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Chopta Uttarakhand- Mini Switzerland of India
Chopta is a small Valley or region (20 square Km region varies in height from 1800m Near Sari Village to 4090mt up to Chandrashila Summit) of meadows and evergreen temperate forest (A part of Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary), that located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
Chopta is also a small station or market of this picturesque valley from where the Tungnath Trek begins and this trek goes up to Chandrashila Peak (4090mts above sea level) which offers 360degree panoramic view of the mountain and 180-degree snow-clad Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishuli and Chaukhamba, Kedar dome, Nanda-ghuti, etc (More than 40 peaks). Tungnath is a third Kedar among the five Kedar in Uttarakhand. This temple is also known as the highest God Shivji Temple in the world.
It is renowned for high diversity in the world is a natural habitat for more than 120 species of major mammals and 220 species of Birds (checklist of Chopta,s Birds). Temperate and alpine forests of Chopta region create a sense of nature prosperity where oak and pine trees with more than 130 other species of big trees are existing with Himalayan pride. Innumerable species of flowers and herbs in the Chopta region have major affection for research scholars and scientists.
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WHY VISIT CHOPTA?
Chopta is the most suitable place to stay while exploring this beautiful valley. It is the center point of all nearby excursions like- Tungnath, Chandrashila, Deoriatal, Atrimuni Temple and Atrifall, etc. It is abruptly popularized as a tourist destination or a hill station among nature and adventure lovers. It is because of its unique and simple scenic beauty. Its tranquility, greenery all around, and beautiful panoramic view of snow-clad lofty mountains (Greater Himalaya) are innately heart taking
Apart from this, the following are some other reasons that you should definitely visit Chopta once in your life.
- Chopta is easily accessible as it is located on the road connecting Kedarnath (Ukhimath) with Badrinath (Gopeshwar) highway.
- Chopta Valley has one of the shortest treks to reach the altitude of 4090mts (Chandrashila) that offers amazing views of the striking Himalayan range(More than 40 peaks) including Bandar Poonch, Kedar dom, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi and Nanda Ghunti.
- Chopta region is blessed with God Tungnath’s blessing. Blessings of God Tungnath Ji give Chopta region creates a sense of spiritualism. Tungnath Ji is Triteeya (third) Kedar among Panch Kedar. Tunganath Ji (Lord Siva) temple is the only temple in the world at this height (3680mt) from sea label. Chopta Tungnath region has its own religious and spiritual importance since ancient and Vedic time/era.
- Chopta is an immaculate hill station of Uttarakhand famous among tourist for its charming (picturesque) location
- It is an excellent getaway for trekking in round the year – there are three more day trekking options - Devariyatal, Kartikswami, Atrimunifall & Ansuyamata temple.
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Chopta Excursion Tips/ Travel Guide
- Chopta is best for first time trekkers as well as for all age people; it should not require the high fitness level.
- Trek routs of Chopta are easy to moderate in summer and safe for family with kids.
- Trek to Chandrashila in winter due to heavy snow fall become extremely tough but good & safe for Adventure enthusiast.
- Deoria Tal trek in winter can be done with kids to enjoy the Snow. It is good for first timer to experience of a snow trek.
- Nearest ATM is at Ukhimath that is about to 25 km from Chopta. At Present few of property owners allowing guest to do digital transaction but it is better to carry cash because it is difficult to find network most of time.
- We highly suggest that while exploring Chopta on Google map please do mention the property name where you are going to stay (like - do mention Magpie Jungle Camp Chopta ) to get the location accuracy as there is one more Chopta village in the same region and often travellers get misguided because of the same.
- Nearest market is Ukhimath, one can collect essentials on the way to Chopta if one is travelling via Rudraprayag.
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Chopta Attractions / What to see in Chopta
Chopta region is blessed with God Tungnath Ji give Chopta region create sense of spiritualism. Tungnath ji is Triteeya (third) Kedar among Panch Kedar. Tunganath Ji (Lord Siva) temple is the only temple in the world at this height (3680mt) from sea label. Chopta Tungnath region has its own religious and spiritual importance since ancient and Vedic time/era. The trek to highest temple of Lord Shiva begins from Chopta. You can reach Tungnath by a 3.5km easy but steep trek.
Chandrashila is the summit of the Tungnath and can be reached after a steep climb of 1.5 km from Tungnath. It means certainly means "Moon Rock". It is located at a height of about 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) above sea level. This peak provides a spectacular view of Himalayas, especially Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks (More than 60Peaks) .
Devariya Tal (Also known as Deoria Tal) is an emerald lake perched at an elevation of 2400 mts above sea level located about 3 Km on an uphill trek from Village Sari. During early morning on a clear day, Devariya Tal blesses the tourists with reflections of Chaukhamba peaks on its crystal clear water. At Devariya Tal one can experience the best of two worlds, the first being the real world and the other one being the reflection of the beautiful surroundings on the lake.
Kedarnath WildlifeSanctuary( 975 KM SQ ):
Chopta is a part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary has Beautiful, dense and diverse forest where more than 100 species of big size tress, 121 species of major mammals, 221 species of permanent and migrant birds and innumerable species of flowers, herbs, and insects are found in abundance.
Meadows and Himalayan Views :
The smooth and jig jack road of Chopta passes through the dense forest and suddenly after 12 km you will find yourself surrounded by meadows. Himalayan views from Chopta make you enchanted. That is why it is one of the best attractions in Chopta.
- TEMP : May to June - 25℃Max/Min -15℃ & up to -10℃ in Jan & Feb.
- Best time to visit Chopta :(Sep-Jan)/(Feb-Jun).
- Chopta Situated in:Ukhimath,Rudraprayag,India.
- Recommended Stay : 4 Days and 3 Nights.
- Nearest Railways Station : Rishikesh (190km)/Haridwar(220km)
- Nearest Airport : (120km)Jolly Grant,Dehradun.
- Chopta is Famous for : Scnic beauty, Treks - Tungnath,Chandrashila,Deoriatal,Ansuyamata etc.
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Activities in Chopta / Things to do in Chopta
Trekking in Chopta :–
Trekking is the main activate in Chopta. You have to gain some altitude by trekking to experience the real beauty of Chopta hill station. These trek routes reach you at certain scenic spots.
Most of the tourists come to Chopta to, do Chandrashila trek. Tungnath trekking, Chandrashila trekking, Deoria Tal trekking are some suggested trekking routs in Chopta. These captivating treks go through some fascinating meadows, quieter villages, and alpine forests. All trek routes are easy to moderate grade. Chandrashila trek turns to strenuous during winter. Deoria Tal trek is the only trek accessible even during heavy snowfall.
Camping in Chopta :–
Camping in the lap of Nature is the best way to explore this beautiful region. You should stay at least 2 or 3 nights in Camps to experience a different way of living without expecting a luxury in a healthy environment to improve your exquisite health. There are so many camping sites in Chopta according to suite your packet.
There are so many camping sites in Chopta and you can opt anyone form those according to your pocket. Package charges of different camping sites depend upon their services, location as well as facilities, and space for activities. You can get these Packages at the best price through us.
Photography in Chopta:-
Chopta is such a place, where everyone wishes to capture the natural beauty in their Camera. The different shades of this valley are good to check your photography skill. There are so many reasons why we called it a photography prone area or picturesque or scenic place. Like one cannot stop himself to capture the reflection of Himalayan peaks in the water of the pristine Deoria Lake.
The Majestic 360degree panoramic view of mountains from Chandrashila and 180degree view of Grater Himalaya makes it the best photo spot for everyone. Other than that it is one of the best places for bird photography and the best place for those who eager to take the different shades of stargazing in their Camera.
Yoga and meditation in Chopta:-
Calm and a healthy environment of Chopta is suited for Yoga and meditation activities. In present so many groups approaching us to book packages for meditation and yoga. Our group has some young and experienced yoga and meditation gurus with us to keep you fit and healthy.
One can plan their spiritual holiday to get away from the stresses of everyday life and bring back peace and natural wisdom, with the guidance of an experienced yoga guru with us according to your strength and time.
Mountain Biking in Chopta:-
Chopta has been a popular trekking destination for quite some time, however, in recent years it has seen some group of mountain biking enthusiasts and has the potential to become a favorite place on any Adventure-junkie’s book. Here we have to serve you the mountain biking packages in Chopta. Book budget, leisure group mountain biking tours with us in Chopta.
Bird watching in Chopta:-
Chopta is a bird watcher's paradise. It is famous among birders for the sighting of Monal, Koklass, and Cheer pheasant. Sighting of Monal is common in this area. November -December, and March to the end of April is the time to sights of this beautiful bird.
March to June is generally the best time for birding in Chopta, as many places receive migratory birds that are attracted by the warmer weather of India's subtropical climate. In order to maximize bird sightings, go very early in the morning and/or around sunset. Click here to know about the - Checklist of birds of Chopta.
Places to see in Chotpa Region (Temples and Villages Near Chopta)
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What is Chopta famous for?
Chopta is famous for, one of the best Hill Station, best and easy Trekking destinations for all age group, bird watching, Yoga Destination and Temples.
It is recommended destination for Corporate Tours, Family with kids Holiday, Foreigners Groups, Solo Camping, and Collage and School Adventure Trips.
Chopta is becoming popular destination day by day among all type of tourist for these activates – Camping (base camp for trek), Adventure Activities, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Night stay during Char Dham Tour, Christmas and New Year calibration, Emerging Destinations for Skiing, Hiking, Best Honeymoon Destination, Leisure Destination, Wide Meadows, Emerging Off Beat Destination, Weekend Getaway, Winter Treks, Snow Treks, Yoga and Mediation Trips, pilgrimages Tours, Wildlife Tour Packages, Photography, Star Gazing, Full Moon Photography, Obstacle Activities.
Chopta Weather - How Chopta in Different season - 2020!
Best time to visit Chopta
Any time is a good time to visit Chopta. What's the best time depends on your plans. Below you'll find a general overview of what to expect throughout the year. If you are well prepared, you'll have a wonderful trip regardless of the time of year.
Chopta in summers:( April End to June)
Summer has traditionally been popular among tourists in Chopta. The Himalayan views are very attractive in summer. The maximum temperature goes up to 25degree in Chopta and it remains pleasant enough. It is the best time to visit Chopta with your kids to enjoy the summer vacation. Carry light woolens with you too. Evening light drizzle is frequent during summers.
Chopta in spring:
March is when the first signs of spring can be found in lower regions of Chopta. It's pretty cool in most parts though. In the high altitude like Tungnath and Chandrashila still lots of snow up to the end of March. The time of rhododendron flowering stats from mid-march and can get up to the second week of April. Due to three types of Rhododendron this valley looks like painted with the tricolor. Lower part looks like painted with dark red (Duggal bittha and Baniyakund) and middle part (Bhera khark to Rawanshila) with pink and the upper part (Tungnath Area) of the valley with mixed white & purple color.
Locally Rhododendron is known as Buransh and you can get Buransh juice for good health.
Chopta in monsoon: (June End to 20th September)
The road to Chopta from Rishikesh is now all-weather so; one can reach here to enjoy the beauty of monsoon. Enjoy the sip of coffee, gazing at the green mountains and rarely but stunning views of the snow-capped peaks at Chopta during monsoons. One important thing please do carry a raincoat. The best things to see in Chopta in this season are stunning flora (son many types of small flowers and different herbs in Chopta) small stream and falls. You will find the greenery everywhere to get lost into nature in this season.
Chopta in winters:
Chopta Article & Post
- 18 Feb 2023: Kedarnath Dham are going to open from 25April 2023
- 18 Feb 2020:Monal Festival in Chopta 2020
- Winter Tungnath Trek News 2020
- Jan 6 : Third Kedar Tungnath's Devra Yatra will begin from January 10th
- Devra Yatra - Lord Tungnath reached back to Makkumath on Today-14March2020
- Tugnath's Kapat will be open on 20 May 2020
- Tungnath Ji kapat opens with first prayer offered in PM Modi’s name on - 20 May 2020
- Tungnath Ji kapat Closing date in 2020 -Know the fact
- Corona Effect on Tungnath Tourism in 2020
About Chopta Tourism
The Chopta Chandrashila trek for first-timer can be described in one word- Surreal, but the trek is rich with elements of its own. The mesmerizing landscape, enriched with a variety of flora and fauna, it offers a stunning view of snow-capped Himalayas, like Chawkhamba, Kedar Dome, Nanda Devi, and Trishuli, etc
Chopta lies in the Kedarnath Wildlife sanctuary, so you can spot a lot of mammals, birds like Monal and Koklass pheasant. There are a lot of pretty campsites that make the trek a memorable one. The view of the sunrise from Chandrashila is probably one of the most beautiful things in this beautiful Hill station.
During your Holidays in Chopta, these are some activities can do in Chopta – camping, trekking, yoga, meditation, bird watching, snow trekking, snow skiing, adventure activities ( rock climbing, rappelling, jumaring, valley crossing, flying fox, etc), obstacle activities and photography.
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Staying Options in Chopta
Chopta is base best base for around treks like Tungnath, Chandrashila, and Deoria Tal. Earlier there are few hotels with few rooms are available for staying in Chopta and we don’t recommend hotels for stay because due to excess rainfall in Chopta, moisture remains almost throughout the year, and the dampness remains in the cemented rooms. So camping is the best option in Chopta (Swiss Camps). There are so, many Camps in Chopta and prices depend upon the facilities, services and location of Camps.
Magpie is one of the best properties in Chopta. We recommend it for as for a first choice because they are pioneer in Chopta as well maintained Camps other Camps are – Camps and Hotels in Chopta .
Chopta Food Guide
Chopta is a small Hill Station with few small Dhabas (Road side small Restaurant)/Restaurants. Maximum Restaurant serves you North Indian food, and the few offers South Indian food as well as Chinese food too. A few Camps site have proper restaurants and offer you multi cuisine like North Indian to Continental as per your Package.