Shakti Sikkim Village Houses
Sikkim, Calcutta and northeast India, India
At a Glance
The best way to explore Sikkim rather than visiting the main cities of Gangtok and Pelling which aren't what Sikkim is all about
Breathtaking mountain views
The chance to be in an area where there are no tourists except you
Fantastic experiences such as meeting local headmen, morning prayers in a Tibetan Monastery and visiting local schools and families
Perfect to combine with Glenburn Tea Estate for a great week long itinerary in Sikkim
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Shakti Sikkim is open from 1st Oct – 20th April 2012. The closing date can change from year to year depending on weather.
Cold Winters in the months of November to February. It is between the month of March and early May when sunshine is quite abundant. Though summer is officially from May to October, Sikkim is almost always wet due to the heavy monsoons, with rains at times continuing for days on ends. September to October is Autumn.
To start planning your holiday to Shakti Sikkim Village Houses
The Shakti Sikkim Village Houses are quite simply the most authentic way to unravel the wonders of this unspoilt, rural and naturally breathtaking corner of India's Himalayan region. With three Village Houses, you can explore them on a superb trek.
Located in the heart of rural Sikkim, these village houses offer the best chance to get off the beaten track in this wonderful part of India and interact with the thoroughly welcoming local communities who live in this region.
There are three houses in total, all of which can accommodation 4-6 people at any one time. They all have en-suite western bathrooms and are carefully furnished by the Shakti team who have delicately blended the charm of a local village house experience with the needs and desires of a western guest. The villages are within a day’s walk from each other (although there is a short drive involved from Sangdyang Lee to Hee). The houses are simple, but this is more than made up for by the warmth of the local community and the chance to mingle in villages that few tourists ever come to visit. As with all Shakti walks, you are fully escorted by a team who are always there to make sure your experience more than matches your expectations, including a guide, sherpas and a chef. The walks are on a fully inclusive basis meaning all your meals and alcohol are included. It is highly recommended that you try the locally brewed wine, known as Shin-Lee, Ghaar/Raksi and Thongba.
The village houses are located in Yangsum, Sangdyang and Hee – all of which are away from the main roads in quiet and peaceful locations. The Sikkim walk will expose you to more dramatic snow capped mountains than the walks in Uttaranchal, and also let you witness the prevalent Tibetan Buddhism which thrives in this area – morning prayers at Rinchenpong Monastery are a real highlight. Along the way you will no doubt catch sight of Khachenjunga, the third highest mountain in world, and other amazing mountain vistas (weather permitting). But above all, it is the simple interaction with the local communities that will really make this trip so memorable, and by getting into the heart of this superb part of India you will find out how truly mesmerising Sikkim actually is.
Shakti Sikkim offers guests three Village Houses beautifully decorated and furnished with traditional wood and slate, with en-suite western facilities. These are genuine Indian village homes that have been renovated in order to provide a combination of authenticity and comfort. The houses are situated in separate unspoilt villages in the Himalayan region so it is possible to rent one house and use it as a base, or it is possible to walk between the three houses spending a night or nights at each for a greater experience of the region. During the stay the house owner will prepare and serve local dishes for dinner as well as breakfast in the morning and a packed lunch for when guests are out walking during the day.
Children over the age of 3 years are welcome to come and stay at Shakti Village Houses; however children 8 years and above would enjoy the experience most.
The Shakti Village Houses have all been updated to blend authentic exteriors with all the comforts you want at night such as en-suite facilities, comfortable beds with fresh linen.
Located in the North East of the Indian sub continent, the Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim shares borders with Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal and is nestled in the heart of India’s Eastern Himalayan range. Sikkim offers stunning and uniquely diverse landscapes under the looming presence of the world's third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga. Other destination of interest include the Buddhist town of Pemayangtse, the hill station of Darjeeling, and Gangtok which is the capital of Sikkim.
Mr Nigel Harley (Guest)
Our overall experience of the village walks was hugely positive with the standout features being the excellence of our guides and the very high level of catering.
We have to say that Pujan Rai and his team could not have done more to make our stay so memorable. We were looked after at every turn especially on the walks so that we always felt safe. When we returned to the cottages in the evening, again our every need was addressed. We should also comment on the expertise of our driver Robbie, who negotiated the often treacherous roads of Sikkim with the greatest degree of professionalism.
We must also comment on the delicious meals we were served with pleasant surprises on every occasion. Ranging from excellent breakfasts served al fresco to the dinners always in an interesting environment.
We were very touched when, on the last evening we were presented with some charming cups.
On a note of caution, it is our view that a reasonable level of fitness is essential ,if people are undertake the schedule of walks as presented to us. The terrain is demanding and if conditions are slippery it becomes an even bigger challenge.
Finally, for some of the more demanding clients, the promised hot water is not always available and at Radhu Kandu a steep staircase has to be negotiated for those wishing to use the facilities at night.
We got the impression that the reputation of Scott Dunn stands high in this part of the world.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
I love Sikkim, and I think it's one of the most under-rated destinations in India. It lies between Nepal and Bhutan and has influences from both; tea pickers from Nepal were brought over here during the Raj, and Sikkim was largely an independent Tibetan Kingdom until the 70s. When I first visited Sikkim I was really upset it was mostly group tourists who came here, heading to the large towns like Gangtok and be herded like sheep from one monastery to another. I craved the day when someone would do something that would bring this amazing corner of India to life. Shakti Himalaya have done such a job, and have take three authentic village houses and given them a lovely facelift such as putting in really comfortable beds, fresh linen and wonderful smiley staff. You walk from one house to another, actually experiencing and engaging with the destination; meeting the people who live here. You tread lightly, as this is all about low impact sustainable tourism and one where top-end guests head into an area where you feel truly exclusive. They only allow a few people a year to pass through, so by making the experience sustainable and refreshing. I could head back year after year, as I don't think I have found anything that special anywhere in the world.
Location & directions
Sikkim, Calcutta and northeast India, India
Located in the North East of the Indian sub continent, the Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim is nestled in the heart of India’s Eastern Himalayan range. Shakti Sikkim is north of Darjeeling on the road to Gangtok.
How to get there
9-hour direct flight to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Bagdogra. Shaki Sikkim is a 5-hour drive from Bagdogra.
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