Chopta, Uttarakhand, is a picturesque hamlet which is still unexplored by travelers. Chopta is the commencement point of the trek to Tungnath – 3rd Kedar. Another 1.5 km trek from Tungnath leads to Chandrashila (4000 mts above sea level) which offers a splendid view of snow clad Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba stretched widely
The valley is a great place for adventure buffs and trekking enthusiasts, because trekking is a popular activity in the valley. During your trip to Chopta valley, you can take a trek to the nearby region of Deori Tal. Deori Tal is a very famous lake that is surrounded entirely by forests on all sides. This lake lies under the Chukhumba peak, and a trek to this lake can be taken provided you receive proper services from a guide in the region. You can stay near the lake for as long as you want to as many tourists camp out here.
Places to See in Chopta
Tungnath Mandir: Situated at an astounding elevation of 3680mts above sea level, Tungnath Mandir is one of the Panch Kedar and highest temple of Lord Shiva. Tungnath Mandir can be reached by a 3.5km trek starting from Chopta. Ironically Tungnath Mandir the highest amongst Panch Kedar is easiest one to reach. The trek to Tungnath Mandir is easy but steep and tiring. Accommodation options are available at Tungnath Mandir. The temple remains closed from November to March.
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary: is home to animals like the leopard, Himalayan bear, musk deer, muntjac, or the barking deer, ghoral, or mountain goat, bharal, or blue sheep, Himalayan fox, flying squirrel, khaleej and monaal pheasant and a number of Himalayan birds and flowers.
Chandrashila peak: It is the highest point of the mountain on which Chopta and Tungnath Mandir is located. Chandrashila is situated at a breathtaking altitude of 4,000mts above sea level. Invigorating views of the 270 degree Himalayan range is distinctly visible from Chandrashila. It is located 1.5 km further of Tungnath Temple which makes it 5kms from Chopta.
Gopeshwar: It is situated 39kms from Chopta at an elevation of 1,500mts above sea level. Gopeshwar is the headquarters of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state.
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary: It is situated 7km from Chopta on Chopta – Gopeshwar Road. Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary is famous for breeding musk deer’s. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 5 square kilometres. It is an ideal place for tourists who loves animals and are looking for rare Himalayan wildlife.
Ukhimath: Situated 31kms from Chopta, Ukhimath is the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath. The idol of Lord Kedarnath is worshipped in Ukhimath during winters as the region of Kedarnath is prone to heavy snowfall during winters. The temples of Usha and Anirudh, Shiva and Parvati are worth a visit.
Deoria Tal: Perched at an elevation of 2438mts above sea level, Deoria Tal is a lake holding pristine water with captivating surroundings. The reflections of Chaukhamba peaks on the crystal clear water of Deoria Tal creats a magical world. Deoria Tal can be reached by an easy trek of 2km from Sari village located on Ukhimath – Gopeshwar road.
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) and private lodges are available for stay at Chopta at affordable rates. There are many Dharamshalas available in Chopta. Chopta Hotels are known for their pristine environment and warm reception. Awas Griha, Nanda Devi Paryatak and Tourist Rest House are among the most popular hotels in Chopta. These Chopta hotels have cordial staff, which takes care of the needs of the guests. You should negotiate for the rates though, than you will get the best prices.
How to reach Chopta
by Air :The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 226 kms away. From the airport, hire a cab or a private taxi or take a direct bus to Chopta.
by Rail : The nearest rail-head is Rishikesh, 209 kms away. After you get off at the railway station, hire a taxi or take a bus to Chopta. The journey is not at all long and tiring, it will only take somewhere around 5 hours to get to your destination.
by Road : State transport buses ply frequently from Rishikesh and other neighboring towns to Chopta. Private jeeps are also a good and fast means of transport to get to Chopta.