A drive to Deoria Tal | Revisiting Uttarakhand

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People who knows me says that the “Uneventful Trips” and “DevilOnWheels” do not go hand in hand 😆 … But, this time it was a unique experience after all sought of eventful trips in my life.

Ever since we had a big turnoff at Auli in 2009 due to lack of snow (Delhi to Auli, Uttranchal | Land of Ski), I always wanted to visit the place Chopta but somehow the Himachal always kept me busy with its unavoidable beauty. Finally, the day came when we left for this lovely place named Chopta, present in a region named “abode of gods”, Uttrakhand. The idea of the trip was simple, SNOW and to trek in snow… The Deoria Tal famous for its reflections was the topping of the trip…

The Golden Glow of the Brightest Star…

Views from Deoria Tal Trek
Night 1 | 8th March, 2011 | Delhi to Haridwar

I still remember the mis-happenings of Chandratal (Delhi to Chandratal | Adventurism or Craziness), hence this time we were prepared for Snow trek. I had bought new trekking shoes and arranged all the required stuff to trek, right from walking stick to water proof clothes, we had them all. We were ready to leave the home and I got a call from one of my friends who pulled out of the trip at the last moment. Reason was very simple, his wife was not ready to let him go. Although I knew, he would be missing some stunning vistas but I guess that was the best call at that point of time. After trying out fews things we finally gave up and I picked up rest of my friends from their homes and dropped my lovely wife at in-laws place. Finally, after bidding adieus to them we were cruising towards Delhi – Haridwar highway. The plan was to reach Haridwar midnight to stay for few hours and resume the journey next morning. The ultimate target of the next evening was to reach Sari Village and trek to Deoria Tal and spend overnight at Deoria Tal…

We were running late already which meant we need to skip the dinner and had to satisfy our tummies with the wafers and the coke. I met my friend Himanshu after a long time and we were busy discussing all the things happened in between, so time was flying for us. Soon we reached Meerut bypass where it was a pleasant surprise to see the expressway running smoothly. We made quick progress and finally at Mujjafar Nagar, the highway turns to double lane. The traffic was at its height in the middle of the night as well so the progress was slow due to the beam of lights making you blind from the other side. It got worse and our progress was painfully slow by then. Finally came Roorkee, where we were stopped by local cops but unluckily they had nothing much for us and finally let us go without any trouble. After rookie the traffic eased up and we accelerated. At one moment, I had to pull sudden brakes due to a speed breaker ahead. The car running behind us almost crashed into us from behind but luckily the driver managed to escape us from the right side and crashed in the speed breaker. It was indeed a close shave in the middle of the night but all is well that ends well :)… We reached Haridwar around 2.30 AM and the place where we had to stay. After that it was a good night sleep :)…

Day 1 | 9th March, 2011 | Haridwar to Deoria Tal

It was 7 AM in the morning and we were all set to leave for Deoria Tal from Haridwar. But, since we skipped dinner so we had to quickly find a place and flood our tummies 😀 … We stopped at a restaurant near Rishikesh and I must tell you that the breakfast was quite decent in taste. The four hungry souls were feeling refreshed and ready to escape into the higher hills. We were not much interested into the vistas as we had already been here so kept up the tempo. There is nothing much interesting until you reach Dev Prayag which is one of the five confluences in Uttrakhand. We missed the point from where confluence can be seen, so we ended up having some portraits…

Our Breakfast Stop…

Restaurant at Rishikesh

A Smiling Face… Friend Neeraj…

Dheeraj Sharma and his friend Neeraj

Not sure what I wanted to click ;)…

Views en-route Deoria Tal

Another Smiling Face… Friend Himanshu…

Dheeraj Sharma and his friend Himanshu

That is Dev Prayag…

Dev Prayag in the route of Deoria Tal

I suppose you know the name of the River…

Alaknanda River

The Roads of Uttrakhand…

Views en-route Deoria Tal

Bending through Himalayas…Alaknanda River…

Alaknanda River

After a brief stop, we marched ahead towards Srinagar where we were supposed to tank up the fuel. The roads started to get bad after Dev Prayag and soon it became a dusty track. The mud was flying all over by the local taxis and trucks, making visibility difficult at times. It is not a good experience driving through such roads. We reached Srinagar around 2 PM and got the fuel. The town was extremely overcrowded and hot too, as sun was burning like anything. We immediately left as one of the guy at Petrol Pump told us it will take another 4-5 hours to reach Ukhimath. We were worried though but I felt we can surely reach within 3 hours from now. We made decent progress but road conditions were still the same. Then came Rudraprayag, the second confluence, from where left goes towards Ukhimath and right goes to Joshimath. We were interested in left and for the first time in the trip, the vistas were new to us. The river Mandakini gave us company besides the road and we were making good progress now. In the meantime, we got a call from Mr. Hira Chand Negi () who was supposed to arrange the shelter and food for us at Deoria Tal. He asked us to get some vegetables which we ultimately forgot in the rush to reach the place 😀 …

After Agyastamuni, the road conditions improved drastically. We speeded up to reach Ukhimath at 4.45 PM and confirmed the direction towards Sari Village, from where the trek to Deoria Tal starts. We stopped for a cup of tea at a local village after Ukhimath and bought Maggie+Eggs to make up for the vegetables :D… We reached Sari Village at 5.30 PM where Hira Chand ji was waiting for us near BSNL tower. Without wasting much time, we parked the car at a secure place, collected the necessary belongings and started the trek to Deoria Tal amidst light drizzle.

Soon it will be green…

Views en-route Deoria Tal

Separated Apart… Neeraj and Himanshu my friends…

Dheeraj Sharma and his friends

Three Spectacles ;)… Me and My Cousin, Dhruv enters the frame…

Dheeraj Sharma with friends and cousin

He never misses such opportunity to sit on road ;)…

Views en-route Deoria Tal

The Curvy Road…

Views en-route Deoria Tal

The trek to Deoria Tal from Sari Village is about 2 KM and is a paved path till the top. The trek looked easy upfront but soon I started to lose my breath and even my heart was pounding with lots of decibel. The luggage has started to feel pain and for the first time I was abusing my Tripod :D… Slowly, steadily and with lost breath I made progress with the others and finally we reached the top with decent amount of sunlight left for the day. It was still drizzling and cold breeze was making the cold conditions severe now. Without even exploring the place we went right inside Mr. Hira Chand’s dhabha who immediately prepared a cup of tea. Soon he lit the fire for us which provided definitive warmth and all of us were pretty relaxed as body had adapted to the conditions. It was time to take out the vodka and start the shots 😀 but the trouble was soft drinks were out of stock and there was water only. Somehow Hira Chand ji arranged some concentrated orange flavored syrup which we diluted with vodka and water to carry out the shots 😆 … We had boiled eggs followed by a tasty dinner of dal and rice… My cousin was high by that time and he was speaking all kinds of dreams 😀 …

A view from the hike to Deoria Tal…

Views from Deoria Tal Trek

Relaxing a bit…

Views from Deoria Tal Trek

The Track…

Views from Deoria Tal Trek

Tunganath and Chandrashilla can be seen far away…

We reached the point where there is only snow…

Views from Deoria Tal Trek

Gulping the purest part…

Dheeraj Sharma at Deoria Tal Trek

The Golden Glow of the Brightest Star… A Different View…

Views from Deoria Tal Trek

Meantime as the weather cleared for some time, the stars were visible and to be very frank I had never seen so many stars before in my life. The feeling was awesome and none of us could have asked more after a toiling day. It was an opportunity to take some star trails for the first time and below is what I shot… Soon after that we were into our tents which had lots of quilts and proper folding bed with mattresses on top. Within no time we all were snoring like anything…

The Star Trails…

Deoria Tal Trek

Some ad-hoc useful info about Deoria Tal and Tunganath:

  • If visiting Deoria Tal contact Mr. Hira Chand Negi (09410241543) for camps. He may book the rooms of  FRH for you as well. A very nice person who runs his Dhabha there and he cooks good too at such place. You can pay him whatever you feel like, it will be a help for the old fellow.
  • There are two tents that have proper beds with lots of quilts to beat the cold.
  • Syal Saur to Ukhimath = 15-20 KMs approx. (Syal Saur comes first even before kund, on the way to Ukhimath. Kund is the bifurcation point where left goes to Guptkashi-Gaumukh and straight goes to Ukhimath-Chopta).
  • From Kund, Guptkashi is about 25 KMs and further 22 is gauri kund where the road ends. From there 14 KMs trek starts for Kedarnath.
  • Ukhimath to Sari Village = 13-14 KMs approx. Go straight from Ukhimath and you will find a board on the right side stating directions from where you need to take a U-Turn towards left for Sari village – Deoria Tal and straight goes to Chopta.
  • Sari Village to Chopta = 22 KMs approx. Duggalbitta is 3-4 Kms before Chopta. No accommodation at Chopta and no electricity at Duggalbitta. The Mayadeep hotel may run the generator for you. Keep a spare camera battery if possible.
  • Overall Delhi to Syal Saur/Ukhimath/Sari Village/Duggalbitta/Chopta are almost alike with overall span of about 50 KMs.
  • I will always prefer to stay at Syal Saur, GMVN (Ph. 9536384724) whenever I will be visiting the region next time at least either on the first day or on the last day.
  • Nearest GMVN is at Ukhimath, 13 KMs before Sari Village from where the hike to Deoria Tal starts… 9568006692 is the number for Ukhimath, GMVN. The care taker is Umeid. Ask him to give rooms at discounted rates.. 550 was the price for double-bed room and you can always as him regarding further discounts by letting him know upfront that you won’t need any GMVN bill.
  • I guess there is a Rest House of GMVN at Duggalbitta as well, confirm from Ukhimath for the food and electricity.
  • The limited accommodations at Chopta are only open when there is no snow. There are few guest houses and dhabhas. Even Tunganath does have 2-3 places for you to rest.

The Journey ahead-

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  2. Thanks for useful article. Just want to know when I go to Deoria Taal, where I keep the entire luggage (Is there any place), because I’ll hire a car from Haridwar.

    • Hi Subhadeb,

      You can ask Hira Singh ji, and he will allow arrange that in some local home at Sari Village. Carry valuables and cash with you.

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

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    • Hey Abhinav, the update will be up on 15th April now and then 20 and so on, after every 5 days you will get one update. I try to stick to that schedule only for all my posts… 😀

      • Bhuwnesh Puri : next Thr to Sun or Fri to Mon…pls advice options by own car or taxi would a gud option…route to Deoria tal..if we inculde Tunganath/Chandrashilla ..it on the way ? n what bout stay ? can you help ?

        @Bhuwnesh, You can go by your own car and there is no issues with that as the road conditions are pretty decent. Route to Deoria Tall will be Delh i- Haridwar – Rishikesh – Dev Prayag – Srinagar – Rudra Prayag (take left towards Kedarnath) – Agyastamuni – Syal Saur – Kund – Ukhimath – Sari Village – Deoria Tal

        Well, for 4 days you can follow the below itinerary…

        Day 1 – Delhi to Syal Saur, GMVN
        I would suggest that on day one you prefer to stay at Syal Saur, GMVN, Ph. 9536384724 (15 odd KMs before Ukhimath) right on the banks of River Mandakini (name I guess). This will take a bit of time out from Day 2 as well and help you not get bored at Deoria Tal in the afternoon. The evening and early morning views along with night stars is what you will be more interested into at Deoria Tal. But, in case you do not opt to stay here (which I won’t suggest), then do halt here for a cup of tea on the way back on Day 4. You will get a very good view of Kedarnath Peaks over flowing river…

        Day 2 – Syal Saur to Ukhimath Trek to Sari Village and then trek to Deoria Tal and stay overnight at Deoria Tal
        The road only goes to Sari Village. You need to park the car there and start the hike which will take approx 1 Hr. I guess whole day could make you feel bore up there, so try the local temples at Ukhimath. On the way back check the local temple of Sari Village as well. Call Mr. Hirachand Negi (09410241543) few days before so that he can book the room for you at FRH or arrange tents for you. he will be available for you near BSNL tower at Sari Village. The FRH caretaker will also charge you some fees for entry to Deoria Tal, give him just the tip … he will be more than happy.

        Day 3 – Deori Tal – Sari Village – Duggalbitta – Chopta – Tunganath/Chandrashilla – Duggalbitta overnight stay
        This day you can utilize to go towards Tungnath to see snow and capture beautiful sunset near Chopta meadow. You need to go straight when you come down from the turn of Sari Village. Stay at Hotel Mayadeep, Duggalbitta overnight. You can talk to Dinesh, at 09410115787 for bookings. We couldn't stay there due to bad weather, so we opted for GMVN, Ukhimath only but that is in opposite direction from Chopta-Tunganath-Chandarshilla.
        You will also find lots of beautiful birds there, especially, Magpie, enroute Chopta. There will be lots of red colored flower by now out of their buds, I guess Rotadendrum was the name.

        In our case, we reached at 5 PM at Sari Village in the evening and hiked in the evening to stay overnight at Deoria Tal which gave us a day extra to trek to Tungnath easily. In above case you will have to first climb down from Sari Village and then drive to Chopta to start the trek. Hence, start leave Deoria Tal by 7 AM in the morning to complete Tunganath-Chandrashilla trek in that day.

        Day 4 – Drive back to Delhi from Duggalbitta

        Also check the ad-hoc information provided at the end of the article in bullet points to get more details of the place.
        You can also check the itinerary which I prepared for myself and followed to some extent at the below link:
        Chopta – Tunganath – Chandrashilla – Deoria Tal

        I hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more details.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

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