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Dodi Taal, Uttarkashi

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Dodital is a freshwater lake in uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand, India, situated at a height of 3,024 metres (9,921 ft). Assi ganga rises from dodital and joins bhagirathi. The confluence is at Gangori. To reach Dodital, From Uttarkashi, a short jeep ride of q19 kilometers will take you to Sangamchatti from where the 24 km trek to Dodital begins. This is a mostly gentle trek, with overnight halt options at the village of Agora or Bebra. At Agora, which is 6 km from Sangamchatti, one can stay at one of the private lodges or alternatively, camp at Bebra which is 8 km from Sangamchatti. From there one can start the second leg of the trek the next day which will take you to Dodital via the small summer settlement of Manjhi.

There is a forest rest houses at Dodital where one can book a stay by taking a permit at the forest office in Uttarkashi. Alternatively, one can camp by carrying tents. There's a basic canteen where one can get food and tea.

According to one of the popular legends Lord Ganesha chose this place as his abode. There is a temple devoted to Lord Ganesha here. Another name for this lake is 'Dhundital' meaning Ganesh ka tal or lake of Ganesha.
From Dodital the visitors can trek further up to Darwa Top and can cross the pass to descend towards Hanumanchatti in the Yamuna valley or turn towards Chaka Gujjer hut area to cross the Bingad and explore the Bamsaru tal, Gidara and Dayara Bugyals. The trek towards Hanumanchatti is mule supported while for Gidara meadows the only option is porter support.

Mythology
Dodital : The Birthplace of Ganesha

One fine morning at Dodital when Parvati was taking bath, she asked the dedicated bull of Lord Shiva to remain on the entryway of the shower region with the goal that nobody can enter the zone till she says. Nandi took the guidance steadfastly yet the master Shiva drew close to the entryway when Nandi obstructed his direction revealing to him that it was Goddess Parvati's guidance to hinder the way and don't allow anybody to come inside until the point that she says. Shiva get irate, he asserted that he is the spouse of Goddess Parvati and he has the privilege to go in. He additionally directed Nandi that it was Nandi's obligation to tune in to his guidelines. Furthermore, Nandi got defenseless and couldn't prevent him from going in. Goddess Parvati was annoyed with the episode and she thought of someone who will hear her out directions and will be faithful to her and no more. She took turmeric, shoe wood and clay of Dodital for showering and favored it with life and molded a little child out of it and named him Ganesha.

Next time Parvati made Ganesha remain on the way to deny the passage. At the point when Shiva attempted to come in, Ganesha ceased him. Lord Shiva got furious seeing a little kid obstructing his direction. Seeing the little child's determined stand in not allowing Shiva through, he felt that the child was not a typical youngster but rather the one with some exceptional power. In outrage Shiva decapitated the young Ganesha. At this point when Goddess Parvati saw this deed she got extremely agitated and revealed that Ganesha was her creation. She was furious and made it clear that if she doesn't get Ganesha back, then she will demolish the whole creation. Hearing this frightened Lord Brahma as he is the maker of the world, and requested Goddess Parvati to calm down and stop the deed. Goddess Parvati expressed that she will stop if she gets Ganesha back alive and also wished that Ganesha's name be taken before beginning any auspicious deed(s) or task(s).

Therefore, all Gods requested Shiva to bring Ganesha back alive, as there was a genuine concern for the safety of the universe. It was difficult for Lord Shiva to restore Ganesha back in the same shape as before. However, Lord Shiva considered fixing another head to Ganesha's body and eventually an elephant's head was placed instead. Lord Ganesha was brought back to life by Lord Shiva's blessing and since that time Lord Ganesha is called "Gajapati" the elephant-headed God.
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  • This trek is open year around (except Jan-Feb and monsoons). November and December is off season and its damn cold. But this is the best time for those who love peace and serenity. Itinerary Day 1.....  more »
  • A moderate trek leads us to this wonderful creation of Mother Nature. The fresh water lake is nearly 3000 feet above sea level. One can see the river ASI Ganga emerging out of the lake. It's too...  more »
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  • If you are in Dehradun this is a must try moderate trek for 5 days from uttarkhasi .. beautiful senaries , pure water lake and some small water falls in between . Best time to visit is September to October
  • "Dodi Tal is an emerald lake nestled amidst high mountains at an altitude of 3,310 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. Dodi Tal is named after the rare Himalayan Trouts known as Dodi in local language. This lake is one of the very few water bodies where Himalayan Trouts are found."
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