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Himalayan Village - Sonapani

Nature Exploration With Mud-Brick Cottages

Rating4.6(142)
Satoli, Nainital
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Nestled among fruit trees and vegetable gardens are 12 independent single bedroom cottages. Each cottage has one bedroom, a small dressing area and a private sit out. The bathrooms have solar water heaters for running hot/cold water supply for bucket baths. The cottages are spread out on five levels. The ones on the lower levels offer a higher degree of seclusion and privacy. The cottages on the upper levels are closer to the common areas. If you like being around people or if you want to walk l show more

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Mountains Are Calling!

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Himalayan Village
They have 12 independent cottages constructed from mud bricks that were sun-baked on site 17 years ago.
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Organic Touch!
Almost all the food is prepared from scratch and is home-cooked. Their bread, cookies and cakes are all freshly baked, preserves are made from fruit plucked from their own orchard. The cuisine is primarily north Indian but a variety of regional dishes from other parts of India also find a place on the table.
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Things To Do
Pluck fruit and wild berries (during the season) or climb trees. Go for walks in the jungle and explore the numerous walking trails around Sonapani. Enjoy views of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks, like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda Kot, Maiktoli, Panchachuli and Chaukhamba. Picnic beside a stream that is a 30-minute walk from the resort. Mountain biking facility is available nearby on a rental basis.
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Endless Exploration
Jageshwar, a cluster of 104 ancient stone-carved temples - 72 KM/2.5 hours. The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary - 65 KM/2.5 hours. Mukteshwar, driving through a beautiful reserve forest - 15 KM/40 minutes.
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Child-Friendly Space
There is enough in and around Sonapani to keep children engaged. The idea is to expose them to a life without television and modern gadgets. There are picnics in the jungle, a stream, fruit to pluck, trees to climb, birds and butterflies to identify.
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Trails
Depending on how you are feeling on a particular day, walks ranging from 45 minutes to three hours can be suggested.
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Trek
The temple is a protected ASI monument and is made of stone with beautiful and intricate carvings. Right next to the temple is a small rivulet where one can indulge in some water splashing. The route to the temple is through a beautiful village called Mona that still retains its traditional look and feel.

Quick gist

About the stay

  • Escape the bustle of the city by staying at the Himalayan Village.
  • Finish reading (or writing!) that long-pending book, or go on short walks or some amazing day-long hikes.
  • Spend some quality time with your loved ones or sip a malt sitting around a bonfire, or just spend your time watching the magnificent panorama of the snow-clad Himalayas.

Where is this?

  • Sonapani is a small private estate located in a village called Satoli.
  • It is spread over 20 acres that can be reached after a pleasant 10 minutes drive through the orchards of the village, Satoli.
  • Sonapani is a quiet, scenic spot that is miles away from the tourist track, both physically and mentally.
  • It's a destination devoid of anything that will remind you of the city, a spot that is ideal for honing the “art of doing nothing”.

With whom?

  • It's a lodge-like resort.
  • You'll have an independent lodge out of the 12 cottages available at the resort.
  • Access to common areas is provided.

You get

  • Accommodation is provided to you.
  • The cost is inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner. morning/evening tea and all taxes.

Things to remember

  • The cost does not include cost for travel, bottled water, juices, soft drinks, cocktail snacks and items of personal nature.
  • Driver/helpers/maids are charged Rs. 500 per day for food and stay (however, separate accommodation isn't available)

Something unique

The community-run Resort/ Lodge is completely raw and true to nature where you may not have a fruit basket in the room, but a fruit-tree is right outside every cottage. You can just reach out and pluck ripe fruits!

Tips from insiders

  • You can get involved in socially relevant initiatives run by them or by other friends of the community.
  • Let us know if you wish to stay here for an extended period of time, the host offers some really good discount!
  • You may have to drive for about 2 km through an adventurous dirt path as they are connected only by a narrow village dirt track.
  • The last 2 kilometres from the Ashram gate can get confusing.
  • Leopard sightings aren't that uncommon here!
  • Do remember to trek to the nearby villages in the morning.
  • Please call the lodging once you cross Bhowali as it'll help them for serving you fresh and warm meals upon your arrival.
  • They have a gentle Tibetan mastiff ‘Jhumroo’ to play with.