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Things To Do In Chopta
Chopta is a tiny village, situated amidst lush meadows that offer unobstructed views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. The village also serves as the basepoint for treks to Tungnath and Chandrashila. The forest area around Chopta is a part of the famous Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and makes for a stunning surrounding environment. Outdoor activities like nature photography, trekking, camping can all be thoroughly enjoyed here pretty much all year round. Read below to find out more about the best things to do when visiting Chopta.
Explore Deoria Tal
One of the best things that visitors can do when in Chopta is to explore the gorgeous Deoria Tal, some 3 km away, through the Sari village. It can be found at an altitude of 2438 meters above sea level and is surrounded by lush greenery, dense forests and snow-capped mountain peaks all around. The views of the lake during sunrise and sunset create a truly memorable experience and is ideal for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts of all ages.
Visit the Tungnath Temple
Officially the highest Shiva Temple in the world, Tungnath Temple can be found 3680 meters above sea-level. It is said to be almost a 1000 years old and is called one of the Panch Kedars. The temple was inspired by the North Indian style of design and has approximately a dozen shrines surrounding it. The defining feature of this temple is the stunning backdrop of the mountains and the unique, peaceful vibe that it gives out. This is one of the best things to do in Chopta.
Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek
The Garhwal Himalayas induce excitement and wonder. The elevated terrain and jaw dropping views of the surrounding natural beauty create a truly epic feeling. Rising as high as 13000 feet, this is one trek that is highly recommended for all adventurers. Depending on visitors’ experience levels, moderate and beginner treks can be carried out on this route. It is possible to do this trek year round but the autumn and winter seasons are the most popular for the same.
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary
The Kanchula Korak Deer Musk Sanctuary is home to the Musk Deer and is the natural park that has a wealth of diverse flora and fauna. Spread out over a radius of nearly 5 sq. km, the sanctuary forms a part of the world renowned Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and is a unique way to spend the day for wildlife enthusiasts. There are fantastic opportunities for bird watching here as well.
Trek to Ukhimath
Ukhimath serves as the winter home to Kedarnath’s Lord Shiva Temple, which is closed off to tourists for nearly six months of the year. Situated nearly 1300 meters above sea-level the town has a deeply religious history and energy that is palpable for all those who visit. Additionally, the town offers multiple panoramic views of the neighbouring Himalayan mountain ranges.
Visit Rudranath Mandir
Rudranath Mandir is a rock temple that can be found close to Chopta village. Forming a part of the Panch Kedars, Lord Shiva is revered as Neelkanth here. The famous Vaitrani River, famously called the 'Water of Salvation' drifts behind the Rudranath Temple. The temple is also home to the Tarakund and the Suryakund. This is a great spot for visitors to enjoy some peace and meditation amidst a beautiful backdrop. The Anusuya Devi Temple can be visited nearby.
Meditation at Kalpeshwar Mandir
Kalpeshwar Temple is frequently visited throughout the year to worship Lord Shiva as 'Jatadhar.' Found at a height of 2000 m above sea-level, this is the only temple that remains open throughout the year. This is an ideal spot for meditation and to take in the surrounding natural beauty. The trek to the mandir is approximately 10 km from Chopta and leads visitors into the Urgam Valley.