Snuggled in the arms of Chandra Parbat, Chopta is popular for its untouched natural beauty. Location of 2680 meters above sea level, this amazing place welcomes many tourists every year. Visited for different reasons, Chopta enjoys a cool weather almost throughout the year. In summers, ?weather remains salubrious and in winters, the region witnesses snowfall. Existence of many religious sites allures devotees. The region also serves as the starting point of different treks. This? interesting fact grabs the attention of adventure enthusiasts.
Attractions in Chopta
Associated with different beliefs and legends, Kedarnath Mandir is an amazing temple in Chopta. Located near Mandakini River, this temple is one of the Panch Kedars. Counted amongst the twelve Jyotirlingas in the country, the sacred Shivalinga is the highlight of the temple.
Constructed in pyramidal form, the temple lies in the middle of the great Himalayan range.?
According to belief, the temple is the contribution of Adi Shankaracharya. Another belief says, this ancient temple is also associated with Pandavas. Sculptures on walls of this ancient temple allure tourists from far and wide.
Another important temple is Tungnath Mandir. The presiding deity in this temple is also Lord Shiva. Located in vicinity to Chopta, the temple enjoys a prime position in the list of must visit places in Chopta. According to the legends, the site is the witness of penance performance by Ravana to please Lord Shiva.
A Nandi statue at entrance of the temple grabs the attention of the visitors here. Deities in the temple are Adi Shankaracharya, Ved Vyasa, Kaal Bhairav and Pandavas. Tourists can visit the temple only between April and October. During rest of the time, it remains closed due to heavy snow fall.
It is a rock temple. Situated in the Chamoli District, it catches the eyes of tourists visiting Chopta. Neelkanth, a form of Lord Shiva is the presiding deity in the temple. Vaitarani river flows in backyard of the temple. The river is also known as the 'Water of Salvation'.
It is hard to find a luxury hotel in Chopta but there are many Dharamshalas that offer a comfortable stay with basic facilities.
How to Reach:
By Air: Jolly Grant is the nearest airport, which is around 226 km from Chopta.
By Rail: Tourists willing to reach Chopta can deboard at Rishikesh. The destination is around 209 km from Rishikesh.
By Road: A wide network of roads keeps Chopta connected with all the nearby cities.
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