I love everything about Uttrakhand. From people to locations its just the awesome. Few years back we went to Tungnath. The place is less known with very few visitors and it is a place where you will feel absolutely with Nature.
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Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form theMandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. Located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be 1000 years old and is the second in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend linked to the Pandavas, heroes of theMahabharata epic.
Tungnath is identified as the place where the bahu (hands) of Lord shiva were seen. (via wikipedia)
By Road Map Of Tungnath
We started our trip on Wednesday (11th june, 2014) from Gahziabad early morning around 7:00 Am. Thanks to good weather , with few stops, we were able to cover more of our distance till 6 in the noon and took a night stay at Devprayag. We took a hotel there and relaxed after having dinner. We went to bed early as tomorrow we have to cover along journey ahead.
Hotel: Vijay Laxmi
Room rent: Rs.800 Dinner: After confirming with local people, we had our dinner at Roxy Hotel. They serve Thali with unlimited food at just Rs 75.
all set for long drive
Next day was a real hot day. we started our journey after having breakfast and some fruits. We couldn’t think of stepping out from AC till OKHIMATH where we got some relief from hot and chilling sun. Roads were plain, newly built but than also it took us 6 hours to cover a distance of 70 KM as roads were less wide and there were very steep turns. Finally we reached Chopta at 5:15PM where we have our Maggi , tea and milk for my daughter. We then decide to wear more clothes as temperature was very low and we start getting cold shivers. We packed our bagpack for the trekking to Tungnath. Yeah!!! we parked our cars at Chopta only. Don’t worry your belongings are very safe there.
One can also opt for horses which will charge from Rs.200-300/ per person. But will advise you to walk as the 3.35KM is full of springs, natural scenery, beauty and huts for the refreshments.
Must haves in bagpack : Torch, extra batteries, umbrellas, shawl, extra pair of socks, medicines for loose motion, aches, fever and allergies(if any),
We took a stop near Okhimath. Its full of natural beauty
Tomato also enjoying the trip and natural beauty
Natural Spring near Chopta
another beautiful stop near Chopta
Finally we reached Chopta..”Jai Baba Bholenath”
So, Finally we are just few 3.35 KMs away from our destination. In my next post will take you to Tungnath, a wonder place on earth.
*We are planning another trip to Tungnath in Month of August..If interested please comment or mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org