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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Pin Parvati

February 18, 2020 1

 PIN PARVATI 


Pin Parvati
Pin Parvati


 ABOUT 
Pin Parvati Pass is a challenging trek which is situated at an elevation of 17,380 ft. The trek passes through beautiful meadows, lush green forest and beautiful landscape of Parvati Valley. Trek starts from Pulga village in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh and ends in Mud Village of Sipti Valley. Its a 110 km long trek which can be completed at the minimum of 11 days (1 day extra included as buffer) and the experience is of a life time.
The minimum age for the trek is 18 years.

 CLIMATE 

The Pin Parvati Pass is a high altitude pass and is covered in snow during the winters. The temperature is below freezing point. The summer falls in the months of July to August and this is the time when the snow melts. The weather during / day remains pleasant and temperature remains 12 to 20 degree Celsius, while nights are chilly and temperature ranges from -2 to 5 degree Celsius. The high altitude passes do not receive much rainfall during monsoon season. However light showering can occur. Trekkers can experience light snowfall during end of September and October. The weather during October is pleasant and the temperature ranges from 12 to 18 degree Celsius during day and -6 to 4 degree Celsius at night.
July and August are the best months for the Pin Parvati Trek.
Its a difficult and dangerous trek. For moderate to expert trekkers

 ITINERARY 
Reach Bhuntar airport which is the nearest airport to Manali, or take a overnight bus from Delhi to Manali. The trek will start from Pulga which is situated at an elevation of 9,498 ft from sea level.


Pin Parvati  guide
Pin Parvati guide

Day 1: Bhuntar/Manali to Pulga to Kheerganga (2820m)

Pulgar starting point of trek
Pulgar starting point of trek




Pulgar is the last village connected with motorable road. It is located at a distance of 56 km from Bhuntar and takes 2-3 hours to reach. Manali to Pulga is 93 km which takes 3-4 hours to reach. From Pulga the thrilling journey begins so pack your rug sack and start your 11 day trek. The trek is easy and passes through lush green forest and mesmerizing views of the mountain. 










Kheerganga
Kheerganga



Kheerganga to Pulga is about 12 km trail and takes about 7 to 8 hours. Kheerganga is considered as sacred place for Hindus and it is believed that Shiva has meditated here 3000 years before. There is a hot water spring which is believed to have medicinal quality. Kheerganga has cheap accommodations including guest houses and camps. Most of the tourist prefer to stay in camps for natural beauty of the place. One must bring essential food item for the trek, dhabas are at the top.
Don't forget to take a dip in hot water spring. Do not spend more than 10 mins in the water as you may get ill.





Day 2: Kheerganga(2820 m) to Tunda Bhuj(3330 m)

Kheerganga is situated at an elevation of 9,711 ft. Trek from Kheerganga to Tunda Bhuj is about 12 km long and takes about 5 to 6 hours to complete. The trail is full of beautiful and scenic views along with birds chirping and will take you through lush green forest. On your left you will see the Parvati river flowing down from the mountain. The first water crossing will come on this route. After 30 minutes of trek you will come out of the forest into the green lush meadows. You will go through high altitude pass and when you reach the top you will see the mesmerizing views of huge Parvati valley. After crossing the pass you will reach Tund Bhuj.

Day 3: Tund Bhuj(3330 m) to Thakur Kuan(3600 m)

The trek from Tund Bhuj to Thakur Kaun is about 12 km long and takes 5 to 6 hours. Tund Bhuj is situated at an elevation of 10,935 ft above sea level and Thakur Kuan is 11,712 ft above sea level. 

Boulder crossing
Boulder crossing

The real challenge of the Pin Parvati Trek begins from day three.The treeline is going to end at Tund Bhuj and you are going to walk on rocky trail. The path often going to be very narrow just sufficient to keep your foot on, with 10 feet deep drop on one side and a huge rock wall on other. One can also experience breathlessness because the Oxygen level will decrease at such altitude. You need drink sufficient amount water in order to be hydrated. On your way you will pass through three boulder crossing and you need to be extra cautious, as slipping on that will take you in the fast flowing Parvati river. You will reach Thakur Kuan by evening and will stay in camp there. The place is extremely beautiful full of colorful flowers.

 It is not as scary as it sounds but one needs to be extra careful as it is a dangerous trek.

Day 4: Thakur Kuan(3600 m) to Odi Thach(3800 m)


Camping during trek
Camping during trek
Day four would be easy as compared to the previous day. You need to cover a total distance of 9 km from Thakur Kuan which is at an elevation of 11,712 ft to Odi Thatch that is at an elevation of 11,876 ft above sea level. You will cross the Parvati river twice by passing through the Pandu bridge1 and Pandu bridge 2. It is believed that the Pandu bridge was built by Pandavas and hence it is named as Pandu bridge. Pandu bridge 1 comes after 1.5 hours of trek and it is a boulder which is very slippery and you need to be very careful while crossing it. You will see such a mesmerizing view of the valley. 



Day 5: Odi Thach(3800 m) to Mantalai(4100 m)

Odi Thanch to Mantalai is 11 km trek which takes around 6-7 hours. On day five you are going to walk on muddy and slippery trail. Trek for the day is long and easy till the last 300 m before camp site. The last 300 m is very steep and tedious. You are going to see the source of Parvati river and its another excitement to see the source of river. Before reaching Mantalai you will there is a sacred temple and Shivling. The Shiva temple is the entrance to Mantalai lake, the water of the lake serves as the source of Parvati river.   



Day 6: Mantalai(4100 m) to Parvati Base Camp 1(4960 m)


Parvati Base Camp 1
Parvati Base Camp 1
Mantalai is situated at an elevation of 13,353 ft above sea level and the height of Parvati base camp 1 is 16,207 ft above sea level. You will have to cover a total of 13 km distance which will take about 13 to 14 hours. The trail is difficult and you will cross many streams and glaciers. On day six you are going to climb very steep slope. As mentioned above you are going to gain the height of 2854 ft. The trail is rocky and there is always a chance of rumbling stones. But the fun part is you are going to camp near glacier which is a experience in itself. Don't forget to gaze stars at night.



Day 7: Parvati Base Camp 1(4960) to Parvati Summit(5334 m) to Parvati Base Camp 2(4280 m)


 Walk on scree
Walk on scree
Parvati Base camp 1 to Parvati summit to Parvati Base Camp to 2(Spiti side camp) is a trek of 6 km which can be covered in 6-7 hours. The height of Parvati summit is situated at an elevation of 17,388 ft. The trail is difficult and you will have to be very careful while crossing crevasses (deep open crack in the glacier), after trekking for about three hours you will reach to the Parvati Summit. There is a small temple at the top. You will rest at the summit for half to one hour. Another three to four hours of trek to reach the Spiti Valley side of the Parvati base camp which is situated at an elevation of 16,076 ft . On this day the trek begin early in the morning probably before sun rise (nearly 5-6 AM in the dark) because the glacier will melt and become slippery. You will be roped with others for extra protection against falling in crevasse and provided with crampon to walk easily on glacier. However the descending part of the trek is moderate. You will have to walk on glacier as well as scree. You will stay at Parvati Base camp 2.

Parvati Peak
Parvati Peak





















Day 8: Parvati Base Camp 2(4280 m) to Wichkurung Thach(4000 m)

Parvati trek at high altitude
Parvati trek at high altitude
On day eighth you are going to trek about 10 km which will take around 5 hours. Parvati Base Camp 2(Spiti side base camp) is situated at an elevation of 16,076 ft and Wichkurung Thach is situated at an elevation of 11,482 ft

You will have to start your trek early in the morning because you have to cross a stream that is coming from the glacier and the water level will increase later. You will have a close experience of frostbite. Most of the time you are going to trek in the barren land surrounded by huge mountains. This is the most difficult part of the complete Pin Parvati Trek but you are going to make it. You are going to camp at Wichkurung Thach, this is the last day you will be sleeping in the tent. Do not forget to star gaze. 


Day 9: Wichkurung Thach(4000 m) to Mud Village(3800 m) to Kaza(3800 m)

The trek is 10 km long wich can be covered in 4 hours. Wichukurung Thach is situated at an elevation of 11482 ft and Kaza is situated at elevation of 12467 ft above sea level. It is a straight walk along a river. You will cross the Pagal Nala, it is the last water stream you will cross before reaching Mud Village. The Pagal Nala is formed by the melting of glacier. The trek is easy and you will finally reach to Mud Village. From Mud Village you will driven to Kaza with whom you have booked the Pin Parvati Trek.

Day 10: Kaza(3800 m) to Manali(2050 m)  

This is the day you will be going to Manali by your cabs. This is the day you will feel lazy and sad because you will miss those beautiful memories. Kaza to Manali is 200 km which takes around 10 hours of drive. Take a tour of Gue Monastery and don't forget to have butter tea. On the way to Manali you will again cross many streams which are flowing on the road. Once again you will be crossing the Pagal Nala. You will go via Kunzum Pass, Chacha Chachi ka dhaba(a famous dhaba) in Batal and the Rohtang la Pass which is the most deadliest pass in the world. And finally you will reach Manali. There are lots of things to do in Manali. The memories of the Parvati trek will always be with you along with the pictures and videos that you have made. 

Instructions:

1. Do not remain in the hot water bath more than 10 mins at Kheerganga as it is Sulfuric water, and you might feel dizziness and puking. 

2. Walk carefully 

3. Oxygen level decrease with increase in altitude also the air gets thin because treeline ends.

4. Listen to your guide. 

5. Keep your shoes dry. Remove your shoes before water crossing.

6. Refill your water bottle where you find potable water.

7. Stay hydrated.

8. Try to cross water streams as early as possible because the water level will increase as the glacier melts. Also keep your shoes and socks dry and wear them after crossing the stream. Although you might not feel your feet but start walking again.


 TRASNPORT  

By air: Bhuntar is the nearest airport to Manali. It is 52 km away from Manali and an hour long drive. There are buses and cab services available from Bhuntar to Manali. Bus service is available hourly from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. and cabs are available at anytime. 
Bhuntar is connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chandigarh.

By train: Chandigarh is the nearest broad gauge railway station to Manali. Chandigarh is well connected to all the major cities. You can easily get a bus to Bhuntar.

By bus: There are direct buses available from Delhi to Manali. These are frequent. There are buses available to Bhuntar. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Pushkar

February 14, 2020 0

 PUSHKAR 

Pushkar City
Pushkar City

 ABOUT 

Pushkar is a colorful city, full of culture and tradition. The city is located 10 km to the northwest of Ajmer. Pushkar city has numerous ghats and temples which have great historic, religious and traditional values. It is surrounded by hilly rock mountains from the three sides which is also known as 'Nag Phar' which literally means snake mountain. Pushkar is also known as Rose garden of Rajasthan, because it exports rose essence to the other parts of the world. 

Pushkar is also mentioned in Mahabharata, Ramayana and Puranas suggesting the importance of Hindu tradition. The most famous temple among them is the Brahma temple. According to mythology Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe dropped a lotus on the ground which created a lake. He then named the place after the flower as Pushkar. 

Most of the temples were destroyed by Muslim conquest. The temples and ghats which are present today are rebuilt in 18th century or later.

Pushkar Fair (mela) is held every year on Kartik Purnima during the months of November/December. It is the busiest time and biggest  cattle fare in the country. There animals include camels, cows and horses. 

  CLIMATE 


Pushakr generally has a hot climate. But surprisingly it is not as dry as its neighboring cities. The summer season are in the months of March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November. On an average May is the hottest month of the year. Pushkar experiences 400-600 mm of precipitation every year. However, most of the rainfall is seen in the months of July and August. July is the wettest month of the year. The months of December, January and February are the months of winters and the temperature range from 20 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius. It is the most pleasant time to visit Pushkar. 

 PLACES TO EXPLORE 

Pushkar is a great holy place for Hindus and Sikhs. It more than 400 temples and 52 bathing ghats which have great historic, religious and traditional significance. But most of the temples were destroyed by Muslim conquest. The temples and ghats which are present today are rebuilt in 18th century or later. The most visited sites of tourists and devotees are

  • Brahma Temple
  • Pushkar Lake
  • Gurudwara Singh Sabha
  • Varaha Temple
  • Rangji Temple
  • Savitri Temple
  • Pap Mochini Temple
  • Sri Panchkund Shiva Temple
  • Pushkar Fair

Brahma Temple


Brahma Temple is situated in Pushkar and is near to Pushkar lake. It is the most famous temple of Pushkar, and one of the very few existing temples dedicated to Brahma. Brahma Temple of Pushkar is the most prominent Brahma temple in India. 
The temple is made of marble and stone slabs, and structured to 14th century which was partially built later. 
Brahma Temple
Brahma Temple

Mytholgy

According to Padma Puran, Brahma saw the demon Vajranabha who was killing his children and harassing people. Brahma immediately killed the demon with his weapon (with his lotus flower). In this process three of the lotus petals fell on ground creating three lakes. The most greatest of them is the Pushkar lake which is also known as Jyeshta Pushkar. The Madhya Pushkar or the middle Pushkar lake and Kanishta Pushkar which is the youngest lake.

When the flower fell down from is hand he name the place as Pushkar. Then he decided to perform yajna at Jyeshta Pushkar lake. To perform the yajna peacefully without being attacked by demons again, Brahma created hills around Pushkar. Nilgiri in the north, Ratnagiri in the south, Sanchoora in the west and Suryagiri in the east and positioned Gods to protect him during yajna. Savitri (aslo known as Saraswati), the wife of Brahma was not present at the yajna as she was waiting for Laxmi, Parvati and Indrani. 


Brahma was irritated by and requested Indra to find a suitable girl to complete yajna. Indra then found a girl who was sanctified by passing her through the body of a cow. As she passed through cow she was certified as pure by Vishnu, Shiva and the priest. It was her second birth and she was named as Gyatri. Brahma married Gyatri and completed the yajna sitting beside him and holding Amtri and Ahuti. But when Savitri came she saw Gyatri sitting beside Brahma and in anger she cursed Brahma that he would not be worshiped again. But she later reduced her curse permitting him to be worshiped only in Pushkar. She also cursed Vishnu to be separated from his wife and Indra to lose his every battle. 

Gyatri reduces the curse by her blessings. She blessed Pushkar to be to be king of pilgrimage, Indra to retain his heaven and Vishnu to be human as Rama. And that is why Pushkar temple is regarded as the only temple dedicated to Brahma. And then Savitri movied to Rantagiri hill and became a part of spring know as Savitri Jharna. There is a temple known as Savitri temple in her honour.

Tourists and devotees visit Brahma Temple after taking sacred dip in Pushkar lake. It is common practice of devotes and sages to visit Brahma Temple followed by Gyatri Temple.

Pushkar Lake


Pushkar Lake view
Pushkar Lake view
Pushkar Lake is the holiest lake of India and is situated in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. As per the mythology Lord Brahma dropped a lotus and it created a lake and then he named place as Pushkar. Pushkar lake finds coins mentioned as old as 4th century BC.

Pushkar lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats where devotees come in huge number and take sacred bath specially during Kartik Purnima that comes in the month of October and November. It is believed that a single dip can cure diseases and cleanse all the sins. Thee are 500 temples. 



Gurudwara Singh Sabhaara

Gurudwara Singh Sabha
Gurudwara Singh Sabha
Pushkar was visited by the two most famous Sikh Gurus, Guru Nanak Dev in the year of 1509 and Guru Gobind Singh in the year 1706. The shrine where the Guru Nanak visited was called Guru Nanak Dharamshala and now it is known as Gurudwara Singh Sabha. Guru Gobind Singh visited Pushkar in the year 1706 and was served by priest named Chetan Das. The shrine where Guru Gobind Singh visited was known as Gobind Ghat and is now known as Gandhi GhatA stone slab under a kiosk has Gobind Ghat inscribed on it, written in Gurumukhi, Devanagari, Persian and Roman scripts. A Brahmin priest has in his possession a Hukumnama written on a bhoj patra, claimed to have been given by Guru Gobind Singh to Mahant Chetan Das. The other hukumnama is in the names of five Amritsari Gurudwaras



Varaha Temple


Varaha Temple Pushkar
Varaha Temple Pushkar
   

Varaha avatar of Lord Vishnu
Varaha avatar of Lord Vishnu
Varaha Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to the third avatar of Lord Vishnu, which is the Varaha (Varaha means boar in Sanskrit) avatar, which he took in Satya Yug. The Varaha avtar of Lord Vishnu is incarnated as boar to protect the earth. The Varaha Temple was built by the King Anaji Chauhan in Pushkar at 12th century. It is a rare temple where third form of Vishnu as Varaha is worshiped. The temple has a big statue of Lord Varaha printed in white. The temple is well crafted and depicts all the avatar of Lord Vishnu. The temple was destroyed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the year 1727. Later the temple was rebuilt by Raja Sawai Man Singh. 
The The temple opens at 6:00 AM and closes at 6:30 PM. Entry in Varaha Temple for Indians and foreigners are totally free. 

Rangji Temple

Rangji Temple Pushkar
Rangji Temple Pushkar
Rangji Temple is one of the most ancient temples of Pushkar, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, incarnated as Lord Rangji. The temple was commissioned by Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal of Hyderabad in the year 1823. The Rangji Templ is known for its architectural design which include the rising Gopuram, which is more common is south Indian temples. Inside the temple its four corners are embedded with Garuda, signifying the presence of Vaikuntha Venkatesh.  The temple has sections for other temples as well including Goddess Laxmi, Lord Krishna and Shri Ramanujacharya. 

The atmosphere and the mesmerizing architecture of Rangji Temple make it one of the most visited tourist destination in the holy city of Pushkar. During Kartik Purnima the temple is crowded with devotees who come here to pray. 

The Rangji Temple is at a distance of 650 m from Pushkar bus stand and will take about 15 min to walk from Pushkar bus stand to Rangji Temple. The architecture of the temple is amazing which makes it a famous spot for photography. It will take around 1 to 2 hours to explore the temple completely. The visiting time is from 6 AM to 7 PM.

Savitri Temple

Savitri Temple is located at a distance of 3 km from Pushkar bus stand. It is situated on the Ratnagiri hill behind Brahma Temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Savitri or Saraswati who was the desolate wife of Brahma. Savitri temple has idols of both the wives of Brahma namely, Savitri and Gyatri. The idol of Savitri is dated to 7th century. Both the Goddess are worshiped here, starting with Goddess Savitri followed by Goddess Gyatri.
  
Savitri Temple wide view
Savitri Temple wide view

Brahma decided to perform yajna with his wife Savitri. As she was not available Brahma completed the yajna with the help of another girl and named her Gyatri, who became his second wife. Savitri got angry and cursed Brahma that he would be only worshiped at Pushkar and went to Ratnagiri hill and became a part of spring known as Savitri Jharna.


The temple was built in the year of 1687, and was reconstructed in 20th century. It is very difficult and tiring task to climb the hill, as the temple is situated at an elevation of 750 feet with a flight of about 650 steps which are very steep, and the total trail is 1.5 km long. The cable cart facility is also available. You can see the entire Pushkar city from the hill top. The sun rise and sunset views from the hill top is very mesmerizing. It will take around 15 to 20 mins to walk from Pushkar lake. Rope way ride can be full of fun and excitement but devotees prefer to walk  to the Savitri Temple. 

Temple Timing: 5 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM
Entry: Free
Cable Cart Timing: 7:30 AM to 8 PM
Cable Cart Fare: ₹90


Pap Mochini Temple


Pap Mochini Temple
Pap Mochini Temple
The Pap Mochini Temple is situated in Pushkar and is dedicated to Goddess Gyatri, who is believed to be a powerful Goddess who can absolve all sins. Pap means 'sin' in Sanskrit. The temple has many beliefs and stories. In the ancient times it was a unforgivable sin to kill a Brahmin and people who commit this sin came to Pap Mochini Temple to get respite from the sin. It is one of the most famous attractions of Pushkar city. According to the mythology, Lord Krishna cursed Aswasthama to roam on earth for 3000 years. Aswasthama came to Pap Mochini Temple for salvation. Many devotees come here with the belief that they will be respite from their sin. 
The Pap Mochini Temple is an attractive temple with marvelous architecture. There is a lake at the side of the temple and devotees take sacred bath in the lake.  

Sri Panchkund Shiva Temple is one of the most famous temples of Pushkar. As clear from its name the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Sri Panckund Shiva Temple is located 2-3 km from Pushkar Lake. According to mythology the temple was built by Pandavas. There are lots of monkeys and it is advised to keep safe distance from them. Sri Panchkund Shiva Temple can be visited during day time and it will take around 1-2 hours.

Pushkar camel race
Pushkar camel race
Pushkar Fair (mela) is also known as Pushkar Mela or Pushkar Camel Fair or Kartik Mela, is the largest animal trade fair in the country. People trade livestock including Camel, horses, cows and goats. Pushkar Mela is celebrated during Kartik Purnima which comes in the months of November-December. It is the largest animal trade fair and also the busiest tie of the city. The fair stars according to the Kartik month of Hindu calendar and ends on Kartik Purnima. This is the best to visit Pushkar city. Camel races are also organised. Pushkar during this time is full of colors and traditions and looks extremely beautiful. The weather also is very pleasant during these months. This is a high time to visit Pushkar city and many tourist and devotees visit during Pushkar Fair. This is not only for tourist but devotees also come to take a dip in sacred Pushkar Lake during Kartik Purnima.

 HOW TO REACH PUSHKAR 

Pushkar is well connected with roads to the other part of Rajasthan. And the nearest airport is Jaipur airport. 

By Bus: Pushkar is located at a distance of 15 km from Ajmer and 150 km from Jaipur. The city is well connected to the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). 

By Train: Ajmer is the nerest railway station to Pushkar and is located at a distance of 15 km. There are frequent buses that takes around 40 mins to reach Pushkar.

By Flight: Jaipur airport is the nearest ariport to Pushkar whic is located at a distance of 150 km. Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Chopta

February 10, 2020 0

 CHOPTA 

Chopta Camps


 ABOUT 

Chopta

Chopta is a small region which is known for its evergreen forest, and peace. It is located 38 km from Ukhimath,  68 km from Rudrapryag and 168 km from Rishikesh. It lies at an elevation of 2680  m above sea level. It is still not explored by travelers so it is still far away from city buzz. Chopta is base for trekking to Tungnath and third temple of Panch Kedar. Chopta is known as 'The Mini Switzerland of Uttrakhand'.









  CLIMATE 

Misty day covering the mountains
Chopta has pleasant to extreme chilly climate. During March to May the temperature ranges from 10 to 30 degree Celsius. Monsoon falls in the months of June to September. Chopta receives 850 mm of precipitation during monsoon season. The average precipitation is 1680 mm  per year. The temperature during monsoon season range from 15 to 34 degree Celsius. Chopta receives extreme chilly weather during the months of October to February, and the average temperature during winters range from 1 to 5 degree Celsius. January is the coldest month of the season.Summer does not have clear view of Himalayas because of misty weather during June to August. However the sky is clear during the winter season and snow caped mountains are clearly visible. Chopta is covered in snow and trekkers visit in winters to enjoy the snow.






  PLACES TO VISIT 

  • Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and Deoria Tal Trek
  • Chandrashilla Peak
  • Tungnath Temple
  • Anusuya Mata Temple and Atri muni Fall
  • Deoria Tal Trek


Kedarnath Wildlife 
Sanctuary

Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is declared as Sanctuary under Wildlife Protection Act 1972, to protect endangered Himalayan Musk deer, and is also known as Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary. It covers the total area of 975 km² and is the largest protected area in western Himalayas. It is located at an elevation ranging from 1,160 m (near Phata) to 7038 m (near Chaukhamba peak) above sea level. It is popularly known for Alpine Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Bear and Himalayan Giraffe. It is named after famous Hindu temple 'Kedarnath' which is at the border of the Sanctuary.


Deoria Tal Trek



Camp at Deoria Tal

Deoria Tal





















Deoria Tal trek starts from Sari village. You can reach Sari village by taking a taxi or bus from Chopta village or Ukhimath. Its a 2 km trek from Sari village. The trek is inside the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. You will be amaze to see the beauty of Deoria Tal. You will get to see different variety of birds in there.





View from Deoria Tal





Chandrashilla Peak


Chandrashilla Peak
Chandrashilla means 'Moon Rock'. It is the summit of Tungnath and is situated at an elevation of 4000 m from sea level. Chandrashilla is famous for its treks and is popular among trekking enthusiasts. It is a 5 km long trek to its peak, which starts from Chopta and takes one to Tungnath(Tungnath is the world's highest Shiva Temple). From here it is a kilometer long and steep trek. Its a rigorous trek. The peak provide the view of Himalayas,  Nanadadevi, Kedar peak, Trishul, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peak.










Tungnath Temple

Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world. It is one of the Panch Kedar. It is situated in Rudraprayag district of Uttrakhand. It is situated at an elevation of 3680 m just below Chandrashilla peak

Tungnath Temple

Tungnath temple is believed to be 5000 years old. According to Hindu Mythology Lord Shiva along with his wife Parvati lived in Himalayas. Vyas Rishi advised Pandavas to ask forgiveness for killing their own relative during Kuruskhetra war. Shiva did not want to forgive for the sin they have committed. So he turned himself in a bull and roam in Garhwal Himalayas. On being found by the Pandavas, Shiva tried to sink him in the ground (head first). Bheem got his tail in hand and forced him to appear before them and forgive them. Other parts of Shiva in the form of bull showed up at different places.  

Pandavas built temples at all the places where Shiva parts showed up. The hump of the bull was found in Kedarnath, the navel emerged in Madhya-Maheshwar, two forelegs appeared in Tunganath, the face in Rudranath, and the hair in Kalpeshwar. These are collectively called the Panch Kedar - the five sacred places.


Anusuya Mata Temple and Atri Muni Fall


Anusuya Temple
Sati temple is one of the most historic and ancient temple. It is commonly believed Devi Anusuya and her husband Atri Muni lived there. Atri Muni was one of the sages from Sapt Rishi. He made this place for his Salvation. Devi Anusuya constructed a hut and started living there. Devi Anusuya has a great devotion for her husband. Her dedication was wide spread in all three loks. This created jealousy in Devi Parvati, Devi Laxmi and Devi Saraswati and they forced their husbands to test Devi Anusuya. Gods went to Atri Muni's Ashram and asked food from Devi Anusuya. When Devi Anusuya offered them the food, the sages demanded to serve the food without cloths. Devi Anusuya remembered her husband and had an intuition they are gods in disguise. She accepted their demand on the condition that she would do it if they become her sons. All the gods accepted food and started living there as her three sons. After a long time when their husbands didn't show up to their respective places the ladies god worried and collectively came to the Ashram. The ladies asked forgiveness for testing Devi Anusuya and requested her to free Shiva ji, Vishnu ji and Brahma ji from being their son. Since then Sati temple has been constructed. 

Every year on the occasion of Duttatreya Janti in the months of December large fair is organised. Duttatreya Janti also known as Dutta Janti, is festival celebrated on the birthday of Hindu God Duttatreya, which is the combined form of male divine trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Goddess Sati is worshiped throughout the night.

Atri muni water fall is another up hill trek. It is about an hour trek and the trail is less frequent among devotees. The trail is covered with dense foliage and you have to cross water stream and crawl through rocks. The devotees take a round of the fall and route goes very narrow (approximately 10 inches wide) on the edge of the gorge. Devotees have to crawl throw it and people with ample stomach will find it difficult.


 ITINERARY 

Day 1: Reach Chopta from Delhi 
Day 2: Deoria Tal Trek and Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and stay in Deoria Tal
Day 3: Back to Chopta and trek Tungnath and Chandrashilla Peak and back to Chopta
Day 4:  Anusuya Temple/ Atri Muni Ashram Back to Chopta
Day 5: Back to Delhi

 TRANSPORT 

Chopta is a small hamlet unexplored by travelers. Not many tourist visit because of its connectivity. Chopta is not directly connected to major cities. However one can reach there by following ways.

By Car/Bike: Chopta is nearly 410 km from Delhi and it will be a long and tedious ride. You can start your journey early morning or at night according to your convince. It will take around 12 hours to reach Chopta.

By Bus: You can take Delhi to Rishikesh overnight bus from Kashmiri Gate. Take a bus from Rishikesh to Ukhimath and from there you can take a taxi to Chopta


 BUDGET 

The budget for Delhi to Chopta will depend upon how you are travelling. But on an average it will cost you around ₹5000 per head for a group of two people. The average price for hotels would be around 1500 per night. Food will cost you around 1500 and tents can be around 300 to 500 per night.