Chandrashila summit is one of the most liked destinations of trekking enthusiasts in India. Trekkers outside of India too come to Chandrashila for trekking specially during the summer months. Only 1.5Km from Tungnath. Chandrashila is the hill housing Tungnath temple. Chandrashila peak, 4000 meters above sea level, offers wide range of sight seeing opportunity to the trekkers.
Sightseeing begins from Chopta, the place where the trek begins. Chopta is popular spot for bird watching. The beautiful hilly village is itself a tourism spot. The 5Km trek from Chopta passes through easy trails till Tungnath temple and turns into steep climb for 1.5Km to reach the summit of Chandrashila.
Once in the summit, trekkers are offered with the splendid view of Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedar, Chaukhamba, Bandarpunch. The 360º panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks covered with glittering snow enchant the trekkers and makes forget the pain during the trek.
Chandrashila in Mythology
Chandarahila peak is believed to be the meditation spot of lord Rama, the hero of Hindu holy epic Ramayana after he killed the demon Ravana. Rama came to Chandrashila to meditate and pray lord Shiva to cleanse the sins of killing Ravana. Local legend also states that Chandradev, the Moon God, had performed penance at Chandrashila for years. The name Chandrashila, Chandra meaning moon and Shila meaning stone stands for the peak in which the Moon God performed penance, the hill denoted by stone.
Chandrashila Trek | Best Time to Visit
Trekkers frequent to Chandrashila any time of the year. The trekking route through Chopta get closed during winter season due to heavy snowfall and thus the trekking enthusiasts take another route through Deoriatal. During monsoon, the road to Chandrashila gets muddy, yet the trekkers find fun and enjoy the rain with raincoat.
Weather in Chandrashila
- Summer : The weather is pleasing with warm sun during summer season. The famous trekking route Chopta, which itself is a hill station, is preferred during summer months May to mid-June.
- Monsoon : Heavy rainfall of monsoon makes the trekking route slippery during mid-June till mid-September though trekkers are abundantly found gearing up towards Chandrashila hill. Raincoat is must.
- Spring : Spring months mid-September to late October are very pleasing with warm sun and calm weather. Many trekkers choose spring season for Chandrashila trek.
- Winter : During winter, the route through Chopta is impossible to make way through due to heavy snowfall and route blockage. Yet, the trekkers have an option to trek through Deoriatal, another tourist destination! Stuff yourself with heavy woolens and get out in the chilling cold.
Chandrashila Trek | How to Reach?
There are two trekking routes to Chandrashila, One major route to Chandrashila hill is Haridwar–Rishikesh–Devprayag–Rudraprayag-Ukhimath-Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila. Another route to Chandrashila is Deoriatal-Duggalbitta-Tungnath-Chandrashila. Here we discuss on how one can reach Chopta to begin the trekking:
- By air: The nearest airport is Jolly grant Dehradun. Haridwar is 34.1Km from Jollygrant airport. One must use other means of transportation from Dehradun to Haridwar.
- By rail: Haridwar railway station is connected to most of the parts of India with regular services. Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead from Chopta.
- By road: Dehradun/Rishikesh and Haridwar are accessible through roadways from all parts of the country and regular bus service from where you can find vehicles to Chopta.
Route to Chandrashila
- Dehradun – Rishikesh – Narendranagar – Chamba – Tehri – Ghansali – Chibitiga – Mayali – Tilwada – Agastyamuni – Ukhimath – Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila Hill
Chandrashila Trek | Places nearby
- Chopta Village: Surrounded by pine, deodar and rhododendron forest with varied flora and fauna, chopta village, 2,680 meters above the sea level provides you with spectacular view of Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Trishul peaks.
- Ukhimath: During winter, the worship of lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar is performed in Ukhimath of Rudraprayag district as Kedarnath temple remains closed due to heavy snowfall. At 1,317 meters above sea level, Ukhimath provides spectacular view of snow capped Himalayan peaks and also houses ancient temples.
- Guptakashi: 1,319 meters above sea level in Rudraprayag district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand, Guptakashi is a large village that houses Vishwanath temple dedicated to lord Shiva. Guptakashi, named after the Guptavash (hidden residency period) of Pandavas, the heroes of Hindu holy epic Mahabharata, enshrines a temple of Ardhanareshwar- half Shiva and half Parvati to form a single statue. Guptakashi is considered second most pious Hindu holy places that comes after Varanashi.
- Other Places to see in Chandrashila hill – Tungnath Temple