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Chopta is also popularly referred as mini Switzerland and is situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand State. Chopta is surrounded by dense forest of pine, deodar and rhododendrons and is at an elevation of about 2600mtr above sea level. The added advantage to its geography is that Chopta is rich in varied flora and fauna. Chopta is a strikingly expressive or vivid place which was left unexplored till recently. Now Chopta is becoming a famous tourist destination promising an enchanting view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding areas.
CHOPTA

 Chopta is the commencement point of the trek to Tungnath -  3rd Kedar. Another 1.5 km track form Tungnath leads to Chandrashila (4000mtrs above sea level) which offers a splendid view of snow clad Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba stretched widely. Chopta is an unconventional tourist destination ideal for trekking enthusiasts. During winter it is splendid to see Chopta covered with snow. A destination nestled in the rhododendron and oak forests of the lower Garhwal Himalayan.


Place of interest


Tungnath Shiva Temple:- Tungnath temple situated at an elevation of 3680m above sea level is the highest of the Panch Kedar and it is one of the highest hindu shrines for Lord Shiva. Here in the Turngnath temple the Lord Shiva's arm is worshipped. Turgnath Mandir can be reached by a 3.5km trek which is easy to reach starting form Chopta.
Tungnath Shiva Temple


Chandrashila:- Chandrashila is at an altitude of 4000mtr above sea level and is the highest point of the mountain on which Chopta and Tungnath mandir is located. Innering views of the 270degree Himalayan range is distinctly visible form Chandrashila. It is just 5kms uphill form Tungnath Temple.
Chandrashila


Dogalbitta:- Dogalbitta is just a 3km trek from Chopta and 10km. by road. It is a strikking place where only nature creates sound. Accommodation in the P.W.D. Inspection House here is possible only possible by prior booking from Gopeshwar.

Dogalbitta


Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary:- This sanctuary is situated at a distance of 7kms from Chopta on the Chopta-Gopeshwar road and is noted for its breeding musk dears. Kanchula Korak Musk Dear Sanctuary is spread over an area of 5sq. m amidst dense forests and aromatic flowers.

Gopeshwar:- Gopeshwar is the district headquarters of Chomoli District and is situated at an altitude of 1550mtr. This places is a tourist place as well as a pilgrim center. Thereis a famous ancient Gopinath temple. Gopeshwar is the starting point of famous Rudranath trek.

Ukhimath:- Ukhimath is situated at a distance of about 31kms from Chopta and is the winter seat of lord Kedarnath and worship is done during this season when the temple of Kedarnath remains closed. The other temple worth to visit here is temple of Usha and Anirudh, Shiva and Parvati.

How To reach:-


By Air:- Nearest airport is Joly Grant, 226kms.
By Rail:- Nearest railhead is Rishikesh, 209kms
By Road:- Well connected by motorrable roads.

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