Chopta- Chandrashila Trek

Tripoto
5th Apr 2016

MY DREAM IS TO FLY!!

Photo of Chopta- Chandrashila Trek by Hinal Shah

Chopta Chandrashila is a quite popular choice among trekkers for the beauty it offers along the way. Dense forest trails, beautiful rhododendron flowers, bird species, Tungnath temple and Chandrashila peak being cherry on the top. But it is more special to me as this was also my first volunteering experience on a trek. And I got a hands on experience of the saying grass is greener on the other side! :D

We were a group of 30 ranging from teenagers to some super inspiring senior citizens and started our journey from Surat, Gujarat. The cost mentioned here is Surat to Surat all including train tickets, bus/cab, stay, food, adventure activities and rafting, sight seeing at Hrishikesh.

You may think half of these bags would be filled with "Thepla" but they were not! :p

Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Hinal Shah

About 3 km steep ascent from Sari village. The locals believe this is the lake where Yaksha had asked questions to Pandavas, the incident from Mahabharata. Tourists are advised to refrain from entering the lake till date due to stories of people disappearing in the lake.

Photo of Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand by Hinal Shah
Photo of Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand by Hinal Shah

View of mighty Chokhambha peak from Deoria Tal campsite.

Photo of Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand by Hinal Shah

Forest Trails!

Photo of Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand by Hinal Shah

Happiness is sunsets like this!

Photo of Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand by Hinal Shah

A mesmerizing fully blossomed rhododendron tree!

Photo of Chopta, Uttarakhand, India by Hinal Shah

This picture doesn't do enough justice to how beautiful it actually was! This was straight out of a fairyland for me.

Photo of Chopta, Uttarakhand, India by Hinal Shah
Photo of Chopta, Uttarakhand, India by Hinal Shah
Photo of Chopta, Uttarakhand, India by Hinal Shah

My girl gang showing some LOVE!

Photo of Chopta, Uttarakhand, India by Hinal Shah
Photo of Tungnath, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Hinal Shah
Photo of Tungnath, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Hinal Shah

Summit to Chandrashila!! The final patch from Tungnath to Chandrashila is really challenging. Looks easy but definitely tests your endurance.

Photo of Chandrashila, Tungnath, Uttarakhand by Hinal Shah

A morning in Hrishikesh!

Photo of Hrishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Hinal Shah

My first ever rafting experience and that too in the white waters of The Ganga!! Did I tell you I have a fear of water bodies? But what's the point if you don't challenge yourself?

Photo of Hrishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Hinal Shah

GROUP PIC TO BANTA HAI!!

Photo of Chopta, Uttarakhand, India by Hinal Shah
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