Camping At Deoria Taal

Discussion in 'Travelogues' started by Vargis Khan, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    All of us were hungry and few spoonfuls of Rajma Chawal only added fuel to the fire. Luckily while we were crossing Devprayag, we noticed a tea shop that was open and stopped immediately for breakfast.

    After a few glass of tea and paranthas for everyone, we continued the journey towards Srinagar.


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  2. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    All of Uttarakhand is a landslide prone area but the road towards Mana is worst. It had been raining for past due days here as well and it had created havoc on the roads. After a mix of bumpy and smooth drive, we were in Srinagar by 9 in the morning. We stopped for a short tea break and continued towards Rudraprayag from here.



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  3. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    After crossing Rudraprayad, it was close to noon when we took the turn towards Ukhimath just before Gaurikund. From here, the steep ascent towards Chopta starts and we started getting a better view of snow capped mountains. Somewhere on the way, we met a few locals who informed us that the road towards Chopta is closed due to heavy snowfall and we wont be able to go any further beyonf Makku Bend. This was a major turn of events as we now knew that trekking to Tungnath is out of the plan.


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  4. Vargis Khan

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    I called my contact at Saari a local who was going to arrange camps at Deorial taal and by the time we reached Saari, he had already arranged for lunch. After a quick mean and discussion, it was decided that we will trek towards Chopta as far as we can and then return to Saari from where we will trek to Deoria Taal and camp there for the night.

    We again got back in the car and drove towards Chopta from Saari. The locals were right, we could not drive any further than Makku Bend and leave the car there. From here, we were to walk towards Chopta.



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  5. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    It took us a while to reach Dugalbitta and after stopping there for tea and some photos, we decided to turn back as the sun was soon gonna set and we still had the trek to Deoria to climb.


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  6. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    The sun set faster than we thought and by the time we reached back Makku Bend, it was already dark.


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  7. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    We drove back to Saari, left the car at the hotel and started on the steepish 2 kms climb towards Deorial Taal, in pitch black dark.


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  8. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    We reached Deoria at 9 in the night and it was time for bonfire, lunch and drinks (which included both daaru for some and tea for others like me).


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  9. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    After sitting and chatting around bonfire for a couple of hours, it was time to call it a day and crawl into our tents that were laid on knee deep snow.


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  10. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    This dog climbed up with us from Deoria and like a guardian angel, he sat outside our camps all night. It was freezing outside and the poor animal was sitting on snow. I tried to get him inside our tent but he wouldnt get in and just sat there outside, alert at every sound, like he was protecting us.


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