Dayara Bugyal gears up for Anduri Utsav
Anduri Utsav: The “Butter Holi” of Uttarkashi
With a picture postcard like setting, the Dayara Bugyal in district Uttarkashi has something special in store for tourists this month. The opportunity to play Holi with butter, milk and ‘Chacch’ (butter milk) on the lush green high altitude meadow is a once in a lifetime experience. It will be held on 17th June.
The ‘Dayara Paryatan Utsav Samiti’, based in village Raithal, is hosting the unique butter festival, locally known as ‘Anduri’.
Significance of Anduri Utsav
The festival is associated with the practice of villagers moving to higher altitudes during summer. For four long months, highlanders move with their cattle to high altitudes for pasture. When winter approachs and its time for them to leave the grasslands, the villagers celebrate ‘Anduri’ to express their gratitude to Mother Earth.
The festival has created a buzz in the region as it is being celebrated after a span four years in order to dispel the gloom that had set in after the natural disaster of 2013. Organizers of the Dayara Paryatan Utsav Samiti, Raithal were hopeful that the festival will be a unique and unforgettable experience for the tourists.