Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Temple of Tunganath in Garhwal

Tunganath Shiva Temple photo
The Temple of TUNGANATH, originally uploaded by asis k. chatt.

Tunganath is an important temple of Lord Shiva, the 3rd of the five important Shiva temples in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India, known collectively as The PANCH-KEDARS. It is situated at an altitude of 3886 metres above sealevel in the mighty Himalayan ranges. Tunganath Temple is the HIGHEST of all temples in India.

Tunganath can be reached from CHOPTA, a small hamlet well connected by road to important places like CHAMOLI and UKHIMATH. From Chopta, it is a journey of about 3.5 km, but the road is very steep, gaining a height of about 3500 feet for a distance of only 3.5 km, one of the steepest motorable roads.

The scenic beauty of this area is just fantastic, with a large number of Himalayan peaks visible in clear weather.

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