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The Himalayan Village, Sonapani
  Sonapani is a secluded,
blissful haven
in the Himalayas


The Himalayan Village, Sonapani is a secluded, blissful haven in the Himalayas, far from the madding crowd and amidst nature’s bountiful distractions. The cottages here are situated at a height of 1800 meters above sea level atop a ridge overlooking Almora and with a magnificent 175-degree view of the Himalayas. It is flanked by oak, rhododendron, pine jungles, and boasts of orchards of apricot, apple, plum and peach.

There is spring in the centre of the 20-acre estate that is supposed to have medicinal properties – the name "Sonapani" means golden water. The spring is supposed to have attracted the British Army with its sweet water! A highly decorated Officer, Captain Burathoki, received this land while retired and developed it as an orchard and farm. His 100-year old house is still used as the office and staff quarters.

There are 12 mud cottages each with one bedroom and a private sit out. There are no phones or television in the rooms to distract you – just the sounds of birds chirping while zipping past the trees.

The Himalayan Village was co-founded by a group of entrepreneurs.
Ashish (one of the co-founders) and his family (wife Deepa & two little children ‘Vanya-Aranya’) live on campus and personally look after their guests. Sonapani is a child friendly place and parents are assured of a relaxed holiday.

The focus of the place is the Himalayas – viewing can be from your bed too! Some of the peaks visible from here are Trishul, Nandadevi, Maiktoli, Nandakot and Panchchuli.

The food will throw up plenty of surprises. Many of the ingredients are grown on the farm. Ask for the specially baked items and you may just cave in to an extra helping.

What we've planned for you...

For adventure enthusiasts, there are a host of jungle treks.  The two signature hikes that the place offers are lead you to Mukteshwar through a reserved forest or take you to the 10th century Kapileshwar temple.  There is an option of indulging in rock-sport too.

You fill find yourself drawn back to this place time and again, wishing you had spent more time here. Whether it is to a dramatic sunrise, a cosy reading place, a tough cliff to climb or the sound of birds in the peaceful environs, this place will always hold a special place in your memories.


Food and Stay

The Himalayan Village has twelve independent cottages, spread across the fields. The cottages are connected by stone pathways, with small vegetable gardens and flowerbeds all along, thus creating a village like feel. The spacious cottages are built using compressed earth blocks (a Development Alternatives technology). A blend of British, Kumauni and modern architecture, the cottages have corrugated sheet roofs, mud-plastered interiors and modern attached bathrooms. Each room has a double bed, two chairs, table and a dressing area - all made of pine wood. The windows open towards the Himalayan peaks, and one can view the snow clad ranges even from the comfort of your bed.

The dining hall cum conference hall has ample space and ventilation with pine wood furniture. Right in front of the dining hall is the bonfire area – the best place to gather around on a cold night and chat, while you warm yourself near the fire.

The farm/orchard grows a variety of fruit, vegetable, pulses and herbs. The food is of the home cooked variety. There is an in-house bakery that dishes out the most amazing cakes and breads. The thin crust pizzas from the wood fired oven are simply divine with a ‘home-made’ feel. Being a child friendly place, non spicy meals for children are also provided.

The village market is far away, and it is recommended that you bring your items of personal use, a jacket or pullover, walking shoes, a torch and any prescribed medicines as these may not be readily available.

Comfortable and safe places to stay in...

There are two options for accommodation: Luxury and Standard.

Enjoy a 4-star stay with the Hotel Grand Dragon in Leh. It’s built with traditional architecture yet contains modern rooms that are more than comfortable, warmer than warm, cozier than cozy and still have ample provisions for differently-abled people.
Accessibility at the Hotel Grand Dragon:
The hotel has a step free entrance. They provide a narrow wheel chair for guests to transfer to the lift which can take six persons. The guest rooms have a wide door for wheel chairs to go in. There is a small threshold at the entrance which is covered with a ramp in one room to make it accessible. The bed and study table are at a convenient height for wheel chair users and there is sufficient turning space. The shower cum toilet door is narrow (up to 63 cms of clear space). The hotel wheel chair will have to be used to go inside the bathroom. Again there is a 5 cm threshold for which a ramp is placed at the bathroom door. The washbasin height is 79 cm with a lever type tap making it accessible. It will not be possible to enter the shower cubicle as there is an 8 cm threshold and a door that is 72 cm wide. The bathroom can be used by those who have the option of taking a few steps.

Zik Zik is a family owned guest house less than half a kilometer from the main bazaar. It’s homely and comfortable with two of its rooms developed to keep in mind people with different abilities.
Accessibility at Zik Zik
Two rooms are accessible to guests using wheel chairs. This guest house is less than half km from the main Bazaar. The vehicle can park close to the room. The guest house has a step free entrance with a gentle ramp. Both accessible rooms have attached a bathroom/toilet. There is a clear maneuvering space in front of the water closet and wash basin. There are two grab bars - one horizontal and one vertical near the water closet and wash basin respectively. The bed height is about 500 mm from the floor.  All sockets are easily accessible and are at a height ranging from 900mm to 1000mm.

Uley Tokpo Camp
All guests get to spend a night here three hours away from Leh with its breath taking view. Wake up in a tent (Cottages are different-ability friendly with attached bathrooms available too), enjoy meals in a restaurant and get kids to play board games while you chill on some magazines or take a well-deserved hour or two in the ayurvedic spa. It’s the perfect way to holiday!
Accessibility at Uley Tokpo Camp
The Camp has been built with easy ramps making it step free. The newer cottages have been built to be accessible. An easy ramp leads inside the room whose doorway measures 3 feet. The room is spacious enough for a wheel chair. The bathroom has also been built keeping in mind accessibility criteria for a wheel chair. Currently, while there is a ramp to the dining room, it is quite steep. Food will be arranged in the lounge area for our guests.

Getting there...

There are two options for reaching Sonapani:-

1. By Train:-

Delhi to Kathgodam

Del-Kgm train no.14012 Departure 6.15 am from Anand Vihar station. Arrival Kathgodam at 11.50 AM

Kgm-Del train no.14011 Departure from Kathgodam at 3.45 PM & arrives in Delhi at 9.15 PM

Ranikhet Express:
Del-KGM train no. 15013 leaves Delhi at 10.50 PM & arrives in Kathgodam at 5.30 AM the next day

Kgm-Del train no.15014 leaves Kathgodam at 8.40 PM & arrives in Delhi at 4.20 Am the next day.

Kathgodam to Sonapani is a 2.5 hours drive & cabs can be organised for a pick up & drop.

2.By Road:-

From Delhi, Kathgodam is approximately 275 kms. To reach Kathgodam, one has to go via Hapur, Moradabad, Rampur, Bilaspur, Rudrapur and Haldwani.

From Kathgodam, you have to cover 69 kms of winding roads, driving through Bhimtal, Bhowali, Ramgarh and Nathuakhan to reach village Satoli. The Himalayan Village is at a twenty-minute walk from Satoli. If your kids can’t walk that long, there is a fleet of ponies to carry them. The staff will help you with your luggage.

Memories you can take with you...    
Shivani at Lake Pagong
accessible restaurant
Accessible restaurant overlooking the lake
accessible toilet
Accessible toilet
The comfortable rooms
Indus & Zanskar
Likir monastry
Likir Monastery
shivani shivani

How this Holiday can make a difference to you and your host...

The Himalayan Village endeavours towards being a part of the social development process by integrating business with the local economics and thus creating a web of inter-dependencies for wealth creation for all involved. It promotes responsible tourism, which is non-intrusive and makes a positive impact in the lives of people involved. It also implies minimal impact on ecology which is achieved in part by promoting and cultivating organic produce, retailing local agricultural & handicraft products.

Instead of using stone, which has to be quarried, Sonapani uses compressed earth blocks as the building material. Using a machine bought from Development Alternatives, the entire construction was finished at a much lesser cost and in a more environmental friendly way than the norm. In furniture too, a mix of pine wood and plantation wood has been used. No trees have been cut or displaced to make way for construction.

How Much?


  • Cost per day per person on twin sharing basis: Rs. 2600
  • Cost per day per person for family cottage*: Rs. 2700
  • Cost per extra bed: Rs. 1800
  • Cost per day on single occupancy: Rs. 4200
  • Children between 5 to 12 years of age: Rs. 900
  • Children below 5 years of age: Complimentary

*Two of the family cottages have a separate area for kids with a bunker bed to accommodate two children. Charges for kids between 5 to 12 years of age are Rs. 900 while charges for an extra adult staying in the room remain the same, as that of other cottages.

Packages are available on request.

Tariff includes:

  • Morning and evening tea or coffee
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Pony charges for carrying luggage while checking in and checking out only

Tariff does not include:

  • Cost of travel
  • Bottled water
  • Juices and cold drinks
  • Items of a personal nature

Other costs

  • Pony charges on other days would be Rs. 100 per round to the road head.
  • Driver/ helper /maids of guests are charged Rs. 400 per day for food and stay.

Payment details

Please pay 100% advance 48 hours before you are due to reach for confirmed bookings.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation charges are 15% of the total amount before 15 days.
  • Cancellation charges within 15 days of the arrival date would be 50% of the total amount
  • Cancellations done within 7 days of arrival date would be 100% of the total amount.

These prices are valid till 31st March 2015.


TAI Recommends...

“The walk into The Himalayan Village is a good time to slow your systems down and put away your phones. Be prepared to relax completely and simply enjoy the beautiful views all around. I came away wishing I had planned better to spend more time here – don’t make the same mistake!”

- Gouthami, CEO, Travel Another India


The Himalayan Village is open throughout the year. While the main tourist season is from April to June, the hills come alive during the rains from July to September. Winter is a special time in the mountains with the snow clad panorama showing up in its full glory.
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