When you think of visiting Uttarakhand for a trip, the places that usually top your list are Nainital, Dehradun, Haridwar, and Rishikesh. While all these are absolutely beautiful places to visit, the fact remains that these hill stations have become quite crowded with the tourist population and serenity is not something that you will get in any of these spots. So, how about moving away from the hustle-bustle of these busy places and venturing into the picturesque villages of Uttarakhand to experience the best of nature? Bigul Village is just the right place for you in this regard.
If village tourism in Uttarakhand interests you, then Bigul is the perfect place for you to visit for your vacation. It is everything that you expect a hilly hamlet to be: quaint, peaceful, calm, and just breathtakingly beautiful. So, let’s get off the beaten path this summer, and get to know more about this pretty hamlet.
Getting to know the charming Bigul Village
Bigul is a wonderful hidden destination in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand that offers spectacular views of the mighty Himalayas, from the gorgeous peaks of Panchachuli to the magnificent Nanda Devi. Sitting pretty at an altitude of 2,000 meters, this tiny hilly hamlet is wrapped with lush greenery with an abundance of Rhododendron trees. It offers the perfect glimpse of the simple Uttarakhand village life.
The name of the Bigul Village has an interesting story behind it. During the colonial period, the British army used to stay here in the camps and tents for weeks on end to collect taxes from the villagers. They used to whistle biguls, a kind of musical instrument, and the villagers from the nearby areas came here on listening to that sound for contributing their cattle, cloths, and grains as taxes (lagaan).
Location and ways to reach the village
The hamlet of Bigul is located at a distance of 32 km from the town of Bageshwar. You can pay a visit to this village on your way to Bageshwar trip. If you are taking the roads in a cab or a hired car, you can take NH 309A from Bageshwar and go towards Pithoragarh to reach Bigul on the way.
Bigul is well-connected to the cities of Pithoragarh, Bareilly, Nainital, and Dehradun. So, you will get buses and cars from all these cities to reach your destination. The nearest airport to the place is at Pantnagar (238 km) and the nearest railway station is Kathgodam (212 km).
Things to do at the beautiful Bigul
To be honest, if you are considering Bigul as a part of your desire to explore village tourism in Uttarakhand, you will basically be coming here to just relax and rejuvenate. There is not much in the way of typical mountainous adventure activities like paragliding or trekking that you can do here. Such adventure sports and the likes are for the neighboring places of the village, like Initial and Dehradun. Come to Bigul if you want to understand Uttarakhand village life, and submerge yourself completely in it for a few days.
A great thing that you can do while you are in Bigul, regardless of how many days you stay here, is watch the sunset every day. The lush greenery, the solitude, and the elevation all come together at Bigul to make it one of the best places in your Bageshwar trip to watch the sun go down in the horizon. The beauty of the sunset here is hard to describe in words.
While you are in here, also make sure to pay a visit to the Dhaulinag Temple, which is located at a distance of about five km from Bigul, on the top of the Vijaypur Mountain. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The views that you get from the temple are breathtaking and it will give you some rather amazing photo opportunities.
So, are you ready to explore the lesser-known side of Uttarakhand? Start planning for your next trip to the stunning Bigul today!