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Himalayan Village Sonapani
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Mukteshwar
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delhi
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“Hospitality at its best”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Thankyou Aashish and Deepa for making this a memorable stay. Lushgreen forests, long nature walks, excellent home cooked food and last but most important extreme warmth of the hosts , what more can you ask for.

Also for those wondering this part of uttarakhand is not in the least bit affected by the rains. That should be the last of your concerns.
Thankyou once again for what was truly a unique tourism experience for me.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

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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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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NOIDA
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

I've been going to Sonapani every year, atleast for a few days, for the past 3 years. Ashish and Deepa, the couple who run Sonapani have become dear friends. Sonapani is a lovely place to visit, away from the crowds. Peppered with fruit trees, you may get to pick Apricots off the trees in summer, or catch the beautiful blooms in the Spring. Do not go expecting a regular hotel with a TV and Swimming pool. Sonapani is the place to go if you want a break from the frenetic pace of city life and want to recharge your energies. The food is delicious and their breads are amazing. Ashish and Deepa have been very involved in the local community. Do have a chat with them about that if you are so inclined. I'm there every year atleast once, who knows we may bump into each other there? That is the magic of Sonapani.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

The Himalayan Village at Sonapani is unlike any other hill station that you may have visited. The owner has done a great job of selecting a location which is untouched by commercial activities. You will not find any hotels or honking cars with blaring music anywhere around. All that you can hear is chirping of birds and great views of the himalayas sitting in your cottage balcony.
What is even better is that you don't get the feel of a hotel stay at all. The promoter Ashish goes out of the way to make you feel at home. The food that the guests are served is home cooked food and hygienic. Another creditworthy fact about Ashish is that he is doing a great job of generating employment opportunities for the locals in the region.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Sonapani and am planning to go there again sometime in October. The recent calamity in Uttarakhand has affected the hospitality business in the region and Sonapani is no exception. In fact we visited the place at a time when the floods at Uttarakhand played havoc with lives of many. However Sonapani being in the Kumaon region was not at all affected.
So if you are still planning to go for weekend outing go ahead and plan your trip with out any reservation. The best way of reaching this place from Delhi is to take the Shatabdi train to Kathgodam. The remaining 69 km can be covered by car. In fact you can ask them to book a car in advance.

  • Stayed June 2013
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

June 2013, currently here at Himalayan Village, sonapani. Monsoon fury at its prime, non-stop rains here for the past 3 days. Getting here in the rains can be an adventure. The hosts are a nice couple who have put in a lot of years and hard work to set-up this awesome property. Its plush green all around; not the usual pines but the ethnic trees, fruit orchards. Food is simple and nice, electricity is erratic -- serenity, peace of mind is abundant, the sleep is wonderful. I did not come across any another property when i searched 'sonapani'. Though there are some other small properties in the region, i doubt if they can match himalayan village. More later ..

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Ashish and Deepa have created this with passion and you can see that in the property. It is like staying with a friend who serves delicious food. The property is very remote even from Kathgodam. There is a basic road that goes there. It is a single lane road for the last 2KM. The property is on a slope so, if you have it at the bottom then there is a quite a trek to get to the top

The area is hilly so for walks be prepared to go up and down.

This is a good place to spend a few days is you want to be in the mountains and don't want to be camping.

The staff is wonderful and friendly.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

We are usually travelers who like a hectic holiday, making sure all the attractions are visited in a place.But the stay at Sonapani was like a holiday within a holiday.This place was blessed by mother nature, wherever you look there was just fresh greenery and unpolluted air.The cottages were well maintained and provided. You can complete a years pending sleep within a day here. The pin drop silence is a boon to this area. Food was awesome.Dishes were included from the local cuisine.We do not have enough words to describe about Ashish, Deepa and the remaining staff. They were really loving and hospitable. Its worth a second visit.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Himalayan Village Sonapani
Address: Sonapani Estate Village Satoli, Mukteshwar 263139, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital District > Mukteshwar
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Mukteshwar
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Number of rooms: 12
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