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There are lot of questions while planning a journey. To ensure that your preparations run smoothly, we have the answers to the questions most frequently asked about travelling to and in Chopta. Chopta useful information for travellers with reliable local advice. Latest Chopta Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for your upcoming visit to Chopta. Get all the solutions to your query with eUttaranchal Travel Help Desk.

General

What is the best time to visit Chopta?

The best time to visit Chopta is from September Mid to June End. It is basically an all year round destination but too much rainfall during the months of July and August makes it the least popular season for Chopta. In addition, the greenery is at its full bloom here with constant view of the panoramic sight of the Himalayas. Although the weather remains pleasant throughout the year, nights can be a little chilly. The coldest months are from December to February with temperature dipping upto -10 degree celsius. 

Is it safe to travel to Chopta?

Unlike other crowded hill stations, Chopta is a quaint hill station entirely established by the local Garhwali people of Uttarakhand who reside in Chopta and its vicinity. Local people of Chopta are very humble and even make sure that all the tourists are safe and sound. It is absolutely safe to travel to Chopta. But beware, the wildlife dwelling in Chopta region isn't this much friendly and tourists are advised not to roam around in the Jungle after the sunset! Chopta region falls under Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary hence there are no villages in the sanctuary, but only a few private camps and lodges.

What are other places or activities in and around Chopta?

Chopta region is home to some of the best hiking trails, beautiful meadows, hidden waterfalls and a lot more if you are willing to explore. You can visit world’s highest Shiva temple Tungnath from here that is located just 4 km uphill from Chopta. You can further enjoy the trek to Chandrashila Summit for unmatched views of Himalayan panorama.  Devaria Tal is another picturesque lake that is just 30 kms from Chopta. Ukhimath and Guptkashi are at a distance of 42 kms and 50 kms respectively. You can visit Mandal and trek to Anusuya Devi Temple. Chopta is also birdwatcher's paradise.

Is there ATM facility available in Chopta?

No, there is no ATM facility available in Chopta. Therefore, tourist can withdraw the cash from the previous location like Ukhimath, Rudraprayag and Guptkashi where plenty of ATMs are available.

How many days are sufficient to explore Chopta? 

To explore Chopta and its nearby surroundings at a relaxed pace, one would need 3 days minimum as there are plenty of places in and around Chopta. Few of the must visit places are Tungnath temple, Devaria Tal, Chandrashila, Ukhimath etc. In addition to that, there are other tourist destination as well like Gopeshwar, Guptkashi, Rudraprayag and Rudranath in the vicinity.

When can one expect snowfall in Chopta?

Snowfall is very common during winters in Chopta. Snowfall in Chopta usually commences in early December and it snows up until the month of March occasionally. 

How are the road conditions to Chopta?

Being part of well-maintained NH-58 and NH-109, roads are pretty good and smooth for Chopta and well suited for your personal vehicle. However, you may come across a couple of bad patches en route. When it snows heavily, the road gets blocked but gets cleared by Snowcutters soon after. Always check about the road conditions there while booking your stay / tour in Chopta region.

Travel (Trip Planning)

Which is the nearest airport to Chopta?

The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport, which lies approximately 227 kilometres from Chopta, and offers daily connectivity with New Delhi and other major cities.

Which is the nearest railway station to Chopta?

The nearest railhead is Rishikesh railway station, which is 207 kms from Chopta. There are numerous trains connecting Rishikesh with other major cities like Delhi, Amritsar and Kolkata etc. In addition to that, tourists also choose Haridwar railway station with more trains availability because the frequency of trains to Haridwar is quite high as it is the gateway to the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.

Are there taxi services available in Chopta for sightseeing?

No, because of less crowded hill station and a true camping site, there are no car rental services available in Chopta. It is always be a better idea to take your own vehicle to destination like Chopta. Or you can always choose to pre-book a cab for sightseeing through your hotel / organiser. For detailed information about Chopta sightseeing follow the link Places to see in Chopta.

How to Reach

How to reach Chopta from Delhi?

Chopta is at a distance of 409 kms from Delhi. There are various modes of transportations that are available to reach Chopta:

  • By Road:  Chopta is well connected with major highways from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag and then following the route to Kedarnath Highway until Kund. From Kund you can drive to Ukhimath and board a shared cab to Chopta which remains 30kms further away in Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary. There is no bus service directly available for Chopta from Delhi or Rishikesh. In addition to that, Rishikesh is well connected with Delhi by Uttarakhand State Road Transport Corporation buses on a regular basis from Kashmere Gate ISBT. Chopta is about 207 km from Rishikesh.You can also self drive to Chopta as the roads are in good condition, except for a few bad patches.
  • By Rail: The nearest railhead is Rishikesh railway station, which is 207 kms from Chopta. There are numerous trains connecting Rishikesh with other major cities like Delhi, Amritsar and Kolkata etc. In addition to that, tourists also choose Haridwar Railway station with more trains availability because the frequency of trains to Haridwar is quite high as it is the gateway to the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport that lies approximately 227 kilometres from Chopta, and offers daily connectivity with New Delhi and other major cities. 

Hotels and Accommodations

How is the food and accommodation facility in Chopta?

As one of the less populated tourist destination there are few hotels, shacks and camps available in Duggalbitta, Baniyakund and Chopta. Chopta has some hotels with their in house restaurant that serves variety of cuisines. Most campsites have their own kitchen and provide delicious meals. You can also find some small food joints in Chopta.

Please Note that there is no electricity in Chopta region and all properties rely on solar energy. Meraki Mayadeep located at Dugalbitta serves you with 08 Rooms and 03 Private Cottages. 

What about camping in Chopta?

Camping is now ban in Chopta as per the guidelines of not camping on meadows implied by the state government to preserve the meadows. You can stay at Swiss Tent campsites or other hotel available in Chopta or nearby region.

Planning your Journey

Is there snow in Chopta?

Chopta receives snowfall from December to March. If you are visiting Chopta between this period, you are most likely to see snow in Chopta. Chopta-Tungnath Trek is mostly covered with snow up until April.

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