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Devariyatal Lake - Mirror of the Himalayas

Devariyatal is an emerald lake perched at an elevation of 2438 mts above sea level. During early morning on a clear day, Devariya Tal blesses the tourists with miraculous reflections of Chaukhamba peaks on its crystal clear water. At Deoria Tal one can experience the best of two worlds, the first one being the real world and the other one being the reflection of the beautiful surroundings on the lake.

The lake is situated amidst lush green inclined field surrounded by dense trees. Deoria Tal serves as a popular trekking destination in the region because of its ease of access and soothing scenic beauty. Deoria Tal lies in the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary. If lucky, then you can spot animals drinking water from the lake early in the morning. Therefore, an overnight stay at Deoria Tal is recommended. 

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Why you should commence the Devariya Tal Trek?

The beauty of this translucent lake attracts many visitors to come and knit nostalgic memories here. Since Deoria Tal falls under the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary, early morning you can spot a few animals quenching their thirst from this lake. This gorgeous lake offers a splendid panorama of the majestic Chaukhamba, Neelkantha, Banderpunch, Kedar range and the Kalanag peaks.

Location of Devariyatal Lake 

The sparkling Deoria Tal Lake is situated near Ukhimath and Chopta. A short 3 km trek uphill from Sari village will take you this picturesque place, offering eternal bliss. 

How to reach Devariya Tal?

Route 1- An easy 2.5 kms trek following a rocky path from Sari village, the base camp for this trek will take you to the enchanting lake of Deoria Tal. Sari Village is located on Ukhimath - Gopeshwar road, very close to Chopta.

Route 2- There is also another trek route to Devariyatal which starts from Ukhimath having an approx. length of 12 km. This route passes through the dense forests and the meandering meadows. 

By Road: Buses and shareable Tata Sumos are easily available to Ukhimath from Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh. One needs to drive 12 km to Sari village from Ukhimath. On reaching Sari village, a short 3 km trek will take you to Deoria Tal. Sharable Jeeps are available from Ukhimath to Sari village but they don’t have fixed timings.

Road Route from Delhi: Delhi - Meerut - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Devprayag  - Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Ukhimath - Sari village - Trekking (2 kms) - Devariya Tal

Activities in Devariyatal

Devariyatal is a trekking destination amidst the Himalayas rather than a tourist’s paradise. There is not much sightseeing available at Devariyatal apart from the mighty Himalayan peaks that are visible from the vantage of Devariyatal such as Chaukhamba, Meru, Sumeru, and Kedar Dome to name a few. 

Trekking: The trekking route to Devariyatal involves easy to medium grade trekking. The 2km trek offers some of the amazing bird-eye views of Saari village and its lush green paddy fields.

Camping: Devariyatal is ideal location to camp with family and friends. Camping just beside the lake is a rewarding experience. The reflection of Chaukhamba peak can be seen clearly on the Devariyatal. 

Village Tourism: Saari is the last village one encounters before the trek to Devariyatal starts. One can walk around the village and learn about their way of life, customs and culture. The people are warm and welcoming.

Staying in Devariyatal

Devariyatal is a beautiful pond (Tal) at an elevation of 2,400 meters in Uttarakhand. Due to its pristine nature, camping is allowed at Devariyatal under the vigilance of forest officials. Apart from that, there is a Forest Rest House available for staying at Devariyatal. One has to trek 2 kms down hill to Saari village to find any accommodation. Few budget guesthouses with limited amenities are available.

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Devariyatal Food Guide

There are small shacks located some 100 meters away from the pond where food is prepared and served. The shacks have limited food items and the menu so you’d have to make do with whatever available. One can also eat at Saari village where local food joints and restaurants are available. Packaged food can also be carried to Devariyatal.

Mythology of Devariyatal

According to the Hindu mythology, the Hindu gods or ‘devas’ used to bath in the mystic waters of this emerald lake. Devariyatal is also believed to be the “Indra Sarovar” which has been cited in the Puranas or the ancient Hindu texts. 

Deoria Tal has mythological connection with the epic Mahabharata, as it is the place where Yaksha asked the Pandavas to answer his questions before drinking the water of the lake. Due to its mythical background, this region possesses some magical beauty until now.

Nearby Tourist Places from Devariyatal

While traveling to Deoria Tal, you can plan a further visit to Chopta. Chopta is popular as Mini-Switzerland of Uttarakhand. The route of 4 kms trek to the sacred Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila, commences from Chopta. You can also visit Kartikswami or do an extensive trek to Rudranath from Sagar Village.

There is a Forest Rest House available at Deoria Tal for accommodation. Tent accommodation is also available at Deoria Tal offering amazing views of the lake. You can also stay at couple of small budget hotels at Saari village like Devariya Guest House.

You can also check at the hotels of nearby locations: Chopta hotels, Ukhimath hotels, Rudraprayag hotels, Guptkashi Hotels

Deoria Tal is also  written as Deoriatal or Devariyatal, Devriyatal Lake. 

  • The trek to Devariyatal is an easy and short; it is just 2 kms trek from Saari village. It is a perfect for amatuer trekkers and kis.
  • Devariyatal comes under the purview Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. Hence, follow proper guidelines outlined by forest authorities to protect the region
  • Littering in and around the lake is a punishable offence and trekkers must take extra care not pollute the lake. 
  • Make sure you are travelling in a group of two or more. Venturing out alone at night is a strict no-no. Make sure you have informed someone about your trek back home.

What is Devariyatal famous for?

Devariyatal is famous among tourist as Trekking, Lake, Camping, Bird Watching, Mythological Importance.

Devariyatal is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Devariyatal is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Camping, Hiking, Lakes, Meadows, Picnic Spots, Trekking.

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