The majority of people are unaware that Dayara Bugyal is a favourite Banbanjara trek for some of the most seasoned trekkers.
Any time of year, this hike is extremely rewarding. In the winter, the snowscape is its own world. The meadows turn orange in the fall and offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains, while the forests are stunning in the spring.
On the other hand, we have a soft spot in our hearts for the almost-perfect meadows on this trek. There is not a single out-of-place rock or tree in the landscape of the meadows. “The rewards are massively disproportionate to the effort you put in when the royal views of the Gangotri mountain range are in the background,” shares Sandhya. It is not surprising that beginners also enjoy it.
Going on a hike into the mountains and taking in the fresh air that is scarce in the metropolitan areas that the majority of us are stuck in is the best way to spend your long weekend.
Dayara Bugyal is the ideal getaway if you are a nature or adventure enthusiast who is looking for an escape after being confined to your home’s four walls.
This 22-kilometer trek, which offers views of some of the most stunning peaks in the great Himalayan ranges, including the Gangotri massif, Black peak, Bhgirathi massif, Bandarpoonch massif, and others, is suitable for both novice and seasoned trekkers.
Raithal village, a tranquil hamlet surrounded by lush foliage that will instantly lift your spirits, is the first pit stop and our starting point for this long weekend getaway from Delhi.
We will travel through oak forests the following day to our campsite, Chelapada. There, we will spend the night in peace while listening to the rustling song of bugyal leaves.
The following day, we will begin our trek to Dayara Bugyal. There, we will spend some time taking in the view from the summit, which is at an elevation of more than 11,000 feet, and feel the rush of adrenaline that makes you feel like you are on cloud nine.
From December to March is the best time to do the Dayara Bugyal trek, especially if you like snow.
The best part is that you can easily complete this trek over a long weekend, so you won’t have to miss work or school. This trek is a must-do experience and a complete package of all the good things, so we highly recommend it.
Day 1 of the itinerary (Dehradun to Dehradun): Drive 180 kilometers, or 7 hours, from Dehradun to Raithal The group will meet at the pickup point at 7:30 in the morning. After that, we’ll drive to Raithal, the Dayara Bugyal Trek’s starting point. When we get to Raithal, we’ll check into our designated accommodations.
Note: Dehradun ISBT will serve as the pick-up location.
Day 2 : Trek from Raithal to Chelapada via Gui (8 km, 6 hours) Following an early breakfast, we will begin our trek toward Chelapada. The oak forests and picturesque views that dot the entire trail make it a visual treat. We’ll have lunch after checking into our campsites when we get to Chelapada. The remainder of the day is free for leisure, but trekkers should take an acclimatization walk. Dinner is followed by a camp stay for the night.
Day 3 : Chelapada to Dayara Bugyal | Return to Chelapada (12 km, 9 hours) After an early breakfast, we will begin our trek to the Dayara Bugyal viewpoint, from which we can see the Bandarpoonch, Black peak, and Draupadi ka Danda, among other things. The whole trail is made up of green, lush meadows that open up to offer beautiful views of the Himalayas. At the Dayara Bugyal Top, we’ll have lunch packed for us when we get there.
We will return to the campsite at Chelapada after spending some time at the summit. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy.
Dinner is next, and you stay the night in the camps.
Day 4 : After an early breakfast, we’ll check out of our campsite and begin our descent toward Raithal Village. The trek from Chelapada to Raithal is 8 kilometers and takes 6 hours. The drive to Dehradun is 180 kilometers and 7 hours. We will drive back to Dehradun via Uttarkashi, passing through picturesque villages in the Himalaya. The group will say goodbye to Dehradun with fond memories of the trek.