Dodital is situated at the altitude of 3,307m. It is surrounded by a dense forest of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendrons. The crystal clear lake is home to rare species of fish and the Himalayan Golden Trout. It offers a lovely trek through the green fields and villages marked by mule tracks as you climb further into the thick forest to reach the lake. Dodital also has a prominent place in Hinduism. It is believed to be the birth place of Lord Ganesha (Elephant headed Hindu god) and the place is also said to have witnessed the beheading of the deity by Lord Shiva.
Included: Accommodation: Accommodation in budget hotels on Day 01, 02 and 07. Camping on rest of the days.
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
Transport: Train Ticket/Bus Ticket in AC class from Delhi to Haridwar/Rishikesh and return. Private Vehicle for the Pickup and transfer for trekking place with all road taxes and parking fees.
Guide: English speaking guide during the trek Not included: · Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
· Personal guide for the whole trip
· Sleeping bags
· Monument, Museum entrances, wild life fees etc
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
· A lovely trek taking you through green fields and villages marked by mule tracks as you climb into the thick forest to reach the beautiful Lake of Dodital at 3,307m
· Enjoy the superb surroundings of semi-tropical and dense forest of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendrons
· Enjoy beautiful views of the Bandar Poonch Mountain from Majhi
Day 1: Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh
Early morning board the train to Haridwar. Arrive in Haridwar, where you will meet our driver to drive you to Rishikesh and drop to the hotel. Later, you will visit Lakshuman Jhula, a swing bridge, where you can cross over and take a walk through the lovely forest to arrive at Ram Jhula – the cross over point to the Right Bank. Later, time permitting, watch the religious ceremony at the Triveni ??ghat' (riverbank). Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Rishikesh - Uttarkashi
Today, you will take a shared cab to Uttarkashi, Upon arrival check in to your hotel. After lunch, you will visit the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), one of the premier Institutes of India that imparts training in mountain climbing etc. Evening free to walk around the local market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Uttarkashi - Sangam Chatti - Bevra
(Average trekking time: 4 - 5 hours) You have an early morning drive to Sangam Chatti (45 min; 1,350m), the starting point of your trek. The trail ascends through the deciduous to semi-tropical forest. Along the way you will cross the village of Agoda (2,250m). Bevra (2,500m) is a beautiful campsite with a stream nearby – a perfect place for a night's stop! (L, D)
Day 4: Bevra - Dodital
(Average trekking time: 5 hours) After breakfast, you will follow the trail as it ascends through the forest to Majhi (3,150m), a nomadic settlement. There are beautiful views of the Bandar Poonch Mountain from Majhi. From here it's a pleasant walk through rhododendron, oak, pine and bamboo forest around the hillside to arrive at the beautiful lake of Dodital (3,310m). (B,L,D)
Day 5: Dodital
The day is at your leisure today for enjoy the beauty and serenity of the lake. For anyone seeking a physical challenge, a climb atop the Darwa pass is very rewarding. You can see the magnificent Peaks of Bandar Poonch and Swargarohini. (B,L,D)