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Tungnath Travel Guide


One of the highest Shiva temples in the world, Tungnath is the highest of the five Panch Kedar temples situated in the mountain range of Tunganath, in Rudraprayag region of Uttarakhand. Tungnath literally means, the Lord of the peaks, and these mountains form the Alaknanda and Mandakini river valleys. It is situated at an elevation of around 3,680 meters, and is overlooked by the imposing peak of Chandrashila. It is believed that this temple dates back to more than 1000 years, and is the Tritiya Kedar (third Kedar) among the Panch Kedars. Tungnath, besides being a spiritual destination, is also a renowned trekking destination. The 4-kilometer trek begins from Chopta, the nearest place linked through motorable road.

From Chandrashila’s highest point, nature buffs and adrenaline junkies can enjoy beautiful vistas of the Himalayan range, including the likes of Panch Chuli, Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Bandarpoonch, Neelkanth, and Chaukhamba.

Popular Tourist Attractions in and around Tungnath

Tungnath boasts diverse tourist attractions. A visit to Tungnath can be a rewarding experience for nature buffs and adrenaline junkies alike.

Chandrashila: Chandrashila, literally meaning the 'Moon Rock', is the peak of the ridge that hosts the Tungnath temple. It is situated at an elevation of around 13,000 feet above the sea level. The peak offers magnificent views of the mighty Himalayas, comprising Trishul, Nanda Devi, Bandarpunch, Kedar, and Chaukhamba peaks. As per legends, it is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating Ravana. Trek to this peak is counted among the most popular treks in Uttarakhand. It is a 5-kilometer trek starting from Chopta.

Chopta: Chopta is a scenic hamlet, famous as the 'Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand. In the morning, the crimson sun rays kiss the snow-laden mighty Himalayas. This exquisite hamlet is enclosed by deodars, pines, rhododendrons, and other conifers. It is an excellent place for trekking enthusiasts.

Deoria Lake: Deoria Tal is a beautiful emerald lake located at an elevation of 2438 meters above the sea level. In the early mornings on clear days, tourists can enjoy the reflections of Chaukhamba peaks on its crystal-clear water. It is an easy and weekend trek to reach this lake. Apt for beginners, Deoria Tal trek can be extended to Bisuri Tal via Rohini Bugyal, and can even be extended to Tungnath and Chandrashila.

Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary: Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary is home to the renowned Musk Deer. The place is rich in lush green vegetation, and there are different varieties of flora that are yet to be classified scientifically. It is located at a distance of around 7 kilometers from Chopta. Spread in an area of around 5 kilometers, Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary is also an ideal place for those in search of rare Himalayan wildlife.

Best Time to Visit Tungnath

The best time to visit Tungnath is from April to November. The weather during this time is pleasant enough for sightseeing. The peaks are sheeted with a lush green cover of rhododendron, deodar, and pine.

How to Reach?

By Road: Travelers can take the state-owned and private buses regularly run on Chopta route from Dehradun, Haridwar & Rishikesh. It is about 450 kilometers from Delhi. To reach Tungnath, one has to trek the last 4 kilometers that takes around 2-3 hours.

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport from Tungnath. It is located at a distance of about 260 kilometers. From the airport, one can take a taxi or bus till Chopta.

By Train: Haridwar is the nearest railway station from Tungnath. It is located about 225 kilometers from Chopta. Taxis and buses are available outside the railway station till Chopta.

Where to Stay?

There are plenty of guest houses near Tungnath that offer basic room facility, quilts, and simple food. Many of these are located a few kilometers before the temple and few right alongside the temple gates. One can also check in the lodges located around the temple premises.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When Does Tungnath Temple Open for Tourists?

Ans: Tungnath temple opens in the month of May every year. The opening dates for 2020 is yet to be announced.

Q: When does Snowfall occur in Tungnath?

Ans: Snowfall occurs frequently in Tungnath during winters i.e. November to March. One should carry layers of warm clothes if visiting during winters.

Q: Who Built Tungnath Temple?

Ans: Tungnath Temple is one of the Panch Kedar built by the Pandavas in order to venerate and worship Lord Shiva, seeking his blessings.

Q: What is the trekking distance between Chopta & Tungnath Temple?

Ans: Trekking distance between Chopta and Tungnath Temple is about 4 kilometers, and it takes around 2-3 hours to reach Tungnath from Chopta.

Q: Is Camping allowed in Tungnath?

Ans: Yes, camping is allowed in Tungnath. Travelers can reach the top from Chopta and camp there for a night.

Q: How far Tungnath is from Rishikesh, Haridwar & Delhi?

Ans: Tungnath is located at a distance of around 210 kilometers from Rishikesh, 230 kilometers from Haridwar, and 450 kilometers from Delhi.

Q: Can Tungnath Temple be visited in Winter Season?

Ans: The temple remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall. The idol of Lord Shiva is shifted to Mukku Village during winters, and travelers can pay homage there.

Q: Is there any homestays or guest houses available for accommodation?

Ans: There are numbers of temporary structures near Tungnath offering basic rooms and food. Travelers can also find accommodation in the lodges located around the temple grounds.

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