Dayara Bugyal is located in Uttarkashi district which has a couple of villages nearby – Barsu – 9km, Raithal - 11km and Bhatwari - 12km.
You have to reach Dehradun first to be able to proceed on your onward journey to Dayara Bugyal. Depending on your location, distance and budget, you can decide the conveyance to reach Dehradun.
Once you arrive in Dehradun, you can reach Dayara Bugyal through two villages – Barsu or Raithal.
You have many options to commute up till Raithal/Barsu – the closest village to Dayara Bugyal. There are state buses plying near Mussoorie bus stand, next to railway station between 5:30 to 8:30 am up till Uttarkashi (Estimated ticket fare 350INR per head). There are private buses available as well that ply on an hourly basis.
You can take a shared cab from Uttarkashi to Raithal/Bhatwari. Buses are available as well from Uttarkashi up till Bhatwari but frequency is not so good. Cabs up till Barsu is not so common and therefore, it's a good idea to drop near taxi stand in Uttarkashi and get the required cab as per availability either to Barsu/Raithal/Bhatwari
Taking a cab from Bhatwari to Raithal (70 INR to 100INR per head) should be considered mostly in afternoons as locals return back from the main town and there’s good frequency at that time.
Raithal village is the basecamp for Dayara Bugyal trek and that’s where you can take rest overnight and start your trek next day.
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What to expect from the journey to the basecamp
The first stretch from Dehradun to Uttarkashi is quite scenic. As you pass Mussoorie, you will enjoy the lush coniferous forests till Moriyana top. The view from Uttarkashi to Bhatwari is also beautiful as you go along the Bhagirathi river which changes its colours from pure blue to greyish-blue as per different seasons. Views from Bhadwari to Raithal are spectacular and cannot be missed. When you take the deviation towards Raithal from the highway off Bhatwari, you will experience the drop in temperatures and the mountain view starts opening up as you gain altitude. It just gives you a good trailer of what to expect during the trek.
If you are accustomed to travelling on road using cabs/buses, journey till basecamp is very smooth. If not, I would recommend you to keep candies and motion sickness pills handy with you so that you can use them if required. Keeping yourself hydrated at all times is essential irrespective of the season you are travelling.
Buses can be very crowded at times as the route till Uttarkashi is always in high demand. I advise that you start early from Dehradun to be able to cut the traffic/ crowd. You can also stay overnight at Uttarkashi and then take the shared cab to Raithal the next day to break the long journey of around 8-9 hours.
Buses do stop for lunch and dhabas (eateries) are available throughout till Bhatwari. Paranthas of all kinds (all vegetarian options available) is a great option as it’s a staple food that is easily available in all dhabas. If you like buttermilk/ lassi, that’s a great way to end your meal.
In case, if there’s no commute available for Raithal, you can hitchhike from Bhatwari till Raithal which is just 30 min with approximately 11km distance. Bhatwari checkpost is a good point from where you can opt for hitchhiking.