Monday, March 20, 2023

Dayara Bugyal Trek: Best Time To Visit And Complete Itinerary

Dayara Bugyal Trek: Best Time To Visit And Complete Itinerary


Dayara Bugyal Trek is situated at an altitude of 3080 m (12000 ft) in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Dayara Bugyal Trek is considered to be the best trek for new and regular trekkers and this trek is also very famous for family trek. The total distance of Dayara Bugyal Trek is 9 km which takes a total of 5 days to complete. If you want to spend more time in Dayara Bugyal then this trek can be booked for 6 days also. The most special thing about this trek is that Dayara Bugyal is a Bugyal (meadow) spread over an area of ​​28 km. The splendor of the Himalayan peaks like Draupadi’s stick, Bandarpunch, Kali Peak and Bhagirathi is visible from Dayara Bugyal. Butter Festival (Butter with Holi) is organized every year at Dayara Bugyal by the people of the surrounding villages. They believe that it is because of this land that their cattle produce good milk in high quantities. They also thank God for the safety of their cattle by organizing the Butter Festival. This festival is also known as Anduri festival. Dayara Bugyal Trek  visits at any time of the year. During winters, this trek is covered with thick sheets of snow and also becomes a great option for skiing.

Best Time To Visit Dayara Bugyal

The Dayara Bugyal trek is open throughout the year, but this trek should not be done during the rainy season because there is a danger of landslides during the rainy season. Dayara Bugyal trek from March to November in summer and December to February in winter is considered a very good choice for trekking. Snow is seen here from the last week of December to the month of April.

Complete Itinerary

  • Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal village (185 kms / 6 hrs)
  • Day 2 – Raithal village to Gui (approx 3 km / 4 hrs)
  • Day 3 – Gui to Dayara Bugyal and back to Gui campsite (approx 6 kms/4 hrs)
  • Day 4 – Gui to Raithal Village (approx 3 km / 3 hrs)
  • Day 5 – Raithal to Dehradun (185 km / 6 hrs)

Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal village (185 kms / 6 hrs)

For Dayara Bugyal trek, Raithal village is the base camp, which is located at a distance of about 185 km from Dehradun, which takes about 6 to 7 hours to cover. While you are driving, take note of the beauty of nature which is sure to soothe your soul. Upon reaching Raithal, one can witness colorful sunsets over Mount Jaunali and Draupadi’s Danda peaks. Starting the journey from Dehradun, reach Raithal village via Mussoorie, Suvakholi, Uttarkashi and Bhatwadi. This route passes through the dense forests of the mountains, where many villages are also seen in between, as well as many types of trees will also be found, due to which the enjoyment of the journey becomes double. There are many homestays available for overnight stay in Rathal village which are many years old. Rathal Homestay is a 500 years old Purana Homestay in which one gets a chance to see Garhwali culture up close, so stay in Rathal.

Day 2 – Raithal village to Gui (approx 3 km / 4 hrs)

The first day trek is from Rathal to Gui, the distance from Raithal to Gui is about 3 km which takes about 3 to 4 hours. The road from Rathal to Gui is a steep climb. Start the trek after having breakfast, as soon as you walk a little uphill, the fields of the village are visible, from here the entire Raithal village is visible. As we go a little further, we find a small ground where we can rest for a while. From here the road passes through dense forests that include green and brown oak and rhododendron trees. On reaching Gui, one can see the huts built by the villagers in which the villagers keep their animals during the summer time. There is also a small pond in Gui, during winter the entire area of ​​Gui Camp site is filled with snow which looks very attractive in appearance. Here one can enjoy tea while sitting in the meadows and looking at the beautiful hills. After dinner, sleep in your tent at night.

Day 3 – Gui to Dayara Bugyal and back to Gui campsite (approx 6 kms/4 hrs)

The Dayara trail leads from the Barnala camp to the upper Barnala grasslands which also includes the Barnala Tal. Proceed sharp right toward the tree cover in the upper meadow. At the entrance of the forest, there is a well laid stone trail leading up. Continue on the climbing trail which is well paved all the way. Chania huts can be seen here. To its right are the magnificent Bandarpoonch and Kala Nag. After spending quality time at Dayara Bugyal, will return to Gui campsite for an overnight stay.

Day 4 – Gui to Raithal Village (approx 3 km / 3 hrs)

It takes around 3 hours to reach Raithal, so start the day trek at 9 am. From the Gui campsite, continue on the main road that came down from Dayara yesterday. A fifteen minute descent brings you to the rain shelter from where they used to go on their way to Barnala. Continue on down the main driveway. Continue for an hour and a half before coming to clear the grass with a water source. One can take a break here before completing the last hour’s descent to Raithal. The arch of Rathal marks the end of the trek.

Day 5 – Raithal to Dehradun (185 km / 6 hrs)

After breakfast on the fifth day, the return for Dehradun starts.

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