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Tungnath - World's Highest Lord Shiva Temple

Chopta is named “Mini Switzerland”. Being a graceful place, Chopta is extremely popular among adventure and nature lovers. this is often the perfect place for those who want to spend a while on the brink of nature. This Scenic place isn't only known for the journey activities but also its sanctity. The Tungnath temple, the very best Shiva temple in the world, makes it a more famous place. Chopta is especially famous for trekking and there are four trekking places in Chopta; Chandra Shila Trek, Tungnath Trek, Deorital, and Ukhimath. it's a favorite place for trekking for all travelers who visit this stunning place. This valley is crammed with rhododendron flowers in the summer while in winters with snow which makes it more favorable for trekking and camping lovers. During the Tungnath trek stunning lakes, greenery forests, and birds are often seen which provides blessed feelings to travelers.

Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva in the world. it's believed that the temple is quite 1000 years old. This temple is one among the panch Kedars and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. consistent with mythology Vyas Rishi told the Pandavas that they're vicious of killing their cousins within the war of Mahabharat and it can only be let off by Lord Shiva. Pandavas started searching Lord Shiva within the Himalayas but Lord Shiva was avoiding them as they were guilty. to avoid Pandavas, Lord Shiva disguised as a bull and hidden in the underground. This place is now called a Shiva Temple. aside from religious Tungnath is additionally known for trekking and people who love adventure can enjoy trekking here.

History of Tungnath Temple

During the epic Mahabharata period, Pandavas fought a battle against their brothers and loved ones. In that battle, they killed their family members. They did a cruel deed and got cursed for doing “Brahmahatya”. Now for atonement after doing such a deed lord Krishna and Saint Ved Vayas the writer of the Epic Mahabharata told them to worship and find lord Shiva it's only Shiva who can set them free from a Frightful deed.

In search of Lord Shiva, they came to the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. They started doing austerity for lord shiva. But Lord Shiva was angry with them and didn't manifest in front of them. Pandavas became frustrated and desperate, so lord shiva decided to manifest but in secret form and he decided to take the form of a bull to test Pandavas if they could make out whether the bull was lord Shiva itself or not. The place where lord shiva stayed is known as “Gupt Kashi” and there is a Vishvanath temple also in GuptKashi. Guptkashi is on the way to Kedarnath Dham.

Bhim among the Pandavas was able to recognize that its lord shiva in the form of a bull, lord Shiva didn't want them to see him so, he tried to run but Bhim caught his tail and lord Shiva banged into the mountains and the body of the bull was divided into several parts. The torso from his body remained at Kedarnath and till today his torso is worshipped. The face falls is Rudranath, his arm falls at Tungnath, hairs at Kalpeshwar, and the hind part of his body in Madmaheshwar. Lord Shiva manifested in front of Pandavas and told them that in Kalyug no one can visually see me; they can worship my “Pind” in Kedarkhand.

Tungnath Trek

Chopta is the start line of the Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek which is one of the prominent treks of Uttarakhand. Tungnath is situated in proximity to a small village that's surrounded by lush green Pine, Rhododendron, and Deodar trees. this is often a perfect trek destination for beginners because the level of difficulty during this trek is extremely minimal and is one of the simplest treks. While trekking you'll explore some breathtaking sites including Shiva temple, the view of the Mighty Himalayas, the luxurious green paranormal view, and far more to start this trek, first you would like to reach Chopta by a motorable vehicle, and after a halt, in Chopta subsequent day you'll be trekking for 4 kilometers to be at Tungnath and then, you would like to trek for 1.5 kilometers further to reach Chandrashila and after exploring the location you would like to trek right down to Chopta again. The entire trek is often completed only at some point. you'll be astonished by the view of Panchachuli peaks, Neelkanth, Nanda Devi, and Kedarnath which are all covered during the trek.

Why is Tungnath Famous?

Tungnath is famous for experiencing trekking activity and also visiting the world’s highest shrine of Lord Shiva. Tungnath is located at an elevation of 12070 meters so you need to be physically fit to do this trek, as it is located at a height but the trekking level is easy. The base camp is located at Chopta and from there you need to trek for at least 4 kilometers to reach Tungnath and then it's just 1.5 km which you need to cover more to reach Chandrashila. Tungnath trek is undertaken by various beginner adventure persons and can easily be covered by a group of friends and family. This frequently visited trek will offer you a mesmerizing view of Himalayan pics such as Nanda Devi, Trishul, Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, etc the trek route is like a blessing for an individual who is seeking some peace and tranquility. On the way, you can spot various Deodar trees, Green Meadows, the splendid shrine of Tungnath, and the Chandrashila temple where the younger brother of Lord Rama i.e. Lakshman meditated.

Altitude: 12070 feet of Tungnath

Duration: The complete trek can be done in one day

Temperature: Summer 10°C to 32°C, Monsoon 9°C to 27°C, Winter 9°C to -8°C

Trek Distance: The distance of the trek from Chopta to Tungnath is 4km

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Points to be taken into consideration while trekking

  • You need to have a tracking stick without that you can't Move in the mountains.
  • No tight-on body-hugging clothes are allowed.
  • You need to wear light clothes which can dry easily.
  • You need to hire a trekking guide to explore the mountains and roam around the nearby places.
  • Your body should be fully hydrated and you need to carry a water bottle along with you on the trek.
  • A pair of raincoats should be taken along on the trek.
  • You should have good Sports or trekking shoes.
  • While moving upward you should put down your heel first and while coming downwards you need to walk on your flat foot.
  • Any kind of meditation should only be taken after the Consultants of the trek guide.

How to Reach  Tungnath

By Rail: Haridwar and Rishikesh railway stations are the nearest railway stations that are connected to the major cities of India. From the railway station, you can hire local bus private vehicles for taxis to reach Chopta which is the base camp for the trek.

By Road: There are many private buses, taxis, and government buses that run from Haridwar to Chopta. The total distance between Haridwar and Chopta is around 200 km which can be covered in 8 hours.

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport which is located in Dehradun. From the airport, you can hire any local vehicle for a cab to reach Chopta by covering a distance of 179 kilometers in 6 hours.

Best time to Visit Tungnath

Though it is often visited throughout the year the best time is during the summer season. The weather of Chopta in summer remains safe and sound. Adventure lovers can trek and camp here due to the ideal weather. thanks to snowfall, this valley has become the mini Switzerland of India, and adventure lovers enjoy trekking in winter also but it needs some extra effort.


During the summer months, the weather of Chopta remains clear and present. The Mighty Himalayas can easily be visible and may also feel the cool breeze passing through during the evening and early morning.


During the winter months, the entire area gets under the blanket of thick snow, and at now of your time, there are just a couple of places of accommodation. the problem level of the track increases during the winter season thanks to heavy snowfall on the route but the landscape of Chopta gets enhanced thanks to the heavy snowfall.


The Monsoon season enhances the greenery of this place but the level of the track becomes more challenging due to heavy rainfall as there are more chances of occurring a landslide. During the monsoon month, the scenic beauty and landscape of Chopta get enhanced but you need to take the risk of having the sight of it.

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