A Guide To Chopta Valley: What To See, Do And More

Also known as "mini Switzerland" of Uttarakhand, the valley features lush green meadows, valleys, and dense forests, situated amidst the magnificent snow-capped mountains
A guide to Chopta Valley
A guide to Chopta ValleyUnsplash

Chopta Valley, tucked away in the serene valley of Kedarnath, is one of the most picturesque and stunning valleys in Uttarakhand. Also known as "mini Switzerland," the valley features some of the most splendid lush green meadows, valleys, and dense forests, situated amidst the magnificent snow-capped mountains. A perfect destination for trekking as well as nature enthusiasts, Chopta Valley, is a small slice of heaven on earth that is going to encapsulate you.

What To See In Chopta


Tungnath Valley

Nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Tungnath Valley is known for its breathtaking scenic views, flora and fauna, and religious significance. The valley has been named after the Tungnath Temple, the world's highest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year, thousands of trekkers and pilgrims undertake the journey to visit the temple and seek Lord Shiva's blessings. 

Sit among clouds when trekking in Chopta vallet
Sit among clouds when trekking in Chopta valletUnsplash

The 5 km Tungnath-Chandrashila trek is also popular among adventure enthusiasts for the stunning vistas and the adrenaline-pumping journey. Although the trek is moderately difficult, with a gradual ascend, the trail gets progressively steep. Ensure to acclimatise beforehand, and carry a reusable water bottle and sunscreen. 

Sari Village

Located 20 km downhill from Chopta, Sari village's fairytale-like surroundings will enchant you. It also offers many points from where you can witness gorgeous views of the Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, and Trishul peaks. For a break amidst nature, head to the tranquil Deoria Tal with a basket of snacks and spend a day enjoying the greenery around.


Bisurital lake with Chaukhamba peak in the background
Bisurital lake with Chaukhamba peak in the backgroundeUttaranchal.com

A scenic high-altitude lake situated in the arms of the Mandakini Valley, Bisurital Lake is the perfect off-roading spot. The 60 km trail that marks the Bisurital trek is also famed among passionate trekkers. On the way, ensure to stop and catch a breath along with a stunning view at Bisuri Dhar, perched at 4,100 metres above sea level. Surrounded by lush alpine meadows and snow-clad mountains, Bisurital makes for an ideal quiet getaway. 

Where To Stay

From quaint homestays to affordable hosels, Chopta Valley hosts several options for a comfortable stay. While you can refer to Uttarakhand Tourism's official website for government-approved lodges, consider these options as well.

Chopta Resort is nestled amidst a beautiful alpine meadow with a clearwater stream. Owned by the Magpie group, the Chopta resort is made entirely from rich Siberian pine wood and provides guests with a luxurious stay option. The resort has luxurious, comfortable rooms at affordable rates, with amenities such as Wi-Fi, hot-water facilities, buffet service, etc.

Address: Chopta Resort, Baniyakund, Chopta-246419

Himalaya Resort is another great accommodation option in Chopta. Ranked one of the best five hotels in Chopta, the Himalaya Resort is eco-friendly and hygienic, with comfortable rooms with stunning views, solar lights, 24-hour housekeeping, Wi-Fi and fun game nights.

Address: Ukhiamath-Chopta-Gopeshwar Road, Chopta-246419

Getting There

By Air: The closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is located 221 km away. From there, you can find taxis readily available to take you to your destination in Chopta.

By Train: The closest railway station is Rishikesh, located 202 km away on NH58

By Road: Chopta is easy to access via motorable roads from major destinations within Uttarakhand state. Additionally, buses and taxis to Chopta are readily available from destinations such as Rishikesh, Pauri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Gaurikund, Srinagar, and Gopeshwar. 

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