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Chopta Guide 2017: All about Chopta, Tungnath, Chandrashila peak & Deoriatal by MHETCLUB

posted Apr 6, 2017, 12:15 PM by Winner Pandey   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 11:24 AM ]

About Chopta – the land of meadows


Chopta, also known as mini Switzerland of India, is a silent, blissful upcoming hill station and weekend getaway best for self-exploration via travelling. 

Chopta is situated at a height of 2680mts (metres) /8790ft (feet) in the Rudraprayag district (Garhwal) of the land of Gods, commonly known as the state of Uttarakhand in India.

Chopta valley, along with nearby attractions like Chandrashila peak, Tungnath temple, Deoriatal is famous for trekking tours and self exploration, amidst the rising summits of Himalayas considered suitable enough for those who love travelling either solo or together in a group.


Deoriatal chopta chandrashila trek

How to reach Chopta?


There are several means of transportation.

Via road:

1.  CAR-Haridwar is the starting point of this beautiful journey ahead that is easily accessible by road, rail and air.  Go for adventurous road trip via NH-58 that joins other major cities to this heavenly amazing place.

An alternative route to Chopta is from Deoria Tal, which is 16–18 km trek that starts from Deorial Tal itself. Deoria Tal can be approached from Saari Village. It can be taken during winter season. So, trekkers must visit the place during winters if they want to see soulful snowfields.

 

        2.  BUS- Several buses travel between national capital Delhi and Haridwar on a regular basis making Haridwar a well-connected point.One can come to Chopta even from Dehradun by road.

 

        3.  TRAIN-Indian Railway networks from major cities like New Delhi (4-5 Hours) and Dehradun (1 Hour) connects to religiously famous Haridwar’sRailway Station, which is at a walking distance from numerous hotels. Rishikesh railway station is near too.

Delhi>Haridwar>Devprayag>Rudraprayag>Ukhimath>Chopta>Tungnath>Chandrashilla

Via Air:

Flight- Board a flight to the Jolly Grant Airport, at a distance of 36 kms from Haridwar with daily flights on this route from Delhi. Taxis are conveniently available from the airport to reach Haridwar.

 
Chopta : Nearby attractions

 

·        From Chopta, you can trek towards TUNGNATH TEMPLE, highest temple of Lord Shiva and third temple of PanchKedar, which lies 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) away and from there, trek for 1.5 kms to CHANDRASHILLA PEAK a rising to over 4,000 metres (13,000 ft).

·        The peaks of Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nilkanth and Kedarnath are all clear during the course of the trek giving a majestic sight.

·        Above-mentioned trek encompasses a large area starting from Haridwar and ending at famous Chandrashilla summit with a number of other interesting areas falling on the way. It is a perfect opportunity for starters who are looking to get a hang of the usual basics of trekking in the Himalayan region.

·        The magnificent points of this trek are the Tungnath Temple and the Chandrashilla peak which provides a breath taking 360 degree panoramic view of the snow clad mountains above and deep valleys below.

·        You can also have a glance at peaks like Trishul and Chaukhamba.

ADDITIONALS:

·        Kedarnath Wild Life Sanctuary

·        Grass land patches (Bugyal/ Meadows)

·        Deoriatal(lake) at 2350 m

·        Atrimuni falls

·        Visibility of 41 Himalayan peaks like Meru, Sumeru, Ganesh Parwat, Tirsuli, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch, etc .And a wide view of Himalayan range all around you. 

 

Best time to visit Chopta


1.   Every season adds unique blend of colours to the meadows and trees present in Chopta. You can see different hues throughout the year.

·        During Winters, there is 4 to 7 foot thick layer of snow due to snowfall happening between November to March when the temperature ranges from −15 °C to 15 °C. Those who cannot go to far-off Switzerland can witness the Swiss beauty here with a vast view of snow laded White Mountains shinning like Diamonds. Do not forget to carry woollens along.ENJOY SNOW!

·        When Monsoon arrives in July and continues till end of October, you can enjoy clear sky and greenery all over.  Sometimes, roads get blocked due to heavy rainfall and landslides but that is what we call an ADVENTUROUS TRIP! Isn’t it? Must bring water soaking raincoats and umbrellas. ENJOY RAIN!

·        In Summers,betweenMarch to May, temperature varies from 10 °C to 30 °C. You can escape the dust and hot climate of cities and visit Chopta as there is cool breeze blowing all over here. Still carry light woollens. ENJOY WIND!

 

Thus, you can visit Chopta anytime from January to December.

 

2.   Temperature-15/2 degree Celsius.

3.   Stay-over-2Nights and 3days are sufficient enough for exploration. But you can go for more for more relaxed holiday. This place is a great weekend getaway.

LOCALITES

Localities are welcoming and sweet. As Haridwar is nearby  and Chopta is located on the road connecting Gopeshwar and Guptkashi, so many devotees and solo young travellers also travel to Chopta on their way to pilgrimage. You can feel positivity and divinity all around. Interaction with local people will give you ample knowledge about this UPCOMING HILL STATION IN INDIA!!!

STAY

When you visit small ‘Saari village’ in Rudraprayag, then you have to park your vehicle there itself as the car does not go beyond that. Then, walk towards Chopta which is also known as the base camp for Tungnath-Chandrashilla trek.

Options for night stay-

v Tents (sharing and non-sharing basis)

v Budget Hotels / Guest houses

v Resorts

v Houses of local families

v Eco-friendly Huts

 

FOOD

v  Local Pahadi eatery points offering local dishes

v  Roadside food stalls having North-Indian and Chinese food

v  Dhabas

v  In-house restaurants inside resorts offer multi-cuisine food

 

FUN-ACTIVITIES DURING TRIP

v Camping

v Trekking

v Jungle walking and grasslands crossing

v Photography

v Yoga

v Meditation in Mountains

v Survival challenge/activity

v Snow trekking and snow skiing

v Rock craft, rock climbing and rappelling

v Night sky Observation of stars, planets, cosmology

v Bird watching

v Botany research

v Village culture exchange

v Outdoor games like frisbee, volleyball, badminton etc.

v Tent games/Indoor games

v Bon-fire and music

v Sightseeing

 

THINGS TO CARRY

v Easy to carry Backpack

v Woollen clothes, warm socks, caps, jackets, light blanket

v Comfortable Trek pants

v Trekking shoes and Floaters

v Walking stick

v Head torch

v Water bottle

v Personal first aid box and medicines you take

v Snacks, energizers like energy bars, drinks etc.

v Sunglasses

v Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm

v Toiletries like toilet soap, wipes, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, oil etc.

v Eco-friendly small bags to carry extra or wet clothes. Avoid Polythene in mountains.

KEEP NATURE GREEN & CLEAN!

 

 

 

ADD-ON ADVICE

Though a first aid kit will be available with the guides still it is recommended to carry your own personalised and customised safety kit.

The trek route ranges from moderate to easy and can be done by kids also, so don’t forget to nourish the young minds with the natural beauty.

Sometimes it rains heavily in monsoons in Chopta and Tungnath and the roads get a bit slippery so be mindful of that, carry shoes with good traction.  The views are unforgettable and magnanimously beautiful to be captured not only via cameras but minds too.

 

Recommended itinery for Chopta


Day 01: Drive from Delhi to Haridwar

Day 02: Drive Haridwar to Sari and trek to Deoriatal

Day 03: Trek Deoriatal to Chopta

Day 04: Trek Chopta to Tungnath and then onto Chandrashila Top and back

Day 05: Drive Chopta to Haridwar. And then back to Delhi.

 

You can get more details about this trek here


EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS

1. Uttarakhand Helpline: 0135 – 2710334, 0135 – 2710335, 0135 – 2710233

2. Surya Medical Emergency Helpline: 18001805558, 18004190282

3. Army Control Number: 0135 – 2716201, 0135 – 2710925, 0135 – 2716201, 0135 – 2710925

Army Medical Emergency Numbers – 18001805558, 18004190282, 8009833388


Author - Shweta Mittal, Marketing Head, MHETCLUB


3 Must-See Destinations in Rishikesh

posted Oct 25, 2016, 10:33 PM by Winner Pandey   [ updated Dec 29, 2016, 6:37 AM ]

Tired of the everyday humdrum life you have been dragging yourself through? You need a vacation with your family in a far-fetched land away from the monotonous air of metro cities.
Rishikesh, one of the most serene lands in India often referred to as the Land of Gods, is a popular detsination for weekend trips. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul by visiting these 3 must-see destinations in Rishikesh.

1. Laxman Jhula
Take your kids to this suspension bridge and you will swear by the healing properties of this place. According to The Kelp Travel Guide's "Four Steps to a Great Vacation," you must explore and treat your eyes to everything the place has to offer. This is what you will do here. The magical view of the River Ganges is out of the world and interacting with the locals will give you a lifetime experience.

2. Parmarth Niketan
Rishikesh is also known as the Yoga Capital of the World. We bet you would fall in love with fitness once you visit this place. The abunbdance of beautiful gardens and sacred atmosphere atrract pilgrims from all over the world to attend Yoga sessions. Your family will enjoy the neighborhood of this place which is full of greenery.

3. The Beatles Ashram
The Kelp Travel Guide's "Four Steps to a Great Vacation" suggests knowing the history of a city well in order to fulfil your dream of a great vacation. The Beatles Ashram is exactly what you need to visit to know the history of the place. The Beatles visited Rishikesh to attend a session of Meditation in 1968. This visit altered the way the world looked at Indian Spirituality. 

Pay a a visit and explore the rest of the charm yourself.

5 Best offbeat places visit near Delhi in 2017

posted Aug 19, 2016, 2:19 PM by Winner Pandey   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 3:30 AM ]


Nature lovers prefer to travel in the month of March, Aprill, May, June, July, August and September because mother nature expresses her true beauty in this season. If you love the sight of greenery all around or if you want to feel the nature in its pure form, now is the time. MHET Club has picked few destinations for you which are easily accessible from Delhi in comparison to other metro cities. India is a land of diversified landscapes, from lush green mountains to cold desserts, India has something for everyone. Check out these handpicked getaways to enjoy some fun time in the lap of nature!

5 Best offbeat places visit near Delhi in 2017


1. Valley of flowers | Uttarakhand :


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World Heritage site, the Valley Of Flowers is situated near Badrinath/Joshimath. This place is famous for sprawling meadows of numerous species of flowers, the fauna here is also rich including rare and endangered animals like the snow leopard, musk deer and the brown bear. This place is one of the most beautiful places to visit in August-September in India as it’s the time when new flowers and plants start germinating and burst into full bloom. The mighty Himalayan peaks nestle this virtual paradise on Earth.

How to Reach:
Nearest Railway station is Rishikesh and Govindghat is the nearest bus stand which is around 18 kms away from the Valley of Flowers.
Total distance from Delhi is 505 kms.


2. Lahaul Spiti | Himachal : 
(Pin Parvati Pass)


Lahaul Spiti Pin Pass trek valley mhet club 
lahaul spiti pin pass trek mhet club


The Valleys of Lahaul- Spiti resemble the terrain of Ladakh, hence this place is also known as mini Ladakh. It is one of the sparsely populated areas and is ideal for a place for some solitude. The best way to enjoy the beauty of this place is by doing the famous Pin Parvati Pass trek. This place also offers a lot of adventure activities such as exciting wildlife trails, skiing and Yak Safari. There are beautiful monasteries alongside some unique shrines that reflects the customs and faith of this region. Nature lovers and adventure seekers often travel here for the love of trekking, mountaineering and solace. Lahaul-Spiti are not easily accessible during winters as the Manali-Leh route is closed and the other route from Shimla via Kinnaur also sees heavy snowfall. Hence, Lahaul-Spiti is one of the best places to visit in August in India.

How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Kalka Station at a distance of 466 Km
Nearest Airport: Kullu Airport at a distance 294 Kms
By Road: 14 Hours from Delhi (729 Km)

Regular bus service from Manali / Shimla.


3. Leh | Ladakh :


Leh Ladakh Pangong lake mhet club 
Leh Ladakh shanti stupa mhet club

The dream of every traveller, Ladakh is one of the best monsoon destinations in India. It hardly rains in the cold desert but the unmatched beauty and the adrenaline rush to travel through the rugged beauty is one of the adventures of a lifetime. We have kept Ladakh in the third place because of its long distance from Delhi. This part of Jammu and Kashmir remains closed half the year and opens during the monsoon. The monsoon month, August is the ideal time to travel. If you want to escape heavy rains and see raw beauty, Ladakh should definitely be a part of your travelogueA favorite choice for adventure seekers, this remote place of India is truly a destination of contrasting beauties: rugged cold dessert hills-crystal clear pristine blue lakes, Peaceful Buddhist monasteries-colourful festivals, visit Leh Ladakh and get lost in its endless beauty. Unlike other places of India, monsoon period is regarded as the best time to capture Leh Ladakh in your memory.

How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu at a distance 706 Kms
Nearest Airport: Leh Airport
By Road: 24 Hours from Delhi (1,022 Km)

Direct bus service from Delhi (ISBT) to Leh has also started.

When to go:
May – August

Things to do:
Visit Pangong Tso Lake, Take a jeep safari in Himalayas, Trek along the Zanskar


4. Chopta - Deoria tal | Uttarakhand :



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Chopta is one of the dream destinations for nature lovers and photographers. The whole place changes it's character from morning to evening with Rhodendron (buransh) flowers changing from white to red as the sun moves on top, the place continues expressing different emotions that keeps photographers attracted through the day. Chopta valley is the start point for trekking to Tungnath and Chandrashila peak. Tungnath is famous for the highest temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The region is rich in varied flora and fauna. Rhododendron and deodar trees are found in abundant through out the trek. Also potter services are available on this trek.
Deoria Tal is an emerald lake perched at an elevation of 2,438 mts above sea level is nowadays attracting eco-tourists worldwide. During early morning on a clear day, Devariya Tal blesses the tourists with reflections of Himalayan peaks on its crystal clear water.

How to reach:
Deoria tal is approimately 2 km from Saari village near Ukhimath in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Reach Haridwar/Rishikesh by train (or Bus) and you can get buses or shared jeeps till Ukhimath. You can get shared jeeps from Ukhimath to Saari village.

Things to do:
Trekking, camping, village/jungle walk etc.


5. Treks near Manali | Himachal :


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mhet club bhrigu lake beas kund



Manali is a land of green landscapes and snow covered peaks. For adventure seekers August is the best time to visit Manali. One should definitely explore the option of doing treks like Bhrigu lake and Beas kund. This is also the best time to visit rohtang pass and jogini waterfall. 
Best activity: trekking, camping

How to Reach: Direct buses from ISBT Delhi to Manali.


If you need assistance in planning visits to above mentioned destinations click (here)



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