Himalayas, India

Shakti Kumaon Village Walk

Rates from (ex tax)$1,368.42

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,430.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Livin’ lodge

Setting

Peaks of interest

Venture into the wilds of the Himalayas with Shakti Kumaon Village Walk. More an outdoor adventure than a typical hotel, Shakti leads guests into remote mountain villages to experience the culture and beauty on the slopes of India’s storied mountains. Staff customise each trip to accommodate guests’ interests, with a designated team on hand to tote luggage and pack gourmet picnics. From morning yoga through afternoon hikes to evening meals in the open air, each day is organised to maximise your time outdoors. At night, bed down in one of three cottages, each crafted with local timber and facing mountain vistas.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Three lodges.

Check–Out

5pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 8am.

Rates

Double rooms from $1368.42, excluding tax at 4.5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,430.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include all meals, drinks, a dedicated guide and transfers throughout your stay.

Also

Learn to make authentic Indian biriyani and other local dishes in cooking lessons with the staff.

Hotel closed

Shakti’s lodges are closed from May to October.

At the hotel

Walking trails. In rooms: a fireplace, kitchenette, coffee-maker, free bottled water and SOS Organics bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each of the three stand-alone cottages is individually decorated with simple, locally-inspired designs; all have sweeping mountain views to moon over.

Packing tips

Bring yoga gear: the staff can arrange for private yoga sessions on an open-air mountaintop platform.

Also

Laundry services are available.

Children

Over-3s are welcome, but due to the remote location and adventurous nature of the trip, Shakti’s best for couples.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel recycles, serves local, seasonal food, and provides organic bath products. Lodge interiors have been built to ensure minimal impact on their surroundings.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

On pleasant evenings, dine in the lodge’s covered outdoor garden.

Dress Code

Upwardly mobile backpacker.

Hotel restaurant

Meals are served in guests’ cottages, and are prepared to each group’s tastes. The kitchen team specialises in Indian and Tibetan food, but are happy to accommodate special requests.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar, but the staff can provide mixed drinks and fruit juices.

Last orders

Meals are generally served at 8am, 1pm and 8pm, but you needn't observe monk-like restraint – staff will happily cater to your cravings.

Room service

An in-house chef offers flexibility when it comes to choosing your dining spot.

Location

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Address
Shakti Kumaon Village Walk
Shakti Tours Pvt. Ltd Near Kalimath Estate Kasar Devi, Almora – 263601 Uttarakhand, India
Almora
India

Planes

Flights from New Delhi arrive at domestic hub Pantnagar Airport (a four-hour drive from the hotel) and are about an hour’s journey. Shakti's rates include all transfers.

Trains

Kathgodam Station in Kumaon, a three-hour drive from the village, has connections to Delhi and other major cities in northern India. Shakti arranges all transfers for free.

Automobiles

The village is an hour’s drive from the nearest town, Almora, but ramshackle mountain roads and the remote location make driving inadvisable.

Worth getting out of bed for

The possibilities for each day’s activities are as limitless as the skies around Shakti Kumaon. Staff can arrange for as few or as many adventures as guests desire, but the ideal day starts at sunrise. Head out for literal sun salutations as it rises over the jagged, snow-capped peaks. After the downward-facing dogs are complete, request fortifying chai, then relax before a healthy breakfast of yoghurt, granola and local fruit. From there, take off on a hike to explore the Himalayas on foot. Meander through nearby villages or huff and puff along the vertiginous trails to earn the picnic lunch prepped by your private chef. In the afternoon, kick off your hiking boots and read by a crackling fire in your lodge, or request a cooking lesson to steal the secrets to each night’s impressive Indian feast.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from these cosy mountain lodges in India and unpacked their hiking boots and prayer flags, a full account of their breath-of-fresh-air retreat will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Shakti Kumaon Village Walks in the Himalayas…

High tea takes on a new meaning at Shakti Kumaon Village Walks, where your locally grown cuppa is sipped while gazing out over snow-draped vistas. Less a hotel than a guided expedition into the Indian Himalayas, Shakti seamlessly introduces guests to remote villages, far from the typical tourist track. Depending on personal preferences and experience levels, itineraries include visits to local villages to immerse guests in north-Indian culture, hikes to snow-capped peaks far from the typical trekking trails or saluting the sun with guided morning yoga. Though Shakti specialises in travels to remote outposts and untouched natural reserves, the team does not hold back on luxuries. Guests travel with a private chef, guide and staff of porters to ease the expedition; each night, you'll retreat to one of three cottages, each with a downy bed facing panoramic, peak-poked views. Meals are crafted to sate any craving, touching on Tibetan, Indian and European culinary traditions; dishes use mountainside-sown ingredients in hearty curries and stews to fortify guests for the new day’s adventures. They’re the perfect prelude to a meditative tea on top of the world.

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