopta Valley gives you the feeling of sanctity, watching the glorious Tungnath temple at the peak of 3680kms which is also the highest Shiva temple in the world. There are many sacred tales related to this temple and it is said that it was built thousand years ago.
The place is extremely magnificent and a priority to explore in Chopta.
Tungnath temple is one of the Panch (five) Kedars of Lord Shiva’s temple in Garhwal Himalayas among Madmaheshwar, Rudranath, Kalpnath and Kedarnath.
The place is extremely rich in its natural world and is located at a trekking distance of 3.5 km from Chopta that comes under Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The best time to visit Tungnath temple is in April – November excluding monsoon.
The trek laid a concrete path from Chopta to Tungnath temple. But then a pot-holed path track exists from there on to Chandrashila. Trekkers complete their trek within 2-3 days if there isn’t snow and to Chnadrashila in about 3-5 hours from Chopta which makes it one of the easy treks in Uttarakhand.
Where To Stay At Chopta & Tungnath
There are a limited number of couple-friendly hotels in Chopta which have proper rooms in a building. Honeymoon couples can access good rooms and hotels in Chopta.
Low-cost hostels in Chopta for backpackers, cycle tourists, and gap year travelers run on solar power due to no electricity in their region and unable to meet up with customer’s expectation of world-class services.
But there are few resorts in Chopta that provide their customers pahadi-living experience, showcase the local art and culture of the state and serve food made with local ingredients.
People experience pleasant village-walk towards the resort and hotels in Chopta and enjoy bewildering landscapes of the countryside. The houses made of straw and stones, waterfalls and meadows make you feel awestruck and relieve your stress during your journey.
Best Time To Visit Chopta
It is a great place to visit and explore Chopta at any time of the year. The summer season in Chopta Valley is warm, sunny, and pleasant whereas, in winters, the place pleases you with its greenery and is icy-cold. During this season, sitting around a bonfire enjoying music and dance is a bonus.
Tungnath and Chopta is a great place to explore the natural beauty of the Himalayas. Trip to Chopta region in Uttarakhand is the top-most recommended traveling destination with friends and family.