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Deoriatal in Winter 


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1, 825 km from Mumbai. 1311mts of altitude . There is nirvana for the people staying in big smoke, “Ukhimath” - Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand.

My long break of 6 months was put to an end with a great beginning of hiking trip. Initially, I was little skeptical to opt this, as I am not a trekker ( another factor being Money, Honey ????). But thrilling things always lure me, result being my successful (1st, to be precise ) trek to Deorital.

We took a train Journey.

Mumbai ???? New Delhi ???? Haridwar ???? Ukhimath

Distance

Haridwar to Ukhimath : 204kms.

Nearest Access to Ukhimath

Hrishikesh is the nearest Railway station : 1 8 0 kms

Dehradun is the nearest Airport ✈ : 2 2 1 kms.

Braking our journey of 12kms winding roads from Ukhimath, we started to walk from a small , neat & clean cobbled pathway. We kept walking through this pathway which was located in Sari village. Yellow mustard flowers made the village looked brighter.

Sari Village is not the start of Deorital, but if you want to get a good feel of Ghadwal village, nothing can better than this. There is an uphill walk which takes you to the entrance of Deoriatal trek through Sari.

Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  1/16 by truptidobarkar
Sari Village, Uttarakhand
Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  2/16 by truptidobarkar

Mustard Fields in Sari village

Of all 3 days, this hike gave a big smile on my face, as I was able to interact with local’s & capture good landscape.

Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  3/16 by truptidobarkar
A Ghadwali women standing in her balcony
Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  4/16 by truptidobarkar
A Ghadwali couple
Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  5/16 by truptidobarkar
An artisan making a basket to carry dried stuff from the jungle. Behind is the final product .

As we moved further, we came across many TANG trees. These look like oranges, but taste’s sour like a lemon. Every other home had a Tang tree planted. The scenario was so eye soothing, Green tree with spots of orange color & was perfect for my DSLR.

Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  6/16 by truptidobarkar
Tang tree with a backdrop of the roof in Sari village
Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  7/16 by truptidobarkar
A beautiful house in Sari village
Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  8/16 by truptidobarkar
A house in Sari village.

You must have heard of Open air theater & might have experienced it as well. But have you seen an open air School with your bare eyes (Common am not talking that are shown in the movies.) It’s a unique experience altogether.

Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  9/16 by truptidobarkar
School chale hum....

#TravelLikeAPro There are 2 options; either you start from the base of Sari village & reach to the entrance of Deorital. Other being, driving straight to the entrance of the trek.

Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  10/16 by truptidobarkar
Entrance of Deoriatal

The second half of the journey was from the jungle. Even though it was a jungle it had a proper pathway to walk.

Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  11/16 by truptidobarkar
Shade on the hill top
Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  12/16 by truptidobarkar
A pathway near Deoriatal Lake
Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  13/16 by truptidobarkar
Tents nailed near Deoriatal lake
Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  14/16 by truptidobarkar
The Red tent was the kitchen. Blue tent was the Dinning room for the people staying there overnight.
Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  15/16 by truptidobarkar
Mountain view from Deoriatal. Tents nailed near Deorital lake
Photos of Deoriatal in Winter  16/16 by truptidobarkar
Mt Chaukhamba

Travel Tips : #TravelLikeAPro

1) Carry a sweater or a jacket with you. Cool breeze is on and off at Deorital.

2) Walking shoes is a must.

3) Drink ample of water.

4) Carry little snacks with you. Eg. Chesse, roasted peanuts, chickpeas (chana), energy bars etc.

5) Porter’s can be hired.

6) Nail down a tent near to the lake. Stay overnight.

7) Charge your battery or carry a spare one.

Nearest Places to visit from Ukhimath

Chopta 29kms / approx 1hr

Chandrashila 33kms / approx 1.5hrs

Auli 163kms / approx 5.5hrs

Badrinath 162kms/approx 5.5hrs

Almora 231kms/ approx 7.5hrs

Mussoorie 251kms/ approx 7.5hrs

Nainital 264kms/ approx 8.5hrs

Gangotri 284kms/ approx 8.5hrs

Hope you considering Deorital for your next vacation. Please don't forget to share your experience.

Happy Holiday peeps!!!

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