Chopta Travel Guide
Chopta Travel Guide
Chopta is a small hamlet located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttrakhand. It is a quaint hill station in the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary and is often referred to as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India. Chopta is single among the most gorgeous and scenic spots in the entire Garhwal region. Growing in popularity over the last few years, it is becoming a premiere tourist destination.
Chopta at an altitude of 2680mts offers a breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan peaks against a backdrop of clear blue skies. With bugyals (high altitude meadows) all around, it is one of the best camping sites in Uttarakhand. The sunset being one worth traveling any distance to view! The freezing weather, cool breeze and spiritual tunes will make you forget all your worries and you can spend a good time in the lap of nature and which provides a spectacular view of Himalayas, especially Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks.
About Chopta Trek
Some of the adventure treks in Indian Himalayas take to you to some high altitude religious places. One such trekking adventure is the Chopta Chandrashila trek that involves a hike to the highest Shiva temple in the world. Other attractions include Deoria Tal Lake and remote villages nestled in the backdrop of the Chopta Valley. The beautiful Chopta region is a famous destination for trekkers and thrills seekers alike. It’s famous year round, including the winter where it becomes one of the top snow adventures in India. The Deoriatal – Tungnath – Chandrashila trek is a blessing for first time trekkers.
Location : Chopta lies on the motorable road which connects Guptkashi with Gopeshwar.
Note**: There is another place by the same name some 4 – 5 hours drive from Rishikesh. People who will be using Google maps to plan their route, please make sure Ukhimath comes in the way to reach the real Chopta.
How to Reach Chopta
There is no direct bus service to reach Chopta. So you’ll have to break your journey either in Haridwar, Rudraprayag or Ukhimath.
The route to Chopta from Delhi would be: Delhi > Haridwar > Rishikesh > Devprayag > Rudraprayag > Agastyamuni > Ukhimath > Chopta
Distance between Delhi to Chopta : 480km by road and 5.5km trek (Tungnath 4km – Chandrashila 1.5km)
When to Visit Chopta
It is one of the few places in the region that is accessible throughout the year. The winter trek is more difficult as the route is completely covered in snow. The best season being spring and early summer when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom.
Tungnath Temple opens at 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Timings may change during the festivals day). Tunganath has a cool climate all through the seasons. April to August offers cool and pleasant climate. This is the ideal period to spend relaxing moments outdoors, and is optimal for temple visits. September to November is good for sightseeing and temple visits but temperatures begin to dip. December to March the valley becomes blanketed by snow.
- Chopta falls under Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, so there is no electricity in entire Chopta region. Generally, people use solar panel to generate electricity.
- Chopta’s weather is unpredictable. Kindly keep warm clothes with you whenever you visit there, even if is the month of May – June.
- There are limited shops or dhaba’s in the Chopta area. So if you have a toddler then please take all the necessary things while traveling.
- Remember taking Cash with you, because there are no ATMs at Chopta, you can find ATM in Ukhimath, which is 1.5 hour distance from Chopta.