Bugyals in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand’s beautiful and distinctive landscape includes the astonishing Bugyals or meadows that certainly adds to the charm of this surreal state. Mostly situated in high altitude destinations, Bugyals in Uttarakhand are mostly preferred as camping destinations. Enclosed by the sky-kissing Himalayan Mountains, these lush green patches look no less than an attraction created by the hands of God. The Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand boasts plenty of Bugyals and there are still remain lesser explored or unknown. Amongst the most popular Bugyals in Uttarakhand is Bedni Bugyal which is located in Chamoli District at a height of 3354 m above the sea level. Words fail to describe the beauty of this meadow that sits en route the famed Roopkund Trek. It becomes the resting place for the trekkers who find it soothing to pitch their camps here on its velvety grass. Apart from its physical beauty, Bedni Bugyal has religious importance also as it is one of the places where the pilgrims of Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra that is held once in every 12 years halt.
Standing next in line in terms of its impeccable beauty is Dayara Bugyal which is situated close to Barsu Village in Uttarkashi District. This verdant green bugyal can melt hearts of millions with its lovely views of the surroundings and its tranquility and eye-catching beauty. One can also savour the majestic views of Bandarpoonch, Black Peak and Bhagirathi Peaks from this alpine meadow. Apart from these two high altitude meadows, there is another Bugyal that is quite popular amongst tourists, Auli Bugyal. While in summers the meadow in Chamoli District enhances the beauty of this travel destination, in winters it becomes the hub for the incredibly popular sport of skiing. Other known and frequented meadow in Uttarakhand is Gorson that is located a short distance away from Auli and is enveloped by oak forest and the lofty mountains, which indeed add charm to the trekking experience here.