Wednesday 13, 2021 | PNS | Joshimath
A group of persons headed by Mohan Singh ‘Gaonwasi’ visited the high altitude Devtal lake situated along the India-Tibet border region in the high altitude area of Chamoli district. This was the third group to visit the high altitude lake this year. While ‘Gaonwasi’ has been undertaking the Yatra to the Devtal lake since 2015, the locals are now demanding that this area be opened for visitors as part of border area tourism.
Situated at an altitude of 17,950 feet atop the Mana Pass, Deotal or the Lake of Gods is considered sacred and the source of the Saraswati river. It is located at a distance of about 52 kilometres from Mana- known as the last Indian village near Badrinath in this border region of Chamoli district. Visitors are allowed to this site only after securing special permits from the local administration. Apart from the environmental value of this area, it is also important from the religious point of view. Local resident Ajay Bhatt states that ‘Gaonwasi’ formally started the Yatra to this sacred lake in 2015. The group which visited Devtal now offered prayers and conducted a Hawan before returnin