Uttarakhand A Quick Guide to Chopta

The emerald meadows of Chopta are a gateway to Tungnath and Chandrashila
Uttarakhand A Quick Guide to Chopta

Taking long rambles in the wild forests and observing the wonderful bird life is one of then best things to do in Chopta. Around 76 avian species have been recorded in this area. The Tungnath shrine is a 3-hour trek away. It is a delightful walk, with the feel of a day picnic. As you climb, the switchbacks begin, and the forest recedes, giving you a feel of the Chopta meadows you have left behind. On both sides of the path, there are broad swathes of grassy slopes, with tiny clusters of wild flowers, wild rosemary and berries. Just before you get to Tungnath, there is a tiny Ganesh Temple perched on a rocky spur. A lovely 24-km (one-way) trek on a well-marked forest trail leads from Chopta to the gorgeous lake Bisudi Tal, set in a nook of a deeply forested hill. Press on from Bisudi Tal to Kala Pahar, 6km deeper into the Kedarnath Sanctuary. This trek will take 56 days and you will need to carry provisions and camping gear.
Tip Chopta is the best access point for the Kedarnath Sanctuary

Where to Stay & Eat

Neelkanth Hotel (Cell 098305 61283, 07500240789 Tariff 1,250 1,650) offers en suite doubles. Akashdeep Resort (Cell 09627276459 Tariff 1,2001,500) and Hotel Snow View (Cell 073516 37172 Tariff 1,2002,000) are decent. You can also stay in Dugalbitta, 2km to the west of Chopta. Magpie Jungle Camps (Cell 07055600137 Tariff 3,000 per person, with meals) has 10 tents set amidst flowering shrubs. Alpine Adventure Camps (Cell 084769 14402, 07351636880 Tariff 1,800 per person, with two meals) and Maya Deep Resort (Cell 08193972722, 09756017058, 09410527199 Tariff 1,0002,500) are other choices. They can also arrange hikes to Tungnath, Chandrashila and other points around Chopta.

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