SONAPANI

Distance 341 km NE of Delhi JOURNEY TIME By road 9 hrs+20-mint walk by rail 6 ½ hrs+ 3 hrs by road + 20 min walk.

Location:
At 6,000 ft, on a hill in a village called Sonapani, facing snow-covered peaks of the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalaya, 73 km from kathgodam.

Route:

NH24 to Rampur via Hapur Bypass and Moradabad Bypass; NH87 to Rudrapur; SH to haldwani via Tanda Modh; NH87 to Ranibagh via Kathgodam; state roads to Satoil via Bhimtal, Bhowli, Ramgarh and Nathuakhan; foothpath to sonapani.

Himalayan village Sonapani is that kind of place. Here you sit for house listening to the breathing of the trees that sounds like a distant mountain stream. You move only when the sun goes behind a tree and you have to shift with it. Or when you absolutely have to see that impossibly coloured butterfly. The town of Almora further on, and finally a row of the Garhwal and Kumaon peaks (Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchachuli being the most famous) on the horizon. It’s a 20- acre estate, its history marked by a 100-year old stone house.

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