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Chopta - Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand

Chopta is a picturesque hamlet which is still unexplored by travelers, is also famous as "Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand". It is the commencement point of the trek to Tungnath - 3rd Kedar and further 1 km (approax) trek from Tungnath leads to Chandrashila (4000 mts above sea level) which offers 360° panoramic view of snow clad Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba.

Chopta is located at an elevation of astonishing 2680 mts above the sea level. Rich in varied flora and fauna, Chopta is situated amidst thick forest of pine, deodar and rhododendrons.

Why Visit Chopta Hill Station?

Wake up with cool salubrious breeze and chirping of birds in Chopta which is a far cry from the blaring horns of the cities and other hill stations, morning view from Chopta is invigorating when the crimson rays of sun kisses the snow laden Himalayas. 

Chopta, Tungnath and Chandrashila are covered with snow during winters. If you visit the place during Dec-Feb, you may witness snowfall and enjoy trekking in snow But the roads are occasionally blocked near Chopta in case of heavy snowfall.

Activities in Chopta

Trekking: The trek route to Chandrashila commences at Chopta and involves easy to medium grade trekking. The enthralling treks take some through enchanting meadows, hushed hamlets, and conifers and oak forests. In winter, the trekking route is covered in snow. You can also trek to Devariyatal, Bisurital or induldge in a 4-5 days trekking expedition in Chopta as well.

Photography: Chopta offers mesmerizing view of the undulating valleys and one cannot resist capturing the majestic snow covered peak with their camera. The 360 degree panorama one witnesses form the Chandrashila summit is one of the reasons to make Chandrashila one of the best spot to capture snow capped mountains.

Camping: Being situated enroute to Tungnath, Chopta is an ideal place to camp and enjoy the beauty of nature. Camping is an amazing experience to have with family and friends when you are surrounded in the lap of nature. 

Bird Watching: Chopta has a great forest line which has hundreds of different speicies of bird. Bird watchers from all around the globe can visit Chopta and explore. Ideal season for bird watching is from Feb to April.

Yoga and Meditation: Peaceful environment, lush greed meadows, majestic Himalayan views in Chopta enhance the meditation and yoga activities in Chopta. Many foreigners come to Chopta for medidation as Rishikesh gets crowded sometimes.

Things to do/places to see in Chopta Region: 

  • Trek to Devariyatal (2.5 kms from Sari Village)
  • Trek to Tungnath and Chandrashila (from Chopta)
  • Visit Tungnath Temple (One of the Panch Kedar Shrines)
  • Ukhimath (winter home of Lord Kedarnath)
  • Makkumath (winter home of Lord Tungnath)
  • Kartikswami Temple (108 kms via  Rudraprayag, 3 kms trek from Kanakchauri)

Staying in Chopta

Chopta is, in all its essence, the base camp for the Tungnath – Chandrashila trek. Hence, there is only handful of budget accommodation options available. However, few resorts are available in and around Chopta. Another option is to find place to stay at Rudraprayag which is only 23 kms apart or Ukhimath which is only 17 kms afar. One can also bring their own tents to stay at Chopta.

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Chopta Food Guide

Being a small hamlet, Chopta doesn’t offer many dining options. However, the place is does have some local eateries and roadside food stalls (dhabas) that offer some of the popular North Indian and Chinese dishes. Although, some resorts may have in-house restaurants that serve selected delectable cuisines.

   

  • The trek route from Chopta is relatively easy to moderate and can easily be done with kids.
  • It snows heaviliy in winters at Chopta and Tungnath and the trek tends to get quite difficult but the views cannot be described in words.
  • Avoid trekking in the monsoons season. The route is slippery and the region is prone to unexpected landslides and cloudbursts. Talk to your tour operator, guide or hotel owner for latest updates of road conditions.

What is Chopta famous for?

Chopta is famous among tourist as Hill Station, Trekking, Camping, Bird Watching, Yoga, Meditation, Temple.

Chopta is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Chopta is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Base Camp (Trek), Bird Watching, Camping, Char Dham Route, Christmas and New Year, Emerging Destinations, Hiking, Hill Station, Honeymoon Destination, Leisure, Meadows, OffBeat, Trekking, Weekend Getaway, Yoga and Meditation.

Location of Chopta on Google Map

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