Our tiny wood and glass wood houses.



Just what a dining space should look like in the winters – an ice-cream scoop! Cafeteria at The Goat Village, Dayara Bugyal.



Camping at Dayara Bugyal Top (beyond 10,000 feets). Picture by Nitish Waila.



Candle lit nights under the star-trails. Who needs electricity and all that jazz? PC: Nitish Waila



Gharwali Women off to collect firewood. PC: Pratap J



THE GOAT VILLAGE, DAYARA BUGYAL


From the project manager to the farm butlers and guides – a rural women empowerment initiative, The Goat Village, Dayara Bugyal can be reached after a 6 hour drive from Dehradun, followed by a 400 metres walk.

The richest snow hub in the bouquet of The Goat villages, our happier Himalayan retreat is situated at 7000 feets, and the accommodation is a mix of beautifully carved four wood, stone & glass cottages and condominiums. The place has provision of pitching cosy tents.


Cottages

The Goat Village, Dayara Bugyal, situated at 7000ft. beautifully carved 2 cozy wooden cottages, 2 condominiums for 18 people and provision of pitching occasional tents. These cottages are designed to cover the basics and provide for an excellent living experience and a stay not only brings out the adventurer in you, but also ensures that we turn you into a Garhwali food connoisseur. We serve local delicacies.

The place can comfortably accommodate up to 45 people and is suitable for solo travelers, families, kids, babies, pets and different age-groups.


The space

Within the farm stay premises, we have one common/dining area and a kitchen with minimal electricity. Rest of the space doesn't have electricity by design and gets lit up on candles and kerosene lamps in the evenings. For extra comfort, we do provide solar lamps during the nights. Hot water can be availed in buckets from the kitchen.


Guest Access

Eat the traditional indigenous stuff, milk the goats, read, get your hands dirty in the farming, go for some tranquil treks or simply do nothing and chill.


Guest Interaction

We have a team of villagers trained in multiple dimensions of hospitality and management, agriculture and cattle rearing practices, and mountaineering from various reputed institutes. Our village managers are usually top end professionals volunteering their services as a Manager while on a self actualization or Tech-Detox sabbatical for 1 to 3 months, also doubling up as trainers for our staff and villagers around.

People living around are native Himalayan farmer, goatherd and shepherd families who migrate to the higher pastures and meadows during the months of summers and monsoons and practice agriculture as source of livelihood.


Getting Around

Dayara Bugyal Peaks are listed among the few largest and well known meadows in the Garhwal Himalayas. Situated at an elevation of 3408m, Dayara Bugyal is second to none in natural beauty. This is ideal trek for long weekends, and perfect trek for beginners. Dayara Bugyal hosts the unique butter festival, locally known as 'Anduri' sometime in the month of August or September, every year. The festival offers the visitors an opportunity to play Holi with butter, milk and 'Chacch' (butter milk) on the lush green high altitude meadow at around 11,000 feets in the Himalayas.

The Goat Village is situated on the trek route of Dayara Bugyal in Village Raithal. Getting there:

  • Altitude of Dayara Bugyal Summit is 3,408 metres (11,181 ft)
  • Distance from The Goat Village: 9 Km
  • Time: Around 5-6 hours to summit, plus 3-4 hours descent, depending up on one’s fitness level,
  • The route is mostly a gradual walk with a small section of steep ascent.

Gangnani Sulphur Springs - Famous for its thermal water spring, Gannani, also known as Rishikund thirh, is a perfect place for meditation, rejuvenation and treat to nature lovers. A temple dedicated to sage Parasara, father of Veda Vyas lies in Gangnani. Its 23 kms from Raithal just 50 mins ride.

Village Raithal is known for its rich agricultural and goat belts where people are still involved in the indigenous ways of living. Get around to see more than 500-year- old houses and structures that still talk about the stories of how human civilization in the Himalayas has been like. Let us take you back to this frozen era!

Click here for more details on how to reach & what to do.


Tariffs:

On some days, we charge what we like, and on some days, you Pay What You Like (PWYL). In either case, feel free to write to us at bookings@grppl.in and/or call at +91 8476033336/+91 8476033337.

Inclusion: Pre Planned Dining Experiences during B/Fast, Lunch, Evening Tea & Dinner time, perennial/filtered drinking water and hot water in buckets (we don’t have electric geysers but buckets from a renewable source).

Non-veg meals: INR 250 per person per meal.

Travel assistance for pick & drop: As per actual cost.

What is ‘Pay What You Like’?

Our culture had embraced “Atithi Devo Bhavah” in real terms when friends, families and sometimes perfect strangers used to visit our homes, enjoy non pretentious hospitality and give something heartfelt in some form or the other, as per one’s capacity - as a token of goodwill gesture. The culture is on the brink of extinction so are we as compassionate humans. With Pay What You Like (PWYL), we are making a small but honest attempt to revive this practice in our village tourism destinations. You don’t ask us what you need to pay - you be our guest – evaluate the degree of contentment you have achieved and then Pay What You Like; you are free to donate at your will to help Himalayan farmers and environmental cause but this donation is entirely your wish, there is no compulsion.

How to earn PWYL?

  • PWYL offer is valid only for a maximum stay of 3 days / 2 nights, on non-holiday weekdays. It is applicable for a total of 5 persons in a day at The Goat Village, Dayara Bugyal and The Goat Village, Kanatal only
  • PWYL is applicable for couples and solo travelers who should not be part of the same group
  • There are no catches and a simple meal made from locally grown stuff and basic comfort is assured
  • The PWYL offer is also meant for promoting responsible tourism and hence, the confirmation is completely management’s discretion, based on a brief dialogue over telephone, after understanding the aspiration of the travellers
  • Accommodation is a mix of Cottages and Condominiums (dorms). Under PWYL, there is no commitment of the type of accommodation
  • Non-Veg, laundry and other fancy food, if available, would be charged separately, as per actual cost
  • Pony, porter, guide or escort, or any out-house experiences including camping, if required, would be charged as per the actual cost.

Distance

  • Nearest Airport – 218 kms (roughly 6.5 hrs) from Jolly Grant Airport + 400 meters trek
  • Nearest Railway station – 181 Kms (roughly 6 hrs) from Dehradun Railway Station + 400 meters trek
  • Nearest Bus Stand – 39.1 kms (roughly 1 hrs 21 mins) from Uttarkashi + 400 meters trek
  • Nearest Bus Stand - 187 kms (roughly 6 hrs) from Dehradun ISBT + 400 meters trek

TRAVEL OPTIONS:

1) Public Transport – Reach Dehradun. Early morning, take a shared taxi from Rispana Bridge, Dehradun to Uttarkashi and then a last taxi from Uttarkashi to Village Raithal. From Raithal, walk for 400 metres to reach The Goat Village.

2) Driving Directions:
From Dehradun Via Mussoorie (6 h drive): Dehradun – Mussoorie – Uttarkashi – Bhatwari – Raithal. Park your vehicle at Raithal. Start walking for 400 meters to reach us.
From Delhi Via Rishikesh (11 h 56 min drive): Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut – Roorkee – Haridwar – Rishikesh – New Tehri – Uttarkashi – Bhatwari – Raithal. Park your vehicle at Raithal.

3) Private car from Dehradun to Raithal – As per actual cost

Some drivers who do daily to and fro from Dehradun to Uttarkashi to Raithal – Hemu +91 8958014146, Manbir +91 9690628478, Rajiv +91 9675723982.


The 400 meters trek to The Goat Village is rated as an easy walk on a cemented trail by most travelers, and can be completed in 15-20 minutes, depending up on one’s fitness level. However, one would need basic trekking shoes for it.


Route Map From Dehradun to Raithal Via Mussoorie & Uttarkashi (6 h 4 min)



Route Map From Delhi to Raithal Via Haridwar & Uttarkashi (12 h 1 min)


BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER:

With a pledge to protect the micro-cultures of the communities we work with and the environment around, practicing 'responsible tourism' becomes an important aspect of our hospitality, agricultural and tourism experiences. Hence, to confirm any reservation with us, please go through this document containing TGV Resident Guidelines, and send us a digital confirmation via email.

PACKING TIPS:

1) Please carry light woollens as the evenings are chilly. Days are sunny and warm unless it rains


2) For the 400 metres trek, if you wish to hire a pony for yourself or to carry the luggage, please do let us know in advance. Local pony drivers charge around INR 500 per pony/mule, which could carry 100 Kg of luggage, sufficient enough for 6 people. Having these 'no-road destinations' is one of our commitments to help the local communities earn some easy revenues through us. However, we still advise you to carry light to walk like the Himalayan natives to reach TGV.


3) Carrying your own towels, soaps and other toiletries will help us avoid the wastage of gallons of water which goes into washing, and in minimizing the use of chemicals in the form of washing powder etc


4) We don't have electricity. Kitchen gets lit in the nights on solar panels and offers limited power for charging phones and other necessary equipment. At TGVs, you may also lock all your gadgets in our 'tech-detox' box and enjoy the charm of conversations and dining experiences over candles and kerosene lamps, or simply under the Milky Way and the moon-lit skies!


5) We do keep a basic first-aid kit in the house. If you’re on any kind of medication, you should carry your carry your basic and specific medicines and similar requirements along.


6) Carry insect-repellent ointments, oils or creams.


DISCLAIMER: We are operating without electricity and we don't serve gourmet meals. We do provide candles and solar torches for your comfort though. We live and promote the philosophy of 'smart minimalism' and we are an 'absolute no', if you are seeking conventional hospitality.


GPS Coordinate:
Altitude: 2,194.26 m (7,199.03 ft) above sea level
Latitude: 30° 49' 3.63" N
Longitude: 78° 36' 5.568" E

Contact Us


  • The Goat Village Nagtibba,
    Pantwadi Village, Nag Tibba, Garhwal 249186, India
  • Contact Number: +91-8476033336
  • For Reservations: bookings@grppl.in

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