Gaddi-Bhotia sheep-dog hybrids are a common sight on Himalayan meadows and some of them can be quite fierce and territorial! But this one was friendly and decided to attach itself to our group and trekked along with them for a full week, dropping off at the road-head and undoubtedly attaching itself to the next trekking group heading back in the return direction, being fed and given shelter along the way...
Ah, the life of a travelling sheep-dog! High Altitude Dog story: At the Gidara Bugyal
A splendid natural scenery on the trek to Gidara and Dayara Bugyal from Barsu village in Uttarakashi district in Uttarakhand. Flowers are at full bloom in the meadows of these basins. Specially in the monsoon and post monsoon season. Campers and trekkers list this place as their favourite in India as camping is very common here.
Dayara Bugyal along with its twin Gidara Bugyal is perhaps one of the most beautiful alpine meadows in India. The meadows stretch out far and wide and all around the meadows are the many towering snow peaks. The trek showcases some of the best scenery the Himalayas have to offer. The Bugyals and the sky around with their every changing hue can show you new scenery at every season of the year. The trek starts from the tiny village of Barsu tucked away on the Haridwar -- Gangothri road 32 kms away the town of UttarKashi.
A Bugyal is a high altitude alpine grass lands, or meadows, in Uttarakhand, India. They are locally referred to as 'nature's own gardens'. They can be flat or sloped, and are carpeted with green grass and seasonal flowers. These provide an excellent grazing ground and pastures for tribal herdsmen. At elevations ranging between 3300 metres and 4000 metres, these alpine meadows remain snow covered in winter. In the summer, the meadows burst into a multitude of beautiful flowers and grass. The basins of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Bandarpunch have extensive bugyals. Bugyals have very fragile ecosystems, and hence need to be carefully managed.
Source: IndiaHikes, wikipedia
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