Dodital Trek, Photo: Sandeep Bisht

Dodital Trek

Dodital - A Hidden Paradise

Dodital Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand. Dodital is an emerald lake nestled amidst high mountains at an altitude of 3310 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.  

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About Dodital Lake

Dodital is named after the rare Himalayan Trouts known as Dodi in the 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 22 kms from Sangam Chatti. The trekking to Dodi Tal is easy but the trail gets moderate if you trek towards Darwa Pass.  A wide range of imposing Himalayan ranges can be seen from Darwa Top.

Dodital is considered 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 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 (also known as Darwa Pass), Numerous named and unnamed Himalayan peaks are distinctly visible from Darwa Top. Its a day hike from Dodital to Darwa Top and then again to Dodital for night stay.  If you want to trek down by a different route then you can travel to Dayara Bugyal.

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Activities in Dodital Trek

As Dodital is more of a trek route for the adventurous souls than your tourist folks, there are not much sightseeing available at Dodital, 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.

Dodital Trek Travel Tips

  • 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 traveling 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 roadblocks.
  • Make sure you are traveling in a group of two or more and inform someone about your trekking plan back home.

Staying in Dodital Trek

There are a Forest Rest House and a couple of other huts which provide accommodation options at Dodi Tal. The best option is to get your own tents or book package from a tour operator which provides food and accommodation in Dodital. On the route, you can stay in Meraki Bharat Homestay in Agoda Village.

Dodital Trek 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 a 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 about Dodital Trek

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 Suggested Trekking Itinerary

Day 00: Departure from Delhi at night.

Day 01: Dehradun - Uttarkashi  - Sangam Chatti - Bebra (Driving-164 kms | Trek - 8 kms)
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 the 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 2 kms beyond Agoda Village. It takes around 4hrs to reach Bebra from Sangam Chatti.

Day 02: Bebra -  Dodital (Trek - 14 kms)
Start trekking early to reach Dodital around lunch. The trail to Dodital goes through the 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 the 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 - 14 kms)
Trek down to Agoda Village or Sangam Chatti.

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

Dodital Trek Photo Gallery

Darwa Pass
Tempting Heights - at Darwa Top near Dodital in Uttarkashi
Dodital Lake and Temple after snowfall
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What is Dodital Trek famous for?

Dodital Trek is famous among tourist as High Altitude Lake, Ganesha Temple, Trekking, Camping, Darwa Pass, Bird Watching.

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

Dodital Trek is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Bird Watching, Camping, Emerging Destinations, Lakes, Trekking, Winter Treks.

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