Finally, at 1pm I reached the top "Chandrashila" after the continuous 5Km trek. My first reaction was " Wtf I did it!" the feeling was like Out of the world. A scintillating panoramic view of The Himalayas was right in front of my eyes. This peak provides a spectacular view of the Himalayas, especially Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks.
Enjoy the Slideshow view!!
Tips for people travelling to Chopta:
The best time to visit is from April to November. Chopta is also a popular destination during the winter months due to the snowfall that the area experiences. If you want to enjoy Snow visit in late January. The average temperature in Shimla during summers ranges from 10°C to 25°C and in winters temperature goes below 0°C and one can enjoy the chilling yet shivery weather. temperature ranges from -12°C to 12°C. The ideal duration for staying in Chopta is 2-3 days. You can easily avail hotel accommodation at a nominal price. It starts from cheapest of Rs500 to a high of 3k per night. If you're visiting during holiday time or in-season the hotel charge hike due to heavy demand. Hotels are available all the way from for 7km till Chopta. You can also take camp for your stay but since it is not advisable. The Major places to visit in Chopta is Tungnath temple, Chandrashila, Sari village, Deoria Tal. It is an ideal for adventure seekers and trekkers. Also family can also enjoy the stay in this beautiful place. It is the best place to experience peace from the rush of the city life. You can reach Chopta via air, road, train. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is located at a distance of 221Km from Chopta. The nearest rail network is Haridwar located at a distance of 190Km. There's no direct roadways service from Delhi to Chopta. You need to pick bus for either Srinagar or Rishikesh/Haridwar from Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate. The best option is to take the bus from Delhi to Srinagar. You can easily get local bus service until Rudraprayag which is 25Km from Chopta. Later, you need to take sharing cab or book your own till Ukimath or Chopta whichever feasible. Ukhimath is the nearest place from Chopta. It is 29Km away from Chopta. Chopta is situated on the road connecting Guptkashi and Gopeshwar. The local bus fare from Srinagar to Rudraprayag is Rs50 per individual and it takes almost an hour. If you take sharing cab from Rudraprayag it will charge Rs 100 for Ukhimath or Rs200 until Chopta. For trekkers especially, do carry some chocolates, it will help you gain essential calorie during the trek, 3-4 will be sufficient. Always wear trekking shoes don't try to trek in normal shoes especially if there's snow. There's a high probability you will slip and find it difficult to trek. In case, you don't have such shoes you can avail on rent at a nominal rate of Rs200. It is advisable to carry trekking gear. Do carry hot water during winters because water in a normal bottle will start getting frozen. Carry 3 pair of socks for the trip, and skin cares essential if possible. Heavy woollen clothes including windproof jacket and cap during the month of December and January. A face mask is must for winters, it will help you trek for long without letting you tired. Rest basic medicines like paracetamol tablet, Enerzal or relyte powder for boosting energy, Digene, cotton and ointment.
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