Chopta Uttarakhand's Mini Switzerland


Chopta, nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, is often called the "mini Switzerland" due to its picturesque beauty.

located at an altitude of approximately 2,608  meters, is surrounded by lush meadows and pristine snow-capped peaks,  making it a perfect holiday destination throughout the year.

In summer, Chopta offers a pleasant climate, while in monsoon it appears  refreshingly green, and in winter, it transforms into a snow-covered  fairyland.

Chopta lies at the heart of the Panch Kedar, housing the five holiest Shiva temples of Uttarakhand: Kedarnath and Madmaheshwar to the left, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar to the right, and Tungnath above it.

Additionally, Chopta is a haven for birdwatchers, with over 240 species  of birds, including Himalayan monal, Himalayan swiftlet, Himalayan  griffon, scarlet finch, and hill partridge.

Dugalbitta, Mandal village, Makkumath, and the Tungnath trek route are the best places to watch birds.

Chopta to Tungnath trek is a 5 km moderate trek from Chopta to the highest Shiva temple in the world. It offers stunning views and passes through lush green forest. Takes 3-4 hours. Best time is summer months.

National and international conservation and biodiversity organizations  have recognized Chopta as an important bird-watching site.

Visit Chopta is during summer (March to June) for trekking, camping and exploring; monsoon season (July to September) for lush greenery and photography; and winter (October to February) for snowfall and winter sports.

To reach Chopta, take a flight to Jolly Grant Airport, or a train to Haridwar, then hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Chopta, which is approximately 220 km away.

Pack light woolen clothes for summer, light raincoat or umbrella for monsoon, and heavy woolen clothes for winter when visiting Chopta. Check weather forecast before packing.

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