The Himalayan Village, Sonapani is located at a place called Satoli, which is situated along the Nainital-Mukteshwar road. It is at a distance of just 55 Kms from the main town of Nainital and has a distinct serene environment that’s hard to find so close to the nearby bustling towns. This is what makes it a perfect weekend getaway for people staying at New Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur and Chandigarh.
Sonapani has an old natural spring water that has medicinal properties and has been there since the British times.
Accommodation: It offers 12 comfortable accommodation choices including 2 Family and 10 Standard Cottages. The spacious rooms are earthy and provide a unique feel. Each place offers a beautiful view of the surrounding hills, even from the comfort of your beds! It is indeed an ideal place to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.
Activities: Set on 20 acres of land, amidst the cool mountain breeze, the place has a rustic appeal to it. It has a humble yet has a unique charm to its setting. At the Himalayan Village, Sonapani you can indulge in Nature trails, rock climbing, Rappelling, River Crossing and other excursion trips. And what makes this place magical is the sunset with the views of the Himalayan range. While the elders snuggle up with a book or photography, the kids get to learn kite flying and painting.
There are also village walks that take you along the tiny villages spread on the mountain trail that lets you interact with the villagers and feel the village life.
For more adventurous, there is a 10 Kms (2 hours) trek to an ancient Kapileshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built during the 10th Century and has beautiful stone carved architecture.
It is an ASI protected monument and is sacred to the nearby villages. The route from Sonapani takes you along the traditional village of ‘Mona. The temple is located near a small river which makes it an ideal place for a day picnic.
A guide can also be arranged and on your way back, you may take a local cab at least for half way up in order to reach to your abode at the Himalayan Village.
Eating: They have their own orchard and organic farm, so the food available is fresh and cooked home-style. There is a choice of Indian, Chinese or Mughlai catering to all your taste buds. The Dining Hall is spacious and doubles up as a conference hall, so many corporates visit here for their offsite trips too. There’s even a bonfire for winter nights to keep you warm while you all relish in the delicious cuisine offered including their homemade apple pie, that’s quite popular.
Tariffs: 2600 INR per Person that includes stay, morning & Evening Tea/Coffee, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Interesting Packages are also available for 2-3 days stay. For more details & tariffs please Visit Here
Along with its Yoga Programs, this pleasant Eco-retreat is now also known for its music & theater festivals.
For more details please Contact: Ashish Arora (Owner) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (+91) 8006300100
Ashish along with his wife and 2 young kids call this place home and love to welcome people with love. The Himalayan Village, Sonapani is a great escape for everyone, no matter what age or interest they have. And the magnificent panorama of the snow clad Himalayas, makes it a must visit place to be!
Found this really interesting blog by Kacy McKinney and Sage Van Wing who stayed at Sonapani and have volunteered for quite some time. They pen down their thoughts about the life in the village, its people and the peace they found living here.
How to Reach:
By Road: Kathgodham is approx. 275 Kms from New Delhi.
Best Route: Ghaziabad-Hapur-Moradabad-Rampur-Bilaspur-Rudrapur-Haldwani-Kathgodham. From Kathgodham, Satoli is another 69 kms. You park your vehicles at Satoli and from there on, take a walk for 20-30 minutes to reach the Himalayan Village, Sonapani. As you walk, you move along meadows, a pine forest and of course, get a glimpse of the Himalayan Ranges. For your luggage and kids, there are ponies!
By Train: Take the Ranikhet Express, From Delhi (Train No: 5013) and From Kathgodham (Train No: 5014) which starts from New Delhi at 10:45 and reaches Kathgodham at 6:10 am next morning. The night journey is comfortable to make you feel energetic for the coming days. Visit www.irctc.co.in for train bookings
Transportation Options: The Himalayan Village, Sonapani can help arrange transportation for you or a group with advance knowledge. This can be right from picking you up from New Delhi or from thew Railway station at Kathgodham.