Dodital Trek

DODITAL-High up in the mountains is the Dodi Tal Lake- mysterious, alluring, and simply beautiful! The serene, tranquil surroundings, gurgling streams, crystal clear water, and dense alpine forests make for an ideal retreat. The trek from Dodital to Yamunotri takes you through high-altitude grasslands and dense virgin forests. The scenery en route is astounding! The trek for Dodi Tal commences from

Dodital Trek Uttarkashi or Kalyani, which can be approached by the motor. Kalyani to Agoda is a gradual climb through woods, fields, and villages along· a mule track. The trek from Agoda to Dodi Tal is steep and through thick forests. Dodital is a high-altitude lake at a height of 3307 meters/10847 ft. Situated amidst pine forests with the backdrop of Darwa Bugyal, a high-altitude meadow; Dodital has a serene effect on the mind and body. Dodital gets its name from Dodi, the local name for trout, which are found in large numbers in the lake. Like most of the high-altitude Tals, Dodital also has a legend associated with it.

The Legend, another name for this lake is Dhundital. Dhundital means Ganesh – ka – tal. In Sanskrit, Dhundi is synonymous with Lord Ganesha. There is a temple that is devoted to lord Ganesha. The legend has it that Ganesha selected this place as his abode. The story goes that this is the place where Ganesha was born. Shiva is known to keep away from home for extended periods and it is during one of these long periods of absence that Ganesha was born. One day Parvati, Ganesha’s mother, was having a bath in the lake. She had instructed Ganesha to guard the entrance to the lake. Just then Shiva returned from one of his long trips and was stopped by Ganesha. Enraged, Shiva cut off Ganesha’s head. When Parvati came to know about this, she was livid and demanded that Shiva restore Ganesha’s life. In the interest of domestic harmony, Shiva set out in search of Ganesha’s head. The first animal that Shiva came across was an elephant and Shiva restored Ganesha’s life by replacing his head with an elephant’s head. A book in the Dhundiraj temple relates this tale in English!

Day 01: MUSSOORIE - UTTARKASHI (1,550m) (116 KM DRIVE APPROX). DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Bhagirathi River, Ragunath Mandir

After breakfast board coach and drive to Uttarkashi. The day starts with a beautiful drive towards Uttarkashi. It is the sangam or confluence of the Varna and Assi Ganga Rivers. The different colors of Himalayan beauty are displayed in different sects i.e. flora, landscape and local settlements. The drive goes past along the river Bhagirathi Ganga and continues to the holy town of Uttarkashi. The 2012 August flash floods have left the place battered. All the buildings are washed away and the road itself is very rocky. Huge boulders brought down by the raging river are strewn all around. Lunch would be served en route. Arrive Uttarkashi, transfer to hotel. Hot lunch would be served. After lunch rest for while, Thereafter visit Vishwanath Temple for Darshan. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Uttarkashi.

Day 02: UTTARKASHI - SANGAMCHATTI (Drive 14 kms) Bevra (2250 Mts/7380 ft 8 kms/ 4- 5 hrs) DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy steep climb to Agoda settlement, Lush green meadows and thick forests Trek on a gradual trail to Bevra

Early Morning Pack up your Trekking Gears & Take Breakfast. Post breakfast drive to Sangamchatti by Jeep, Arrive Sangamchatti a couple of huts, a broken iron bridge and a couple of concrete buildings make up Sangamchatti Ganga on a well made bridge, which is followed by an ascend of 5 km to take you to the village of Agoda. The local inhabitants of the village could be seen going to and fro from Sangamchatti, some busy in the fields others involved in their day to day activities. Lunch would be served. From here the trail is gradual for about 2 kilometers and continues to the village of Bevra, on reaching Bevra we will camp for the night on a lovely campsite surrounded by oak trees. Arrive Bevra. Distribution of tents. Freshen up, hot lunch would be served. After lunch rest for a while. In the evening one can walk up to the ridge or take short walks in the nearby wilderness. Dinner & overnight at Bevra.

Day 03: BEVRA - DODITAL (3307mtrs 10847 ft) (13 Kms/ 7 hrs) DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Ascend to Dodital through mixed forests, Crystal Clear Lake and Himalayan trout, Witness Gujar settlement

After breakfast trek to Dodital with Packed Lunch, The day's walk is relaxing and less challenging in comparison to the previous one. The trail passes through the forest of Rhododendron, involves a couple of side stream crossings goes over steep cliffs. We will stop for our packed lunch at Manjhi. A further 2 hour trek from Manjhi will take us to our destination, the scenic lake called Dodital which is famous for its beauty and The Himalayan Trout fish. Dodital is one of the very few water bodies where Himalayan Trout's are found. This picturesque lake is named after the rare Himalayan Trout's known as Dodi in local language. The origin of this Tal is from the natural springs and the source of river 'Asi Ganga’. The circumference of the lake is 1.5 kms. Dodital is supposed to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha as per Hindu mythology. Night camping here is pleasing and enjoyable. Dinner & overnight in the tents at Dodital.


Relax for a while in the morning rays of the sun at campsite. Have breakfast & retrace your steps to Sangamchatti with packed lunch. Today is going to be a relatively long but downhill trek. Arrive Sangamchatti road head, board Jeep & drive to Uttarkashi. Arrive Uttarkashi, transfer to hotel. Freshen up and relax. Dinner and overnight stay.


After breakfast drive to Rishikesh Rafting Camp. Lunch would be served en route. Arrive camp. Freshen up and relax. Evening enjoy bonfire music and snacks. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.

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