Tungnath offers something to every one, be it a hardcore devotee or an ardent nature lover or adventurous lots. A mountain in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Tungnath is an enchanting location where the nature is fabulously adorned with pictorial vistas. Renowned as one of the Panch Kedars, this rocky terrain boasts of the obeisance of Shiva, the destroyer lord.
As a part of the mystical Garhwal region, Tungnath conjure up the profiles of legendary tales and abundant beauty. It is believed that it was here at Tungnath that the hands of Lord Shiva came in to rest while he tried to peter out from the Pandavas. And it is also believed that the present temple is built by the Pandavas to appease the Lord. The place boast of a serene and devout ambience where one can feel the presence of the almighty.
Along with its profound divinity, Tungnath is all set to fascinate the visitors with its fascinating and idyllic surroundings. A delightful haven for trekkers, this place unravels the unparalleled beauty of the Gharwal countryside. One would be exhilarated with the exciting scenery of a gushing cascade, which looks as if it were come down directly from the heaven.
Though the trekking route is covered with brawny stones, the marvelous view of the highly embellished meandering pastures makes ones trek an awe inspiring one. As the trek progresses the meadows would make their way to pink, white and mauve Rhododendrons.
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Pahari, Garhwali, Hindi Best
Best Season: Mar – Oct
Weather: Summer 22-45°C,
Altitude: 1814 m
Chopta is situated on Gopeshwar-Ukhimath road at an altitude of 2900 mts. It is about 4 km far from Tungnath and is the main place for trekking to Tungnath.
At an Altitude of 2387mts, Deoria Lake is situated on Ukhimath-Chopta road. The lake is surrounded by snow covered hills of Chaukhamba range. Deoria Lake is an attraction for trek-lovers and for one who loves camping.
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary:
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary is a dense forest, situated around 7 km from Chopta. The sanctuary is spread over 6 square kilometres.
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun 232 kms.
The nearest railhead, Rishikesh, is 215 kms.
Tungath can be reached on the Kund-Gopeshwar road up to Chopta, 212 kms. from Rishikesh via Chamoli-Gopeshwar-Chopta route. Buses and taxis ply along the route. From Chopta, the Tungnath temple is 3 kms. trekaway.