“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks”~~~John Muir
Through this post, I am going to take you on a journey up in the hills in the state of Uttarakhand, to a place less explored, to a place which is truly divine, to a place which radiates peace. This is Deoria Tal, a lake located in the upper crest of Rudraprayag, in the lap of nature. It is a 3km trek from the village of Sari. Roads to Sari are well connected, so travellers wil not have any problem reaching there. My gang of girls have already booked a tent for 6, before arriving there. So, stay was not of much concern. We were helped out by Mr.Lakhpat Singh Rana in the whole trip of 3 days, which also included Chopta, Tungnath & Chandrashila.
I visited Deoria Tal in the month of June 2013, with my gang. It was unbearably hot summers down in the plains with temperatures soaring to 40-45 degrees. So, all of us decided to take a break & venture out to a cool place, not very far, approx.200 kms from our place. And there starts our amazing journey to all of the 4 destinations above. We hired a taxi and reached Deoria Tal, our first halt, at about 3pm. Wasting no time, we started our trek for overnight camping , carrying all essentials: torch(mind it, there is no electricity up in deoria tal), warm clothes, cameras, wood(for bonfire), and most important of all,our GREEN TENT. I just loved its colour. Mr.Rana is a very helpful guy, very simple & takes full care of his customers.
Now, we are not used to such treks & climbing uphill. And moreover this was my first experience. After walking a few steps, I was like running out of breath. Hardly we had covered one fourth of the journey, that all of us felt so so exhausted. We swallowed some teaspoonfuls of glucose. May be that gave us some strength and we continued. It seems as if I am doing some Glucose Ad 😛 . Whatever!!! 😀
We had to reach the lake before sunset, as it will be all dark and not many people inhabit that place. So….I think all of you can guess . But hey, dont be afraid as there are no harmful wild animals as confirmed by Mr.Rana. So we heaved a sigh of relief. And no matter how much we are tired, but a trip without photos….naahh. So, all were ready with their plastic smiles whenever the camera clicks. Climbing, stopping, posing, finally we reached the lake after 3 hrs approx.
And after the seeing the first view, I felt all the effort was worth it. The lake, surrounded by greenery was majestic. You wont even expect, but there are 2 small dhabas (food joint) up @8000 feet, to provide you with the basic items: Roti, rice, dal, sabji, MAGGI, chips, cold drinks & water. So, we proceeded towards the lake with all our enthusiasm. The tiresome trek was forgotten in a fraction of seconds, and we were back to our energetic selves 🙂 . Mr.Rana pitched our tent in one suitable spot, and we kept our stuff inside of it and decided to explore the surroundings a bit, as the sun had not set yet. There were around 5 more groups in colorful tents. It always feels great to see that people do travel so far to enjoy some time in the tranquility of nature (like minded souls 😛 ).
Gradually the sun disappeared and it was pitch dark . But, Mr.Rana arranged for some logs of wood & quickly there was a bonfire. We sat around it for quite some time, had maggi and decided to sleep as next day another 4Km trek awaited us to top of Tungnath. We were handed a Walkie-Talkie to contact Mr.Rana, if in case there arises some problem. Oh yeah….I forgot to mention that there are no mobile networks also up there. So, its good sometimes, that nobody can disturb you from the plains 😛 . You can enjoy all by yourself. No sooner did we enter our sleeping bags, we heard droplets of rain trickling on our tent. I am like Kumbhakarna (one who likes sleeping–from Indian mythology), so I was like least bothered and I kept sleeping. But panic started among my gang, as rains poured down heavily. Though our tent was sturdy enough, but it leaked some amount of water inside. It was really a worrying situation, so one of my friend operated the walkie talkie to ask advice from Mr.Rana. “Over” & “Over and out”, was all that I remember now. Soon, the rains stopped & all of them slept. And for me, I had a sound sleep 😀 .
The next morning was fresh enough—fresh air, sunrise, lake by the side—-what more could you ask for. We can witness some locals with their cattle passing by. It was just awesome. We had our morning Chai , sitting on a rock, admiring the beauty of the lake. Again photo session starts…..1,2, 3. But, it was time now to move onto our next destination. So, we trekked back to Sari village along with Mr.Rana, who had put up at nearby dhaba the previous night. The whole day & night was full of excitement, tiredness, fear, happiness. And as it is said, all’s well that ends well 🙂 , so we were once again packed with the same enthusiasm for our next trek.
Wait for my next post on Chopta & Tungnath.
Contact no.: Lakhpat Singh Rana: 01364212603 (He will arrange for your stay here)