Dodital cocooned amidst the benedictory pines is a fresh water lake of Uttarakhand. Tucked away at an astounding altitude of 3,310 metres above sea level in Uttarkashi. Dodital is a home to varied aquatic species, flora and fauna. The lake has a circumference of 1.5 km. Dodital is the source of Asi Ganga river, which merges with Bhagirathi river near Gangotri. This crystalline fresh water lake in the Garhwal Himalayas offers contentment in the tranquil Himalayan vistas.
Dodital has been named after the abundant Himalayan trout found in the lake. Fishes such as Himalayan golden trout and rare rainbow trouts thrive in the crystal clear waters of this lake. This lake can be visited in any month as the weather is always pleasant here.
Hindu mythology says, Dodital is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha:
Dodital is also known as “Dhundital” meaning ‘Ganesha Ka Tal’ or ‘Lake of Ganesha’. As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that Dodital is the birth place of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. It is said that Lord Ganesha chose this lake as his abode. There is a beautiful temple located on the corner of the lake which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
Dodital trek is a popular trek among the adventure enthusiasts:
Dodital lake nestled amidst the dense woodland and meandering meadows offer a heart throbbing trekking adventure. The trek en route to Dodital is through verdant forests, offering spellbinding views of the munificence of nature. There are many subsidiary treks that follow from Asi Ganga Valley to Bhagirathi. Some of the popular treks are Ganga Valley trek and Tamuna Valley trek.
How to Reach:
Dodital is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of the region like Rishikesh (via Narendranagar) which is barely a 5-6 hours drive, Tehri (67 Km), Dharasu (37 Km), Narendranagar (16 Km) and so on. The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh and the nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun.