- Jun 02, 2023
Chopta hill station, a micro settlement nestled in the beautiful hues of the great Himalayas lying in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state of India is often recognized as Mini Switzerland of India. There can be nothing more exciting you can ask for than beginning your day with gentle gusts of the Himalayan salutary breeze of Chopta hill station that can make you feel more refreshed amidst the pristine view of snow-laden mountain peaks like Tungnath and Chandrashila. Most of the tourists prefer Chopta for camping and trekking coupled with visits to nearby temples to make their trip an ever cherishing and memorable one. So, here is a detailed walkthrough meant for all the prospective travelers going through which will surely make planning their trip to Chopta hill station a lot easier.
Chopta is the base for mountain trekking to Tungnath and Chandrashilla which is considered one of the holiest in the group of Panch Kedars. The fervent mountaineers can make a group of all their friends and can start trekking to have a breathtaking lifetime experience. What more Chopta hill station has in the offing is a picturesque view of Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, and Trishul mountain peaks that you can enjoy from the patio of your villa. Chopta also has a wildlife sanctuary named Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary that can attract all the nature admirers to witness the rare musk deer and various species of birds. If one is willing to explore more, then one can visit the nearby DeoriaTal to witness a glimpse of natural beauty when the search of a solitary point ends where one can meditate and feel the enriching aura of the region’s untapped natural beauty.
Chopta during October and November is ideal to be visited as the clear skies and blissful weather make its mountain peaks one of the best sight-seeing points in the region. While in April and May the peaks and other meadows are covered with Rhododendron flowers the beauty of which can leave you spellbound.
There are direct taxis available from any part of India that can take you to Chopta in reasonable time duration depending on the location of your place where you plan to set your journey from. There is no direct public transport bus service available for Chopta but the nearest place to Chopta that is accessible through public transport is Guptkashi or Ukhimath from where you can get a taxi hired for Chopta to reach there within two hours.
If you plan an air trip in your entire journey of reaching Chopta then you can reach Dehradun (Jolly Grant Airport) or Rishikesh district by air and from where you can reach Chopta after a 7 to 8 hours road trip from Dehradun or Rishikesh either.
The nearest railway station for Chopta is Haridwar Railway Station from where Chopta is 230 kilometers away. After reaching Haridwar Railway Station you can get a taxi hired that can take you to Chopta in almost eight hours.
Photography: One of the best things you can opt for doing in Chopta is perhaps the photography sessions as Chopta has various mesmerizing points and sight-seeing locations. The 360-degree panoramic view of snow-laden peaks along with waving valleys will offer immense stock for photography in Chopta.
Deer and Bird watching: Chopta’s Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary houses various species of birds along with musk deers that can add an exhilarating experience to your Chopta hill station trip.
Trekking in Chopta: Over the exquisite meadows and through the Oak forests you can trek to explore the natural beauty of Chopta. If you want to extend your trekking session then you can trek to Devariyatal and Bisurital which may take a few days going forward.
Go for camping: If you are an avid nature lover then Chopta sets one of the best landscapes for setting camps wherein you can enjoy with your friends and can make your Chopta trip an extremely indulging one.