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Chopta - Auli : The Great Winter Escape

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In the laps of the mighty Himalayas in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand lie the epitome of adventure and mystic - Chandrashila and Auli. At an elevation of approximately 13000 feet above sea level, the Chandrashila Summit is undisputedly one of the most sought-after treks in Uttarakhand. With easy accessibility, it draws trekkers, photographers (Insta-worthy shots guaranteed!), tourists, wanderers, history enthusiasts, bird watchers or simply someone who is just searching for peace, tranquility and rejuvenation. During winters the snow turns the pathway into something unreal. The Tungnath temple of Panch Kedar, in particular, offers a mesmerizing panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba during a clear sky day. Adding Cherry to the Top is ‘Auli’ - A paradise on earth. It is a man-made ski ground and popular “Skiing” spot in India. Locally people call it “Auli Bugyal” i.e., meadows. Thousands of visitors every year visit Auli for many activities and nearby attractions. In Auli, one can enjoy panoramic views of lofty Himalayas. Auli looks more astounding in winters because of snow-covered landscapes. Well, we suggest you why not just visit us and decide for yourself. This soulful Chopta-Auli tour traces the path from Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila, Sari-Deoriatal, Joshimath to Auli. Each place is like the extra layer of frosting to the cake, and it is the most magical adventure. So, strap up your bags to join the most extraordinary Auli trip with an extremely passionate group of people! It will most likely emerge as a perfect start to your lifelong tryst with the Himalayas.

Dev Prayag - Confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi

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Journey from Delhi to Chopta via Rishikesh (450 km drive). The journey starts from Delhi. Time is of the essence in a trekking experience. Chopta is 450 km away from Delhi and takes approximately 14 hours to reach. Route -We make our way through Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkee, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Ukhimath before reaching Chopta the following day. The journey to Rishikesh is an overnight one, after that we buckle up for another 8 hours of a little strenuous yet stunning mountain drive! Most part of the journey traverses the mountainside, with the river flowing below you. (Don’t forget to take pictures at the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers at Devprayag)

Acclimatization

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Tempo Traveller / Ertiga / Swift Desire or similar

Tents

Swiss Tent on Sharing basis

Dinner

(Evening Tea or Soup (5 - 6 pm))

About 35 km after Rudraprayag, we take the road to Kedarnath. You will continue traveling on this road to arrive at Chopta via Agastyamuni (named after the famous saint Augustya and also a small marketplace for the vicinity villages) and Ukhimath (A tiny hamlet also known for being the winter seat of Kedarnath). The estimated arrival time is around lunch. Long journeys can be exhausting for some, hence this fairly early arrival gives you time to relax and rejuvenate, and for those not too tired from the journey it is a picturesque campsite, an eye candy for the shutterbugs. You can go around the campsite and explore the trails around. The forests around here appear like those straight out of a movie. Early to bed and early to rise is definitely what we prefer. We advise our travelers to get proper rest before we get up, close, and personal with Chandrashila also known lovingly as the Moonpeak the following day.

Tungnath Temple - World's Highest Shiva Temple

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Tents

Breakfast, Dinner

(Evening Tea or Soup (5- 6 pm))

Up, Uppity Up! As we gear up for the most enthralling day of the Deoriatal Chopta Chandrashila trek we attempt to see the sunrise from the summit which is one of the most captivating and unparalleled of any sunrises that you might have witnessed. (If the weather gods permit). This reminds us there are various legends associated with this place. According to popular folklore, 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. The trek from Chopta to Tungnath is approximately 3 km in distance and a further 1.5 km steep ascent leads to the summit of Chandrashila. The trail till Tungnath from Chopta is a well-paved cemented trail and further from Tungnath to Chandrashila, the trail becomes a little rickety. For those who are ardent lovers of history - The Tungnath Temple is one of the Panch Kedar temples and is considered the highest temple of Lord Shiva in the world. The legend states that sage Vyas Rishi advised the Pandavas that since they were responsible for killing their own kin the Kauravas during the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharat, their act could be pardoned only by Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva being miffed with Pandavas disguised himself as a bull. Parts of this bull appeared in 5 different places, each of these identified as a Panch Kedar. The Pandavas built temples at each of these locations to seek penance, worship, blessings and pardon from Lord Shiva. Tungnath is identified as the place where the hands were seen. The trek is pleasant but is a very steep climb. It ascends sharply towards the end. You can also notice a change in the landscape due to an increase in altitude. The tree line ends before Tungnath temple and after that, you may find only shrubs. It normally takes around 3 hours to reach the Tunganth temple from Chopta and another 1 hour to reach the Chandrashila summit from the temple. Once at the top of the peak, you get a panoramic view of the mountains of Garhwal and Kumaon. The Chandrashila Peak is at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level. It offers perfect panoramic views of remarkable peaks of Uttarakhand such as Kedarnath, Mandani, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, Hathi, Ghodi, etc. After capturing some beautiful shots at the summit, the trek back to Chopta is via the same route taken while ascending. It takes approx. 30 minutes to reach Tungnath and another 60 -90 minutes to reach Chopta from Tungnath.

Kalpavriksha Narsingh Temple Shankarcharya Math

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Tempo Traveller / Ertiga / Swift Desire or similar

Hotel

Sharing Basis

Breakfast, Dinner

(Evening Tea or Soup (5 - 6 pm))

Bid adieu to Chopta. Reach Joshimath and relax for a while. Style yourself up and you can opt to shop in the market of Joshimath. or could also visit Kalpavriksha, Narsingh Temple, Shankarcharya Math, head back to Joshimath and enjoy the rest of the night.

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Tempo Traveler / Ertiga / Swift Desire or similar

Hotel

Breakfast, Dinner

(Evening Tea or Soup (5 - 6 pm))

Up, Uppity Up! As we gear up for the most enthralling day of the itinerary, we head towards Auli. The distance from Joshimath to Auli is approx. 9 km, a 15-20 mins drive. Get ready for adventurous activities including skiing, chairlift rides, rope-way rides and so much more. Post spending the day at Auli later in the evening head back to Joshimath to retire for the day.

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Tempo Traveler / Ertiga / Swift Desire or similar

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast

Bidding farewell to Auli we drive back to Delhi, bid your goodbyes to your new friends, and fall back to the comfort of your home with all the beautiful memories from the trip. We arrive in Delhi late night or early morning the following day.

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2 Nights accommodation in Swiss Camps in Chopta 2 Night Accommodations in Hotel in Joshimath (Hotel Dhanesh or Similar) Meals ( All Veg): Chopta (4 Meals in total 2 Dinners + 2 Breakfasts) Joshimath (4 Meals in total 2 Dinners + 2 Breakfasts) Trekking guide for Tungnath Chandrashila trekking. Exclusive Non-AC Vehicle dedicated for the Group during the entire Tour Vehicle type: Tempo Traveler/Ertiga/swift Dezire or similar Driver Allowances, toll taxes, parking, state taxes. Forest entry fees

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