Chopta, a Godâ€™s Paradise and way to one of Panch Kedar, Tunganath
A far cry from the maddening crowd, Chopta is an unspoiled destination tucked in the middle of Uttarkhand Himalayas that offers mesmerizing views of the Himalayan range, namely Chaukhamba and Trishul Nanda. Spiritual travellers make it to Chopta, one of the highly sacred spots amidst the Char Dhams, Gangotri - Yamunotri - Kedarnath - Badrinath.
It serves as the commencement point for devotees and trekkers to make it to Tunganath, regarded as third Kedar, and another 1.5 kilometers from Tunganath takes you to Chandrashila. Tunganath is recognized as one of the Panch Kedar that touts its significance. Worshippers of Lord Shiva make it an effort to visit Tunganath, especially during Shiva Ratri since the spot hosts the highest temple of the Lord at an elevation of 3, 680 meters above sea level.
Legendary stories related to the Tunganath Temple will send you in stupor. Magnificently built with architectural details, the Tunganath Temple is more than 1000 years old and bears witness to various notable incidents since years. Being dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati along with other gods and goddesses, the temple is a pilgrimâ€™s dream. Delving into its past, you will know that Adi Shankaracharya, a local Brahmin from the Maku village first discovered the temple.
Devotees from lengths and breadths of India and also from across the world come to tunganath and on their way they take rest at Chopta. This is why Chopta is so famous and is regarded a holy place in the Uttarkhand range. Located on a road connecting Guptkashi and Gopeshwar, Chopta is easily accessible.
Staying in Chopta is indeed a dream come true as you wake up to the imposing views of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. Perched at an elevation of 2680 meters above sea level, Chopta defines natureâ€™s brilliance and embodies the â€˜holinessâ€™ of Char Dham yatra and Tunganath visit. Crimson rays of sun in the early morning will make your day!
Best time to visit Chopta
Summer has the most pleasant weather to offer. The Himalayan range is distinctly visible and cool breeze wraps up the region that make you feel peaceful. It is the best time to visit Chopta during months of April, May, June, July.
The beauty of Chopta comes at full circle during the month of monsoon. Heavy rain can cause severe roadblocks that can cause delay and hazards during your trip.
Winter beholds the best beauty of Chopta. The region is abashed with snowfall and the place almost looks like mini Switzerland.