by Iman Zahid
Discover India and the Himalayas in complete seclusion with family and friends through Shakti Himalaya’s offerings in 2021. Both Shakti 360 Leti (Kumaon) and Shakti River House (Ladakh) offer an exclusive ‘buy-out’ option for guests to experience access to places away from the noise and clutter of the modern world, where space, peace and epic landscapes provoke the imagination and nourish the soul.
Located amongst the exquisite mountain range, Shakti 360 Leti offers four private guest pavilions for an exclusive wilderness experience in the Himalayas. The perfect destination to unwind with friends and family. Leti’s innovative architecture blends ancient building techniques with contemporary designs to provide guests with a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere. Enjoy luxurious amenities including gourmet cooking and comfortable beds adorned with pashmina blankets and fluffy duvets.
Guests can take advantage of a wide range of outdoor activities from mountain walks (with private guides), to delicious picnics and yoga and meditation sessions. Learn the art of momo making from Chef Yeshi in the kitchen and discover his secrets to fine dining. Indulge in the finest dishes featuring fresh ingredients that are picked directly from the Houses’ herb and vegetable gardens. With perennially snow-capped peaks and some of the most inspiring mountain scenery in the world, going off-grid with Shakti Himalaya is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Shakti 360 Leti (October - end of April) is offered exclusively (based on 8 people) for 7 nights from US$76,216 ($9,527 per person for 7 nights). This cost includes private accommodation in four guest pavilions on a fully inclusive basis including all meals and beverages, all activities, accompanying English speaking guide, private chef, support guide and porters, car at disposal and taxes, as well as return transfers between Kathgodam station / Pantnagar airport, village houses and Leti. Flights not included.
Shakti River House in Ladakh
The Shakti River House in Ladakh is perfectly situated on the banks of the mighty Indus River and surrounded by rich green floodplains. Guests can take in breath-taking views of the Stakna, Matho and Thiksey monasteries along with the picturesque sights of the Stok Kangri mountain range. This house is the prime example of mountain living in addition to representing Shakti Himalaya’s commitment to rescuing dilapidated homes in this remote region. Saved from near ruin and restored in an authentic Ladakhi style, the house is minimalist yet sophisticated in style, using local woods, natural materials, and Buddhist iconography. The neutral colour palette allows guests to focus on the magnificent views outside. Opulent bedrooms provide a comfortable atmosphere featuring superb mattresses, fine cotton sheets and fluffy duvets. Bathrooms contain soothing bath products, perfect for the dry Ladakhi climate.
Learn the culture of Ladakh, its people, religion and customers from local porters and guides as you walk between villages, temples and monasteries. The walks are the perfect antidote to the frenetic world that most of us live in and can be completely tailored to suit the pace and fitness of the traveller. Guests also have the opportunity to camp in beautiful locations to spend a night under the stars. For those seeking adventure, Shakti also offers river rafting on the Indus and Zanskar rivers. _____________________________________________________________________________________
The Shakti River House in Ladakh (May to end September) is offered exclusively (based on 8 people) for 7 nights from US$ 57,270 ($7,158 per person). This cost includes private accommodation in The River House on a fully inclusive basis including all meals and beverages, all activities including two raft trips, an accompanying English-speaking guide, private chef, support guide and porters, car at disposal and taxes with transfers between Leh Airport and the village experience. Flights not included.