In the absence of any company, I ventured for a solo trip to Deoriatal and Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila on 18th April 2013.
After reaching Saari village (which is the base for the trek to Deoriatal), and meeting our local host and organizer, I had a quick lunch and immediately set out for the uphill trek to Deoriatal.
It took me about 2 hours to climb up. I took frequent breaks to take pictures with my camera and rest myself. Rhodendron flowers were in full bloom all along the way uphill. These flowers last only for a month (in April). It is best to climb slowly and enjoy the scenery rather than hurry up (that is if you have the stamina to hurry up the hill). It is best to time your climb so that you can reach the Deorital at the top, sometime in the afternoon, well before the sunset.
The scenery, ambience and the tranquility of this place cannot be described in words. One must experience it in person. I enjoyed the scenery of the sunset and the surroundings. It become quite cold at night. My organizer set up a cute little one person tent for me on the grounds near the lake. It was quite an experience to stay in the tent, alone at night at such a beautiful and calm place. Theere was another group of boys from Delhi camping at the same place for the night.
The sunrise in the morning presents another oppotunity to see the scenry of the himalayan peaks and their reflection in the lake. It was a bit cloudy in the morning when I was there. I departed from there after having a heavy breakfast and thanking my organizer and host for all the arrangements.
I strongly recommend a vist to this place with a night camp in tents. I also strongly recommend - "Please maintain the pristine beauty and peace of such places and do not litter".
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