Chopta- The mini-switerzerland of india
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Chopta is a small hamlet located in Rudraprayag district in Uttrakhand. It is a quaint hill station in the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary and it is popularly known as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India.During winters, the place mostly remains covered with the snow. Chopta is single among the most gorgeous and scenic spots in the entire Garhwal region.It is getting popular as a tourist destination since last few years.
Chopta at an altitude of 2680mts offers a breathtaking view of the majestic Himalayan peaks against the backdrop of clear blue skies. With bugyals (high altitude meadows) all around, it is one of the best camping sites in Uttarakhand. Also, the sunset as seen from Chopta is a sight one can travel any distance to see! The freezing weather, cool breeze and spiritual tunes will make you forget all your worries and you can spend a good time in the lap of nature and which provides a spectacular view of Himalayas, especially Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks.Tungnath the third temple of Panch Kedar, which is highest Shiva temple in the world.The Tungnath - Chandrashilla trek is a famous destinations for trekking. Chopta is a place that nature has blessed with all it's bounties. This is one place where you would like to come back again.
Trek to Tungnath Temple
Tungnath temple is located at an altitude of about 3680 m above sea level and is the highest Shiva Temple in the world. As per mythology, it is believed that when Shiva went into the earth while escaping from the Pandavas, his arms reappeared at Tungnath. This sacred temple was discovered by Adi Shankaracharya. Apart from being a popular pilgrimage destination, Tungnath is also a popular trekking and adventure destination. The trekking distance between Chopta to Tungnath is 4.5kms and usually takes around 2 and half hours to cover. The trekking path to Chopta begins right on the road and is surrounded by many dhabas. The trail from Chopta to Tungnath is well laid out and stone paved all the way but also deprived of any flat stretches. The trek goes through rocky terrains, green meadows and rhododendron bushes. Several peaks of the Himalayan range are distinctly visible from Tungnath.
Chandrashila (Moon Rock) is the summit of mountain where Tungnath Mandir and Chopta are situated. Chandarshila (also referred as Madhya Himalaya) located at a height of about 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) above sea level. The path to Chandrashila starts from Tungnath temple itself. There is a small temple at Chandrashila. It is an impressive vantage point that offers 360 degrees panoramic views of the Himalayas. Views of the peaks are generally clear till noon and after that the snowy mountains may be obscured by clouds. Hence it is recommended to reach Chandrashila as early as possible for a clear view of the peaks. Visitors can enjoy the view of snow covered mountains including Kedar, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks from Chandrashila.
Deoria Taal trek
Deoriatal or Devariyatal is a lake situated about 2.5 km on an uphill trek from Sari villages at an altitude around 2438 mtrs on the Ukhimath – Chopta road. The lake is the reward you get for a short hike that starts from Sari village. It is a well marked trail and there is no possibility of losing your way. All your tiredness is gone just at the first glimpse of it. The lake is about 120mt long and 75mt broad and it has heavily woody, lush green surroundings with snowy mountains Chaukhamba is one of them. The reflection of the mighty Chaukhamba peak in the lake creates a beautiful effect.
Rohini Bugyal Trek
Rohini Bugyal is a serene meadow hidden in the dense forest of Chopta Valley. While on the trek to Chandrashila peak via Deoria Tal, Rohini Bugyal serves as an ideal spot to camp. The spectacular views of Garhwal Himalayas including Kedarnath Peak, Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Thaly Sagar, Kedar Dome, & more can be seen from Rohini Bugyal.
Kedarnath wild life sanctuary and chopta are home to a huge number of bird species. It is home to a large number of wildlife species including 110 tree species, 50 mammal species and 580 bird species. The Chopta Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the range of Himalayas, in the northern Indian state of Uttranchal.
Kedarnath wildlife Sanctuary
Kedarnath Wild Life Sanctuary, also called the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary, is a wildlife sanctuary declared under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and located in Uttarakhand, India. Its alternate name comes from its primary purpose of protecting the endangered Himalayan musk deer. Consisting of an area of 975 km2 (376 sq mi), it is the largest protected area in the western Himalayas. It is internationally important for the diversity of its flora and fauna (particularly of ungulate species)
Yoga & Meditation
"Meditation" and "mindfulness" are buzzwords these days for good reason. Yogis have been practicing dhyana (meditation) for millennia.
If you prefer peace and solitude then this place can be like a dream come true for you. Enjoy doing yoga or simply sit and maditate in the open area in Chopta valley and feel the fresh air fill your lungs. Enjoy uninterrupted and peaceful maditation sessions with only the sound of birds to break the silence around you.
Gadwali folk song and Dance
Did you know that music making is part of what makes humans human? Every culture makes music. Not only that, every past culture has made music too. Musical instruments are amongst the oldest man-made objects ever found
Enjoy Garhwali song and dance with local folk musical instruments like Dhol .