Home to the sacred Tungnath temple and an exhilarating trek, Chopta is one of those beautiful places in Uttrakhand which must not be missed by adventure and nature lovers as well as Hindu devotees. At an altitude of 2900 m, Chopta is situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand , which is a lush green valley showcasing an exciting view of the Himalayan Peaks. The place is known for its stunning meadow, where camping is no less than a dream. However, what makes Chopta quite a popular travel place in Uttarakhand is the fact that it is the base point of the famous and sacred temple of Tungnath, which by the way is the highest Shiva Temple in India.
Chopta is also the part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and offers trekkers an excellent opportunity of scaling to a height of 4000 m, where is situated, the
Chandrashila Peak that renders a 360 degree view of the snow-clad Himalayan Peaks like Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, and Trishul. Along with the enthralling trek, Chopta is ideal for camping under the starry sky. Pitch your own tent or rent one for few nights, and avail yourself one of the finest camping experience in Uttarakhand. Aah! In a scenic place, waking up in the morning and viewing the red sun coming out of the mountains from your tent, is definitely something you should experience.
Our Chopta travel guide is overflowing with information on best places to visit and amazing things to do, which makes it quite essential for the travellers looking for an impeccable travelling experience. Also, handcrafted for you are the varied holiday packages by Tour My India that ensure a vacation unlike any other.
Best time to visit Chopta
Chopta is a joy to visit throughout the year, but yes people choose to come here to beat the heat, however for an adventure lover, a winter trek here, is a dream. Summers are very pleasant with a cool breeze and moderate weather. But when it comes to winter, the temperature falls to negative and the entire place gets covered in snow.
One of the best ways to visit Chopta is on a motorcycle, and Bike Tours to Chopta are becoming quite popular in recent times. Riding alongside River Ganga accompanied by the picturesque landscape with the soft mountain breeze caressing you is an experience filled with adventure and exploration.
When most the biker are done with the Himalayan Deserts of Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti its time to head towards the greener part of Himalayas, which are more lively and offers equally thrilling experience.
Chopta Biking Routes
Bike Tour of Chopta from Delhi NCR
If you are travelling from Delhi then the most common and convenient route will be: Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag- Augustmuni – Kund – Ukhimath – Chopta
On your way back you can go to like this way: Chopta – Mandal – Gopeshwar – Chamoli – Srinagar – Pauri – Lansdowne – Kotdwar – Bijnor – Meerut – Delhi NCR
You can either take your own bike or hire one easily either at Rishikesh or Dehradun. Be sure to check the bike conditions and fill enough petrol for the ride. It will take around 12 hrs to reach Chopta from Delhi for a seasoned biker.
You can explore further to the charming Sari Village which is located 30 km from Chopta. Sari Village is one of the most beautiful villages of Uttarakhand and you will instantly fall in love with the beauty of the place. You can do day hike to Deoria Tal and Trek to Tungnath temple and Chandrashila when in the region.
Other Popular Biking routes can be done with Chopta are
- Joshimath, Auli, Malari or Badrinath
- Kumaon Region with Ranikhet, Nainital, Bhimtal, Almora, Mukteshwar
- Extreme with Kumaon Region with Munsiyari, Chaukori, Kausani, Binsar, Ramgarh, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet, Nainital and Corbett
Facilities available for Bikes near Chopta
As you know Chopta comes under Wildlife Sanctuary, so there are no ATMs, Repair Shops or Petrol Pumps.
Nearest Petrol Pumps
Petrol pumps are available on the route to Chopta, the last one being at Kund which is 38 km before Chopta. It is recommended that you fill enough petrol for the ride at Rishikesh or Rudraprayag itself. You will also find Petrol pump at Augustmuni and Chandrapuri as well.
You will find mechanic along the route for minor repair services. If, however, there are major problems in your bike then you will have to take your bike to Rudraprayag or Srinagar or Rishikesh.
Road Conditions of Biking
The road conditions from Delhi to Chopta is good and ideal for two-wheelers. The highway from Delhi to Rishikesh is now pretty smooth after the ongoing construction. From Rishikesh to Rudraprayag again the road is in good condition but there are a few bad patches due to Char Dham All Weather Road construction.
After that the road is average but easily motorable. The hilly terrains with mesmerizing views makes the ride no less than riding through the scenic locations of a movie.
TIP – After reaching Bhiri, before Kund, you can opt for a silent detour to Chopta via Makkumath Village.
Best time for Bike Tours to Chopta
The best time for bike tours to Chopta is during the months of March-May and September-December.
The monsoon season is best avoided due to frequent rains and it gets difficult for riders to continue journey. In winters some routes may be blocked snow on the roads, so make sure you take everything in account before heading for the ride.