The Himalayas have something about them that you simply will not find anywhere else. When you think of the Himalayas you may picture mountains with snow on top of them but there are also many scenic meadows. It is not unusual for trekking routes to pass through these meadows and the Dayara Bugyal Trek is one example of this. It does take in some of the mountain range but there are also thick forests and wide open spaces to explore on the trek.
Barsu is the village that will be used as a base camp for this expedition. This small village is located in the district of Uttarkashi and is a full day drive from Haridwar. The whole trip will take seven days which is comprised of two days traveling and five days hiking. A part of the hike will involve trekking to the summit of Bakaria Top which is 12,000ft. This is a very steep incline and so this trip may not be suitable for people with mobility issues. On the first day that you arrive in Barsu, you will stay in a guesthouse. Your accommodation for the rest of the trip will be a warm tent which you will carry with you during the hike and set up every night.
Dayara Bugyal is worth visiting because of its wonderful sights. Get your camera on and check out the following:
- Rich Forests – Towering maple and oak trees shelter you from the sun, and provides you with the much-needed cool when the weather is unforgiving. You can also hold on to the tree’s sturdy trunks for support in case you get tired while trekking.
- Snow in April – You read that right. The Dayara Bugyal Trail is covered in snow until mid-April, although snow initially falls on the location in December. However, the snow begins to melt by summer. If you choose to trek Dayara Bugyal even in May, you could still see snow-covered mountain peaks and landscapes.
- Barnala Tal Lakeside – Barnala Tal is a lake beside a meadow. The waters are so clear and fresh that you could drink from it. You could sit down on the grass as you admire Barnala Tal, or build a tent and stay there for the afternoon.
- Domesticated and Wild Animals – You will see both domesticated and wild animals coexisting in this gorgeous location. There are sheep and cows grazing on the distance, eagles circling above you, and Tibetan wolves prowling around for prey. Don’t worry! They won’t hurt people unless they are disturbed or hurt themselves.
- Beautiful Mountain Views – From the Raithal base camp, you could see the peaks of Gangotri, Bandarpoonch, and Shrinkand Mahadev mountains. It’s also breathtaking to see them during sunset when the orange rays of the sun blend with the sparkly white peaks.
Best Time to Visit Dayara Bugyal Trek
Summer (April to June) – The weather remains mild during the summer and it will not get too hot. You will be able to get good views of the peaks of the mountains as these will be clearly visible.
Monsoon Season – You will get some great views of the scenery during this season but there is a risk of landslides and so extra care needs to be taken.
Winter (October to December) – It is better to complete the trek in early winter as the area can experience very heavy snowfall during December and January.