Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: An unspoiled destination lying in the lap of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Chopta is a small village that offers a whole lot of peace and quiet to visitors. One can take in the serene atmosphere, which is aplenty in the region. Offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, Chopta is also the starting point to treks which go up to Tungnath and Chandrashila peak.
Things to do:
Visit Deoria Tal:
Deori Tal is a lake located on the Ukimath Chota road. Situated at a height of 2,438 metres, it is surrounded by lush green woods, with snow clad mountain peaks in the background.
As per Hindu mythology, gods used to bathe in this lake, and that is how it got its name. The Pandavas also visited the place where the lake is located, and Bhima, who was the strongest amongst them, built the lake in order to quench his thirst.
Pray at the Anusuya Mata Temple:
Located about 30 kilometres from Chopta, it is one of India’s most famous Devi temples. As per legend, Atri Muni chose this place for his penance. There is a huge fair that is organised here every year, and a waterfall nearby is also a popular amongst tourists.
Trek to Chandrashila:
The trek to Chandrashila is nearly 5 kilometres long, but is a little steep. Hence, those who are not accustomed to a steep climb can take the help of the locals. There is a Shiv temple located at the top of the Chandrashila peak, which is situated at a height of 4,090 metres.
Best Time to Visit:
Since it is located at a higher altitude as compared to other hill stations, Chopta receives moderate to heavy snowfall in the winters. Hence, the summer months of May and June are the ideal time to visit, with average temperatures ranging between 15-18 degrees Celsius.
However, Chopta receives tourists during the winter season as well. Tourists visit the village to enjoy fresh snowfall in this quiet place. The temperature during the winters falls as low as -15 degrees Celsius sometimes.
How to Reach:
Chopta lies at a distance of 210 kilometres from Dehradun, the state capital.
The cities of Chandigarh and New Delhi lie at a distance of 371 kilometres and 396 kilometres, respectively.
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant airport, located 30 kilometres from Dehradun, while the nearest railhead is also at Dehradun.