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Sunday , August 10 , 2014
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Celebrate festival of lights in the mountains
- Tata adventure unit to conduct week-long trek to Ganesha’s abode Dodital

Jamshedpur, Aug. 9: Burst crackers and light diyas in the hills this Diwali.

Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) is introducing an exciting week-long journey across the wilderness of Himalayas during the festival of lights with activities ranging from camping, river crossing to trekking.

It has been scheduled for October 22 to 28 to coincide with Diwali which is on October 23.

“We are introducing this trip keeping Diwali in mind. Celebrating the festival of lights at home is a common feature. But it promises to be different in the hills. It will be a unique experience for those who wish to join us,”¯ said TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia.

The adventure outfit will be arranging sweets and crackers for the participants. “Importantly, during the journey the participants will also have an opportunity of witnessing a special Diwali Puja at an ancient Ganesha temple in Dodital,” he told The Telegraph.

Dodital Lake is from Dhundhital which means “Ganesh-ka-tal”. Dhundh means Ganesha, leading to the belief that the Dodital is the birth place of Lord Ganesha.

Shedding light on the trek highlights, the TSAF secretary said it would be conducted by trained experts.

“It is an opportunity to delve deep into the alpine forests with Maple, Oak and Rhododendron trees. Participants can also click pictures of the spectacular beauty of Bandar Poonch and Gangotri range.”

The adventure outfit is charging Rs 9,000 per head. They will report at TSAF’s base camp in Kaflo, located at a height of 4,500 ft, on October 21 by 3 pm.

Participants would be staying anchored (in tents) for two days at Kaflo for accalimatisation followed by the Diwali celebrations before hitting the trek on October 24.

They will leave the base camp for Bhewra (7,300 ft) and travel upto Agoda village (7,500 ft). After a brief rest at the village, they will descend to Bhewra where they will be spending the night in local huts.

They leave for Dodital (10,000 ft) on October 25. This section of the trek concludes on reaching the picturesque Dodital Lake and a visit to the Lord Ganesha temple.

The most strenuous part of the journey _ a trek to the 13,500 ft high Darwa Top --starts the next day (October 26). The trek will bring to life several streams merging with the Dodital lake.

The team will return to Dodital the same day after savouring a view of the magnificent snow-clad Himalayas.

They will take the same route for the return journey and reach the base camp on October 28. Those interested can contact K.P. Mahato (0657-6643389 and 09430778685).

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