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. This allowed Shakti to pioneer the concept of village walks in an unspoiled and off-beat part of India.
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.
We 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, our 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 we offer our 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 Kumaon Village experiences can be combined perfectly with Shakti 360° Leti to create a complete Himalayan experience.
Shakti Kumaon is available from: 1st Oct 2014 – 20th April 2015*
*The closing date can change from year to year depending on weather