The ‘Tals’ of Uttarakhand: Deoria Tal

Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: Deoria Tal, located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, is a pristine lake famous for its crystal clear waters. Located at a distance of nearly 3 kilometres from the Sari and Mastura villages, the lake is near the Ukimath-Chopta road.

The lake is located at an altitude of nearly 8,000 feet and is surrounded by lush green trees, with panoramic views of snow capped peaks of the Himalayas in the background. Chaukhamba, Kedar Range, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch and kalang mountains can be viewed from here.

deoriatalPeople visiting Deoria Tal also trek to Tungnath, which is one of the five temples constituting ‘Panch Kedar’, and Chandrashila.

As per Hindu Mythology, this lake was a bathing spot of gods, and this is how it got its name. The ‘Indra Sarovar’ mentioned in the Puranas is thought to be a reference to this lake.

As per legend, this is the spot where the Pandavas were asked queries by Yaksha. The lake has a rich history which revolves around the Pandavas, as it is said that this lake was built by Bhima, who was feeling thirsty and decided to build the lake upon Yudhistir’s advice.

Places to Visit near Deoria Tal:

Ukhimath:

A small town, Ukhimath is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre where idols from the Kedarnath temple and Madhyamaheshwar are brought during the winters, and worshipped for six months. As per Hindu mythology, the wedding of the daughter of Vanasur, Usha, and the grandson of Lord Krishna, Anirudh, was solemnised here.

Tungnath Temple
Tungnath Temple

Tungnath:

The highest Shiva temple in the world, Tungnath is the highest of the Panch Kedars and is located at an altitude of 12,073 feet. Believed to be nearly 5,000 years old, the temple has a rich history connected to the Pandavas.

As per legend, this is the place where the hands of Shiva, in the form of Nandi the bull were found by Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers. Located at a distance of 4 kilometres that can be covered by a 3-4 hours trek, Tungnath is situated close to the Chandrashila peak.

Chandrashila Peak:

The summit of Tungnath, the name ‘Chandrashila’ means “moon rock”. Located at a height of 13,000 feet, it is believed that Lord Rama meditated at this spot after defeating Ravana. It is also believed that the moon god, Chandra, spent time here during his penance.

Chandrashila Peak
Chandrashila Peak

Best Time to Visit:

Since Deoria Tal is located at a height of around 8,000 metres, it becomes freezing cold during the winters, when the region receives moderate to heavy snowfall. Thus, the summer months of April, May and June are an ideal time to visit, as the average temperature hovers around 15 degrees Celsius.

How to Reach:

In order to reach Deoria Tal, one has to go to Ukhimath, from where Deoria Tal can be reached after a 7 kilometre trek. Ukhimath is located in the Rudraprayag district, and is located at a distance of 41 kilometres from the district headquarters, Rudraprayag.

The state capital, Dehradun, is located at a distance of 226 kilometres.

The nearest rail head is in Rishikesh, which is located at a distance of 174 kilometres. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport, located close to Dehradun, at a distance of 196 kilometres from Ukhimath.

The cities of Chandigarh and New Delhi are located at a distance of 388 kilometres and 414 kilometres, respectively.

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