Tungnath Travel Guide

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.

Our Tungnath 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 Tungnath

The best time to visit Tungnath is during the summer months when it is feasible for the pilgrims to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. Monsoon can be a challenging time to trek to the temple but a lot of people can be seen visiting during those months as well. Winter, on the other hand, is solely a favourable time for adventurists at heart who would want to enjoy the beauty of Tungnath covered under the blanket of the snow.

  • Summer

    Summer is the most favourable time to visit Tungnath as the weather remains quite pleasant during this time of the year with the temperature remaining 16°C on an average.

  • Monsoon

    Though summer is said to be the most favourable time to visit this place but still if you are interested in making it to the Tungnath pilgrimage to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva, then you can visit in the months of monsoon as well.

  • Winter

    It is very chilly during this season and the temperature can touch sub zero and a maximum of 4°C. One can enjoy this time because you will get to see the snowfall.

Top Tourist Attractions & Things to Do around Tungnath

The best tourist attraction is the natural beauty that this mountain showcases along of course the pilgrimage itself. The Himalayan view and lush green meadow add onto the allure that this place offers.

  • Chopta

    Chopta is a popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand and is known for its beautiful meadow land. The place is ideal for those who are enthusiastic about trekking and camping and is located on Gopeshwar-Ukhimath road at an altitude of 2900 metres. It is situated at a distance of 4 km from Tungnath and is a base from where people set out for trekking... Read more

  • Deoria Lake

    Deoria Lake is situated on Ukhimath-Chopta road at an altitude of 2387 metres. It is a high altitude lake that is surrounded by Chaukhamba range. You can witness the snow-capped mountains when here and can also camp here.

  • Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary

    Around 7 km from Chopta, is the protected forest named as Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary. It is spread over 6 sq km area and is full of musk deer.

  • Trekking & Camping

    Trekking & Camping can be greatly enjoyed at Chopta and Deoriatal, It is a high altitude lake that is surrounded by lofty mountains. For those who enjoy adventure, there is a trek from Tungnath to Chandrashila, which is a bit difficult but worth giving a try. One can also enjoy trekking to Deoriatal, which is at a short distance from here and is a high altitude lake.

Where to Stay in Tungnath?

The closest accommodation to Tungnath can be found in Chopta which is just 4 km away. Camping is one of the best options in Chopta. There are a few budget hotels also available in Chopta that offer to cater to all the basic needs of the visitors. Apart from this, decent accommodation can be found in Rudraprayag and Ukhimath. Out of the two, Rudraprayag is better flourished with hotels and stay options.

How to Reach Tungnath?

Tungnath can only be reached by trekking from the base point at Chopta, which is well-connected by road with places like Rudraprayag that has even better connectivity with major cities and towns of Uttarakhand. A 3 km trek begins for Tungnath from Chopta, and another 1 km trek from the temple make one reach the Chandrashila Peak at a height of 4000 m.

  • By Air

    The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun from Chopta, the last accessible place by vehicle, which is situated some 203 km away.

  • By Rail

    The nearest railhead is Haridwar, which is well-connected with major cities and towns in India and is located at a distance of 180 km from Chopta, the last accessible place by vehicle.

  • By Road

    Chopta, which is the last accessible place by vehicle is well-connected with destinations like Rudraprayag by road. There are state-run buses till Rudraprayag and from there, cab facility is available to reach Chopta.

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