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Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Chopta March 31st 2020

Tungnath temple (12,073 feet) - world's highest Shiva temple According to our Puranas, Rishi Vyasa told the Pandavas to pray to Lord Shiva and beg for forgiveness as they were going to kill their cousins – the Kauravas in the unavoidable war. The Pandavas went in search of Lord Shiva, but Shiva was not willing to forgive them and hence went into hiding underground at Guptakashi (which came from the name - Gupt meaning secret and Kashi – abode of Shiva). The Pandavas still managed to find him but Shiva then rematerialized himself in the form of the bull’s body parts at 5 different locations – namely Panch Kedar – the places being Tungnath (bull’s hands), Kedarnath (hump), Rudranath (head), MadhyaMaheshwar (navel) and Kalpeshwar (hair).... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Chopta March 31st 2020

Hiking is becoming very popular in recent times and trekking/hiking in the Himalayan ranges in unparalleled. The beauty of the snow-capped ranges, quietness, peace, serene surroundings, peaceful villages and villagers in those areas is addictive for most trekkers. If one is looking for a good beginners’ trek with incredible spiritual significance as well – one of my favourite one is the Chopta-Chandrashila 5-day trek. The trekking path is easy for reasonably fit people and has absolutely gorgeous beauty – where you get to camp beside lakes and on lush green meadows overlooking the mighty Himalayan ranges. How do you get there? Day1 You can start your trek at Rishikesh (which is my all-time favourite location for a trek start due to its spiritual + modern atmosphere – Yoga and Aarthi by the Ganga and at the ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Chopta March 31st 2020

When the Pandavas were in exile, they were once very thirsty. The youngest of them Nakul set out to get some water for all. He saw this beautiful lake and walked towards it to drink some water. Just then he heard the voice of a Yaksha who told him that he is the owner of this lake and hence Nakul can have the water only after he answers the questions asked by Yaksha. Nakul ignored Yaksha and began drinking the water, however dropped dead after a few drops. His brothers started looking for him and one by one reached the lake and in thirst drank the water – all ignoring Yaksha’s command. Sahadev, Arjun and Bheema dropped one after the other. Finally, Yudhisthira landed there and was in shock seeing all his brothers lying beside the ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Chopta May 5th 2018

It had been stressful at work over the last few weeks and the temperature had soared to around 40 deg Celsius in Hyderabad. Staying at home getting fried did not seem enticing given the heat. As it had been a while since I had been to any trek, I thought what better way to chill than at the Himalayas. I looked for a few options in my bucket list but most of them were more than 7 days and I was not in a position to take such a long vacation. As I was browsing through Indiahikes, I saw Deoriatal Chandrashila trek as one of the options since it was of 5 days duration and was supposed to have beautiful views. The trek was also popular for the wildlife especially the variety of birds along the ... read more
Confluence of Rivers at Devaprayag
View from Sari
Wheat grain macro

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Chopta June 5th 2010

Most people have heard the names of Kedarnath and Badrinath. But few may have heard the name of Tungnath. This is also a famous pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva, and falls on the way between Kedarnath and Badrinath. Anywhere in the Himalayan hills if there is a pilgrimage, there is usually a nice spot to trek to as well. As we were searching for a quick getaway to warm our feet before a longer trek in the summer of 2010, we came across Chandrasila (4090 metres) which is few metres higher on the way to Tungnath (3680 metres). The village at the base of Tungnath is called Chopta. When you check the distance of Chopta from Delhi, it is does not look too far. So we started on a Saturday morning with a plan to ... read more
tea stall at Chopta
sunset from tea stall
first touch




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