A trip to Deoriatal by Ms Krishna Chowdhury.
I had a plan with Sutapa to visit Bhimtal in the summer of 2014. Suddenly Sutapa’s father passed away and I lost my beloved Gollu. My mind was in a state of shock and I planned to take refuge in the lap of the Garhwal Himalayas which I consider as my second home.
With only the to and fro tickets of Delhi in hand, I started on 23rd May and boarded the Delhi bound Duranta Express. I had a nice company of a family from Bardhamaan who were on the way to Ladakh, another dreamland.
25th May 2014
After a long and tiring journey from Haridwar through the same old road through Rishikesh, Devaprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag and at last following the course of Mandakini and witnessing the devastation of 2013, I reached Kund to get a shared jeep towards Ukhimath. I was waiting in the same old shop where we had first come ten years back on our way to Madmaheswar.
Reaching Ukhimath, I got down near Bharat Sevashram Sangha and entered with my backpack for a few days’ stay. Luckily they allotted me a beautiful room over viewing the river Mandakini and the winding road towards Gupta Kashi. After settling myself I went towards the main market of Ukhimath which was 1 km uphill to have some snacks and tea and also to make an arrangement for going to Deoriatal the next day. There I met Vijay who agreed to pick me from the Bharat Sevashram Sangha to reach Sari from where Deoriatal is only a 4 km trek.
One can also stay at Sari which has many accommodations offered by the locals. Even there are some agencies who arrange for tent accommodations beside the lake in Deoriatal.
One can also trek from Deoriatal to Ukhimath through a jungle trail with the help of some local boy.
26th May 2014
The morning was a bit cloudy. Vijay picked me at 6.30 and we reached Sari before eight. It was a nice trail uphill passing a temple in Sari village in a lonely ground but the serenity was disrupted by the loud noise through microphones. There are beautiful resting places throughout the path in a gap of 1 km where we rested for a while and got rejuvenated. At last the lake came into view. It was a magical experience. There were a few tents laid beside the lake. It was a nice camping ground though the water of the lake was not clear and so did the weather. Mt Chaukhamba was under the veil. I was little upset but the tranquil salubrious ambiance filled my heart with ethereal ecstasy.
After spending some time in the magical lake surroundings we came back to Sari and from there to my destination, Bharat Sevashram Sangha at Ukhimath. The melancholy had vanished in me and I truly found solace in this short but memorable trek to Deoriatal.
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