Tungnath at 3,500 metres is one of the Panch Kedars and has a Shiva temple in the highest elevation in India. It is on a 3.5 km trekking route from Chopta through dense alpine forests. A two-km climb from there takes the trekker to Chandrashila. One can have a 360 degree view of the Himalayas at an altitude of 4,000 metres.
The temple of Tungnath is over 1000 years old. Escaping from the Pandavas, Shiva hid himself in Gupt Kashi. Chased further, he took the form of a bull, he dived into the ground. His hump was at Kedarnath, head at Pashupathinath, thighs at Tungnath, belly at Madhyamaheshwar and the locks of the head at Kalpeshwar.
During the spring season, beautiful red rhododendrons, white flowers and shrub like trees can be seen in abundance.
By Road: Delhi to Meerut 24 kms., continue on Haridwar road to Devaprayag(67 kms.). Go to Sree Nagar (94 kms.) from Rudraprayag turn left to Ukhimad (35 kms.) to Chopta (40 kms.). Last 6 kms to Thunganath have to be done on foot.
Distance Chart: Total distance from Delhi to Thunganath -401kms. approx time 11.45 hrs.
The cold temperature needs that you are well equipped with thermal wear and woollen clothing, covering from head to foot. Ponies are available for those who cannot walk. The tea stalls also sell sticks to help one climb up.
State- Uttarakhand, Dist.- Garhwal (12073 ft.).
aP.R.O., DELHI: Garwhal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd. 102, Indraprastha Building, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi-110001, Tel: 011-23350481, 23326620, fax: 23327713, E-mail: gmvnl@ bol.net.in
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aDEHRADUN: 0135-2746817, 2749308, fax: 2746847, 2748479, e-mail: gmvn@gmvnl. com, email@example.com
aBharat Sewashram Sangha – Ukhimath: 0136 4264274
aPWD rest house at Duggalbitta, near Ukhi-math, district Rudraprayag.
aGMVN rest house at Ukhimath, district Rudraprayag.
April to October
The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited has its rest house at Ukhimath. The Bharat Sevashram Sangha has a Yatri Nivas which provides neat rooms at reasonable prices with food cooked at their own canteen. Some small rooms/hotels are also available at Tungnath during peak season.
aUkhimath: The Omkareshwar Mandir, is the winter seat for the deity of Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar which are brought in a dollie yatra.
aChopta: called the Switzerland of India. At an altitude of about 2500 mtrs, Chopta is just half an hour's drive from Ukhimath in the Rudra Prayag District.
aKali Shila: Maha Shakti Peet, situated four kms east of Kali Math. It will take two days – one day to climb up, rest in the evening and climb down the next day. It is accessible by road from Gupt Kashi, near Ukhimath.
aDeoria Tal: situated on the Chopta-Ukimath road, 10 kms from Ukhimath
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