Chopta is the most popular place among tourists where one can spend their weekend in peace and complete silence. It is a place where time feels like standing still as you explore its hidden beauties. It is an ideal destination for trekking, bird watching, camping and other adventurous activities which will enthrall your journey. Book Your Flights Tickets.
Chopta is surrounded with its lush green meadows and evergreen forests of pine, rhododendron and deodar. It is set at an altitude of 2,680 meters and serves as a base for trekking to Chandrashila range and Tungnath temple.
Here listed are the most popular tourist attractions to explore in Chopta to have a wonderful journey:
- Tungnath Temple
Tungnath temple also known as Panch Kedar is the highest of the five shrines of Lord Shiva. It is set at a height of 3,860 meters and it is believed that Ravan performed his penance here in order to please Lord Shiva. The temple is thousand years old and has its own unique essence which you must explore.
To reach the temple you have to follow a 3.5 kms long trek from Chopta itself. The temple is closed during winters but you can trek in winters where the path is covered with snow. It is recommended to take a local guide with you while trekking in winters because of the dangerous paths due to snow.
- Deoria Tal
Deoria Tal is the biggest attraction in Chopta chandrashila trek set at an altitude of 2,438 meters and located near Sari village. The sight is amazing to watch as it offers its pristine waters which will behold you and the reflection of Chaukhamba peaks on the crystal clear water looks magical. You can also choose to stay overnight for camping and watch the sunrise early morning which you will remember for life.
Now to reach Deoria Tal you require a little bit of trekking from Sari village which will also be quite fun for you. The best things you can do in Deoria Tal is to trek to the lake, camping and having a walk at night.
- Chandrashila Peak Trek
Chandrashila peak is the highest point of the mountain on which Chopta and Tungnath mandir is located. It is set at an altitude of 4,130 meters and is just 1.5 kms from Tungnath while 5 kms from Chopta. The trek is not challenging one but will offer you magnificent views of gigantic Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul, Bandarpoonch and Chaukhamba.
Bisurital is another major attraction in Chopta and is another lake which you can explore and have an everlasting fun. If you want to do more trekking and carrying proper gears for camping then Bisuri Tal trek is the perfect to venture upon. It takes around 3 to 4 days to cover the lake and the region. The trek from Chopta to Chandrashila takes you to Bisurital which is about 6 kms away.
- Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary located about 7 kms from Chopta on Chopta Ganeshwar Road is another major attraction. It is spread over an area of 5 square kms and houses the famous musk deer. It offers you the wild species of wildlife and you can visit all year long. It is the perfect place for wildlife lovers and photographers who can capture stunning pictures of rare species of animals.
Ukhimath is a small town situated 31 kms from Chopta and is the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath. It is said that the idol of Lord Kedarnath is worshipped here during winters and people come here often to visit this temple. You can also visit older shrine temples of Shiv- Parvati, Usha and Anirudh which are worth a visit.
Dugalbitta lies about 7 kms before Chopta and it is a place which will translate you to a space between two mountains. It is set at a height of 2,600 meters and a perfect getaway for travellers. It also serves as a base to return as during winters snow blocks the roads on Chopta. You can do birdwatching here as it is a part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to thousands of migratory birds. You can also go camping and jungle walk here to have an adventurous fun.
- Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath temple is located near Mandakini river that comprises over 200 idols of Lord Shiva. The temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya. The temple also consists of Shivalinga which is considered as one of the 12 jyotirlingas. The temple has a pyramidal structure which makes it unique in its own way. So you must visit this temple to have spiritual eternity and tranquility at its best.