The ‘Tals’ of Uttarakhand: Dodital

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The Hush Post: Dodital is one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in India. Perched at 3085 m above sea level, Lord Ganesha chose this place as his abode.

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Dodital lake during summer season

River Assi Ganga rises from Dodital and joins the river Bhagirathi. To reach Dodital from Uttarkashi you can take the below route plan:

From Haridwar here is a short itinerary to Dodital:
Day 1: Haridwar – Uttarkashi (175 Km/7 Hours Drive)
Day 2: Sangamchatti – Bherva (5 Hours Trek)
Day 3: Bherva – Dodital Lake (7 Hours Trek)
Day 4: Dodital Lake – Dwara Pass and Back (5 to 6 Hours)
Day 5: Dodital Lake – Bherva (5 Hours)

Day 6: Bherva – Road Head – Uttarkashi/Haridwar.

There is a forest rest house at Dodital where one can book a stay by taking a permit at the forest office in Uttarkashi. Alternatively, one can camp by carrying tents.

How to get there:
One needs to reach Haridwar to then start the onward journey to Dodital.

By Road: Haridwar has regular Volvo/Deluxe Bus service plying from Delhi. The journey is around 8 to 10 Hours.

By Air: The nearest airport is Dehradun.

By Rail: Haridwar is easily connected with a good rail network.

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Dodital lake in Uttarakhand

 

Places to see:
Of course Dodital. And then the temple of Lord Ganesha situated at the corner of the lake. Darwa Top where you can view numerous Himalyan peaks.

Activities:
Trek to Darwa Pass, camping on the shores of the lake, photography.

Best time to visit:
September to June

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