Chopta, Tungnath Bird Watching
Chopta (2680 m) is an unspoiled natural destination lying in the lap of the Uttarakhand Himalayas and offers views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. Chopta village is surrounded by forests of pine, deodar and rhododendron and is rich in flora and fauna include rare species of birds and musk deer. The entire region belongs to the Temperature zone, in winter, most of area is covered to snow. Many variety of Lichens grwo here on wood, soil and rock substrates. Its hilly slopes at mid-to high-altitudes and bugyals (alpine meadows) exist at the higher altitudes. This landscape has one of the richest bird diversities. The area has identification of over 240 bird species and declared Important Bird Area (BNHS and BirdLife International).
Himalayan Swiftlet, Crested Goshwawak, Snow Partridge, Himalayan Griffon, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Golden Eye, Hill Partidge, Koklas Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Maroon Orilo, Cheer pheasant, Long-billed and Pied Thrush, Chestnut-Crowned Warbler, Scarlet Finch, Sport-winged Rosefinch etc more than 200 birds found here.
This area is a part of Kedarnath Wild Life Sanctuary and can be best explored in a week-long visit. Covering Chopta, Tungnath temple around, Deoriatal, beautiful mandal, Devi anusuyia Trek, agricultural fields in villages etc.
How to reach here:
Rishikesh-Devprayag-srinagar-Rudraprayag-Okhimath-Trijuginarayan-Duggalbitta-Chopta (227 km). Altrnate route is Rudraprayag-Karanprayag-Chamoli-Gopeshwar- Mandal-Gharsari-Chopta.
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