The Dodital Trek, one of the most gorgeous treks in the Garhwal Himalayan area, is blessed with high grassland bedded with snow during the winters, babbling streams, deep alpine woodland, and a rich variety of flowers. The journey begins in the Bhagirathi valley, situated at an altitude of 1,350 meters, and ascends gradually to a majestic height of 4,150 meters to Darwa Top.
Dodital, also known as Ganesh-ka-Tal, is regarded as one of the most sacred lakes in the Garhwal Himalayan area because it is said to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, a Hindu deity. The beautiful natural ambiance around the tranquil lake is suitable for overnight camping. There is the possibility of exploring the Asi Ganga valley. Side hikes take you from Asi Ganga to the Bhagirathi Ganga valley and the Yamuna river and vice versa.
The Dodital Trek, which is also one of the winter treks in the Indian Himalayan area, begins at Sangamchatti and leads to Agoda hamlet, located at an elevation of 2,250 meters. The track follows the Asi Ganga River, with gradual ascents and descents, and passes past the quiet settlement of Bhebra. A 16-kilometer trek from Agoda through the lovely Rhododendron forest leads to Manjhi, nestled at a high height. It provides such an atmosphere that trekkers may camp overnight.
The path from Manjhi leads to Dodital, which is about 6 kilometers away and 3,307 meters above sea level. The vast natural beauty, cool atmosphere, and calm water of the freshwater lake make camping here an incredible delight. A 5-kilometer hike to Darwa Top via tight gorges, birch woodland, rocky colonies, and a succession of creeks leads to the spectacular Bandarpunch peak and Swargarohini range.
The Dodital Trek, conducted all year, is regarded as one of the easy to moderate treks in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal Himalayan area; the journey lasts roughly 7 – 8 days. During the winter, much of the path must be traversed on a heavy layer of snow that disappears after passing through Agoda.
Dodital Lake is a beautiful campsite covered by pine and oak trees. Take in the beauty of the setting and gaze out at the lake for as long as you can. You may also go birding and see the Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Gray Tit, Himalayan Babbler, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Gray Shrike, Bush Robin, Pink Finch, Munia, Common Chiffchaff, Himalayan Whistling Thrush, Himalayan Monal, Tailor Bird, and Himalayan Tree Pie. While on your journey, this Dodital trek package will provide you with the greatest understanding of hiking.
The Best Time for Dodital Trek
Summers and winters are best to visit Dodital Darwa Pass. Winter treks are available during January and March, which are beautiful.
During the summer, the weather at Dodital Darwa Pass is pleasant. The Himalayas are scenic, and the chilly wind adds up to the attractiveness of the holiday. Bring some light woolens with you.
During the monsoon season, Dodital Darwa gets greener. Although trekking becomes difficult, and roads may be closed for many hours owing to landslides, the breathtaking grandeur during the monsoon season is worth the risk. It is recommended to bring raincoats.
The region is blanketed in snow during the winter, and housing options are limited. Dodital Darwa, on the other hand, is most lovely in the winter, and the ascent becomes more difficult.
How to Reach Base Camp
To go to Raithal by bus, first, take a train or a fly to Delhi. From Delhi, there are frequent bus connections to Dehradun from ISBT Kashmiri Gate or Majnu Ka Tila. Although you may reserve the bus on the spot, it is best to book ahead of time to prevent delays. You may take a cab to the base when you get to Dehradun.
The nearest airport to Raithal is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, which is well linked to all major cities in India. There are regular flights to Dehradun from throughout the country.
Dehradun is the closest railhead to the base camp. The station is rather well linked to all major cities, although it may not be the greatest option for getting to Dehradun. As a result, if you’re coming from Delhi, attempt to reserve a ticket on the Mussoorie Express or the Nanda Devi Express to go to Dehradun. Suppose you’re coming from another region of India. In that case, it’s best to take a train or aircraft to Delhi first, then any of the aforementioned trains to Dehradun.