Deoria Tal (also Devaria’ or ‘Deoriya) is a lake about 3 km (1.9 mi) from the villages of Mastura and Sari on the Ukhimath-Choptaroad in Uttarakhand. At an altitude of 2,438 meters (7,999 ft), it has heavily wooded, lush green surroundings with snow-covered mountains (Chaukhamba is one of them) in the backdrop.
Jeeps are available from Ukhimath to reach Sari, a nearby village, via Mastura village. For return journey, one can go down trekking to Mastura to get a shared jeep.
Alternately, one can trek 7 km (4.3 mi) to Deoria Tal from Ukhimath. Even though, trekkers are no longer allowed to camp at the famous Deoriatal , there are options of jungle trekking, videography, etc. There are a couple of shops that sell tea and snacks, but these close at sundown. Trekkers usually combine this trek with the nearby trek to Tungnath (the highest Hindu shrine devoted to Lord Shiva) and Chandrashila, which are approached from Chopta.
The lake is known for its wide 300° panorama. Mountains like Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch, Kedar Range, and Kalanag can be viewed from here. There exists another route from Deoria Tal to Tungnath, which is mainly used for night camping, jungle trekking, etc.
Hindu faith states that the Devas bathed in this lake, hence the name. The lake is also believed to be the “Indra Sarovar” referred to in the Puranas by wandering Hindu mendicants, Sadhus. It is also believed that it was the place from where the mighty Pandavas were asked queries by Yaksha. According to the locals it was also said that this lake was built by Bheem, who was strongest among the Pandavas, to appease his thirst, and Yudhister, who was the wisest, suggested Bheem to build his own lake.
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Reaching Deoria Tal is not difficult. Jolly Grant in Dehradun is the nearest airport and Haridwar Junction is the nearest railway station from the place. Sari Village which is the beginning point of the trek of Chopta is well-connected through road as well. One has to first reach the village by bus/cab and then from there need to trek 3 km uphill.
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport from Deoriatal which is around 209 km away from the place. After reaching the airport, you need to carry on your rest of the journey by road. At the airport, you can board a taxi or cab to Sari Village and thereafter a 3 km trek to reach Deoriatal.
The nearest railway station from Deoriatal is Haridwar Railway Station which is located at a distance of approximately 218 km from the place. Once you land at Haridwar, you can hire a taxi from there to Sari village. From Sari village, you need to cover the distance of 3 km trek to reach your destination.
The place is very well-connected with other northern states of India through motorable roads. One can hire a taxi or can drive itself to Sari Village in order to reach here. Once you reach Sari Village, there is a 3 km trek to reach Deoria Tal. Buses from ISBT Anand Vihar, Delhi to Rudraprayag are also easily available. In order to reach the place, one can cover the distance from Rudraprayag to Sari village by local transport or by hiring a cab and thereafter trek to Deoriatal.