Dayara Bugyal is just that - a widespread meadow situated at an altitude of 3950m (12956ft) above sea level. A meadow is not exactly a common concept in modern day India. Lush green lands with fresh air, cows grazing in the hillside, and a gentle breeze blowing through is a very European-esque scenario that in India and can only be found in the higher altitudes of the majestic Himalayas. Shepherds and nomads from around the region first discovered this magnificent grazing ground and often went about telling stories of its beauty to the common people. 'Bugyal' literally means a high altitude meadow in the local language of the area. Nature and adventure enthusiasts soon caught wind of this seemingly stunning piece of land and set out to explore. Today, Dayara Bugyal is not only the most beautiful meadow in all of India, but it is also a popular trekking destination for travellers from all over the world.
Nestled between the peaks of Bandarpunch (6316m) and White Peak (6102m), the trek follows a 7 km trail from the base camp in Barsu, passing through the village of Raithal, and ending up atop the Dayara Bugyal. It is continuously surrounded by dense oak forests and snow-capped Himalayan peaks such as Bhagirathi, John Lee, Srikanth and Draupadi ka Danda.
In winters (December- February), the meadow gets covered with snow, transforming into a 28 square kilometre skiing spot with its undulating slopes. While the Dayara Bugyal is a happening place to be at any time of the year, it is most famous as a tranquil trekking ground for tourists who wish to get away into the Himalayas for a long holiday or weekend, minus the exhaustion of a demanding hike.
Approx trekking distance (Both sides) : 24 Km
Base Camp : Barsu
Difficulty : Moderate
Highest point of trek : 12,500 ft
Nearest Airport : Pantnagar Airport
Nearest Railhead : 270 km
Region : Uttarkashi District
Snow : Summer and Autumn are the best time for the trek.
Starting point of trek : Barsu
Day 1 : Barsu to Bharnala Tal
Distance: 4 Km , Duration: 4 Hrs
Have breakfast and head towards Bharnala Tal, 4 km away from Barsu, through dense pristine forests of Oak and Rhododendron. This is from where the famed meadows of Dayara start. The undulating expanse of the meadows stretching as far as the eye can see and the reflection of the high mountain peaks in the lake is a visual treat. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 2 : Bharnala Tal to Dayara Bugyal
Distance: 5 Km , Duration: 5 Hrs
A well laid-out trail through the pine forest will lead you to the high alpine meadows of Dayara. As one climbs on top of a mound, this vast meadow (mostly covered in snow) gradually unfolds itself; the view compels most trekkers to regard nature's wonders with nothing but awe and amazement. The Bandarpoonch and Black Peak can be clearly seen from here. The meadow is like a table top as you set foot on the meadow the sight of the mighty Himalayas surrounds you. 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.
Day 3 : Dayaria Bugyal to Bakaria Top
Distance: 3 Km , Duration: 3 Hrs
Bakaria Top is the highest point of Dayara Bugyal, itÕs a steep ascent to Bakaria top. Dayara Bugyal is divided into many small bugyals and Bakaria top is one of them. Start the trek along the meadows and gain altitude gradually. The views from the top take your 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. Descend back to Dayara to camp for the night.
Ask a question from the travellers who have experience.
Q. barsu to barnala how difficult it is for non-trekkers?