Tungnath Trek - Tungnath tour - Tungnath Group tour
Tungnath is the hugest Shiva Temple in world and is the most amazing of the five Panch Kedar. Situated in mountain range of Chopta in Rudraprayag area, in Shivalik range of Himalaya territory of Uttarakhand. The Tunganath (Meaning: - Lord of pinnacle) mountains shape the Mandakini and Alaknanda stream valley. It is arranged at altitude of 3,460ms (11,352 ft), and just underneath the apex of Chandrashila. Legend says that temple is 5000 years old and is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend associated with the Pandavas of the Mahabharata epic.
History of temple
As per Hindu folklore, Lord Shiva and his partner, Parvati both live in the Himalayas: Lord Shiva lives at Mount Kailash. Parvati is additionally called Shail Putri, which signifies 'Daughter of Mountains'. The Tunganath is permanently connected to the cause of the Panch Kedar Temples founded by the Pandavas. The legend expresses that wise Vyas Rishi exhorted the Pandavas that since they were blamable of killing their own family members (Kauravas, their cousins) during the Kurukshetra war, their demonstration could be exonerated uniquely by Lord Shiva. Consequently, the Pandavas went looking for Shiva who was keeping away from them since he was persuaded of the blame of Pandavas. So as to avoid them, Shiva appeared as a bull and sought refuge in an underground place of refuge at Guptakashi, where Pandavas pursued him. Afterward, Shiva's body as bull's body parts rematerialized at five distinct areas that speak to the Panch Kedar. The Pandavas assembled sanctuaries at every one of these areas to adore and worship Lord Shiva, looking for his acquittal and gifts. Every sanctuary is related to an aspect of the bull or Shiva's body; Tungnath is recognized as where the bahu (hands) were seen; bump was seen at Kedarnath; head showed up at Rudranath; his navel and stomach surfaced at Madhyamaheshwar; and his jata (hair or locks) at Kalpeshwar. Pooja in Temple has been done by local priest from Mukku Town in Chopta. During the winter season, the temple is closed and the symbolic image of the deity and the temple priests are moved to Makkumath, which is 29km from here. It is near Duggalbitha 10 km (6 mi) before Chopta towards Ukhimath.
How to reach Tungnath
You can easily reach Tungnath by air, train and by road. By Trek: - The 5 km trek starts from Chopta (9,600 ft (2,926 m)), the nearest place on the NH 58. Chopta is 63 km from Rudraprayag. By Air: - Jolly Grant Airport is 190km from Chopta from Chopta Tungnath Temple is 04kms. Jolly Grant Airport is a nearest airport to Chopta well connected to motor able road you can take easily taxi from outside the Airport. By train: - Rishikesh is nearest railway station of from Chopta. The distance between Rishikesh and Chopta 180 km. Taxi and buses are easily available outside the railway station. By road: - You can take private buses and Taxis from Delhi till Rishikesh or Haridwar. Chopta is located on NH 07.
Tungnath Trek Itinerary
Day 01:- Haridwar/Rishikesh - Chopta
Morning meet our representative at your hotel/Station/Airport & drive start for Chopt ( Approx 240 km one way/11 hrs drive). After arrive at chopta check in your pre book hotel/ Camp. Overning at chopta.
Day 02:- Chopta - Tungnath - Chopta
Early Morning after breakfast meet your local guide and start your trek for Tungnath temple 04 km trek one way. Later trek down to your camp/ hotel in Chopta. Overnight at chopta.
Day 03:- Chopta - Haridwar/Rishikesh
Morning after breakfast enjoy the chopta Valley and drive start for haridwar or Rishikesh. Eving drop at hotel/Station.
What to carry with you for Tungnath trekking
- There are few petrol pump and ATMs so, take enough money and petrol.
- Take warm clothes, trekking shoes, water bottle, and medicines.
- If you are coming in winter at Tungnath, noted it take a tour guide with you because trek way for Tungnath covers with snow.