based on 10 nights & selected experiences
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per person based on two people sharing. Please note that the itinerary is available to travel between October to beginning of April only.
Combines some adventure exploring local village life in rural India with a superb mountain retreats
Unexplored part of the Indian Himalaya - only a few people visit this area every year
Magical Himalayan views - without the pain of camping and trekking
The best time to visit this area of India is October & November when the views are best. December and January are colder, but with excellent views. The spring offers good conditions, but the views can get misty as it gets warmer. The Village Houses and Leti are closed during the monsoon from May to mid September.
Delve into this remarkably unspoilt corner of the Indian Himalayas with this walking itinerary. You’ll have the chance to explore the incredible region of Uttarkhand, which has remained largely unchanged for centuries, allowing you to experience an untouched culture under the shadow of the towering Himalayas. You will probably be the only tourists in the area, this is what makes this journey so unique and special.
Start the adventure in Delhi where you will have a few nights to explore with your private guide. Pass your days visiting Humayun's Tomb, the Qutb Minar and wandering through the bustling markets of Chandni Chowk.
From Delhi you will take the fast train to Kathgodam which takes around five hours. Here you will be able to freshen up in the nearby hotel before driving three hours into the foothills in , in the little known Kumaon region lies in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand. . You will then embark on the short walk to the first village of Deora.
Over the next four nights you will be staying at the Shakti Village Houses and the concept is that you will be the only visitors on these walks, and the houses will be yours exclusively - it is very much all about sustainable low key tourism so that the experience remains absolutely authentic to all guests who visit the area. Your party will consist of a private guide, porters and cooks and you will can explore this little patch of the mountains at your own pace.
At the end for your Shakti experience you will drive to Leti, where you will be able to spend a couple of nights relaxing in front of log fires and days enjoying walks with picnic wallahs on hand as you overlook the incredible surrounding views.
From Leti you will return to Delhi, which you will reach with a car and train transfer and here you will have one final night before flying home. It is quite a journey from Leti to Delhi which is why we have included one final night here, so that you have plenty of time to connect to your onward flight.
Shakti Kumaon offer some of the most interesting experiences to be had in India, if not the world. They only a few guests a year to wander through these villages, and as such the reaction of the locals is fresh, authentic and totally rewarding. In fact, as we passed the school, lessons stopped and the whole school came out to wave at us. They didn't return to class until we had meandered down the hill and out of sight. At that stage, they only knew 'Goodbye' as 'Hello' was not yet in their vocabulary. The village houses are simple, and that is what you want, not some 5* hotel positioned in this amazing destination. As such, this is very much a low impact project where you wander through making few footprints. The food is refreshing and locally produced by your own chef, and your guides and porters are full of smiles and laughter, hand picked to ease you into the destination. The walks aren't that tough, as its more about the interaction with the community than just looking at snow-capped mountains. At night, snuggle into your bed (which are the one bit of 5* luxury you want) and feel totally smug in the fact this is all yours and that you have the honour to be in the mountains. We don't think there are few better experiences in the world, and that this way of taking top-end guests into untouched areas to offer then an exclusive interaction with the destination is possibly the future of sustainable tourism.
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