Dodi Tal is an emerald lake nestled amidst high mountains at an altitude of 3,310 mts above sea level. With its serene setting and tranquil environs, Dodi Tal is arguably one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes of North India.  Dodi Tal is named after the rare Himalayan Trouts known as Dodi in local language. This lake is one of the very few water bodies where Himalayan Trouts are found.

On one corner of the lake a beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. According to mythology this is the place where Lord Ganesha was born. The circumference of the lake is 1.5kms with dense deodar trees all around it. Dodi Tal can be reached in two days by trekking 22kms from Sangam Chatti. The trekking to Dodi Tal is easy but the trail gets moderate if you trek towards Darwa Pass.  A wide range imposing Himalayan range can be seen from Darwa Top.

Dodital is considered as one of the most beautiful lakes of India and it is extremely popular with nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts. The origin of this Tal is from the natural springs and the source of river 'Asi Ganga'.

Dodital General Travel Information

Distance to Dodital: 493 kms + 27 kms (trek)
Best season: February to April; June & July, September to December
Region: Garhwal, Uttarakhand
District: Uttarkashi
Altitude: 1350mts to 4150mts
Temperature: Max: 20°C and Min: -2°C
Trekking Grade: Easy to Moderate
Category of trek: Lake and High Altitude Pass
Duration: 05 Days
Total trekking: 54kms
Places to Cover: Uttarkashi - Sangam Chatti - Agoda - Dodital - Darwa Top
Highlights of the Dodital Trek: Wide variety of flora and fauna, splendid views of Himalayan range, high altitude lake - Dodi Tal, tough but rewarding climb to Darwa Top.

Places to Visit During Drive: Dehradun - Suwakholi - Chlianisaur - Uttarkashi - Sangam Chatti OR Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Chamba - Uttarkashi - Sangam Chatti - Dodital

How to reach Dodital?

The 22 kms easy trek to Dodi Tal from Sangam Chatti ends up at Dodi Tal. But if you are planning a further visit to Darwa Top (high altitude pass) then be prepared for a moderate route. Sangam Chatti is connected by motorable roads with Uttarkashi.

Dodital Nearby Tourist Places

Apart from Dodital you can visit the temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This temple is situated at one corner of the lake. Do visit Darwa Top, Numerous named and unnamed Himalayan peaks are distinctly visible from Darwa Top. If you want to trek down by a different route then you can travel to Dayara Bugyal.

Activities in Dodital

As Dodital is more of a trek route for the adventurous souls than your tourists folks, there are not much sightseeing available at Dodital, per say. From Dodital, one can also trek to Darwa pass and then to Darwa Top to catch a glimpse imposing Himalayan peaks. Dodital itself is considered one of the most enchanting high altitude lakes in Uttarakhand.

Staying in Dodital

There is a Forest Rest House and couple of other huts which provide with accommodation options at Dodi Tal. The best option is to get your own tents or book package from tour operator which provides food and accommodation in Dodital.

Dodital Food Guide

There is no food stall or even a tea stall at this elevation. The only food you can have is the one you bring with yourself. If you are trekking with a group, it is advisable to find a local cook to travel with you so he can prepare meal for you when you halt and set up camp for the night. Also, carry some packaged food with you as a light snack for the route. 

Mythology of Dodital

According to mythological history, Dodital is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. The other name of the lake is Dhundhital which means Ganesh-ka-tal (Dhundhi is synonym of Ganesha).

Dodital Trek Suggested Itinerary

Day 00: Departure  from Delhi at night.

Day 01: Dehradun - Uttarkashi  - Sangam Chatti - Bebra
Driving-164kms | Trek - 8kms
The 5-6hrs drive passes through Mussoorie Bypass Road offering scenic views. You get to see the massive Tehri Dam Lake while driving towards Chilianisaur. You can buy all necessary items from Uttarkashi. Sangam Chatti is situated 15kms from Uttarkashi at 1,350mts above sea level. The trek to Dodi Tal starts from Sangam Chatti. Cross the bridge over a small stream and start the trek to reach Agoda Village. Bebra Gate is situated 2kms beyond Agoda Village. It takes around 4hrs to reach Bebra from Sangam Chatti.

Day 02: Bebra -  Dodital
Trek - 14kms
Start trekking early to reach Dodital around lunch. The trail to Dodital goes through dense forest of oak, deodar and rhododendron. You get to see deep gorges and wide valleys during the trek. After trekking for 9kms you’ll reach Manjhi, another beautiful campsite with lots of shepherd huts. Dodi Tal is 5kms beyond Manjhi. It takes 6hrs to reach Dodital from Bebra.

Day 03: Dodi Tal - Darwa Top - Dodi Tal
Trek - 10kms
Leave early in the morning to traverse the 5kms steep climb to Darwa Top. Situated at an altitude of 4150mts, Darwa Top offers splendid views of Himalayan horizon. Rhododendron tree line will start to fade away as you gain elevation while trekking to Darwa Pass. The Banderpoonch Massif is distinctly visible from Darwa Pass and Darwa Top along with several other named & unnamed peaks. While it might take 3-4 hours to reach Darwa Top, it will take around 2 hours to reach back to Dodital.

Day 04: Dodital - Agoda
Trek - 14kms
Trek down to Agoda Village or Sangam Chatti.

Day 05: Bebra -  Sangam Chatti - Uttarkashi - Dehradun
Trek - 8kms | Drive -  165kms

  • The trek to Dodital is an easy to moderate grade albeit a long one (22km). It is better to prepare for the trek at least a fortnight before.
  • It is highly recommended to have an experienced guide to accompany you on your trek. He/she would know the route well and help you valid going off course.  
  • Try to avoid travelling to the hills in monsoon is discouraged as the weather is unpredictable during this time as the region is prone to unexpected landslides, cloudbursts and road blocks.
  • Make sure you are travelling in a group of two or more and inform someone about your trekking plan back home.

Dodital is famous for?

Dodital is famous among tourist as Lake and Ganesha Temple.

Dodital is recommended destination for Corporates, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Dodital is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Emerging Destinations, Lakes, Trekking.

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