Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand
Deoria Tal, at an altitude of 2,438 Mtrs, is a calm and serene lake famous for its mesmerizing reflections of Chaukhamba Range in the crystal clear water. In the night, the density of stars on offer in the sky is such large that it makes you forget everything else.
Ukhimath is located about 8-10 KMs from Kund. Ukhimath holds extreme importance in Uttarakhand because the deity of Kedarnath is shifted in winters here.
Deoria Tal is located at a trekking distance of about 2 KMs from Sari Village and comes under Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Sari Village is located about 13 KMs ahead of Ukhimath.
Altitude of Deoria Tal is about 2,438 Mtrs or 7,435 Feet.
Season to Travel to Deoria Tal
Best time to travel or visit Deoria Tal is March to May and October to November. In winters i.e December – January, when the snowfall starts the nights at Deoria Tal are extremely chilly and is only advisable if you are OK with surviving temperatures well below freezing point. Even June – July are hot when the sun is out but shades and night are a bit cooler though.
Monsoon season is generally not a suggested time period to visit the region of Chopta – Tunganath – Chandrashilla – Deori Tal .
If you are visiting the Tunganath and Chandrashilla too, then better read the season to visit section for Tunganath / Chandrashilla Travel guide at the following link: Delhi to Tunganath Temple and Chandrashilla, Uttarakhand | Travel Guide
How to Reach Deoria Tal
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Bhaniawala, Dehradun, 41 KMs from Haridwar. After reaching Haridwar you need to carry rest of the journey by road only. Haridwar to Chopta is about 225 KMs by road.
Nearest railway station is at Haridwar. After reaching Haridwar you need to carry rest of the journey by road only. Haridwar to Chopta is about 225 KMs by road.
Below is the route that needs to be followed to reach Deoria Tal from Delhi –
Delhi – Haridwar (212 KMs) – Rishikesh – Dev Prayag – Srinagar – Rudra Prayag (take left towards Kedarnath) – Agustmuni – Syal Saur – Kund – Ukhimath – Sari Village (415 KMs) – Deoria Tal
One needs to drive about 12 KMs to Sari Village from Ukhimath and from Sari Village one can reach Deoria Tal by a trek route of 2 KMs approx. There is no motorable road to Deoria Tal. The trek is a paved path from Sari Village up to Deoria Tal, although it is quite steep at some places. There are many rest houses or shelters on the trek with benches to take some rest and restore your breath. Normally, it will take about 60-80 minutes to trek up to Deoria Tal and if you have good stamina you can even complete it in 40-50 minutes :). Anyhow the descend is pretty fast for everyone.
When I visited, overall the road conditions were not that bad. In between Dev Prayag and Srinagar the road is quite dusty and at some places in poor shape. It slightly improves after Srinagar and up to Rudra Prayag with few bad sections. After Rudra Prayag the road condition further improves upt o Agustmuni. You can cruise as you like after Agustmuni as the roads are in best of shape up to Chopta.
Almost any vehicle (car/bike) in perfect running condition can take you to Chopta from where the trek to Tunganath and Chandrashilla starts.
Suggested Itinerary for Tunganath / Chandrashilla
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. Unlike suggested below, if you plan to visit Deoria Tal on Day 2 then staying at Syal Saur 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 or even Day 1. You will get a very good view of Kedarnath Peaks over calmly running Mandakini river.
Day 2 – Syal Saur to Chopta to Tunganath to Chandrashilla
This day you can utilize to go towards Tungnath to see snow (if in winters) and capture beautiful sunset near Chopta meadow. You will also find lots of beautiful birds there, especially, Magpie, enroute Chopta. There will be lots of red colored flowers around April – May, I guess Rotadendrum is the name. In our case, we reached at 5 PM at Sari Village in the evening on Day 1 and hiked in the evening to stay overnight at Deoria Tal which gave us a day extra to trek to Tunganath easily and at comfort. Hence, start early morning from Syal Saur by 7 AM, say, to complete the Tunganath – Chandrashilla trek in that day. Stay overnight at Duggalbitta or Chopta or Ukhimath.
Day 3 – Chopta or Duggalbitta or Ukhimath to Sari Village to Deoria Tal
In the first half of the day, you can even go towards Ukhimath and visit the local temples. After having lunch, you move towards Sari Village and trek to Deoria Tal to enjoy the sunset. Keep in mind it will take about 1.5 Hrs to trek for a normal person to complete the trek. So, start by 3 PM so as not to miss the sunset reflections. Stay overnight at Deoria Tal. The road only goes to Sari Village and hence, you need to park the car at Sari Village. Call either of Bharat Puspwan: 09719875326, 09456108780, Umeid (09411737835), Mr. Hira Singh Negi (09410241543) or Mr. Surendra (09410367921, 08958329376) few days before so that he can book the room for you at Deoria Tal, FRH or arrange tents for you with proper bedding. 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 4 – Deoria Tal To Sari Village to Delhi
Enjoy the early morning reflections of Chowkhamba range in Deoria Tal and have your breakfast. On the way back check the local temple of Sari Village as well. After getting down start the journey towards Delhi. You can opt for dinner at Bikano or Moolchand Resorts or Cheetal, all near Mujjaffar Nagar. If you forget the cut to Cheetal you may miss by running over a flyover, hence do not miss that turn from the highway, if you like Cheetal.
You can also check the itinerary which I prepared for myself and followed to some extent only, at the below link: Itinerary | Chopta – Tunganath – Chandrashilla – Deoria Tal
Accommodation Options at Deoria Tal
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. It is right next to Mandakini River and an awesome place to spend the evening.. It got washed away in the floods of Kedarnath.
Nearest GMVN is at Ukhimath for winters, 25-27 KMs before Chopta from where the trek to Tunganath and Chandrashilla starts. Ccontact or phone number for Ukhimath, GMVN is 9568006692. 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 ask him regarding further discounts by letting him know upfront that you won’t need any GMVN bill ;)…
Sari Village and Deoria Tal
For stay options at Deoria Tal contact either of Bharat Puspwan: 09719875326, 09456108780, Umeid (09411737835), Mr. Hira Singh Negi (09410241543) or Mr. Surendra (09410367921, 08958329376) for camps or tents. He may even book the rooms of FRH at Deoria Tal for you as well. A very nice person who runs his Dhabha there and he cooks good too at such a place. You can pay him whatever you feel like, it will be a great help for the old fellow. We paid him Rs 500 per person for a night stay in the tents which included breakfast and dinner with tea and coffee and mineral water bottles.
There are two tents that have proper beds in them, so you need not sleep in the sleeping bags. There are a lot of quilts avaliable to beat the cold.
You can even plan to stay at Sari Village but there are only limited options available. Hence, I will suggest that either stay at Deoria Tal or go to Ukhimath or Chopta / Duggalbitta for a stay.
Duggalbitta, Chopta and Tunganath
Check accommodation option for Duggalbitta, Chopta and Tunganath at the following link:Delhi to Tunganath Temple and Chandrashilla, Uttarakhand | Travel Guide
There is no electricity at Duggalbitta, Chopta, Tunganath and Deoria Tal. But, Sari Village does have electricity.
Food Joints near Deoria Tal
I am not sure of any famous food joint at the place and you will either be eating in the hotel or some dhabha in the day whicle you are on excursions, as we did on our trip. There are two Dhabhas at Deoria Tal.
Phone Signals at Deoria Tal
Phone facility and electricity is not available at Deoria Tal. Mobile signals for Airtel and Vodafone was not much at Deoria Tal but BSNL and IDEA was working fine. You may find a bit poor connectivity in between at Deoria Tal.
Petrol Pumps near Deoria Tal
Nearest Petrol Pump is at Kund about 7-8 KMs before Ukhimath. I will suggest that you top-up the fuel either at Srinagar or Rudra Prayag.
ATMs near Deoria Tal
Although there are number of ATMs on the route as well and we used Chandrapuri ATM which comes after Agustmuni and before Syal Saur. Chandrapuri ATM is the closest ATM because I guess there is no ATM present at Ukhimath.
Important Places around Deoria Tal with Distances
- Syal Saur to Ukhimath is 17-18 KMs approx. Syal Saur comes first even before Kund when going towards Ukhimath from Delhi.
- Kund is the bifurcation point where left turn goes to Guptkashi – Gauri Kund – Kedarnath and the straight or slightly right turn goes to Ukhimath – Sari Village – Chopta
- Kund to Guptkashi is about 25 KMs and further 22 KMs is Gauri Kund where the road ends. From Gauri Kund a 14 KMs trek starts for Kedarnath.
- Ukhimath to Sari Village is 13-14 KMs approx. You need to go straight from Ukhimath and you will find a board on the right side stating directions to Deoria Tal. Here, you need to take a U-Turn towards left for Sari village – Deoria Tal. If you do not take the U-Turn and follow the road coming from Ukhimath then you go towards Duggalbitta – Chopta.
- Sari Village to Chopta is 32 KMs approx and Duggalbitta is 4 – 5 KMs before Chopta.
- Overall Delhi to Syal Saur/Ukhimath/Sari Village/Duggalbitta/Chopta are almost alike with overall span of about 50 KMs. Hence, from any place you can travel to Delhi in one day without much time difference.
- You can get in touch with two very good local guides Bharat Puspwan: 09719875326, 09456108780 and Umeid (09411737835), may be if you need they can be of much help with everything and you can directly get in touch without involving any travel agent. Both Bharat and Umeid are good people at heart and lovely company to be with. Bharat is working as guide almost for more than 14 years. You can also check with another local guide Surendra Singh Negi at 8958329376. You can also check with Umendra Singh Negi at +918958647802 and +919456534062, who runs a dhabha at Deoria Tal and camps as well. You can also contact Rakesh Singh negi at 08475011425 9411534715. He has guest house in Sari village and dome tent with toilets at Deoria tal
There are locale temples of Usha and Anirudh, Shiva and Parvati at Ukhimath which are worth visiting too.
Chopta, Tunganath Temple and Chandrashilla are nearby Deoria Tal which can be included in the trip. For more details check the Travel Guide for these places at the following link:
- A drive to Deoria Tal | Revisiting Uttarakhand
- Reflections in Deoria Tal | Revisiting Uttarakhand
- Deoria Tal to Ukhimath | Revisiting Uttarakhand
- Snow Trek to Tunganath, Climbing Up | Revisiting Uttarakhand
- Snow Trek to Tunganath, Climbing Down | Revisiting Uttarakhand
- A Drive from Ukhimath to Delhi | Revisiting Uttarakhand
It is a great place to go if you really like to see the raw beauty of Himalayas and camp there. Just visit and witness the enchanting views of Chowkhamba range at dusk and dawn, you won’t regret at all. Please share your views or experience or suggestions etc as I would wait for your comments.