Journey distance – 260 kms up till chopta
Road trip – Dehradun,Rishikesh,deoprayag,Srinagar,rudraprayag,tilwara,
Ukhimath and chopta.
I am still not sure that what came into my mind which provoked me to go on this trip, it was just a plan which initially motivated me to explore my surrounding. Ankit goyal bhaiya was the one who was ganna accompany me on this trip. We decided to go on his bullet and therefore on 27.9.2014 at around 4:15 pm we left for the unknown, to see something which was new to us.
1. We reached Rudraprayag at around 9:45 pm and decided to rest there.
2. The next day we woke up at 4 am and were on our way at around 5:30 am. Soon we found ourself travelling along Mandagani river and it was really hard for me to see the disaster which the river had caused in 2013. As we travelled further we lost sight of the river and initially gained height as we were approaching Ukhimath.
3. After crossing ukhimath we went to Sari village from where we had to trek to Deoria tal ( 2 km ). We reached sari village at 9 am and after eating Maggie we were on our way to deoriatal. The route was excellent and beautiful. It took us about an hour to reach deoriatal and the beauty of the place was really refreshing. The jheel was about 200 meters in length and 100 meters wide, there was a track made along the jheel. The best part of the jheel was that at its background we could see Chaukhamba parvat towering above the clouds making its existence felt to every visitor visiting that place, it was really breath taking. We followed the track along the jheel and after completing it we decided to go back to the village.
4. Chopta is a village located in Uttarakhand state, India and a base for trekking to Tungnath, third temple of Panch Kedar which is at a distance of 3.5 km. Chopta, an unspoiled natural beauty destination lying in the laps of Uttarakhand Himalayas offers amazing views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. It is located at an elevation of 2680 m above sea level. Chopta village is surrounded by forest of pine, deodar and rhododendron and is rich in variety of flora and fauna. This place is popularly known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ in Uttarakhand, India. The roads are surrounded by thick forest which makes the journey more enjoyable.
5. We reached chopta at about 1:30 pm had our lunch and after resting for about half an hour we were on our way to Tungnath temple but before making the initial move we asked the locals weither it was possible for us to go to Chandrashilla and see sunset..?… but they said no as the weather was turning bad and instead they advised us to stay in tungnath and then watch the sunrise from chandrashilla. We thanked them and then decided that we would stay in tungnath.
6. The route to tungnath was tiring due to altitude gain. During the trek we did find ourself surrounded by fog, rain, excellent landscape and more visitors.
7. Finally after trekking for 2 hours we reached tungnath temple. The temple was closed and the pundit said we could visit the temple in the morning. It was cold, wet , foggie and our stomach was really asking for some food. We took a room and after having our dinner we went to bed early.
8. The next day I woke up at 4 am and to check the weather I came out of the room and looked at the sky. The sky was full of stars which left me speechless as I had never seen something like that before, and in that excitement I said “Ankit bhaiya bahar aao, jaldi bahar aao “… he came out and could not believe what he had seen and then he said “Maza aa gaya”. Well now it was time for us to go to chandrashilla.
9. Chandrashila is summit of the Tungnath . It literally means “Moon Rock“. It is located at a height of about 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) above sea level. This peak provides a spectacular view of Himalayas,especially Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak,Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. Chandrashila treks are one of the most popular treks among Indian trekking enthusiasts. The trek to the peak is 5 km. The trek route that starts from Chopta takes one to Tungnath (highest Shiva temple in the World), from here it is a kilometer long, and a steep trek. Though shorter in distance, steep climbing makes this trek rigorous. The trek is undertaken throughout the year although during winter season due to snowfall this trek becomes hard as road to chopta gets closed.
10. We started trekking at 4:30 am to the chandrashilla summit and after 45 minutes we were on the summit. There was a small temple up there which adds more punch to the landscape .The Beauty of Chandrashila is Incredible. It is an impressive vantage point that offers 360 degrees panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas. This is a beautiful trek, with difficulty level rated as easy to moderate.
11. After taking lots of photos we were on our way to tungnath, visited the temple and started trekking back to the base ( chopta ). It was going to be a long day as we had to travel back to our home.
Time- 10:30 am… humne chopta ko alvida kaha aur ghar k liye likal gaye par hamne same route se jane ki bajaye dosre route se janne ka plan kiya. So according to the new route now we had to divert from tilwara and head towards Tehri.
New route- chopta, ukhimath, tilwara, mayali, ghansali, tehri, dhanaulti, mussoorie and Dehradun. The route was awesome as we came across villages, rivers, forest, farms, valleys.
All together this trip was fantastic.
We reached home at 8:30 pm.