If you are fond of trekking and camping, Deoria Tal is a perfect place for overnight camping and jungle trekking. This small lake is located about 3 km away on the trekking path between two villages namely Sari and Mastura Village on the chief Ukhimath-Chopta Road.
The lake offers an enchanting sight of snow clad mountain and green fields, perched t the height of 2387 m above the sea level. Do visit this lake to meditate and lose yourself in serenity of the surroundings.
Rail: Take an overnight train from New Delhi to Haridwar. There are two trains available: 14041 Mussoorie Exp DEE - HW 21.30 Ã 5.45am 12205 Nandadevi Exp NDLS - HW 23.50 Ã 3.55am. Sari Village has to be accesed via road from Haridwar onwards. You can take either a bus or shared jeep to reach Sari Village from Haridwar. Buses run from Haridwar and Rishikesh to Kund and Ukhimath early in the morning from the bus stand.Sari Village is 23 km ahead of Ukhimath. You can also hire a shared jeep from Haridwar and Rishikesh. The road journey may take 8 to 10 hours
Road: Delhi to Sarai Village is 439 Km and can be reached in 14 hours.
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Approx trekking distance (Both sides) : 16 Km
Base Camp : Sari Village
Difficulty : Easy
Highest point of trek : 11,970 ft
Nearest Airport : Jolly Grant Airport
Nearest Railhead : 225 km
Region : Garhwal Himalayas
Snow : Summer and Spring are considered the best seasons for this trek
Starting point of trek : Sari Village
Day 1 : Sari to Deoria Tal
Distance: 3 km , Duration: 1 hour
The trail to Deoria Tal is rocky and well-laid. It is a gentle but constant ascent to the top. You will reach Deoria Tal in an hour, covering 3 km with an altitude gain of 1,240 feet. You will pass through local villages with vast farmlands. Half an hour into the hike, you can see the summit of Chandrashila and below it, the holy Tungnath temple. Do not miss the sunset view on the Chaukhamba and Kedar peaks from Deoria Tal. Camp next to the lake for the night.
Day 2 : Deoria Tal to Rohini Bugyal
Distance: 8km , Duration: 5 hours
The trail goes along the lake, and through a forest full of blooming rhododendrons and maple trees. Look out for Kala Parvat, Kedar-dome, Chandrashila peak and Bisuri Tal on the way. Bisuri Tal is a small glacial lake. Legend has it that the Pandavas hid their weapons here. Although you canÕt see the lake, the Bisuri Peak is visible here. The trail downhill inside the forest is perfect for bird watching. The Himalayan woodpecker and Verditer Flycatcher can easily be spotted here. You may also spot foxes and langoors here. The final walk to Rohini Bugyal is leisurely, with a small climb. Rest for the night at Rohini Bugyal Ð a beautiful meadow with an incomparable views of sunset.
Day 3 : Rohini Bugyal to Bhrujgali
Distance: 6km , Duration: 4 hours
TodayÕs trek involves traversing the ridge of Rohini Bughyal to enter the meadows of Bhrujgali. The trail is through a dense forested ridge, down to a stream that needs to be crossed and finally into a beautiful meadow. Once you reach the lower meadows of Bhrujgali, look back to a breath-taking view of the forest ridge of Tikidi Khal and the peaks from Kedarnath side. Camp for the night at Bhrujgali.
Day 4 : Bhrujgali to Chandrashila Peak via Tungnath and back to BhrujgaliÊ
Distance: 7 km , Duration: 4 hours
The trek from Bhrujgali to Tungnath is accessible via a cemented pilgrim trail. It ascends sharply via a series of 11 scissor bends. The walk is pleasant, but is a very steep climb. The trail passes through a section of Bhoj trees before the Tugnath temple. Look out for birds like Monal and Griffin vulture, which you will see in plenty here. Once at the top of the peak, you get a 360 degree view of the mountains of Garhwal and Kumaon. Trek back to Bhrujgali through the same route, and camp for the night.
Day 5 : Bhrujgali to Chopta
Distance: 1 km , Duration: 15-30 mins
The entire trail is downhill through picturesque environs of rhododendron forests.You will have to show your forest permits to the Forest Guard here.There are a few food outlets here during the tourist season.Chopta also has a few private guest lodges.