Chopta: The Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand


Chopta is also known as Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand, situated at an altitude of 2900 in Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand. Chopta is a bugyals and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The main attraction of Chopta is Tunganath temple which is the highest Shiva temple of India. Tunganath temple is the Shiva temple of Panch Kedar. On the left to it Kedarnath and Madmaheshwar temple and its right, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar temple is there.

It is a four-kilometer trek from the base. In the whole hike, you can enjoy the lush green bugyals and the mighty Himalayas. Ahead of Tunganath temple, Chandra Shila peak is there. You will observe the 360-degree views of snow-clad Himalaya peaks like Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, and Trishul.

Glimpse of Chopta

Each season you can enjoy the beauty of Chopta Valley. The lush green bugyals, the clouds above the mountains, and the nearby waterfall can be during summer and monsoon seasons. During winter’s Tunganath temple is closed for six months and shifts the Shrine to Ukhimath Omm Kareswar temple due to heavy snowfall. But it is open for a winter trek. But in the autumn season, you can enjoy the best view of it.

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The valley is covered with deodar and rhododendron flower local calls it buransh. You can stay here at the campsite or a hotel. People used to come here in summer to beat the heat. For an adventure lover, this is the best place for trekking lover as the temperature falls here too low in winters. The chopta region has many treks and cutting through jungles and grasslands. This place has abundance of birds which keen interest among birdwatchers.

How to reach Chopta?

By air: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

By train: Rishikesh and Haridwar railway station

By road: Well, connected with the major cities and you can go via own vehicle or booking taxi.

Places to Visit:

  • Tunganath
  • Charndrashila
  • Ukhimath
  • Deoriatal

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