Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek
This trek features enchanting mountain top meadows. Plus Alpine forests of oak, rhododendron, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and the stately deodar. The famous Dayara bugyals (Alpine meadows) with their spectacular views of the snow capped high Himalayas, Vistas of dramatic peaks - Bandar Punchh, Black peak etc. Hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep & goats, frequent sightings of families of lithe & lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, mountain crow & eagles, Seasonal contacts with Gujars (generally muslim tribal mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking & their herds of buffalo.
Visits to local picturesque mountain villages. End the trek in the fascinating spiritual & philosophical center of India - colorful Swagashram at Rishkesh
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Day 1 : New Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms/6 hrs)
In the morning drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival at Rishikesh transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the Aarti ceremony at Swargashram. Back to hotel for overnight stay.
Rishikesh : Rishikesh is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors.
Day 2 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (185 kms/6 hrs)
Drive to Uttarkashi, located on the Bhagirathi River in the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Uttarkahi transfer check into the hotel.
Vishwanath Temple : One of the major Shiva worship centers for all India, this ancient and renowned temple is an interesting and important pilgrimage and touristic monument.
Uttarkashi Town : Situated on a new lake, this clean and nature-surrounded little city features a line of ashrams along the banks of the Bhagirathi River, an early branch of the sacred Ganga.
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering : World famous institution of instruction for the mountaineer.
Joshimath : The religious centre, established by Adi Shankaracharya, which he called Jyotirmath, later came to be known as Joshimath. Among the sites of interest are the temples of Nav Durga and Narsingh. Apart from its obvious religious importance, Joshimath is known for its scenic beauty.
Day 3 : Uttarkashi (55 kms/5 hrs)
Drive 45 kms to the trail head at Barsu village and begin the trek. The steep uphill trek goes through the forest of rhododendron, oak, pine and Alpine forest, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and stately deodars. Frequent sightings of families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Meet with hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep and goats, and Gujars. (generally muslim local mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking contacts with and their herds of buffalo. Reaching Barnala camp with its summer huts of villagers.
Day 4 : Barnala - Dayara Bugyal (7 kms/4 hrs)
A steep uphill walk through the Alpine forest with the languor, bakriwale and the gujars. Upon the famous bugyal of Dayara, there are panoramic views of the high Himalayan snowcapped mountains - Srikhanth, Jonli, Thalaysagar, and the Bundar Punchh Range. Camp here for the night.
Day 5 : Dayara Bugyal - Dayara Top (7 kms/6 hrs)
Wander uphill through ridges of Alpine meadows with spectacular views of the Himalaya Range and down into the valleys below. Bakriwalas and Gujars. Camp at Dayara Top with its beautiful landscapes of bugyals and vistas of mountains.
Day 6 : Dyara Top - Barnala (13 kms/6 hrs)
Hike back down through the bugyals and Alpine forests to Barnala. Camp at Barnala.
Day 7 : Barnala - Uttarkashi (50 kms/5 hrs)
Downhill 5 kms return walk through the Alpine forest to the trail head at Barsu village. Return drive to Uttarkashi. Hotel. Free time in the market and interesting town of Uttarkashi.
Day 8 : Uttarkashi - Rishikesh (185 kms/6 hrs)
Drive to Rishikesh (Possible to reach Haridwar to explore this popular and beautiful shrine town as opposed to Rishikesh. One hour further).
Day 9 : Rishikesh - Delhi (225 kms/6 hrs)
Drive to Delhi.