Deoria Taal – An unexplored piece of Heaven
“The mother is weightier than the earth; the father is higher than the heaven; the mind is fleeter than the wind; and our thoughts are more numerous than grass.”
As Yudhistira, the Pandu King answered these, the Yaksha gave him permission to drink from the pool and also revived all his 4 brothers to life.
Fabled to be the taal where the above exchange of Mahabharata took place, Deoria Taal is nestled deep inside the Himalayas, amidst the crimson flowered trees of Rhododendrons at an altitude of approx. 2400Mts.
The Mighty peaks of Chaukhamba, Janhukooth, Kedarnath, Mandani etc. seem to meditate on the pristine waters of taal from time eternity. Mornings and evenings are painted gold by the molten light reflecting off these divine Himalayan peaks. With no electricity and human habitations for kilometres around the taal, millions of stars (and occasional calls of wild animals) are the only company one has.
The Silence and Tranquillity offered by the taal is enough for anyone to forget whatever problems they might have in their lives. Away from the hustle and bustle of cities, one seems to be transported to paradise. This place is perfect for anyone who wants to connect with nature, or should I say connect with the lost part of himself at the very deepest level. The Mighty Himalayas standing staggeringly tall, but still rooted to earth remind us of aiming for the stars, but of also being humble and grounded at the same time. One thing is for sure, a trek here will leave one as a changed man, people come here as a different being and leave as a totally different person.
Deoria taal can be reached after a small and relatively easy 3Kms trek from the scenic village of Saari near Ukhimath in Uttarakhand, India. Ukhimath is connected with all the Major towns of Uttarakhand of Haridwar, Rishikesh, Srinagar and Rudraprayag. Buses ply regularly to Ukhimath from these towns.
P.S.: People normally come here for a day trip, but from personal experience, when planning a trip here, please camp for at least a night to thoroughly enjoy the awe inspiring wonder of nature this place offers.
About the Author:
Praveen Purohit is Nature and Wildlife Photographer specializing in capturing the Birds and Landscapes of Uttarakhand Himalayas. He was earlier a Group leader and has conducted multiple Phototours and photo walks over a period spanning 3 years in the forests of Maharashtra and Uttarakhand. He is a very passionate nature lover and photographer and loves sharing his knowledge with like-minded people.
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