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Dayara Bugyal is considered as one of the most spectacular meadows in India. The term “Bugyal” in the local dialect means high altitude pasture land. Dayara Bugyal is considered to be one of the most beautiful and breathtaking treks in Uttarakhand, because of the highland meadows. In terms of difficulty level, Dayara Bugyal is an easy trek, which means it is perfect for beginners.
Located in District Uttarkashi of Uttrakhand, Dayara Bugyal stands at an elevation of above 10,000 ft/3048 m. This trek in the Garhwal Himalayas has become one of the most popular trekking routes with thick forests that open to a huge lush green meadow.
The trekking for Dayara Bugyal starts from the village of Barsu. Trekkers can enjoy beautiful views of a stream flowing where they can even halt and capture the picturesque sight. Moving ahead, the trekking trail to Dayara Bugyal further takes to the lush forest of maple and oak trees. One won’t find any animals there except a happy-go-lucky mountain dog which might accompany you throughout the trek. There are great camping opportunities along Barnala Tal. As you ascend more, the forest starts to clear out and all you are left with is a wide, sprawling, undulating, and lush meadow of Dayara Bugyal.
In the morning take an AC Train to Haridwar at 06:55 hrs. We are expected to reach at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs. On arrival, you will be met by our representative who will assist you to transfer to Rishikesh by road and check-in to the hotel. Evening is free to explore the nearby area on your own. The Ganga Aarti (a ceremony consisting of chants, lights, and floating butter lamps) performed every evening at sundown is worth witnessing. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After the breakfast, drive to Sangamchatti via Uttarkashi. The drive is along the course of River Ganga, and thereafter River Bhagirathi and as expected the view is simply spectacular. We shall arrive at the picturesque hamlet that overlooks the vast Bhagirathi valley. Overnight stay guest house/tent.
Today after the breakfast, we shall trek to Barnala Bugyal. This will be an arduous climb through dense Oak and Rhododendron forest. From several spots during this trek through the forests, we shall be able to get the view of mountains like Draupadi Ka Danda. The summer shelters known as Chhanis for cattle herders can also be sighted here and the existence of and small ponds is also common here. Overnight stay in tent.
Today’s trek will be through a trail that passes by the Pine forests and ascends above the tree line to the alpine meadows of Dayara Bugyal. We shall set our camp here and stay overnight here.
Our day will be spent in exploring the extensive Bugyal that has an undulating surface and innumerous streams flowing through. It is to be noted that walking here is a bit tough as one feels the lack of oxygen. Therefore, we shall take a slow and easy walk while we observe different elements making this place picturesque. Birds like Lammergaier and the Griffon – both rare birds of prey can be sighted here. Overnight in tents.
Post breakfast, we shall trek down to Barsu village through a steep descending path. We will arrive at a village, which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1991 in Uttarkashi. One can still feel the powerful influence of the earthquake here. From here, drive to Uttarkashi for an overnight stay.
We shall drive from Uttarkashi to Haridwar and from here go to Haridwar railway station to catch the train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrive in Delhi by 22:45 hrs.