Chopta Hill Station Uttarakhand
Mini Switzerland of India, Chopta is just an awe inspiring place to visit adorned by splendid views of imposing Himalayan range. It is perched at an elevation of 2,680 metres above sea level and is also a base point of the trek to Tungnath which is known as the 3rd Kedar. 1.5kms further from Tungnath there is Chandrashila which offers 360 degree panoramic view of snow capped Himalayan peaks which also includes Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. The options which Chopta provides like Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary are cannot be missed kind of places which tempts wildlife enthusiasts who want to explore rare Himalayas and its wildlife species.
This unspoiled natural destination houses interesting place to visit which includes Deori Tal, one can reach here by 2kms trek as it is situated on the Ukimath-Gopeshwar road. The journey to this place is just like a colourful experience in itself. Walking through village, collecting memories through camera and if possible then it is advisable to have a little bit conversation with village inhabitants. It is beautifully surrounded by the pines in multitude and clearly reflects its image in the lake. Tungnath Temple, this is the one of the Panch Kedars which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The path of this temple once was really exhausting but government has made it easy and smooth. The devotees who are visiting this temple can enjoy a trek filled with various experiences. Ukhimath, this place is usually followed by the followers of Hindu mythology but its welcomes every kind of visitors. Basically it is the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath. It is also the home of Shiv-Parvati temple and the protagonists of the tale of Banasura, Usha and Aniruddha. Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Park, as its name suggests it houses the famous Musk Deer along with this it has abundance of lush greenery and varieties of such animals which are claimed by locals to have not even been scientifically classified yet. The park is spread over an area of 5 sq. kms.
Besides these places of interest the most popular activity in Chopta is tungnath and Chandrashila trekking. Tungnath is known as the base point of Chopta-Chandrashila Trek. The village is encircled by evergreen forests of pine, deodar and rhododendron at an elevation of 2680 metres. It is considered as the best trek for beginners. This trek covers such a large region which starts from the holy city of Haridwar, then one goes to Devarivatal Lake then Chopta to Tungnath and it finally ends at Chandrashila. The journey offers you picturesque view of Chaukhamba ranges, mesmerising view of the valleys and it also includes the peaks of Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nilkanth and Kedarnath.
When to visit Chopta is totally depends upon the visitor as the place is good in all season. If you are seeking snow and want to enjoy snow games then you should go in winters. Summers are suitable for sightseeing while one can enjoy the greenery in monsoon.
Nearest airport and railway station from Chopta are Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun and Rishikesh Railway Station which are 97kms and 100kms away respectively. One can easily hire local transport from there to reach the destination. To reach the town via roadways one can take the route to Rudraprayag and follow it to Kedarnath from there you can drive towards Ukhimath. So, in this way you can also Ukhimath on your way to Chopta.
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