DAYARA BUGYAL TREK
Dayara Bugyal is often placed at the top position only to be hotly contested and pushed to the next best. But there is no debate amongst trekkers that Dayara Bugyal would fall within the two most beautiful high altitude meadows in India. It is not difficult to see why. For hundred of years shepherds from far have been taking their flock to graze at Dayara. They have come back with stories of the abundance of grass and splendor of the mighty Himalayan mountain peaks cradling the meadows. They described the place with such intensity that soon word about Dayara Bugyal reached explorers. When the explorers got back from their treks to Dayara Bugyal, they came back profoundly affected. The meadows were exactly as the shepherds had described them - but only more beautiful. The mountains they talked about were the Bhagirathi peaks, Bandarpoonch, Black peak and scores of other peaks they could not name.
They discovered clear water bodies strewn across the green meadows - in whose reflection the peaks looked even more beautiful. Flowers sprung up around streams and brooks that ran across the meadows. Dayara Bugyal along with its twin Gidara Bugyal is perhaps one of the most beautiful alpine meadows in India. The meadows stretch out far and wide and all around the meadows are the many towering snow peaks. The trek showcases some of the best scenery the Himalayas have to offer.
The Bugyals and the sky around with their every changing hue can show you new scenery at every season of the year. The trek starts from the tiny village of Barsu tucked away on the Haridwar - Gangothri road 32 kms away the town of UttarKashi. Barsu houses about 90 homes and has a GMVN overlooking the village on one side and the mountains on the other. The GMVN serves as a good base camp for the trek. The rooms are neat and spacious and the view in front is lovely.
Day 01: Rishikesh to Barsu:
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 02: Barsu to Barnala Bugyal:
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 03: Barnala Bugyal to Dayara Bugyal:
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 04: 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 05: Dayara Bugyal to Barsu to 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 06:Uttarkashi to Rihikesh:
Morning after breakfast drive back to Rishikesh.Trip End.