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Monday, February 10, 2020

Chopta

 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. 




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