Dayara Bugyal, Barsu, Uttarkashi

The lush green expanse of meadows, snow-peaked mountains, and catch sight of the lake, so everyone is now surprised to know what am talking about, its none other than Dayara Bugyal.  Amongst all the treks in Uttarakhand, Dayara Bugyal is considered to be the most breathtaking.  The trek brings to a highland meadow situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, which stands tall at an elevation of 10,000-12,500 ft.

This meadow serves as an excellent destination for skiing during winter and is spread over 28 sq km.  This breathtaking location is nestled amidst towering snow-peaked mountains.  While on this memorable Himalayan Dayara Bugyal trekking tour in India at Uttarakhand, catch sight of the lake of Barnala Tal strewn across the green alpine prairies.  In the reflection of Barnala Tal strewn the peaks look even more beautiful.

To reach Dayara Bugyal, start the drive from Haridwar and reach Barsu.  Barsu is a small village, and it is the base camp for Dayara Bugyal trek.  While driving to Barsu, the towns of Rishikesh, Chamba and Uttarkashi will pass through.  Then start trekking from Barsu to Dayara via Barnala, a place from where the famed meadow of Dayara starts.  At the base of Dayara, the vast meadow unfolds in front.

The meadow is like a table top, while stepping the foot on the meadow the sight of the mighty Himalayas surrounds.   Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III, Jaonli, Draupadi ka Danda I & II, Black peak, Bandarpunch and many other unnamed peaks are visible from Dayara Bugyal meadow.  Start trekking from Dayara Bugyal and then reach Bakaria Top, which is the highest point of Dayara Bugyal.  The views from the top take the breath away.  Snow capped mountains, Valley deep below, towns as far as Uttarkashi can be seen from the top.  It offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire greater Himalayas.

Then descend back to Dayara camp.  Next day begin the descent to Pichkiya.  Pichkiya campsite is a small grassland situated in between the alpine forests.  The inner dry valleys, dwarf rhododendrons grow along with patches of grasslands near the campsite.  After reaching Pichkiya campsite, descend down to Barsu along a well marked trail through the thick forests.  As started the journey from Haridwar, finish it off by returning back to Haridwar.

Minimum and maximum temperature in Dayara Bugyal is -4 deg and 25 deg, respectively, trekking distance is 29 km, and maximum altitude is 12,500 ft.  Trekking to Dayara Bugyal takes around 6 days.

During the winter season, the alpine meadows remain snow-covered.  During summer months, the Bugyal’s present a riot of beautiful flowers and grass.  Don’t ever miss the stunning valley on one side and the snowy mountains on the other, gorgeous Oak forests, clear water bodies, sprawling grasslands while offering views of specks of huts, grazing sheep all while overlooking the valley and high-rise mountains, and wild flowers also bloom around streams and brooks that run across the pastures.  So do enjoy this wonderful trekking to Dayara Bugyal.

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