The Goat Village Dayara, Bugyal ,Uttarkashi
After a 77 km drive from Dehradun, walk for 400 meters to meet everything that's largely recycled or reused. Some unique leisure experiences like hiking in the hidden Kodia Forest, home stay experiences in farmers and shepherds homes, riverside dining, and camping in the woods helps you commune with yourself, or the one you chose to share your space with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tariff (in INR) exclusive of 12% GST till March 31st 2022:
|Category||No.||Single||Double||Triple||Child 6 year & above|
|Condominium 1||4 Bunk Beds||2,400 per person||0||0||0|
|Condominium 2||8 Bunk Beds||2,400 per person||0||0||0|
|Meals||B/Fast: 150 per person, Lunch: 250 per person, Dinner: 300 per person.|
Non-veg meals: INR 750 Per KG of Chicken (we’d need a little prior notification on this)
Guide, Pony, Porter: As per actuals directly payable to local community
Travel assistance for pick & drop: As per actual cost
Any out-house service/ experience: As per actual cost
- 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
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:
Driving from Dehradun? Look up for the following route:
Dehradun – Mussoorie – Suwakholi – Makhdet – Dharasu Bend – Uttarkashi Gangotri Road – Uttarkashi – Bhatwari – Raithal. Roughly 6-7 hours (181 KMs).
Driving from Delhi? Look up for the following route:
Delhi – Muzaffarnagar – Roorkee – Rishikesh – New Tehri – Uttarkashi – Bhatwari – Raithal. Roughly 12- 13 hours (448 KMs).
3) Private car to Raithal and back: 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.
1) Clothing: April to Sept: Cottons with light woollens
Oct to March: Heavy woollens
2) For the 400 m walk, 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. Please carry a handy flash light/torch with extra batteries.
5) You’ll be amidst wilderness while hiking or exploring around. Do carry insect-repellent ointments, oils or creams to stay protected from seasonal bugs
6) Trekking shoes, water bottles.
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.
We coexist with nature and these areas are prone to wild mammals, insects and snakes so one needs to be careful and one is responsible for one’s own safety.
Altitude: 2,194.26 m (7,199.03 ft) above sea level
Latitude: 30° 49′ 3.63" N
Longitude: 78° 36′ 5.568" E