Trekking June 2008 :: Dodital (Trekking in Himalayas)
Delhi – Capital of India
(New Delhi, India)
The Mughal emperor Shahjahan built the city – Delhi is a major cultural, political, and commercial center of India.
Dodital – Ganesh-Ka-Tal (lake of Ganesha) Serene Lake at 3024m altitude
(Dodital, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India)
Dodital is a captivating paradise with enchanting snowcapped peaks, surrounded by tall majestic oak, deodar n rhododendron trees. Called as Dhoondital (means Ganesh-Ka-Tal : lake of Ganesha) and Dundital. ‘Dodi’ is the local name of the trout. Multitudes of trout float in the lake, hence the name Dodital !! Trek route : Dodital is ~22 kms from Sangamchatti, the last roadhead 15 km from Uttarkashi. The trek(7-8 hrs) goes along a well cobbled path. Sangamchatti derives its name from the sangam (confluence)of river Dodigad (from Dodital) with the river Assi Ganga from Hanumanchatti. Some 80 streams join the Assi Ganga. Assiganga joins Bhagirathi at Uttarkashi. This is the more popular route to Dodital. Boarding and lodging facilities are available enroute at Agoda, Bebra and Manjhi enroute to Dodital.
Pilot Baba’s Ashram – pilotbaba.org at Uttarkashi
(Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India)
Ashram belonging to Pilot baba and Yogmata. Pilot Baba is a Mahayogi who has made his own life an adventure, an inquiry into the nature of things as they are and has not surrendered to conventions of society. He has always thought of the journey ahead and never looked back to what is behind. Now that he has become a Mahayogi he is a master at the helm of his journey. Visit www.pilotbaba.org
Mussoorie – Queen of the Hills
(Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India)
Mussoorie, Queen of the Hills at an Elevation of 2,112 m (6,929 ft) with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill resort. mussorrie.jpg (52645 bytes)38 Kms from Dehradun also called the “Gateway” to Yamunotri. The closest rail station is Dehradun. Places to visit: Gun Hill, Mall road, Kempty falls, Company Garden, Happy Valley, Lal Tibba ..etc…
Haridwar – Dwar of Hari or Gateway to God
(Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India)
Haridwar stands for Dwar of Hari or Gateway to God, with ‘Hari’ meaning god and ‘dwar’ meaning gate. Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. It is also a entry point to the Char Dham (the four main centers of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand viz, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri), hence, Shaivaites (followers of Lord Shiva) and Vaishnavites (followers of Lord Vishnu) call this place Hardwar and Haridwar respectively, corresponding to Har being Shiv and Hari being Vishnu. Places of interest – include – Hari-Ki-Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Sati Kund, Saptrishi Ashram and Saptrishi River. Apart from all the other details – the Maha Kumbh Mela takes place once in every twelve years – where people visit this place to take a dip in the holy river, Ganga !
Uttarkashi – ‘Devbhumi’ (the land of gods and goddesses)
(Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India)
Uttarkashi, Birth place of River Ganga and Yamuna – at 1158 mts. As beautiful Garhwal district it is the land of holiest pilgrimages of Hindus, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Due to its deep rooted religious connection, the hill district is also known as ‘Devbhumi’ (the land of gods and goddesses). The temple of Lord Viswanath – with a massive iron “trishul” trident erected. It easily captivates the visitor’s charm with a snowline high n a green landscape around, springs n waterfalls n charming valleys, natural lakes, fountains n beauteous landscapes luxuriously decked with vegetation punctuated by streams, brooks n rivers to high rise awesome rocky ridges n mountains with snow-capped peaks. A destination tat holds something for everyone – trekkers paradise, a pilgrim’s dream come true, a nature lover’s dream destination. Surrounded by interestingly varied places, Himachal on North, Tibet on NorthEast, Chamoli to East, Rudraprayag on SouthEast, Tehri on South n finally Dehradun on East.
Rishikesh – Gateway for Char Dham
(Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India)
“Hr.s.i-kes’a” is a name of Vishnu that means ‘lord of the senses’. 25 kms from holy city, Haridwar. Gateway of Pilgramge to Chardham of Yamnotri, Gangotri , kedarnath & Badrinath. Pilgrimage, yoga & meditation , white water rafting & camps, wild life Safari in National parks, trekking, skiing etc. Places of interest : Muni-ki-Reti, Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Triveni Ghat, Trayambakeshwar Temple, Gita Bhavan, Parmarth Niketan, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, for White Water Rafting. Watch a beautiful evening Ganga Arti at Parmarth Niketan. Take a holy dip in the Ganges. The town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga.
Gangotri – Source of River Ganges at 3042m altitude
(Gangotri, Uttarakhand, India)
Gangotri, the source of the river Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. Situated at 3054m – is a small town centered around a temple of the goddess Ganga. The temple is closed on Diwali day every year and is reopened in May. For trekkers, Gangotri town serves as the starting point of the Gangotri-Gaumukh-Tapovan and Gangotri-Kedartal trekking routes.