There are only a handful of places which still maintain their natural beauty and Chopta is one of a kind. The whole area of Chopta comes in the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary and lies in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.
One can feel the freshness in the air the minute you arrive in Chopta. Miles & miles of grasslands, ( called bugyals in local language or alpine meadows) carpet of trees, fantastic views of the snow clad Himalayan peaks and streams & waterfalls singing their own symphony is truly a delight.
No wonder, it is called Mini Switzerland of India because of the fantastic views it offers. If you are a nature lover or bird watcher or want to have a chance encounters with wild animals, then this is the place for you.
For Shiva devotees, this is an ideal place as Panch Kedar are accessible from this area
Camping in the High Meadows of Chopta:
Camping in the woods has its own charm and helps you become one with nature. Camp is beautifully set up in the backdrop of snow peaks & meadows in front. There is a seasonal stream and you can hear it symphony during monsoons and before winters.
Deoriatal ( Alt: 2387 m)
The lovely Deoriatal reflects the Chaukhamba peak on its placid still waters. The serene waters of the lake are filled with trout here, but to go fishing one must have the permission of the DFO, Gopeshwar
The trek to Deorital starts from a quaint village Sari, and it is an uphill walk of 2 kms which should take 1hr to 2 hrs depending on your fitness level. The walk itself is quite beautiful through rhododendron trees and path is a stone path.
One of the easy treks suitable for all age groups is the Chandrashila trek
Tungnath is the highest of the Panch Kedars, situated at an altitude of 12,000 ft but it is very easy to access. It is an easy 3.5 km trek from Chopta on a centuries old cheh footia ( 6 feet ) path, a cobble street.
The Chandrashila peak (meaning Moon Rock) is another 1.5 km climb from the Tungnath temple looming above.
The trek can be done both in winters (it is heavenly in snow) as well as in summers when the whole area is covered with shades of green