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Dayara Bugyal Trek Guide 2021: Highlights, Best Time and Itinerary

Tired of working all day, waiting for the weekend for a relaxing getaway, then my friend, Dayara Bugyal is the answer for you.

Untouched by beautiful plains and a plain covered with a sheet of velvety green grass,  it is Dayara Bugyal situated in the Uttarkashi of Uttarakhand. Dayara Bugyal trek is perfect for long weekends and is an ideal start for amateurs/beginner trekkers. It is one of the most beautiful meadows in Garhwal Himalayas overlooking the Gangotri Ranges, Draupadi ka Danda, Srikantha, and Jaonli Peak. This is an easy trek that can be done throughout the year but May to September is the best time to do this trek. 

Dayara Bugyal Trek View
Dayara Bugyal trek

Dayara Bugyal starts from 2600meters above sea level and goes up to about 3500 meters in height. This bugyal is also known as the paradise of cattle ranchers and a special and unique festival is celebrated by them every year. The butter festival, locally known as the ‘Anduri festival’ is celebrated on the occasion of Sankranthi. During the festival, villagers play Holi with butter and buttermilk


History of Dayara Bugyal Trek

According to history, Kunti Mata used to cultivate paddy in Bugyal & the place called by the name “Kunti Ki Seri”. There is a Bakriya top place where there is a Vakratunda cave where Lord Ganesha’s neck was cut by Lord Shiva in history.


AREAUttarkashi
DURATION4 Days
BEST SEASON May to September 
GRADEEasy 
ALTITUDE3024m (12057 ft)
APPROX TREKKING KM22 Kms
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Dayara Bugyal Trek Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in nature.
  • Ramble over the lush green expanse of Dayara and Gidara Bugyal.
  • Feel the peace and serene nature by camping on the Barnala Tal Lakeside.
  • Trek through the oak and pine forest to encounter wild animals.
  • Watch the majestic sight of snow-covered peaks like Bandarpooch (6,316 m), Bhagirathi (6921 m), and Black Peak (2,734 m).

Dayara Bugyal Trek Location

Dayara Bugyal located in Uttarkashi district is one of the easiest treks for beginners. This high-altitude meadow is located at a distance of 9 km from Barsu village. The tiny hamlet of Barsu can be reached by a 45 km drive from Uttarkashi. Barsu serves as a base camp for the trek to Dayara Bugyal.


Best Time to Visit Dayara Bugyal Trek

Best time to visit dayara bugyal trek winter only and summer trek best time only May and June, you get a combination of both greenery and snow, which makes the trek very spectacular. The weather in May and June is quite good and trek-friendly, which makes trekking a lot of fun.


How to Reach Dayara Bugyal Trek

The nearest town to join the trek is Dehradun and is connected throughout India.

By Air:

Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.

By Train:

Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi.

•    Nandadevi Express – Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival – 5:40am)

•    Dehradun Express – Train no: 12687 (Departure – 9:10 pm; Arrival – 5:00 am)

By Road:

There is a regular bus service from Delhi for Dehradun from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. Usually, buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station.

Vehicles are available for pick-up from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:30 am.


Dayara Bugyal Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Dehradun – Uttarkashi – Barsu-Barnala Tal Drive-185kms, Trek 4kms    

Dayara Bugyal Barnala Tal
Photo Credit: Damini Walia

The 5-6hrs drive passes through Mussoorie  Bypass Road offering scenic views. You get to see the massive Tehri Dam Lake while driving towards Chilianisaur. It takes another one and a half hour drive to reach Barsu from Uttarkashi. An early departure from Dehradun means you will probably be able to start trekking from Barsu at around 1 pm after lunch. Barsu to Barnala Tal is a short and easy hike of 4kms with gradually ascending altitude. It won’t take any more than 3 hours to reach Barnala Meadows from Barsu. The trail is well-marked for the first one and a half kilometers. This region is rich in Rhododendron trees. There is a good campsite at Barnala Meadows, a couple of hundred meters before the Barnala Tal. 

Day 02: Barnala Tal – Dayara Bugyal Trek – 4kms, 3hrs)                   

Dayara Bugyal is situated 5kms from Barnala Tal but the shepherd huts of Dayara Bugyal are located one kilometer before the actual bugyal. Camp near these shepherd huts if you are trekking to Dayara Bugyal in winters because the higher reaches of Dayara Bugyal are covered with 2-3ft of snow. If trekking to Dayara Bugyal during the summer season, you can trek further to Dayara Bugyal and camp near a water source.


Day 03: Dayara Bugyal – Bakaria Top – Dayara Bugyal  Trek – 4kms, 3hrs)     

Dayara Bugyal Peak Fun
Photo Credit: Savita Dahiya

The most beautiful day of this trek. Trek further to explore the lengths and breadths of Dayara Bugyal. You will be surprised to see how the widespread Dayara Bugyal looks different from every angle. Follow a steep climb towards the right to reach Bakaria Top (3810mts), the highest point in the nearby region. Carry packed lunch while trekking towards Bakaria Top if you want to see the beautiful sunset from Bakaria Top.

Day 04: Dayara Bugyal – Barnala Tal – Barsu – Uttarkashi – Dehradun Trek – 8kms | Drive – 185kms)  

You absolutely would not want to miss the breathtakingly spectacular sunrise at Dayara Bugyal. Bid goodbye to the imposing Himalayan range and trek back to Barsu via Barnala Tal. You will be able to reach Barsu Village in just 3hrs. Try to leave early if you want to drive to Dehradun on this day.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Dayara Bugyal Trek

How to Reach Dayara Bugyal Trek?

The nearest town to join the trek is Dehradun and is linked throughout India. Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a flight occurring each day from Delhi to Dehradun. Take the night train to Dehradun from Delhi. There is a regular bus service from Delhi for Dehradun from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. Usually, buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station. Vehicles are available for pick-up from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:30 am.

Which is the best season for Dayara Bugyal Trek?

Dayara Bugyal is a trek that can be done round the year except during the monsoons. This means that the trek is open and great for almost 8 months in a year. If we take out the monsoons, we get 4 distinct seasons to experience Dayara Bugyal – Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Where is Dayara Bugyal located ?

Dayara Bugyal located in Uttarkashi district is one of the easiest treks for beginners. This high-altitude meadow is located at a distance of 9 km from Barsu village. The tiny hamlet of Barsu can be reached by a 45 km drive from Uttarkashi. Barsu serves as a base camp for the trek to Dayara Bugyal.

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