I've been searching..for a lot of things..a long time. Being an avid traveler there aren't many areas that I've not yet explored. More than that, I'm a traveler who picks out nuances. I don't crib but I hold a strong opinion if things aren't right. I wondered if there was anything I could fault this place with & can only think of one, being too good to be true. I knew of Sonapani & wanted to be here for a long time. Now that I'm back, I feel like a 10 yr old who wants to hide his best toy so others don't ruin it. I'm trying to be selfless & rational when I say, you're missing a lot if you haven't been here. I wont go on n on about it. All the good bits that the 30 odd reviewers have said before me are true. Period :D
Staff, food, bird-life, flora/fauna, views, environment, planning, comfort, approach, safety, guest engagement and anything else that you can think of are all taken care of nicely. Most importantly, this place is still serene & not run over by big money city people wanting to buy summer abodes! I would fly over bhowali / bhimtal if i could to save me the agony of man, brick & mortar causing ruin to the ecology. Sonapani refreshes the senses. The serenity & quiet will do a super job of restoring you to normalcy.
Even for people who need the sort of hotels which have TV's, intercoms, lifts, chole bhature for breakfast, a 6 course lunch etc., those lot should also visit here to see the unspoiled way of how life is supposed to be, clean & calm.
The walks around the estate are fabulous. You will hear n read a lot about fruits so I wont talk more :-)
Go yourself, tell your friends about it, you will win pat on the backs for the suggestion. I've vowed to myself to spend atleast a week every year here. Carry your books & music with you & leave the rest to nature.
BTW - This area is totally undisturbed by the recent events on the other side of the state. Dont think twice before planning your trip. Best is to take the Shatabdi till Kathgodam & taxi further on which can
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