Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Dodital Trek (Angler’s Paradise)
Dodital, literally meaning the Dodi Lake, is at an elevation of 3024 mts north of Uttarkashi. Crystal clear waters are surrounded by dense oakwoods, pine, deodar and rhododendrons. The lake is full of fish and is known for some rare species like the Himalayan Golden Trout. The forest surrounding the lake is also full of wildlife. It provides an idyllic set up for rest and recreational activities like angling, boating and bird-watching.
The walk to Darwa top is 5 kms (2-3 hrs). It is a pass at a height of 4150 mts. The entire walk is an uphill climb. It starts with the climb along the feeder to Dodital breaking into a thick birch forest opening into the high meadows. A perfect setting for Himalayan wild flowers, Darwa top offers an amphi-theatre view of the Bandarpunch and Swargarohini range of peaks.
Getting There and Out
From Uttarkashi to Sangam Chatti (Kalyani), its 15Km/45 mins by car (Taxi Rs. 200) or 1.5 Hrs by bus (Rs. 15).
Delhi to Haridwar is 203 Km/5 Hrs by road. Taxi Rs. 2600 ; deluxe bus from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Rs. 127, its 4.5 hrs by rail (Shatabdi Rs. 465)
Haridwar to Uttarkashi is 173 Km/6 hrs by taxi (rs. 1500) or 8 hrs by bus (Rs. 150). The main route to uttarkashi via New Tehri and Dobata no longer exists, instead head left directly via Bhaldiana.
Mussorie to Uttarkashi via Dhanaulti is 125 Km/4 hrs by taxi (Rs. 800) or 5 hrs by bus (Rs. 80)
Dhanaulti is 125 Km/4 hrs by taxi (rs. 800) or 5 hrs by bus (Rs. 80)
Return from Hanuman Chatti you can either get to Haridwar (taxi 9 Hrs/Rs. 3500; bus 11 hrs/Rs. 160) via Chamba and Narendranagar or drive down to Mussoorie (taxi 4 hrs / Rs. 800; bus 5 hrs / Rs. 80) via barkot.
TIP L You can break journey at Uttarkashi for the night, going to and coming back from the trek.