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Chopta Tourism And Travel Guide
18° C / 64.4° F
March to May
2 to 4 Days
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (221 kms)
Rishikesh Railway Station (200 kms)
Chopta is a relatively isolated hill-station in Uttarakhand that serves as a gateway to the Panch Kedar temples. It is surrounded by lush meadows and dense forests, with the Himalayan mountain ranges in the backdrop. Tourism is booming in Chopta in the summer season from March to May. This picturesque hamlet is perfect for a weekend getaway. The clear skies and cool weather make it a haven for outdoor activities like trekking and camping. Chopta also enjoys a well-connected network of roadways and is easily reachable from in and around Uttarakhand. To learn more about things to do here, how to reach and the ideal time to visit, check out this travel guide to Chopta.
How to Reach
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun can be found 221 km away from Chopta, making it the closest domestic airport. Visitors have multiple bus and taxi options to travel to and from Chopta.
Chopta is well-connected by road from most nearby cities, and this is the best way to reach the hill station. Private and public transportation preferences are accessible for all travellers.
Rishikesh Railway Station, 200 km away, is the closest train station. Chopta has an efficient system of railways at its disposal.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summer (March – May):
Averaging 10-32°C, Chopta is the ideal summer getaway. This is when tourism is at its peak. You will be amazed with the mild weather, condensed hill stops and breath-taking green valleys at this time.
Winter (October – February):
Temperatures may vary from 15° C to -15° C. The town tends to be closed off to the public during this season due to heavy snowfall and bad roads.
Monsoon (June – September):
The monsoons are quite normal in Chopta, with the rare likelihood of landslides happening. September especially is a great month for tourists as the skies tend to clear up, allowing them to relish the outdoors.
Things to Do
Explore Deoria Tal:
2438 meters above sea level, this stunning lake is bound by a plush foliage, thick woodlands and snow-capped foothills. A visit to the Deori Tal is one of the best things to do in Chopta.
Visit the Tungnath Temple:
Officially the highest Shiva Temple in the world, this revered structure is 3680 meters above sea-level, and is approximately 1000 years old. It is a part of the Panch Kedars.
Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek:
Intensifying in elevation as far as 13000 feet, this is one trek that is highly recommended for all adventurers and nature lovers. The trek offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary:
The Kanchula Korak Deer Musk Sanctuary, famous for sightings of Musk Deer, is a treasure of varied vegetation and wildlife. It extends up to 5 sq. km and is a part of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. A must visit spot for nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers.
Snow view Restaurant, Mayadeep Restaurant and Chauhan Guest House in Chopta are the best places to get a taste of the local delicacies. The restaurants are small, clean and cater to a variety of budgets and palettes. You will find the usual local fare, Pahadi food, comfort food as well as North Indian delicacies at most places.
The highlight of shopping in Chopta is the unique set of handicrafts comprising of ornaments, paintings, wood-carvings, candles etc. These items tend to be inspired by nature. Chopta has no massive shopping complexes as such. Nevertheless there are home-grown marketplaces that trade at nominal prices.