Best time to visit:- May to November & December to March


"Chopta" is one of most picturesque destination of Uttarakhand. This beautiful tiny hamlet, also known as 'Mini Switzerland'. It offers breathtaking view of Snow Clad Himalayan peaks and lush green meadows. It lies 29 km from Ukhimath, 254 kilometers from Rishikesh and approximately 450 kilometers from the capital Delhi. Chopta is relatively unexplored and untouched, hence it is most popular among the nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts. It is the starting point of trekking to renowned Tungnath Mandir (World’s highest Shiva temple)and Chandrashila Summit. Apart from these, Devariya Tal and Kartikswami are two more trekking options for this region. The best time to visit is from May to November. Chopta is also a popular destination during the winter months due to the snowfall that the area experiences. Tungnath temple and Chandrashila are covered with snow from December to March. It has another approach fromGopeshwar.

Weather Details :

Summer:   23 Degree Celsius
Winter:   02 Degree Celsius
Monsoon:   12 Degree Celsius

Main Attractions: -

Tungnath Temple in Chopta: Located at the highest point in the region. The shrine is perched at an elevation of 3680 meters above the sea level. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is a very sacred destination as the inhabitants believed. This is one of the parts of Panch Kedar. At this temple the arm of the Lord Shiva is worshipped. A 4 kilo meter steep trek will lead tourists to Tungnath.

Thangu Valley in Chopta: Is one of the sightseeing destinations of the Chopta Valley. The valley is placed around 30 kilo meter from the town Lachen. Alpine medows is the main attraction of the valley. Tourist can also enjoy the Yak race which is held here annually of North Sikkim in Thangu Valley.

Gurudongmar Lake in Chopta: Tourist can also visit the beautiful Gurudongmar Lake at the Chopta valley. The Lake is closer to the Indo-Chinese border, elevated at a height of 17 100 ft above the sea level. The water of the lake is believed to be sacred for Hindus and Buddhists as it was blessed by Guru Rimpoche, a Saint of Sikkim.

Kalpeshwar Mandir in Chopta: People come to the Kalpeshwar Mandir to worship. The temple is of Lord Shiva, pilgrims worship Shiva as Jatadhar. The main reason of visiting the devotees here is the existence of entwined hair. Kalpeshwar is located at a height of 2134 meters above the sea level. This is also one of the Panch Kedars which keeps open in every season. There is a tree Kalpavriksha which has been the place of meditation. It is also conceived that Rishi Durvasa also meditated under this tree.

Chandrashila in Chopta: One of the tourist places in Chopta around 1 kilo meter from Tungnath. People reach the place by a 1 kilo meter trek. From this point tourist can see the snowy peaks of mighty Himalaya. Chandrashila is the highest point which houses Chopta and Tungnath temple. The mountain is perched a height of 4090 meters above the sea level.


How to Reach Chopta

By Air:- The Jolly Grant Airport, which lies in the city of Dehradun, is the closest air line from Chopta. You'll find regular flights flying from Delhi (India's capital) to the domestic airport of Dehradun. After arrival at airport, you can hire a cab to cover a distance of around 226 km and reach the hill station of Chopta.

By Road:- No matter where you are in the state of Uttarakhand, you'll find regular bus services to the town of Chopta. A good road network connects the town with the key tourist places in the state and outside of it. Chopta remains well connected by road to popular cities in the state including Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Gaurikund and Pauri among others.

By Train:- Rishikesh lies at a distance of around 200 km from Chopta. It's, therefore, the nearest rail way station. There are regular express trains running to the town from different tourist destinations of the country. You can first catch a train to Rishikesh and then cover the remaining distance by road.


Very limited shopping options are available here. You may get locally made handicrafts, including crafted wooden products, paintings, candles and few decorative items. You can't find here bigger shopping outlets but local markets also offers some handmade items.