Chopta Travel Guide

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.

Our Chopta travel guide is overflowing with information on best places to visit and amazing things to do, which makes it quite essential for the travellers looking for an impeccable travelling experience. Also, handcrafted for you are the varied holiday packages by Tour My India that ensure a vacation unlike any other.

Best time to visit Chopta

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.

  • Summer

    The temperature experienced by Chopta during summer is between 15°C to 24°C. Due to a cool weather and moderate temperature in the summer, people are able to enjoy trekking and camping in this season.

  • Monsoon

    The months of July, August, and September experiences the monsoon and the showers make the weather more pleasant and favourable, however, sometimes an unexpected heavy rain can be a spoiler. But then on the other hand after a shower, the beauty of this place is so much purified that it becomes picture perfect.

  • Winter

    The temperature range during this season is between -15°C and 5°C. Due to this chilly weather, most of the tourists avoid venturing here. But still, there are a lot of adventure enthusiasts who you can spot enjoy a snow trek from Chopta to Chandrashila.

Popular Tourists Attaractions and Things To Do in & arround Chopta

With a few lakes and temples, Chopta invites both the nature enthusiasts and Hindu devotees. Apart from this, Chopta is home to one of the best treks in Uttarakhand. Those who want to spend some quality time in the calm environment and amidst pristine natural beauty, Chopta is the right destination for them.

  • Tungnath Temple

    Situated at the height of 3680 m, Tungnath it is the highest temple of Lord Shiva in India. Tungnath is one of the Panch Kedars and is the shrine where Shiva's arm is worshipped. This is a place for Hindu devotees but those who enjoy trekking can also come here... Read more

  • Chandrashila

    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

    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.

Activities in Chopta

  • 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.

  • Trekking

    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.

  • Camping

    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.

Where to Stay in Chopta?

Chopta offers great opportunity of camping in the meadow that is surrounded by Himalayan Peaks. One can find a few budget hotels that provide basic amenities to keep the stay comfortable. There are more options of staying in Ukhimath and Rudraprayag, which is situated at some distance from this destination. Few of the locals in Chopta have also come forward to offer one of the rooms at their homes to visitors that have decent facilities.

How to Reach Chopta?

Chopta is well-connected to places like Rishikesh, Gopeshwar, and Haridwar by road. In fact, the best way to reach Chopta is to first reach either Dehradun or Haridwar and from there take a bus/cab to Chopta.

  • By Air

    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.

  • By Rail

    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.

  • By Road

    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.

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