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|Elevation||4,100 m (13,500 ft)|
|Parent range||Garhwal Himalaya|
Chandrashila is summit of the Tungnath . It literally means "Moon Rock". It is located at a height of about 4,100 metres (13,500 ft) above sea level. This peak provides views of the Himalayas, including Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. There are various legends associated with this place. According to one such legend, this is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana. Another legend says that moon-god Chandra spent time here in penance.
Bus can be directly taken up to Ukhimath or Gopeshwar from Haridwar or Dehradun which takes about 10 hours to reach from there to Chopta hiring a jeep or shared basis. Chopta is well connected by motorable roads with major towns of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Follow NH58 until you reach Rudraprayag and after reaching Rudraprayag follow the route to Kedarnath and take right turn to Ukhimath. Chopta is situated 29 km from Ukhimath. Chopta is also accessible from Gopeshwar. Buses and taxis to Chopta are available from major towns of Uttarakhand region.
By Rail: The nearest railhead to Chopta is Rishikesh situated 209 km away. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major cities of India. Buses and Taxis to Chopta and Ukhimath are easily available from Rishikesh. By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport of Chopta, situated 226 km away in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. The remaining journey has to be covered ether in a taxi or in a bus. Taxis are easily available to Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Ukhimath and Chopta from Jolly Grant Airport.
Chopta distance chart
- Ukhimath to Chopta – 29 km
- Delhi to Chopta – 451 km
- Meerut to Chopta – 368 km
- Rishikesh to Chopta – 209 km
- Haridwar to Chopta – 225 km
- Pauri to Chopta – 126 km
- Dehradun to Chopta – 246 km
- Mussoorie to Chopta – 212 km
- Devprayag to Chopta – 130 km
- Tehri Garhwal to Chopta – 151 km
- Kotdwar to Chopta – 229 km
- Joshimath to Chopta – 92 km
- Srinagar to Chopta – 96 km
- Kedarnath to Chopta – 64 km
- Rudraprayag to Chopta – 63 km
- Gopeshwar to Chopta – 41 km
- Badrinath to Chopta – 136 km
From Chopta it is a 6 km trek.
Chandrashila treks are one of the most popular treks among Indian trekking enthusiasts. The trek to the peak is 5 km. The trek route that starts from Chopta takes one to Tungnath (highest Shiva temple in the World), from here it is a kilometer long, and a steep trek. Though shorter in distance, steep climbing makes this trek rigorous.
This trek is undertaken throughout the year although during winter season due to snowfall this trek becomes hard as road to Chopta gets closed. Trekkers use a different route during this period (Deoria Tal - Duggalbitta - Tungnath - Chandrashila).
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