A solo expedition to the world's highest Shiva Temple- Chopta Tungnath Deoria Tal

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18th Dec 2018
Photo of A solo expedition to the world's highest Shiva Temple- Chopta Tungnath Deoria Tal by Ayush Kumar
Day 1

After finally convincing my mind for the solo trip I started off my journey by filling up the riding obsession inside me. It was my maiden solo trip on my classic 350. I was really excited about this one and was also little afraid at some point of time. I started off my journey at 9 in the morning and headed towards Sari village which was my first major halt. The total distance I had to chase was 233 Km. The route I picked up is shown below.

Photo of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar

Confluence of Alaknanda(on left) and Bhagirathi(on right) is the origin of holy river Ganga

Photo of Devaprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar

The condition of the road was poor because of the ongoing project of all weather road. I had to face many roadblocks starting from Rishikesh till Agastmuni. I experienced a sudden drop in temperature after Rudraprayag. By 5 in the evening I reached Sari village and contacted my travel agent about my booking site. Within 5 mins I met the owner of the camp. It was a warm welcome by those people and they offered me some tea along with some snacks.

Sunset from Sari village

Photo of Sari, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar

After taking some rest of 20 mins we started trkking towards the campsite near Deoria Tal lake. The distance of trek was 2.5 Km from Sari. As I was totally tired because of riding whole day I faced a little trouble climbing up and eventually the camp instructor asked me to handover my luggage to him. We completed the trek in an hour and finally reached the campsite. There I met the cook of the camp who was already up there preparing some delicious food for me from firewood. After having dinner I passed out in my camp at 10 pm.

Photo of Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand by Ayush Kumar
Day 2

The next day I woke up at 6:30 in morning. I captured some of the beautiful pictures of the snow covered peaks and flora.

A view of Chaukhamba peak

Photo of Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand by Ayush Kumar

Camping at Deoria Tal

Photo of Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand by Ayush Kumar
Photo of Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand by Ayush Kumar

Deoria Tal lake(Reflection Lake)

Photo of Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand by Ayush Kumar

After having my breakfast we trekked downward and after bidding the farewell to the camp instructor I started off my journey towards my next campsite at Dugalbitta. The ride was little tough because of the snow covered roads. Luckily I didn't slip.

If you think you've had enough adventure in life then think again

Photo of Duggal Bittha, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar

After reaching camp I dropped my luggage and carried my small backpack for trekking. I reached Chopta by 12:30 pm and immediately started my trek towards Tungnath. The trek is 5Km long and the difficult part is that it's covered in the snow during this part of the year.

Snow trek is like one step forward and two steps backward

Photo of Chopta, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar
Photo of Chopta, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar

First glimpse of Temple

Photo of Chopta, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar

After 2 hours I finally reached the temple and the view from the top took away my breath. It was so mesmerising to watch those mighty snow covered himalayas from Tungnath temple.

Highest Shiva Temple in the world

Photo of Tungnath, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar
Photo of Tungnath, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar

By 5 in the evening I reached Chopta and returned back to my camp. After having dinner I went back to sleep.

Flycatcher campsite

Photo of A solo expedition to the world's highest Shiva Temple- Chopta Tungnath Deoria Tal by Ayush Kumar
Day 3

After having aloo paratha in the breakfast I paid my visit to Omkareshwar Temple which is the winter abode of lord Kedar.

Photo of Ukhimath, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar
Photo of Ukhimath, Uttarakhand, India by Ayush Kumar

By 6 in the evening I safely reached my home and it was all together a wonderful trip I ever had in my life.

Things to remember- Don't forget to carry some quality woolen clothes along with a good pair of hiking shoes, waterproof gloves, power-bank and mositurizer. The total Expense of the trip came out to be somewhere around 5k which includes the fuel, stay and food. Don't litter around the place and try to spread the cleanliness. I will also provide the contact number of my campsite.

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