Dayara Bugyal is a wonderful trek for an introduction to trekking. It offers several elements with include a forest walk, meadow stretches, a broad trail with a gentle incline leading up the huge Dayara Bugyal. Bugyal in the local language means "high altitude meadow". The sight from Dayara Bugyal (3300m) is indeed outstanding. You get a feeling that you are indeed face to face with the Banderpunch massif. In the distance towards the east a string of peaks are visible including Srikanta, the Gangotri Group, Jaonli and Draropti ka Danda. Walking around the meadow, which spreads out for a couple of kilometers, is also an experience. The most excellent viewing point on the meadow is Dayara Top (3500m), which is the highest point on the meadow. During winter it provides excellent ski slopes over an area of 28 sq km. The panoramic view of the Himalayas from here is breathtaking. Presently accommodation is available at Bhatwari and some villager's huts may also be used by professional skiers.
Bugyal in the local language means "High Altitude Meadow". Dayara Bugyal is one of the most beautiful places in Uttarakhand. If one likes Green pastures then take a trek to Dayara Bugyal. Here, one can enjoy trekking in the vast alluring meadows.
Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh
In the morning take an AC Train for Haridwar at 06:55 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs. On arrival meet our representative and then transfer to Rishikesh by road and check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the nearby area by your own. The Ganga Arti (a ceremony consisting of chants, lights, and floating butter lamps) performed every evening at sundown is worth a visit. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Rishikesh - Barsu (225 kms/7-8 hrs)
Post breakfast drive to Sangamchatti via Uttarkashi. Follow the course of the river Ganga, and thereafter the course of the river Bhagirathi - along their meandering courses, steadily gaining altitude The drive is nothing short of spectacular as the route follows the picturesque Garhwal Mountains. Arrive at the picture perfect hamlet overlooking the vast Bharirathi valley and the close up view of the snow clad Himalayan peaks after a torturous route of uncountable hair pin bends. Overnight stay guest house/tent.
Day 03: Barsu to Barnala Bugyal (6 kms/3-4 hrs)
Trek to Barnala Bugyal after breakfast after an arduous climb through dense forest of Oak and Rhododendron. Occasional clearings in these virgin forests present beautiful glades, abundant in a wide variety of wild flowers. Mountains such as Draupadi Ka Daanda are constantly visible from these clearings. The "Chhanis" -summer shelters for cattle grazers are usually located in such areas - (The word "Alms" in southern Germany is used for similar places) , and it is not uncommon to have a small pond nearby - used by the cattle and wildlife alike, as a water hole!. This is the first day of our trek. Overnight stay in tent.
Day 04: Barnala Bugyal to Dayara Bugyal (6 kms/2.5 hrs)
The trek goes on a well-laid out trail through the Pine forests and ascends above the tree line onto the alpine meadows of Dayara Bugyal. The air is so rare at this altitude, that tree life is almost non existant here, and one might see modified varieties of Pine and Juniper adapted to survive at this height! The spring thaw melts the snow giving rise to a soft carpet of wild grass dotted by hundreds of varieties of wild flowers blooming in the bright sunshine. Cattle bells and shrieks of Ravens are the only sounds apart from the gentle humming sounds of the wind are the only companions for the awed visitor. The locals believe that the Bugyals are home to angels and fairies, and it is therefore forbidden for them to consume alcohol or heat here! The beautiful sloping meadow rimmed by thinning trees are spread as far as the eyes can see, and are an added attraction for skiers during winter months, as a typical snowfall in Dayara is well over 4 ft deep, and patches of snow are still visible in the month of May. Overnight stay in tent.
Day 05: Dayara Bugyal
Spend the day exploring the vast Bugyal, with its undulating surface, innumerous streams, and amazing view of the surroundings. Walking is a bit tough here as one feels the lack of oxygen! Take it easy and walk in ease, as the day is long and there is plenty to observe, such as the Lammergaier and the Griffon - both rare birds of prey! The day is for exploration and relaxation. Overnight in tents.
Day 06: Dayara Bugyal - Barsu - Uttarkashi
Post breakfast trek down to Barsu village through a step descending path to arrive at this peaceful hamlet! This village was almost completely destroyed in the 1991 Uttarkashi Earthquake, and lost most of its beautiful hill cottages. Today one sees a large number of corrugated iron coverings that have replaced the traditional slate roofs. The motor road ends here- Drive to Uttarkashi for overnight stay.Uttarkashi is an ancient town of learning and religion, and has innumerous interesting temples and Ashrams, and is located in a wide river valley along the river Bhagirathi.Overnight in hotel.
Day 07: Uttarkashi - Haridwar - Delhi
Drive onwards from Uttarkashi to Haridwar and from here transfer to Haridwar railway station to catch the train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.