High-minded: cities, mountains and spa spoiling

Village-hopping in the Himalayas
3 HOTEL STAYS
12 DAYS, 11 NIGHTS

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£4,448 (US$6,020)

per person, including flights and transfers

(based on two people sharing)

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Highlights

  • Experience Mr & Mrs Smith's most unique hotels
  • Coming in to land on one of the world’s highest runway
  • Glimpsing golden Buddhas, sweeping canyons and dramatic peak-top forts
  • Learn how to make momos (dumplings) with Shakti’s private chef
  • Gazing out over magical mountain scenes from cosy rural lodges
  • High altitude pampering

Destinations

Up, up and away

If you want to scale North India's lofty peaks, without all the hard bits, Shakti’s cosy lodges and team of drivers, chefs and guides add a luxurious touch to mountain treks. Shakti Village Walks offer a high-end exploration of the Himalayas, and if you want to customise this trip, the Smith24 Team are more than happy to help.
Your personal driver will meet you at the airport to take you to New Delhi in air-conditioned comfort.

1 Hour

Days 1–2: Delhi

India’s third-largest city, may be chaotic and crowded, but this melee adds to its charm. Whether you’re following the heady scents of Old Delhi’s street-food stalls, or lusting after Lutyens’ cupolas in colonial New Delhi, there’s something to surprise around every corner.

Hotel

The Lodhi

Style

Modern Mughal

Setting

Serene South Delhi

Room

Lodhi Room

You’ll be dropped off at the rather sleek doorstep of burnished, stone-and-marble-clad stay the Lodhi for a two-night stay. This elegant luxury hotel (formerly an Aman) has squash and tennis courts, polished rooms and an ideal location, a 10-minute walk from Connaught Place.

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A jet lag or foot massage each for two guests on arrival

Day 1

Snooze away your jetlag, then wander by the Lutyens' buildings and manicured gardens of the New Delhi neighbourhood.

Day 2

Take a peek into Delhi's past then run at full speed into Delhi's present on a private guided city tour.

Private city tour of Delhi

A private guide will escort you through the Old Town’s bazaars and alleyways, stopping at the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and historic covered-market Chandni Chowk, followed by a thrilling rickshaw ride. New Delhi is a little more refined, with Lutyens' grand monuments, including presidential residence Rashtrapati Bhawan and India Gate. You’ll also see the Qutab Minar tower, Taj Mahal-inspiration Humanyun’s Tomb, and visit a Sikh Temple and community kitchen.
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Today you leave the Lodhi behind and begin your ascent into the mountains… From Delhi, you’ll go up in the world. Board a 90-minute flight to Leh Airport, one of the world’s highest at an altitude of 3,256 metres. You’ll be greeted at the airport and a chauffeur-driven minivan will take you to a house in Nimoo village.

3 Hours

Days 3–5: Shakti Village Walks

Your Shakti Sikkim Village Walk is an expedition through the Himalayas' undiscovered bits. Hidden in the Himalayas are myriad villages offering a remarkable glimpse into life in one of the world’s loftiest ranges; you'll stay at a cosy village lodge for a welcoming supper (courtesy of your private chef) and a good night's sleep.

Style

High heavens

Setting

Vertiginous villages

Room

Village House

The Shakti Ladakh Village Experience is a hike through Himalayan villages. Along the way, you'll stop at cosy and simply decorated home stays with natural materials and colourful local fabrics; some are intricately painted. All home comforts are considered, including a kitchen (where the private chef does his thing) and western-style bathrooms; the views are spectacular, naturally…

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One free yoga or meditation session

Day 3

On arrival, you'll be driven to the homestay (around an hour's journey), where the rest of the day will be spent taking things easy and acclimatising to the altitude. In the evening, the chef will prepare a locally-inspired meal.

Day 4

Surprisingly green and perched where the Indus and Zanskar rivers meet, Nimoo village shows rural Ladakhi life at its most authentic. Today, those who are raring to go can strap on some hiking boots for a two-hour walking tour. While here, you’ll see crumbling forts and colourful gompas (Buddhist temples), and take a cookery class with Shakti’s private chef.

Day 5

Today guests will be driven to the Zanskar canyon to see metalsmith village Chilling to watch artisans at work, followed by a rafting expedition or relaxing on a terrace with a view. At sunset, your guide will lead a cycle tour of Nimoo.
From Nimoo, you’ll be driven to Alchi village, to see their 11th-century temple and after a picnic lunch in pretty Saspol, you’ll be taken to Likhir for a two-night stay.

3 Hours

A little extra

From Nimoo, you’ll be driven to Alchi village, to see their 11th-century temple and after a picnic lunch in pretty Saspol, you’ll be taken to Likhir for a two-night stay. Likhir’s stern stony face is enlivened with lavishly decorated monasteries, eerie moonscapes and giant Buddhas.

Days 6–8: Likhir

Likhir’s stern stony face is enlivened with lavishly decorated monasteries, eerie moonscapes and giant Buddhas.

Day 6

Are your temple- and picnic-filled journey from Nimoo, you’ll arrive in Alchi village and have the rest of your day to relax as you please.

Day 7

After the chef's prepared breakfast, you'll be driven to 11th-century Alchi Monastery, a temple complex with colourful decorations and intricate carvings. Stop in scenic village Saspol for a picnic lunch, then march on to Likhir, where the guide will show you the lavish frescoes and 25 foot-tall Buddha statue of Likhir monastery, then take you on a trek through the village’s yak-grazed pastures, where you can chat to the herder. In the evening, play board games and swap stories.

Day 8

Suitcases will be gathered and after a leisurely breakfast, you'll be driven to Phyang Village where there's yet another monastery (admit it, you can't get enough of them). This one houses a museum that dates back an impressive 900 years, and has lavish frescoes and shrines. After a picnic lunch, you'll be chauffeured to the River House in pretty village Ranbirpur, for a one-night stay. Set by the banks of the Indus, each bedroom has wooden beams, local textiles and crafts and restful views. This peaceful spot is dotted with monasteries and sheltered by the mighty Stok Kangri Range. During the day, you can trek to the 16th-century Stakna (‘tiger’s nose’) monastery, then have your fortune told by a local oracle, or listen to tales of a Buddhist monk in the lodge.
You’ll board two connecting flights – travelling from Leh to Delhi, then on to Dehradun – to your next destination in Uttarakhand.

4.5 Hours

Days 9–12: Ananda in the Himalayas

Formerly the viceregal palace of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, Ananda in the Himalayas is now a very well-to-do spa and yoga retreat.

Style

New-Gen Zen

Setting

Hidden in the Himalayas

Room

Garden Suites

Your next stop is luxurious spa hotel Ananda in the Himalayas. This palatial resort sits pretty atop a peak in the lesser-travelled Himalayas.

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Evening aarti ceremony (with songs and spiritual rituals) by the Ganges in Rishiskesh

Day 9

After two flights, you can put your feet up and relax on arrival at Ananda. The hotel creates quite the first impression – a palatial pad atop a mountain bearing delicate tracery its a prime candidate for love at first sight. It's beautiful on the inside too, with rows of white columns and painted ceilings, and a pool that seems to spill out over into the forest.

Day 10

Today it's guests' choice. We recommend booking a hatha yoga class in an open-air pavilion or a dynamic Gatyatmak class. Meditation and yogic breathing sessions are held for low-impact wellbeing, and all parts of your body are cared for in the spa, including your soul: Vedanta talks tackle life's bigger question.

Day 11

As it's your last full day in this heavenwards haven, take things up a notch and book a white-water rafting session, or take a trip to Rajaji National Park, home to hundreds of elephants and panthers.

Day 12

After one more breakfast at your spoiling spa stay, you'll be picked up by a private driver and taken to the airport for your domestic flight back to Delhi.
After a spoiling and serenity-inducing stay, you'll board a flight back to Delhi, where you can fly home or to your next destination.

6 Hours

Getting there

This trip starts in Delhi, which is easily reached from all over the world. International flights can be arranged by our Smith24 team on request; these land at Indira Gandhi Airport. There are direct flights from London (around an eight-hour journey) and the US. Inland travel is by air-conditioned car with a private, English-fluent driver or on foot, and there are three connecting flights from Delhi to Leh, and Leh to Dehradun. Neither international nor internal flights are included in the package rates.

When to go

Shakti’s mountain lodges are closed from October to April, when snow-covered passes make mountain treks tricky. Arrive in spring for the most clement temperatures and to glimpse the greener side of the Himalayas’ stony behemoths.

Packing tips

Boots made – quite specifically – for walking, very good sunglasses, and an extra memory card for mountain snaps.

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Terms and conditions

What's included
The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels; and all applicable taxes.
What's not included
International flights and car hire, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance. Any items which are not mentioned as included in the itinerary. Any increase in government taxes. For the Timeless Tuscany package, car hire is included, but guests will be responsible for drop-off fees if delivered to a different end point than Florence Airport, refuelling charges, delivery and collection, extra insurance, additional driver costs, admin fees, tax and parking.
General conditions
The price for this itinerary applies for each guest. All prices are in GBP and are subject to change, depending on what time of the year you travel. All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.

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