Dodital Hanuman Chatti Trek
This trek visits the remote old busy town Hanumanchatti where the trek reaches the holy famous pilgrimage temples of Yamunotri - source of the sacred river Yamuna . Plus Alpine forests of oak, rhododendron, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and the stately deodar. The famous Dayara, Dharba Pass and Seema bugyals (Alpine meadows) with their spectacular views of the snow capped high Himalayas , Vistas of dramatic peaks - Bandar Punchh, Black peak etc.
Serene Dodi Tal (holy lake) - forest bordered and mountain rimmed is home to the famous sacred golden trout watched over by a solitary sadhu from his lonely lake side temple. Up to the mountain top meadows. Hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep and goats, frequent sightings of families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, mountain crow and eagles, Seasonal contacts with Gujars (generally handsome local mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking and their herds of buffalo. Visits to local picturesque mountain villages.
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|8||Janki Chatti||Yamunotri - Barkot||8||80||1300||Trek: Camp|
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Day 1 : New Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms/6 hrs)
In the morning drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival at Rishikesh transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the Aarti ceremony at Swargashram. Back to hotel for overnight stay.
Rishikesh : Rishikesh is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors.
Day 2 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (185 kms/6 hrs)
Drive to Uttarkashi, located on the Bhagirathi River in the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Uttarkahi transfer check into the hotel.
Vishwanath Temple : One of the major Shiva worship centers for all India, this ancient and renowned temple is an interesting and important pilgrimage and touristic monument.
Uttarkashi Town : Situated on a new lake, this clean and nature-surrounded little city features a line of ashrams along the banks of the Bhagirathi River, an early branch of the sacred Ganga.
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering : World famous institution of instruction for the mountaineer.
Day 3 : Uttarkashi - Bhevra (27 kms/5 hrs)
Drive 20 kms to the trail head. Scenic drive along the roaring Bhagirati River, one of the source rivers of the sacred Ganges, through terraced fields, deodar forests, and villages to the tranquil, park like Assi Ganga Stream valley to Sangamchatti village, then moderate 5 k uphill trek to Agora village through terraced fields, then gentle 2 k downhill trek through forests to Bhevra campsite in terraced fields by a babbling brook, surrounded by a forest, beneath the mountains. See families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above.
Day 4 : Bhevra - Dodi Tal (15 kms/7 hrs)
Moderate 8 k uphill, then gentle 7 k up and downhill trek through forests of oak, rhododendrons (bloom end april - beginning may), pine, and stately deodar trees. Frequent sightings of families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Views down into the wooded and now steep sided and wild Assi Ganga valley. Camp at Dodi Tal, sacred as well as scenic lake famous throughout northen India for its beauty, its religions significance and its sacred golden trout. There is a temple on the shore presided over by a local pundit. Camp on the lake shore with views up into the mountain forests and high passes to be visited on the morrow.
Day 5 : Dodital-Dharvatop (6 kms/8 hrs)
Steep 6 k uphill trek over Dharva Pass, then gentle 1 k downhill trek. Follow a stream bordering juniper groves and then up, up into the high grasslands with fine views of Bandar Punchh mountain's snowy summit, Black Peak, etc. from the pass, also down into the Hanuman Ganga valley and Bandar Punchh valley. Meet with hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep and goats, and Gujars. (generally muslim local mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking contacts with and their herds of buffalo.(June - September). Camp in a bugyal at Dharva top bugyal with specutecalur views of Bundarpuch peak .
Day 6 : Dharvatop- Seema (10 kms/7 hrs)
Steep 3 k uphill trek over the high ridge then 5k up and downhill trek through the bugyals(alpine meadow) and high ridges different angles vies of Bundarpunch mountain..2 k. downhill trek to Seema camp surrounded by Rhododendrons and vies of down valley and beautiful sun rise on the Bundarpunch peak.
Day 7 : Seema- Jankichatti (12 kms/ 6 hrs)
12 k downhill treks through forests and villagers summer huts and village's terraces' fields down into the valley of the Yamuna River, and on to Hanuman Chatti town. Then 8 k scenic ride along the Yamuna River up to Janki Chatti. Stay in hotel (hot water for bathing!)
Day 8 : Jankichatti- Yamnotri Barkot (70 kms/9hrs)
Gentle to Moderate 6 k uphill trek through farmers fields, and villagers, tea stalls and dhabas to Yamunotri Temple (one of the Char Dham - the series of holy pilgrimage sites, the four sources of the Ganges Yamuna Rivers). Pilgrims sadhus (holy men), famous hot springs to soak away the aches and pains of trekking, then back down moderate 6 k downhill trek to Janki Chatti, then 60km.scenic drive to Barkot along the Yamuna river Stay in Hotel.
Day 9 : Barkot - Mussurie (140 kms/ 5hrs)
8 hours by vehicle to Dehra Dun . Scenic drive through the Himalayan foothills, along the valley the Yamuna River, above terraced fields, looking down on villages clinging to mountain spurs above fertile fields in the valley below. Through the famous British Raj era 'hill station' of Mussouri, and on down the slopes into the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehra Dun.
Day 10 : Dehradun - Delhi (240 kms/7hrs)
Return drive to Delhi (Possible to stop at Haridwar to explore this popular and beautiful shrine town. One/two hours extra)
Best time to visit Dodital Hanuman Chatti Trek : End May, June, August, September, October and November.