Adventure / Trekking | Lake / Backwaters | Pilgrimage
#18 of 18 Places to Visit in Kedarnath
Distance (From Kedarnath): 73 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): Full Day
Place Location: 16 Km From Ukhimath
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / + Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 16 km from Ukhimath, 59 km from Gaurikund, 73 km from Kedarnath and 56 km from Rudraprayag, Deoria Tal is a beautiful mountain lake located near Saari village in Uttarakhand. It lies at an altitude of 2438 m about 3 km uphill trek from Saari on Ukhimath-Chopta road. It is a popular destination for trekking near Badrinath and also one of the top Uttarakhand places to visit for trekking.
The lake is surrounded by thick forests and the crystal clear water of this lake offers the reflection of the mighty Chaukhamba peak. It offers a splendid view of Chopta, Tungnath and Chandrashila peak to the right and the breathtaking view of mountains like Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch, Kedar Range, and Kalanag to the left. It is located in the Nanda Devi Biodiversity Park and has an abundance of colorful birds and mammals.
According to the Hindu mythology, Devas used to bath in this lake hence the name. The lake is also believed to be the Indra Sarovar referred in the Puranas by wandering sages. It is also believed that it was the place from where the Pandavas were asked questions by Yaksha. Deoria Tal serves as a popular trekking destination in the region because of its ease of the trail and soothing scenic beauty. The road is motorable up to Sari, 13 km from Ukhimath and from there one has to trek about 3 km to reach the lake. Jeeps are available from Ukhimath to reach Saari. The path is well marked and passes through dense forests and small meadows. Pony services are also available from the Saari village.
Alternately, one can trek to Deoria Tal from Ukhimath, a moderate 7 km trek. There are options of overnight camping, jungle trek etc. There are a couple of shops which sell tea and snacks during day time. Trekkers usually combine this trek with the nearby trek to Tungnath and Chandrashila which are approached from Chopta.
There is a Forest Rest House available at Deoria Tal for accommodation. Tent accommodation is also available offering amazing views of the lake. Visitors can also stay at couple of small budget hotels at Sari village.
The best time to visit Deoria Tal is from March to May and October to November. Winter season between December & January is extremely cold and suggested to avoid visiting this place.