Deoria Tal: Trekking in Himalaya

Deoria Tal was a part of my trip to Garhwal: Delhi-Haridwar-Rudraprayag -Chopta-Tungnath Temple-Chopta –Sari- Ukimath -Haridwar-Delhi. But without a separate narration of my trek for Deoria Tal, it would be sheer injustice to the beauty of the place and sheer fatigue it caused us to reach there – remember I had already conquered Tungnath temple trek and was defeated by Chandrashila peak the same day.

Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand

Sit and savor incredible views at Deoriatal

The Garhwal ranges of Himalayas posses many treasures of nature which are bestowed with unparallel beauty.  Deoria Tal is one among such vista’s which captivates you with its irresistible allure. I had read before going there that at a height of 3200 meters, Deoria Tal’s crystalline water offers a spell bound images of its beautiful surroundings. But then; let me assure you there was nothing like that…well it’s not that people lie…it was just that it got overcast the day we went there.

The pond was a small one since the water level had receded (probably due to the fact that it was pre monsoon). There was no reflection of the Chaukhamba peak in its azure water – remember it was cloudy that day 🙂 Still there was something magical and transforming about the place. It was just like you open the wardrobe and step outside into a world full of snow and beauty and an array of enchanting aspects of nature (remember Narnia). The surroundings were suddenly transformed; as if a Rand al Thor by opening a gateway has transferred us to a distant place (Not really Seanchan though).

After walking a climb of such tough gradient and exhausting all the spirit that we had (literally and metaphorically), reaching Deoria Tal was as if Hermione had by a sweep of a magic wand has brought into effect her spell ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ lifting our spirit (literally). What eternity (yes each moment passed like that while I was toiling) of rest en route couldn’t do to our spirit, saturated our being as the sight of emerald landscape greeted us as we reached Deoria Tal.

Deoriatal Trek

Awe inspiring sights at Deoriatal, Uttarakhand. It was overcast the day I trekked to this high altitude lake in Himalaya.

It’s a serene place in the true sense of the word. Not much to distract your sight or senses except captivating sights and literally no sound.  A journey which lets you drift afloat except that you could hear your own footstep and for that matter even your heartbeats and the wonder of it all is that the pace is just normal even though you have undertook one of the most arduous journeys of your life. I guess this is they say life is lived in moments. More than that, I believe it is the fleeting moments which arrive every once in a while in the journey that each of us has to undertake – a journey called life – which makes us feel…to steal a phrase again…’an unbearable lightness of being’. It release us…it’s so good …and yes traveling is good coz in the first place we are all travelers and each journey that we undertake is invariably a personal quest.

Even though we/I didn’t spent the night there camping – it is said the real magic of Deoria Tal is only experienced when you wake up to the magical sight of sunrise – our journey was quite an experience. First there and then I decided that I will never do 2 treks in one day – unless of course I weigh at least 65 kg and go easier on spirits. And second that to really savor the journey I need to ensure that I time enough – reminds me of Andrew Marvell’s poem …Had we but world enough, and time,/ …./We would sit down and think which way/To walk, and pass our long love’s day.

As for the legends, it is believed that the Devas bathed in this lake hence the name, the lake is also sometimes believed to be the “Indra Sarovar” referred to in the Puranas by wandering, Hindu mendicants Sadhus. It is also believed that it was the place from where the Pandavas (remember Mahabharata they were the set of most pathetic character but that’s a philosophical and ideo-logical debate which is best avoided here) were asked queries by Yaksha. The lake is surrounded in a soothingly inclined field bounded by a deep wood cover. Set majestically in the lap of the magnificent mountain peaks, Deoria Tal is a popular destination among the challenging lots.

And as for the facts, the accommodation in Sari – from where the trek to Deoria Tal begins – is very cheap and also plentiful considering the very small inflow of tourists. There are quite a few cozy guest houses. Food served is mostly traditional but eggs and omelette are also available. As for the transportation it took around an hour to reach Sari from Chopta (private taxi)…not long but winding road. On our return journey we took state bus for Rishikesh which is not at all recommended. It’s painful especially… you know where I am talking about. And it kills your day. I mean you spend all your day in that boring bus …but on the plus side you get to know the names of all the rivers and a thousand gods as the music player keep on reciting them continuously throughout the journey…but then as the day draws to close you can also tap – only you don’t have space and energy left – to the tune of chamma chamma and a few Punjabi numbers.

Deoriatal Trek from Sari Village

Return to Innocence – Small Kids at Sari Village which is the beginning point of Deoriatal Trek

Sari Village, Deoriatal Trek

A Temple enroute to Deoriatal from Sari Village in Uttarakhand

Deoria Tal

The lake is a magical sight after the arduous uphill trek from Sari Village to Deoria Tal

Trek to Deoria Tal

The paved road makes it harder to trek all the way to Deoria Tal

Roadsigns, Deoria Tal

Do you feel like an ass trekking to Deoriatal? Not at all. It’s an awesome trek in Himalaya in Uttarakhand

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3 thoughts on “Deoria Tal: Trekking in Himalaya

  1. Sakshi :)

    Hi Nikhil !
    Your blog about this place has really fascinated me to visit.

    Since, its going to be my first trek, could you help me in planning a well budgeted itinerary?

    It would be a great help!

    1. Nikhil Chandra Post author

      Hey Sakhsi,
      Glad to know my travelogue helped.

      To ensure that you travel on budget there are a few basic things which you need to take care of.
      1. Travel in group of 3 or more. The best combination is either 3 or 5. More the merrier.
      2. Use public transportation which is available till you reach Sari village from where the trek begins.
      3. The guest house / homestays at Sari village come quite cheap and could easily accommodate 3-4 person.
      4. Food is normally quite affordable all along.
      5. If you do a round trip to Deoriatal which is quite possible you can cut your cost further.
      6. Travel light so that you don’t require porter or mule.
      7. Camp site and tents for rent are available at Deoriatal so you need not carry one or hire porters. If you are carrying your own then that would bring down your cost further.

      Itinerary:
      Day 1: Delhi – Rishikesh – Rudraprayag – Ukhimath (From here you need to either take a shared cab or book your own to reach Sari Village) – Sari
      Day 2: Sari Village – Deoriatal (The trail is well marked and paved which means you don’t need guides)
      Day 3: Back to Sari Village (either hire a cab if available to reach Ukhimath/Rudraprayag or even Haridwar)
      Or else
      Day 4: Catch the early morning bus from Sari Village which leaves for Haridwar. Catch a bus/train back to Delhi.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you require any further assistance.

      Just wondering, since you are doing Deoriatal, I’d also recommend Chopta – Tungnath Trek and if possible as far as Chandrashila.

      All the best!
      Nikhil

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