Gaul is a village located in the hilly region of Uttarakhand. The region is known as Rawai located in Barkot tehsil of Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is 2100m approx above sea-level. The village is surrounded by deodar forests. The village is located 500m approx lower than the hilltop. Purola and Naugaon lies downhill which are markets of the area. Gaul comes under Gadoli panchayat. The villagers have apple and other fruit orchards. The main occupation of the villagers is agriculture. Horticulture is also prevalent in the area. The village is 152 kms from Dehradoon and takes 5-6 hours to reach.
The homestay is a log house made on a fruit orchard which is surrounded by deodar forests. The property is owned and managed by Sangeeta Chauhan and family. The Home-stay is developed under the aegis of Uttarakhand Livelihood Improvement Project for Himalayas (ULIPH) supported by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). The local villagers also provide support to the homestay. The homestay is situated in the serene environment of Rawai region of Uttarkashi district. Nested in the calmness of deodar forest is a paradise for travelers from cities who are looking for relaxation. The property is an idle location for nature lovers and people who wish to stay in a jungle. The place is cool due to the high altitude and remains covered in snow for almost 3 months (December to February). The location is connected by road but it takes a 15 min walk uphill through the deodar forest to reach the homestay. The property is surrounded by greenery and freshness of nature. Wildlife and Birding are also prevalent in the area. The property is well equipped with toilet and kitchen facilities. Water supply and electricity is available in the property.
One can find apples growing in the orchard from February to May. Flowers like roses, marigold are grown in the orchard with other local wild flowers. Almonds plants can also be found in the orchard. Agriculture of potato and peas are done in the orchard in June and July. Plants of Peach and Plum are also present in the orchard which grows in May and June. One can also see community wheat plantation in the village in which people from each family gather for plantation of wheat in the month of June.
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