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”.
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. The thumb shaped state contains an environmental legacy of untouched but incredibly stunning and uniquely diverse landscapes and a cultural mosaic under the looming presence of the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8598m). Sikkim is inhabited by numerous indigenous clans now following an almost spartan Buddhist way of life.
In the 1700s Sikkim was invaded by Nepal and power swung between the Nepalese monarchy and the native Sikkimese until the arrival of the British in India. An alliance with the British enabled Sikkim to attain independence from Nepal and it become a sovereign Kingdom until 1975 when it seceded to India. Through the British reign, Sikkim served as the primary trade route to Tibet, Bhutan and Myanmar giving it great strategic and economic importance. 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, monasteries 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, our walks are the perfect antidote to the frenetic world that most of us live in.
For the more active walker Shakti offers trekking in remote but beautiful locations.
Shakti Sikkim Village Walk is available from: 1st Oct 2016 – 20th April 2017* *Please note that Shakti Sikkim will remain closed from 20th December, 2014 to 15th January, 2015, depending on weather conditions, however if you do have an enquiry, please get in touch with us and we will revert back accordingly.
'Located in the Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim, Shakti Sikkimi blends with stunning and untouched landscapes. The region is home to a cultural mosaic of numerous indigenous clans living a spartan way of life in harmony with the natural elements. Village walks allow one to get closer to village and rural life without compromising the authenticity of these unspoiled areas. Shakti Sikkim means respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich cultural diversity that makes up the region.