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Hoisting the National flag

Hoisting the National flag  Video Review
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Chandrashila

Rahul Shaw
15th Aug 16

Chandrashila Summit

Chandrashila Summit  Video Review
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Chandrashila

Rahul Shaw
15th Aug 16

Chandrashila Summit

Chandrashila Summit  Video Review
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Chandrashila

Rahul Shaw
15th Aug 16

Hoisting National Flag at Chandrashila

Hoisting National Flag at Chandrashila  Video Review
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Chandrashila

Rahul Shaw
15th Aug 16

Towars Sari Village

Towars Sari Village  Video Review
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Ukhimath

Rahul Shaw
13th Aug 16

Scenic place

Scenic place  Video Review
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Baniya Kund

Rahul Shaw
14th Aug 16

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1Camp under the majestic night sky and stars
Camp under the majestic night sky and stars

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kavita Sahgal shares, “Unwind yourself at Chopta...This place is located few hours ahead of Rudraprayag. The roads here are in very good condition but you will cross many landslide prone areas. So be very careful while driving. Chopta falls under the Kedarnath Forest area so the facilities here are minimal. ...from 6 pm onwards) there was nothing to do there!!! So we sat next to the campfire, watched the stars, played music on our guitar, discussed random things and then at 7.30 pm, we again had nothing to do. We sat silently staring the stars, seeing their reflection on the small stream of water in front of us and having a calm nice evening. ”

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Reviews (14)

Kavita Sahgal

Kavita Sahgal4.6/5

33 reviews

Unwind yourself at Chopta

We visited Chopta last year in the month of January. This place is located few hours ahead of Rudraprayag. The roads here are in very good condition but you will cross many landslide prone areas. So be very careful while driving. Chopta falls under the Kedarnath Forest area so the facilities here are minimal. We stayed in one of the forest cottages with basic amenities. But with the view of snow right in front of your cottage, you would hardly like to get into the room! We reached around evening in this area, went out for a walk in the neighborhood and returned to our hotel. After that (from 6 pm onwards) there was nothing to do there !!! So we sat next to the campfire, watched the stars, played music on our guitar, discussed random things and then at 7. 30 pm, we again had nothing to do. We sat silently staring the stars, seeing their reflection on the small stream of water in front of us and having a calm nice evening. We had an early night that day Next day we got up early. Waited for the hotel person to bring the hot water bucket. Thinking of taking a Bath in their was itself a challenge. The temperature was around 2 degrees !!! We got ready and left the hotel around 8 am. We started our trek towards Baniyakund, the village from where we would start our journey towards Tungnath temple. Oh! What fun it was to walk in the fresh snow !! The travel guide gave us hints to walk on the snow and after many falls and trips, we could reach Baniyakund in 20-25 minutes. We had breakfast there and started our journey towards Tungnath temple If you are planning your trip to Chopta, do remember:. • It's a silent place so only people who want to be close to nature should consider this. • There is no luxury here. • Due to forest department regulations, the electricity goes off at 7 and then from 7-9 the hotel staff uses the generator. • There is no telephone signal in most of the area. • Please pack things like cup noodles, chips, biscuits while going on tracks. • Carry cards and other games to spend evening. • Don't forget nice and comfortable shoes which slip on snow. • Be ready to walk, walk and walk We totally had a great time in this place and would definitely plan another visit to this place.

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Neehal Zuturu

Neehal Zuturu4.3/5

2 reviews

Chopta Tungnath Winter Trek!

We were a group of 7 friends who decided to venture on this trip in January amongst the peak winter. We started our journey from Rishikesh at 6. 30 am on 23rd January in an 8 seater Innova which we booked in advance for 3 days for Rs. 9000. It is advisable to take medication for motion sickness for those who suffer from it. We reached Sari village at 3. 30 pm after stopping a considerable number of times on the way. The trek from Sari to Deoria tal (also known as Devariya tal) is of 2. 3 km which we covered in 2 hours. During the trek, we witnesses the moon rise from behind the mountains and it was spectacular. For our night stay by the lake in tents, we had done our booking in advance with Mr. Negi for Rs 600 per person. He is a very friendly and helpful man. After providing us with soup and sumptuous dinner by the bonfire, he provided us with sleeping bags and blankets for the night. The sleeping bags were very smelly. Hence, we did not use them. It gets really cold at night. Adequate protection must be taken to beat it. 5 of us huddled and slept in one tent due to the cold. There is no electricity in this place so one must carry his/her own torch. Also, there are no washrooms around. So for all practical purposes, you can go ahead with your nature calls behind any visible bush. The place is very calm but for the sound of leopards heard occasionally when they are roaming nearby in the middle of the night. It is fairly common to have them around at that time. We were expecting to see a lot of snow in that area as seen in the previous years. But there was not much snow this time as the winter wasn't that cold. We were disappointed. Before planning any trip to such places in winter, it should be made a point to find out from the local people about the scenario at that point of time. We spent most of our night talking and having fun. Watching the reflection of peaks slowly turn yellow in the lake water as the sun rises early in the morning is an amazing experience that one must not miss. We had breakfast and trekked down. Due to the not so severe winter, the road to Chopta was completely motorable and the trek till Chandrashila peak was possible. We reached Chopta in 1 hour and started our trek to Tungnath at 1pm. It is always advisable to reach Chopta and start the trek early in the day. Due to shortage of time, unfortunately, we could not trek till Chandrashila as we had to descend down before it got dark. The trek was enjoyable but very tiring. The view from Tungnath was beautiful. The sun was casting its rays over the mountain slopes covered entirely with snow. The view made sure that the trek was definitely worth the effort. Descending was very easy and we covered half the path by sliding on the snow. It was a lot of fun. Food and water has to be carried as there are no shops on the way during winter. Snow boots are required in winter in order to trek. The permits we had taken at Deoria tal at a cost of Rs. 75 per head in order to trek were not checked. We came down by 6. 30 pm and started for Ukhimath where we stayed in the guesthouse. Their room charges ranged from Rs. 550 to 700. The stay was comfortable. Next morning, we visited the Omkareshwar temple which houses the Kedarnath idol in winters. We started back for Rishikesh at 10am and reached at 4pm stopping at the Dhari Devi temple in between. The whole trip costed about Rs. 3000 per head. It has been a very memorable trip with some wonderful experiences.

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Recommended Duration in Chopta

Number of days to spend in Chopta as recommended by our travellers.

2 days

28.6%

3 days

42.9%

4 days

14.3%

5+ days

14.3%

Chopta Overview

Chopta is a beautiful village in the Rudraprayag district of the state of Uttarakhand. It is situated on the Chandra Parbat and is known for its virgin beauty and scenic landscape. The quaint hamlet is famous for its green grassland known locally as ‘bugyals’.

One can get beautiful views of the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas from here and the alpine forests add to the beauty of the place. Located at an altitude of 2680 meters above sea level, Chopta enjoys a perfect weather almost throughout the year, although it gets quite cold in winter and enjoys snowfall during the peak of winter.

The town is usually the starting point of quite a few treks especially to Panch Kedar due to the close proximity. Tungnath which is the highest peak in the Panch Kedars is a 3.5 km trek from Chopta, and at a further 1.5 km distance away is Chandrashila.

Visitors and Lord Shiva devotees to the famous temple, Tunganath Mandir, pass though Chopta as this is the best starting point for the trek up the mountain which leads to the temple at a distance of 3 km.

Though comparatively unexplored, the scenic village has been gradually gaining importance as a popular tourist destination. Nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts flock to the place as it is a perfect destination for trekking and camping.

The forest here is known for its rich variety of flora and fauna, and is famous for its expanse of rhododendron and deodar trees. Moreover, the place is well connected by motorable road which has helped it gain popularity in recent years as a tourist destination.

There are quite a few places near Chopta which are popular tourist destinations as well. The picturesque town of Gopeshwar is at a distance of 39 km from Chopta, while the Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary which is a perfect place to witness the wildlife of the region is around 7 km from here. The town of Ukhimath known as the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath is at a distance of 31 km from Chopta.

The best time to visit the place is during the months of April to June when the whole area looks lush green and the weather is perfect for exploration. The harsh chill of the winter disappears during this time making it ideal for a holiday or a nature expedition.

Photos of Chopta

Chopta, Uttarakhand

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Amol Fasale

Visit to Chopta
Chopta, Uttarakhand

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Bharat Puspwan

snowfall at chopta
Chandrashila, Chopta

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Arnav Mathur

The way to the top
Chandrashila, Chopta

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Arnav Mathur

View from Chandrashila

There is so much to see in Chopta.

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