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    Dodital Darwa Trek

    Dodital lake gets its name from the hundreds of trouts found in this lake. These trouts are referred to as 'dodi' by the locals living here. The lake is 3024 m above sea level and situated to the north of Uttarkashi. The waters of this lake are clear and cold whereas the forests here are full of rich flora and fauna. It passes through Hanuman Chatti which is also a place worth visiting. From here it moves on to Garhwal Himalayas in Yamunotri where Yamuna is believed to have originated. After crossing this spot we pass through lush meadows and forests before returning back on the trek.

    Major Attractions

    Dodital: Situated at an elevation of 3307 meters this lake is situated near Darwa Bugyal; a high altitude pasture. The stillness of the lake soothe the insides and make you very.Dodital has a serene effect on the mind and body. The ultimate destination on this trek is worth all the strains and tiredness from the previous days treks.

    How to get there

    By Air: Located at 24 km from Rishikesh, Jolly Grant is the closest airport. Though, taking a flight to this place is not advisable.

    By Road: Road network is well connected to all major towns of Uttaranchal and surrounding areas.

    By Rail: Rishikesh is linked to all the major towns and cities of India. Some of the links are accessible only from Haridwar.

    Best time to visit: Mid September to early July

    Prerequisites/Facts

    • Dress warm when you are on altitude journey.
    • You require moderate level of fitness to do this trek.
    • This trek requires moderate levels of fitness.
    • Keep silence to enjoy the close proximity to the natural habitats.
    • This trek requires you to be moderately healthy. You should make sure you do not suffer from any kind of high altitude sickness.
    • This trek is easy and doesnt require any physical training before you set out.
    • Always carry boosters like juices, candies, chocolates and water bottle.
    • Learn some basics from guide.
    • All the equipments are available for trekking.
    • Avoid spoiling camping sites and the places around.

    Things to Carry

    • Walking stick
    • Binoculars
    • Sleeping bag
    • Hiking shoes
    • Woolen clothes
    • Water, juices, snacks
    • Electric torch
    • Medical kit

    Other Information

    Rishikesh: Located 25 km from Haridwar, it is considered to be the gateway of Himalayas. The city has a holy importance and attracts millions of believers and seekers every year.

    Haridwar: This place is the start point for the char dham yatra. It is also the commencement point of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna.

    Image Source: Arindam-MojumderHarrystaab


Attractions

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Dodital Trek

Dodital trek is a short trek and must to do when you are on trekking in Uttaranchal tour. Difficulty ranges from easy to moderate through thick forests and across majestic Himalayas landscapes, large meadows and stream crossings.  

The trek begins from Sangamchatti (kalyani) road near Uttarkashi and completes at the Hanumanchatti. From Dodital Lake, you will need to trek uphill to reach the Darwa pass, also called as Bakaria Khaga pass. The alpine meadows of Kanasar are an ideal place for camping.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude: 4150 m

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Dodital Hanumanchatti Trek

The trail from Dodital to Hanumanchatti is an amazing route and can be undertaken by first timers and experienced trekkers. If you wish for a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, this is the trekking trail for you. The tranquil and pristine Dodital lies beyond the canyon of the Bhagirathi River between Ganga and Yamuna river valleys.

A little ascend will take you to the Darwa Top, 4450 meters from where the mighty Swargarohini, Bandarpunch seem so close that you will feel that you can touch them with the stretch of a hand.

The route was originally used by local Gujjar shepherd who brought their cattle for grazing. The route was also occasionally used by sadhus to travel between the Gangotri and Yamunotri temples.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude: 4150 m

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Dodital Darwa Top Trek

Dodital, also known as Dodi Lake, is situated at a height of 3,024 meters north of Uttarkashi. The Dodi Lake is believed to be a sacred lake as it is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. The trek will take you through vast lands covered by rhododendrons and oak trees. Although a long walk, but the trek to Dodital is pretty easy.

The pristine waters are flanked by thick rhododendrons, deodar, pine and oak woods. The lake is famous for rare species of fish such as the Golden Trout called Dodi in the local language. You will also find a small Ganesha temple near the lake. It is an ideal place for taking rest and organizing recreational activities such as bird watching, boating and angling.

The Darwa top is situated at a distance of 5km from Dodital and the elevation is 13,300 feet. The trek from Dodital to the Darwa top is an uphill climb which will take you through thick birch forests and open meadows. However, on reaching the top, the panoramic view of the Bandarpunch and Swargarohini ranges will take your breath away.

The trek to Hanumanchatti from Dodital through Darwa top can be completed in two days. This is followed by an ascent towards yamunotri via the upper stretches of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas. During the trek to yamunotri from Dodital, the trekkers encounter dense virgin forests and high reaching grasslands.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude: 4150 m