The Shakti village walks and experiences operate in India’s Himalaya foothills. These unique experiences were conceived to share the rejuvenating effects of remote surroundings – to provide privileged access to places far removed from the noise and clutter of the modern world, where space, peace and epic landscapes provoke the imagination and nourish the soul. In these places of intense beauty and their deep, soothing serenity the traveler can slow down for a while and simply “be”.
The little known Kumaon region lies in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand. It offers some of the most stunning mountain scenery that we know of anywhere, from the perennially snow capped peaks of the Great Himalaya range in the north to the pretty hill stations at the foothills. Surprisingly the region escaped the influx of backpackers that was common in other hill areas, and this allowed Shakti to pioneer the concept of village walks in an unspoiled and off-beat part of India.
The village walks are at the heart of any Shakti Experience, enabling you to enjoy the villages and rural life in remote mountain regions. Accompanied by local porters and guides, you step out of the modern world, walking between villages that are remote, and staying in traditional village houses, which Shakti has spruced up to provide proper comfort without compromising their authenticity. Shakti will arrange visits to local schools, temples and markets to enable you to get a full understanding of the culture of each region, its people, religion and customs.
Providing authentic experiences of local life, Shakti’s walks are the perfect antidote to the frenetic world that most of us live in. For the more active guests trekking and camping are also possibilities. In remote but beautiful locations Shakti offersits guests the chance to spend the night in a tented camp set up exclusively for them. Enjoy outstanding mountain views and some of the clearest night skies to be found in the world. The Shakti Kumaon Village Walk can be combined perfectly with Shakti 360° Leti to create a complete Himalayan experience.
Shakti Kumaon Village Walk is available from: 1st Oct 2016 – 20th April 2017*