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“With regard to our time in Kumaon, wow! Despite having travelled a lot and done many amazing things, the whole Shakti experience was right up there! Our guide was so great and very knowledgeable about the people, the landscape, flora and fauna (we met a few of the guides and they all seemed wonderful and their guests also vouches for that).....We totally loved every minute of our stay.”

Lesley-Ann Birley (la Concordia, UK)

“I have been chasing the dream since childhood of walking in the shadows of, and witnessing the sunrise over, the Himalayas. In my 70th year I have finally lived and fullfilled that dream through the auspices of Shakti. How I feel can be best summed up by the words of Tom Hanks in the movie ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ ‘It was like coming home but not a home that I had ever known’. Perfect. Our thanks go to the whole team but first and foremost to the genius or madman both who dreamt up this whole concept. Our heartfelt thanks. ”

Nigel & Eva, UK

“I am writing to say how delighted we were with our recent experience – Shakti Kumaon Village walk. Our guide was professional, knowledgeable and fun who went out of his way to ensure we had a lovely experience. We felt special from the moment we arrived. We particularly appreciated the effort made for Christmas Day, eg Christmas tree, Christmas hats and a delicious cake. In addition to the guide, we felt the food and accommodation were exceptional.”

Kim & Family, Australia

“Thank you for such a nice family holiday. The Shakti team went out of their way to make sure we had a great time - our children absolutely loved every minute of it. We can't decide on our favourite bit but probably the game of cricket with the staff may win! You have a brilliant operation, and should be very proud. ”

Siddharth, Mira & Family (India)

“I just wanted to write to say a huge thank you. I cannot tell you how impressed I was by the service, style and beauty of your operation in the Kumaon. It was one of those great moments when all my expectations were totally exceeded. I was expecting the journey to be exciting and the place to be beautiful but I was not expecting the guiding to be so fantastic or the cooking to be so amazing or the village houses to be so comfortable. Our guide was excellent – nothing was too much trouble for him and his knowledge was endless. The chef at Leti produced by far the best food that I have eaten in India – creative, fresh and light. Just what we were looking for. Our driver always felt safe and relaxed – although his cricket could do with some practice. Thank you sincerely. ”

Giles Trotter (Scott Dunn, UK)

“What an amazing time it was. As we fly home from Frankfurt today, I am reflecting over some of the many wonderful memories we have, from our trip. I am attaching here a photo that captures a scene that was taken the first morning, upon waking in our new home, that was to be Shakti 360 Leti, for the first week of our stay. The sky was quickly brightening, as the smoke from the fires in the villages below, lifted, layer by layer. I can’t express better to you how much we loved every minute of our journey. Thank you, thank you.”

Jocelynn and Fred (Germany)

“We were super impressed by the quality of service, food as well as the accommodation. In particular we were very happy with the team and the design of Shakti 360 Leti which was the closest to ‘sleeping under the stars’ in great comfort.”

Jaideep and Family (India)

“We had a wonderful trip. The Shakti Kumaon experience was magnificent. The planning and all of the guides were excellent. Thanks. ”

Arthur and Lian (USA)

“I wanted to just drop a note and let you know how much I appreciate everyone s efforts in making my trip one of the most memorable I’ve ever had. I have traveled a bit and your group struck me as the most genuine in making their guests appreciate the land and have compassion for its people. Whoever decided to assign my guide to me was a genius, it was my first time in India as a single female traveller but definitely will not be the last and he was instrumental in making sure of that. I think i have just started my love affair with mountains because of this trip.”

Dessa (Philippines)

“We had an unbelievably amazing time with the Shakti team. Our guide was divine and we would like to take him home with us. From the village house teams to the 360 Leti team it was a beautiful experience. Special mention to the delightful chef at 360 Leti - he kindly gave me some of his very secret recipes.”

Glenys & Chris (Australia)

“The village homes are incredible and the entire experience was flawless. ”

Simon Krejcik (GeoEx, USA)

“Our Shakti experience was truly magical and unforgettable! The Shakti organization has made a relatively isolated destination one that can be experienced in comfort and luxury. It might be pricey but for the services we were given I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. Our anniversary ‘party’ was so very special! The staff, the village home families, our caring guide ….the list goes on and on….We would whole heartedly recommend Shakti and their village experience to anyone…and we’re hoping to visit Kumaon this fall and have that Shakti experience again and see friends we made in Ladakh from the Shakti family.”

Dick & Arleen, USA

“A truly authentic luxury experience. We could not have asked for more from our fabulous guide and incredible driver. This a very special, truly unique travel experience. We were bowled over by the warmth and caring expertise of the staff. A 10/10 travel experience - thank you team Shakti! ”

Fiona Carruthers (Sydney Morning Herald, Australia)

“Just to pass on thanks such a special Shakti Himalaya trip to Ladakh. We absolutely loved every moment of it. The houses were beautiful, the service provided by all the staff impeccable, the guiding through the range of activities really excellent and the whole experience faultless. Thank you to all the Shakti team.”

Harry & Vicky, UK

“Thank you for this marvelous experience at the Shakti houses. It was like a dream. We had the most excellent guide. He made our trip a very pleasant one. We all cried when we said good bye to him. Thank you and we hope to go soon to your other Shakti houses in Sikkim.”

Monica & Felipe, Mexico

“Fantastic in every way, especially with the little touches that made an excellent experience into something special. Thank you!”

James Carpenter (Audley Travel, UK)

“The entire week was a fantastic experience. The settings for the village houses are truly spectacular. The interio design is carefully chosen and attention to detail is clearly noticeable. The mixture of provided luxury and local touches is well balanced. The Shakti concept is fantastic and I cannot praise enough what I have experienced.”

Andreas and Andreas (Switzerland)

“Just writing to say that we had the most spectacular vacation in Ladakh. It was truly special. ”

Jacob & Jonathon (UK)

“My Shakti trip was truly a life alerting experience. To be able to immerse oneself in the culture and stay in a home of a native and to experience first hand the beautify of the people...exerience their exquisite environs and visit the Buddhist temples..was a one of the kind journey. The Shakti experience was one I would highly recommend to anyone wanting an Authentic experience into a very exotic unusual land.”

Ellie Colin (Ovation Travel, USA)

“Wendy and I would like to Thank the Shakti Ladakh personnel and yourself for a great holiday. The staff especially made the holiday relaxing and memorable. The meals were great. In a newly coined word for glamorous camping, it was great "Glamping" in a magnificent country. Thank You again from both of us”

Terry and Wendy (Australia)

“Thank you for the most amazing family holiday & for introducing us to a bit of India which will forever, be special to us all. Just right for a family of 4 - two girls in their 20's and us slightly older lot...we really couldn't have asked for anything better - and our next holiday will be difficult to book.”

Sandra & Family (UK)

“We had a wonderful time in Ladakh with Shakti. From the moment we arrived at the Stok House when we were greeted with towels and the ginger honey lemon tea (and of course our fabulous guide), the Shakti experience has not failed to pleasantly surprise us. The thoughtfulness and attention to details throughout our entire stay could only have been made possible by a world class well travelled management team who has benchmarked Shakti against the world's best travel experiences. The household staff are so well trained including how and where each meal was served, etc. The cooking was amazing. The chefs seemed to know exactly what our food taste was. Each meal, served an impeccable blend of Indian and westernized dishes. We have just simply fallen in love with the people and the scenery and the whole Shakti experience. ”

Cindy, Catherine & Rose (Singapore)

“Shakti Ladakh surpassed our expections on every level. We expected homestays that were simple but this is nothing like anything we have experienced before - amazing staff, food & so comfortable. We miss your mattresses the most we have agreed!”

Rina and Sunil (India)

“ The main thing I want to say is “thank you” for the wonderful experience in Ladakh. The Shakti product there is outstanding, not to mention unique. I look forward to selling it more aggressively in the future.”

Kirk Uhrlaub (GeoEx, USA)

“I also still owe you feedback on the Ladakh trip. What can I say …… it was another really outstanding trip with Shakti. Highlights were the trekking, I sat for an hour on top of the ridge taking in the mountains (had fantastic clear weather that day), the festival of course (goes without saying), my trip to Chiling and the stunning drive there, and my excursion further afield to a beautiful monastery and a gorgeous mountain drive back. I also enjoyed the camping and it was fantastic Shakti style. Really excellent and a very hard act to follow for any operator in the world. Truly first class.”

Beate (Holland)

“We would like to express our deep appreciation for the care and professionalism that welcomed us at Sikkim. The team was unsurpassable and, together with the scenery and places we visited, turned out into a lifetime experience. A special word to our guide, who was an extraordinary companion and taught us a lot. He is knowledgeable about a large number of subjects and generally cultivated, which adds interest to conversation. His curiosity about the world and good mood brought us the most enjoyable walks, always minding a balanced presence that was never imposed.”

Luis & Rina, Singapore

“We have just returned from Bhutan which was an amazing trip, but very different from our time with you in Sikkim, which was very special - an experience we treasure in its intimacy and uniqueness. Our time with Shakti was very special and we are most impressed with the experience”

Tim and Michael, USA

“Well, what a trip! We 5 ladies were looked after royally, though we were proud to say this was not a Princess trek. Your guide and his team, were thoughtful, caring, accommodating, knowledgeable, flexible (women are know for occasionally changing their minds) and endlessly lovely. The walk was wonderful and we felt we really achieved something very special. The village houses were charming, and their owners very welcoming and generous. We felt we really got to know and understand a little of the area of Sikkim, culturally and with cuisine and apart from the roads (I am in awe of your drivers!!!) we felt safe and secure at all times. Congratulations to all involved we loved every moment of our Himalaya adventure. ”

Jane & Friends (Australia)

“I am writing here to express my thanks to you and all the Shakti staffs that made my recent trip to Sikkim a fantastic, memorable experience. Our thanks to everyone at Shakti especially our guide, he is such a wonderful person ... without him our trip would not be so enjoyable.”

Khemvadee & Friends (Thailand)

“Had an absolutely amazing time and absolutely loved our trip - the highlight. Wonderful experience and quite mind changing. Our Shakti guide was wonderful as were all the Shakti team. See you in Marrakech and thank you again - it was really wonderful. ”

Catherine Thorburn (ETM Travel, Australia)

“The Shakti Village Homes was by far the most memorable part of the trip – we were all so impressed by how seamless the experience was, by the standard of accommodation, and of course by Ellie’s fantastic interiors! The whole Shakti team were amazing; our guide in particular really went out of his way to make the trip special for us. We have travelled very extensively and stayed in some of the most fabulous hotels in the world; we are absolute Shakti converts.”

Flora Stubbs (Conde Nast Traveller, India)

“Thank you to the whole Shakti Sikkim team for helping us to experience such a beautiful part of our country so nicely. This was one of our best travel experiences ever. Thank you!”

Vikram & Neetu (India)

“We had a wonderful time in Sikkim, thank you so much for making it so special. We are planning on visiting Ladakh next year and no doubt it will be with Shakti. ”

Aditya & Geeta (India)

“What can I say? The trip to Ladakh was, in my opinion, one of the best experiences I have had in 25 years of being in the travel industry. Overall it exceeded my expectations; the serene beauty of Ladakh, the gentle demeanour of the Buddhist culture, the charm of the people and of course, the simple luxury of the Shakti properties. I honestly salute your vision Jamshyd - you have created a very, very special experience that somehow embodies all the elemental aspirations of today's traveller. I can only imagine what Sikkim and Kuamon are like, but if Ladakh is a benchmark, then I would assume they are equally special.”

George Morgan-Granville (Red Savannah, UK)