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beautiful remote mountain village

Snapshot of my Journey

Duration                                              3 Days

Travel Month/Year                              Nov 2016

Estimated Trip Cost                             INR 3,500 per person

Includes                                              Transport, Food & Stay


Gaunap is a small remote mountain village in Binsar Sanctuary,Uttrakhand. The village is best suited for nature lovers, bird watchers and for experiencing panoramic views of The Himalayas. The village is an Ideal place in the lush green forest to get away from the hustle & bustle of the city and to enjoy the serenity and tranquility of the place. As per the government  census, the population of the village is approximately 50. There is no electricity in the village but the only source is solar lights. I saw some electricity poles but when I asked from local people, they were saying very soon there will be electricity. I felt lucky I visited this place before the urban change could happen. The village has a primary school with a strength of only 3 students.


I started my journey in the night around 10.30 pm from Delhi. It took around 12 hours to reach Gaunap including the trek’s time. Noticeable changes were seen entering in the Binsar sanctuary. The air got colder and pure. I lowered the car window and took a few deep breaths to feel the freshness in the air. All my tiredness of 12 continuous hours of travel vanished suddenly. You need to leave your vehicle at Binsar Tourist rest house operated by KMVN which is located inside forest. From there you need to go 3 km of downhill trek (around an hour) to reach the village. Finally I was in GAUNAP village and was amazed by its beauty and surroundings.


Apart from its natural beauty; the village has nothing much to do which makes Gaunap an ideal place for relaxation . You can see Trishul, Nandadevi and Maktoli  Himalayan ranges. It is a 10 minute trek from the village where you can see these peaks. Another thing I like the most was the food. All food is grown locally without any chemicals and pesticides which means the best of organic food. If you wish you can do a small trek to the nearest village in the jungle. You can also do a full day hike to Vriddh Jageshwar which its said to be the abode of lord Shiva before he came down to Jageshwar. Another point which you can see is the Zero point which is the highest view point. 

After the sun set, the village looks more beautiful in moonlight and the surrounding forest looks more dangerous. We started with bonfire with light music which added to the beauty of the evening. It was so cold that nobody of us wanted to move away from bonfire. We were so lost that we did not notice it was 10.30 pm. If you are lucky you can also hear LEOPARD CALL which is more than enough to bring chills in your body.

We stayed in Idyllic Haven home stay, which is run by Sunder and his family. They are very courteous and ensured we had a pleasant stay. The hospitality, care and location of the house was amazing. It has four rooms made up of woods with western toilet. Rooms are clean & spacious. Food was cooked on the traditional wood fire on the mud chulha and the taste of the food was simply finger-licking. 

Spending a few days there was amazing and an unforgettable experience of life – Truly a blissful retreat. Must visit place …… you are not going to regret and definitely going to thank me for advising this place.


For more beautiful images, see my youtube video

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Little longer but scenic

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