Chopta is a beautiful hill station located in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand, at an altitude of 2680 m above sea level. The destination has earned the sobriquet ‘Mini Switzerland’ owing to its breathtaking scenic beauty and lush green grasslands, known as Bugyals. Tourists can enjoy the splendid views of the mountain ranges, such as Chaukhamba, Trishul, and Nanda Devi, from this place.
The place is renowned for the Tungnath Temple devoted to the Hindu Lord Shiva. This ancient shrine is located in the Tungnath Mountain Range, at an elevation of 3680 m above sea level and is known as the highest Shiva Temple in the world. As per Hindu mythology, this is the same place where Ravana, the antagonist of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, repented for his sins. The Tungnath Temple can be reached by trekking 3.5 km from Chopta.
Tourist places in and around Chopta
The Kedarnath Mandir is another popular religious attraction, which is located close to the Mandakini River. This temple is one of the Panch Kedars and a prominent religious centre for Hindus. The Shiva lingam enshrined in the temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Additionally, there are around 200 idols of Lord Shiva in this temple. The Madhyamaheshwar Temple, the Kalpeshwar Mandir, and the Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary are some of the other noted tourist attractions of the destination.
How to reach Chopta
The rich flora and fauna of Chopta attract tourists in large numbers, especially nature lovers. Moreover, this place serves as a base camp for treks to the Panch Kedar. Travellers can reach Chopta by air, rail, and road. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest air base to the destination. It is situated at a distance of about 226 km from the hill station. This airport is well connected to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi by regular flights. The nearest railway station to Chopta is located in Rishikesh. Travellers can also avail bus services from Haridwar, Dehradun, and Rishikesh to reach Chopta.
Best time to visit Chopta
Monsoons and summers are considered best for planning a trip to this beautiful hill station. Travellers must avoid visiting this place during the winter season as Chopta receives heavy snowfall.