The Tungnath Temple is situated in the Uttarkhand state and the district is Rudraprayag. The region under which the temple is situated is called Garhwal. Actually the Uttarkhand has two regions one is Kumaon and one is Garhwal. Most of the religious places are in Garhwal where Tungnath is one of them. It is one of the parts of “Panch Kedar Temples”. Kedar means Lord Shiva so this temple is dedicated to him. These 3 places Chopta, Tungnath, and Chandrashila are incomplete without any one of them.
Chopta Valley is like a blessing for all of us by our beloved mother nature. It is the best place where you can burst your routine life stress may be due to professional responsibilities, family responsibilities, career, exams whatever it is. This valley is the home of various Himalayan species of birds and animals. The whole valley remains lush green in the summers and becomes pure white by the falling snow in winters.
The whole route is picturesque where 360-degree views of Himalayan peaks i.e Nanda Devi, Nanda Koti, Chaukhamba, Kedar Dome, Trisuli’s views amazed you from the Chandrshila summit. This is the reason for which makes it so popular in the traveler community.
Activities You Can Do
This is the main activity on this trek where you will pass through the beautiful Himalayan trail where you will experience lake Deoria Tal, lush green forest, wildflowers & many more species of Himalayan trees and plants. The panoramic views of the Gharwal Himalayas will be the most amazing experience and definitely it will spellbind the visitor.
The trek route and views, It is like a gala buffet for the shutterbugs. On each point of the trek, they can quench their photography thirst. Various kinds of photography you can experience there.
This is one of the activities in which you will enjoy other travel activities. During the night when the whole galaxy will be on the spark stargazing will be the most lifetime memorable breathtaking experience.
It is the home of Himalayan flora and fauna so the bird watching is one of the major activities on this trek. It is the home of many species of birds from rarest to beautiful. Here you will have the chance to spot many Western Himalayan birds like Mountain Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, Golden Eagle, Various species of Pigeons – Snow, Speckled, etc., Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Woodpecker & many more.
As this trek is under the lap of nature so you can discover yourself and give some peace to your soul by meditation. The air consists of pure oxygen and the fragrance of wildflowers and trees which just like medicine for the brain cells.
So these activities are proof of why it is the most popular trek.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit this Trek is from the month of April to June in summers and post-monsoon the favorable months will be October to December. The specialty of this trek is that you can also attempt this during the wintertime where you will experience the virgin snow in full swing. The months favorable for winter trekking are January to March.
During the Spring, Autumn and Post Monsoon the weather remains pleasant and all conditions remain suitable for trekking as there is not any kind of threat of natural hazard. In the monsoon, this area receives heavy rainfall so there may be chances of land sliding, rainstorms which are not the favorable condition of trekking.
How to Reach
Chopta is well connected from the major cities of the Uttarakhand like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar. The nearest city is Rishikesh where Chopta is 164km away from it. There are government and private buses running from there other than this you can hire private taxi cabs. It will take 5-6 hrs to reach Chopta from Rishikesh.
The closest railway station is Rishikesh. It is well connected with all other railway stations in India. From the railway station, you can continue your journey by boarding on the government and private bus or hire some private tourist taxi.
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest and main airport of Uttarakhand. The distance between Jolly Grant Airport and Chopta is 226 km. There are flights from Delhi to Dehradun on a regular basis.
So this is all about Chopta- Chandrashila- Tungnath Trek.
Stay Blessed, Keep Trekking