Chopta- Chandrashila trek
Area Garhwal Himalayas
Trip Duration:- 6 nights / 7 days
Trip Grade: – Moderate
Highest Point: – 4000m ( Chander shilla top )
Best Time to Go: – Mid April to June & September to Last October
Discription:- Chandrashila situated 215 kms north from Rishikesh at height of 4000 AMSL. The Trek promises non-stop fun and adventure one of the popular treks that can be undertaken round the year. In Garhwal Himalayas except during snowbound months of December & January. Chandrasila summit is a rock face above and beyond the temple of Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple in India. It is a short but rigorous hike beyond the temple. The Chandrasila summit affords the most beautiful view of the Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedar Peak and Chaukhamba peaks, and also a 360 degree view of some of the most astounding views from anywhere in the Garhwal Himalayas. This area is one of the most beautiful and picturesque spots in the whole Garhwal region, and owing to its isolated location- one of the yet unspoiled spots in the region. The breathtaking view of the Himalayas is treat for the eyes as well as soul. This spot is ideal for painters , and artists to draw inspiration from, and a perfect spot for meditation! Chopta is situated on the Gopeshwar – Ukhimath road at a distance of about 40 Kms. from Gopeshwar, located at an altitude of 2900
Day 01:- pic up from Railway station/ Airport Dehradun, Depart for Rishikesh approx 1 hr drive. Chek in up on the Arrival. During the evening local sightseeing as blew mentioned,
Description: – Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttrakhand at height of 356 amsl. In the Himalayan foothills the bank of Ganges River. The river is considered sacred in the world. Also known as the “City of the Divine” and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation – is a spiritual center to which sages, rishis, saints and pilgrims have flocked for millennia. The roads of the city are lined with bustling market places of ethnic arts and handicrafts, fresh produce markets, holy shrines and orange-robed sadhus. Today it styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with masses of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. Rishikesh is not all spirituality and contorted limbs; It’s now a popular white¬water rafting centre, backpacker hang¬out, and gateway to treks and home stay in the Himalayas.
Places to visit in Rishikesh.
Shivanand Ashram:- Founded by Swami Shivanand in 1936. Swami Sivananda was born in south India, on 8 September 1887. He studied medicine and served as a physician for several years before taking up monasticism. He lived most of his life near Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh. He was the founder of the divine life society (1948) and author of over 200 books on yoga, Vedanta and a variety of subjects.
Laxman jhula:- A suspension brig which was built in 1928. According to Hindu mythology, after killing the demon Rawan in Srilanka war, Lord Rama came Rishikesh to meditate. He wants to cross the river but there wasn’t brig, so his younger brother Laxman built the brig by his Arrow power. It is said that the original brig was washed in 1924 in destructive floods. Then the brig was rebuilt again in 1928.
Parmarth Niketan:- Was founded by Swami Shukhdewa nand in 1942, is the largest ashram in Rishikesh, it has 1000 rooms and known for word fames Ganga ARTI.
Ganga Arti:- Arti means (prayer) In which we offer lamp to the god. it can be done to deity in the temple, bank of mother Ganga, or a saint, however it performed to the god.
Day 02:Rishikesh –for Ukhimath, 215 kms drive approx 7-8 hour. 356-
Guest will depart after break fast and lunch will serve enroot.
Reliaouges and Historical Places to see on the way to Destination.
First: Devpryag- known for Raghunath Temple built in13- 14 century and (Confluence of Bhagirathi & Alaknanda) both river become Ganga from Devpryag till the bay of Bengal.
Second- Shri Nagar:- Shri Nagar garhwal was oldest state of Garhwal state. Orginal named was Shri pur and first was Ajaypa.
Third: Rudrapryag:- (Confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini) both river become Alakanda from here till Devpryag.
Forth: Ukhimath:- is known for the winter seat of the Kedarnath shrine, as well as the winter home of the priest who presides over the Kedarnath Temple. After the Kedarnath temple closes for the winters, a movable image of Lord Kedarnath is brought in a special procession to Ukhimath, where it resides until the Kedarnath temple reopens in late April or May
Day 03 :- Ukhimath – Deoriatal (2438 mts/7998 ft) In the morning one can see snow clapped Himalayan ranges. After breakfast start a trek to Devriatal , a steep but short climb through dense forest of Rhodendron and lots of wild flowers and ferns. The trek will take 3- 4 hrs to reach Deoriatal. Upon arrival at Deoriatal set out the tents for overnight stay near the lake. This little mountain lake is positioned in such a way that one can see the reflection of the majestic Chaukhamba peak reflected in the tranquil waters. The changing colours of this mountain assume different shades throughout the morning and at sunset- presenting a photographer with a dazzling array of fine shots! The flat grassy surface and the the tranquility makes this spot ideal for meditation and relaxation! Overnight in tents.
Day 04 :- Deoriatal – Sari – chopta Trek down to Sari village 3 km approx 1 hour, thereafter, drive to Chopta through dense forest and meadows. The 30 kms drive from Sari Village to Chopta takes no more than 45 minutes. Upon arrival at Chopta set out your tents for overnight stay. In the evening explore the magnificent view of the Himalayas. The surroundings of the Chopta grasslands are untouched and the nearby forests are ideal for little excursions, and relaxation! Overnight in tents.
Day 05 :- Chopta – Tungnath (3680 ft/12070 ft) – Chandrasila (4090 mts/13415 ft) –
Chopta After an early breakfast trek to Tungnath with packed lunch. Tungnath is situated at the height of 3680 mts from the sea level and is the highest Shiva temple in India. The trek is in excess of three kms. Enroute one passes amidst lush green meadows and one can see the entire range of snow capped Himalayas. Upon arrival at Tungnath Temple and visit the temple. After relaxation and lunch, a further ascent of one kms terminates at the Chandrasila peak. The view of not only the snow clad mountains, but also of all the green valleys and deep gorges visible from the mountain top are sights that one will remember for a lifetime; for some say – there is no other place quite like this location in the entire region. Retrace your foot steps back to Chopta for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06 : Chopta – Rishikesh –
After an early breakfast drive to Riahikesh, Visit A 5000 year old Vashisth cave. Check in Hotel up on arrivel.