Tungnath - Highest Temple of Lord Shiva

Located on the Chandranath parbat in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, Tungnath is one of the sacred Panch Kedar. It is the highest temple of Lord Shiva perched at an astounding elevation of 3680 mts above sea level.

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Why Visit Tungnath Temple?

This highest temple of Lord Shiva is ironically easiest one to achieve. Tungnath Temple can be reached by an easy but steep trek of 4km commencing from Chopta (2700mts). The region receives heavy snowfall during winters making Tungnath temple tough to access. 

Magnificent in its architecture and artistic structure, Tungnath Temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and few other idols of Goddess Parvati and other gods can be seen in the vicinity. This sacred temple was discovered by Adi Shankaracharya and now the priest of this temple is a local Brahmins of Makku village.

The symbolic image of Lord Shiva is moved to Mukunath during winters, situated 19kms away. The trek goes through rocky terrains, green meadows and rhododendron bushes showering us with visual vistas of nature. The invigorating views of the imposing Himalayas boosts with confidence in the heart of the trekkers. Several named and unnamed peaks of the Himalayan range are distinctly visible from Tungnath.

Tungnath Temple Opening and Closing Dates

Opening Date of Tungnath Temple: Tungnath Dham of Panch Kedar was opened on 2 May 2018. The opening dates for 2019 season will be updated soon.

Closing Date of Tungnath Temple 2018: Tungnath temple will be closed on 29 Oct 2018. After that the deity of Tungnath will be shifted to the Makkumath (Markandeya temple in Makku Village) for the winters.

Tungnath Tour Packages

Chopta 1 Night Camping and Trekking Tour
2 Days / 1 Night
Rs. 2,200.00
Chopta 2 Nights Camping and Trekking Tour
3 Days / 2 Nights
Rs. 5,000.00    4,200.00
Chopta 2 Nights Budget Package with Devariyatal
3 Days / 2 Nights
Rs. 5,000.00
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The mythological background of Tungnath Temple is associated with the epic Mahabharata. Vyas Rishi told the Pandavas that they were guilty of killing their own brothers in the war and their sins would be expiated only if Lord Shiva pardoned them. Pandavas began to search Lord Shiva in the Himalayas and Lord Shiva kept avoiding them because they were guilty.

In order to escape from the Pandavas, Lord Shiva disguised himself as a bull and took refuge underground. The places where the parts of the bull were found are now renowned Shiva temples. Tungnath Temple is the place where his hands (bahu) were supposedly seen.

Another 1.5 km steep trek take you to Chandrashila summit which offers a majestic view of snow clad Himalayan peaks including Trishul, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba. To know about how to reach Tungnath, refer to Chopta driving directions. Tungnath is a 3km mild trek which begins from Chopta

Tungnath Photo Gallery

Side photo of temple
Tungnath Temple
Another photo of Entry Gate from Chopta to Tungnath
A variety of Rhododendron flowers, on the way to Tungnath.
Tungnath Temple (Tritiya Kedar), view after heavy snowfall (April Month)
Small temples of various Hindu Gods
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What is Tungnath famous for?

Tungnath is famous among tourist as Shiva Temple, Panch Kedar, Trekking, Meadows.

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

Tungnath is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Camping, Panch Kedar, Pilgrimage, Temples, Trekking, Weekend Getaway.

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