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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Where can one go trekking in Uttarkashi?

Nitin Gurha DEC 10 2012
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A vacation in a town filled with picturesque sceneries of mountains, trees and lakes is a time to be as close to nature as possible. Plan for a trek, trust your feet and cherish every step you trail for the beauty of Uttarkashi can be best absorbed by exploring on foot. Don’t miss out the scenic view of the town from the trail, it will charge up all your tiredness and amazingly seem to encourage you to walk further.

  • Dodital

    For this amazing trekking destination-lake, you have to travel 32 km from Uttarkashi and trek upto a height of 3024 m. The travel starts from a half an hour drive to Sangam Chatti and from there you can start your trekking if you want to go for a long option. You will feel a renewed vigour to go up higher and higher until the river Assi Ganga becomes a foaming white ribbon adorning the greenery of Uttarkashi. As more and more deodars and firs welcome you on the side of the trail, you can prepare yourself for the glorious sight of the lake. Midst the floras of the Garhwal forest, in an unimaginable way, the Dodital Lake, with its crystal clear water full of Himalayan trouts, lays all the serenity of the universe in its calm aura. Legends seem to bless this place also as it is believe to be the abode of Lord Ganesha (Dodi meaning Ganesha and tal meaning lake). The best time for a trek to Dodital is from late April to early June and from early September to late October and if you want to catch some trout for yourself, you have to take permission from Uttarkashi. Pitch in your tent as there are camping facilities or stay in the guesthouse but make sure you take back home all the memories Dodital offers.

  • Dayara Bugyal

    About 28 km from Uttarkashi is the gateway to one of the most famous treks of Uttarkashi, the Dayara Bugyal. For this 8 km trek, you have to be in your most adventurous form as possible. An enchanting path through the heavily wooded trail of green alpine trees, with the occasional cool mountain breeze will take you to a meadow from where the view is out of this world itself. On a clear sunny day, you will be able to witness the snow-capped mountain top of Gangotri I and II, Kalang and Draupadi etc, and in winter the wide meadow is a favourite skiing destination. If you go in winter, you will have the golden chance to slide down on one of India’s best ski slopes. The decrease in oxygen level due to the rise in altitude can be felt on the meadow but the picturesque view will seduce you to take it slow and easy, offering you an energising relaxation. In fact, you will want time to move in a slow-motion way so that nothing misses out from your sight. If you want to muse over the twinkling stars above the meadow, you have to arrange for your own tent, as there is no accommodation facility there.

  • Nachiketa Taal

    A picturesque spot famous as a trekking destination, Nachiketa Taal’s has a long story tracing back to the legend of Nachiketa, the devout son of sage Uddalak, who is believed to have created the lake. For a trek to this lake, one has to travel around 30 km from Uttarkashi to Chaurangi Khal and from there, the 3 km trek to the lake is a journey through a forested area of conifers that will finally take you to an abode of serenity. As the place has no option for accommodation, plan your day according to it.

Take home all the memories that the forest, the paths and the lakes offer. Even if you keep it for a thousand years, it will forever remain vivid and fresh like the images your eyes have treasured on the way to these spots.

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