Chopta is a small settlement and valley that is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This region is very popular among tourists, mainly because of the number of options it provides for exploring. The entire region is a haven of beauty, and the ones among you who are looking for a good place to relax, without the hustle and bustle of a typical tourist hotspot can visit Chopta valley and gaze in awe at the many peaks located a short distance away from the valley.
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.
You can also take a trek to the temple in Tungnath. This trek can be easily completed without any guidance, as the roads to this temple are well paved and set. The temple at Tungnath is located at an altitude of 3660 metres.
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Kumaoni, Hindi
Best Season: Apr – Jun, Sep – Nov
Weather: Summer 15 to 24°C,
Winter: -15 to 5°C
Altitude: 2900 m
STD code: 01364
Best Season / Best time to visit
Summers in the region of Chopta extend through the months of March, April and May. These three months will experience a maximum temperature of around thirty degrees (30°C) and a minimum temperature of around ten degrees (10°C). Chopta valley is best visited during the summer, due to the pleasant weather.
The months of July, August and September are the monsoon months in Chopta. Rainfall during this time will be mild, and the overall weather will be pleasant. You should carry along adequate rain gear during your trip to Chopta at this time.
Winters in Chopta run through the months of November, December, January, and February. The maximum temperature in the region during this time will be around fifteen degrees (15°C) and the minimum temperature will be around minus fifteen degrees (-15°C). Visiting Chopta during this time is not advisable, as trekking routes will all be cut off.
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Chopta
Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva perched at an elevation of 3,680mts above sea level. The sanctity of the region of Tungath is considered unsurpassed. Tungnath is one of Panch Kedar and Shiva’s arm is worshipped here.
The trek to highest temple of Lord Shiva commences from Chopta. You can reach Tungnath by a 4km easy but steep trek.
Chandrashila can be reached after a little more than 1km trek from Tungnath. From Chandrashila you can enjoy 360 degree panoromic views of the gigantic Himalayas. Chandrashila is the highest point of the mountain on which Tungnath Temple and Chopta are located.
Chandrashila is situated at an astonishing altitude of 4090mts above sea level.
How to Reach Here
By air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Chopta situated at a distance of 221kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Chopta is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Chopta.
By road: Chopta is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttrakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Chopta are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Rishikesh, Pauri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Gaurikund, Srinagar, Gopeshwar etc. Chopta is situated on the road connecting Guptkashi with Gopeshwar.
By rail: The nearest railway station to Chopta is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 202kms before Chopta on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Chopta is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh to Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Ukhimath and Chopta.
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