Shakti Ladakh Village Houses
The Shakti Ladakh Village Houses maximize the authentic experience of witnessing rural Himalayan life, yet have been uniquely renovated to produce comfortable havens, blending old world Himalayan charm with a dash of sophistication.
At a Glance
Offering a range of village houses in remote locations away from Leh where most tourists base themselves
Village Houses are always taken privately offering exclusive experiences
A support team of drivers, guides and cooks are with you whilst you move through Ladakh
Out of all the Shakti offerings, Ladakh is easily accessible by a flight from Delhi, then only a short transfer by road
One of the few places in India ideal during the summer months
Book early as flights to Leh get very busy in the summer and prices rise very steeply.Daniel Smith
Take it easy on your first day in Ladakh to acclimatise. Altitude sickness should not be taken lightly. It's enforced relaxation and a great excuse to recline on the lovely roof terraces with a good book!Scott Dunn team
Your private chef will cook up amazing dishes and picnics to suit any dietary requirementScott Dunn team
There are six Village Houses located in the villages of Stok, Shey, Nimmu, Likir and Igu which have all been lovingly renovated using traditional Ladakhi craftsmanship, whilst understanding the desires and needs of the discerning traveler. They are always taken exclusively, and so you will be the only occupants at any one time. The staff are simply adorable and will run around on your behalf making sure your expectations are exceeded and that your experience is unforgettable.
The houses are built in traditional Ladakhi fashion using sun baked mud bricks and wooden beams made of poplar and willow. This has then been plastered with traditional white clay making the houses feel light and airy. Nearly all the rooms have western en-suite bathrooms and the bedrooms have been furnished to a very high standard offering amazing beds, a chest of drawers and a ‘chettai’ mat floor. All the houses have cosy living rooms with Ladakhi cushions, coffee tables and a small library. The houses come into their own with delightful roof and sun terraces where you can sit back on wicker furniture with a good book overlooking a part of India that is exclusively yours.
Each village offers something unique in terms of their location and proximity to cultural sites. In six nights and more it is possible to combine a stay at a lower altitude house, to better acclimatise and with great accessibility for whitewater rafting, Basco Fort, Likir and Alchi Monasteries. Followed by a more remote village at higher altitudes for epic scenery, walks, biking and birdlife, and finally a stop at the villages with easier accessibility to Leh airport and Stok and Shey Palaces and Thiksey and Hemis monasteries.
Shakti Ladakh offers guests six Village Houses. Each have three double or twin rooms. Houses are always taken exclusively. Nearly all the rooms have western en-suite bathrooms and the bedrooms have been furnished to a high standard offering comfortable beds, a chest of drawers, a ‘chettai’ mat floor and Tibetan carpets. These are genuine Indian village homes that have been renovated in order to provide comfort as well as authenticity.
Children are welcome from the age of 3 years upwards. Shakti is excellent for their imaginations and the walks are not challenging so they're suitable for all ages.
Facilities at the three village houses include a roof terrace, sun terrace, living room with traditional Ladakhi cushion seating and coffee tables a small library with books and games, and a traditional kitchen/dining room.
All excursions are included in the cost. Houses are based on a fully inclusive basis including all food and alcohol. Often referred to as 'little Tibet', Ladakh is located in the far north of the sub-continent at over 3500m and comprises 45,000 sq kms of high altitude desert dominated by snow capped mountains and deep turquoise lakes. This starkly beautiful land is traversed by fast flowing rivers often flanked by lush green oases. Walking in this mountainous wilderness is an experience you'll never forget.
Location & Directions
Ladakh is situated in the far north of the sub-continent, over 3,500m up on the high plateau. With a high altitude desert dominated by rugged snow capped mountains and deep turquoise lakes it is often referred to as ‘little Tibet’.
When to go
Ladakh is open for tourists only during the summer months of May to September as it is the only season when the passes open.
The weather of Ladakh remains cold and chilly for most part of the year. Winter usually lasts from October to May and its usually very cold. Frost bites are a common occurrence, making it a very inhospitable climate for visiting. During these months the whole area is covered with snow. Monsoon season experiences rainfall but due to the land slides, the area is closed. The temperature is cool and can go up to 33°C.