The ancient Tungnath temple, located at a height of 3680 m (12073 ft) in Rudraprayag district of Uttrakhand, is the highest temple of Lord Shiva in the world. The second highest Shiva temple is Kedarnath, perched at a height of 3,583 m (11,755 ft). Tungnath is the second temple of Panch Kedar group of temples. The word Tungnath means “Lord of the peaks”. About 1 km above the temple at a great height of 4000 m, Chandrashila peak is located. The mountains of the temple form the Valleys of holy Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers.
The Tungnath temple complex consists of two temples devoted to Goddess Parvati and Vyas. The temple attracts tourists in a huge number especially during Maha Shivaratri. This ancient temple is surrounded by beautiful peaks Nanda Devi, Kedarnath and Neelkanth. The temple is considered as the most important of all Panch Kedar temples. During winters the temple is closed due to snowfall and the idol of Lord Shiva is shifted to Mukunath Village.
Why Visit Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila Peak:
Tungnath has something to offer to everyone. Either you are hardcore Lord Shiva’s devotee or a nature lover or you love adventurous activities. The temple is located on a mountain in an enchanting location where you will find the beauty, adventure, devotion and peace in the lap of mother nature.
How to reach Tungnath :
Tungnath and Chandrashila trek starts from the scenic town of Chopta. The lenght of the trek is about 4 km. One can reach Chopta village via Rishiksh, Devprayag, Srinagar and Rudraprayag. For this you have to reach Rishikesh. Rishikesh is 241 km away from Chopta.
Chopta is well connected to all major cities of Uttarakhand. Chopta is about 40 km from Ukhimath. One can reach Tungnath from Rishikesh via Chamoli–Gopeshwar–Chopta route. Buses are available from Srinagar and Rudraprayag to Ukhimath. Then one can get a shared cab from Ukhimath to Chopta.
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun at a distance of 232 km. From the airport, their are number of buses and cabs available to Srinagar and Rudraprayag. From there two locations buses and taxis to Ukhimath are available.
The nearest railhead to Chopta is Rishikesh, which is at a distance of 215 kms. From Rishikesh, buses to Srinagar and Rudraprayag are available.