Himalayas, India

Shakti Ladakh Village Experience

Rates from (ex tax)$1,650.00

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 (USD1,724.25), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

High heavens

Setting

Vertiginous villages

A journey across several Himalayan hamlets, Shakti Ladakh Village Experience in northern India is also a trip to the top of the world. Nomadic guests move from one village lodge to the next, passing ancient monasteries, lush plains, 16th-century forts, lapis-lazuli-hued lakes and fruit orchards on their way. Each home has been luxuriously made over, but local craftsmanship is evident in Kashmiri fabrics, sculpted copper and brass ornaments, and screens made of willow. A team of porters and guides who respect guests' fitness levels ensure natural highs for both mountain-goat-footed journeyers and hill-dodgers alike.

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One free yoga or meditation session

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Seven lodges.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $1650.00, 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 (USD1,724.25), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include all meals, activities, transfers and a private guide.

Also

Various classes are included in the rate: learn how to make momos (dumplings) in a cookery class, fine tune your archery aim, stretch towards the sun in a yoga session, or go white-water-rafting past areas of astonishing natural beauty.

Hotel closed

Shakti’s lodges are closed from October to April.

At the hotel

Each house has a terrace, kitchen, library, dining area, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and SOS Organic bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each three-bedroom house across the assemblage of villages (Nimoo, Stok, Shey, Indus, Likir and Igu) has its own charm, each dining area was chosen for its prime view-admiring perch. Most bedrooms have a colourful lick of paint, a smattering of handmade furniture and bright Himalayan fabrics; some have an ensuite bathroom, but all are well-plumbed, and guaranteed against frigid showers.

Packing tips

One can’t live the Ladakh Experience when the snow falls thick and fast (Shakti takes a break in the frostier months), but summer temperatures can still be brisk – thermals, fur trims and goose-down jackets will all come in handy.

Also

This experience doesn’t require Everest-ready levels of preparation – most of the walks are gentle and the biggest distances will be tackled from a chauffeur-driven seat – but it’s worth allowing some time to overcome any altitude sickness.

Children

Over-eights are welcome. Each house has three bedrooms, which can accommodate twin beds, if needed.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Where you eat changes at each stage of your experience: breakfast could be on your patio; lunch might be a mid-hike picnic on a mountain pass; dinner could be overlooking an orchard.

Dress Code

Animal hides and bright woven blankets won’t look out of place.

Hotel restaurant

Guests dine in the lodges; a private chef is on hand to whisk up what you fancy (they’re well informed in Tibetan, Indian and European cuisine). We recommend requesting the samosas, biryani, khow suey (a Burmese noodle dish) and Parsi apricot chicken. For breakfast, expect a spread of freshly baked bread, home-made granola, fruit, juice and eggs – or an Indian take if you prefer.

Hotel bar

Chase the meal your chef’s rustled up with a freshly squeezed juice.

Last orders

Dine when and where you want. Breakfast is usually at 8am or 9am; lunch at 1pm; and dinner at 8pm.

Room service

All meals are in-house.

Location

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Address
Shakti Ladakh Village Experience
Shakti Himalaya PVT LTD Hinjuma guest house, Upper Karzoo road, Leh Ladakh- 194101
Ladakh /Leh
India

Planes

International travellers should fly to New Delhi before hopping on an Air India or Jet Airways flight to Leh’s domestic hub, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (just over an hour’s journey). From Leh, Shakti’s Nimoo lodge (the first stop on your adventure) is are an hour-long drive. All transfers are included.

Trains

You’d have to journey for several days over rocky terrain to reach the closest train station. We highly recommend taking to the skies.

Automobiles

Your own private guide and chauffeur in one will pick you up – sit back and let them navigate the on-high hairpin turns.

Worth getting out of bed for

Leave your spiritual and cultural awakening in the hands of your knowledgeable guide; a bespoke itinerary will be created for you in each village you journey to. Visits to the market in Leh, hikes with picturesque picnic stops, cooking lessons, white-water rafting and trips to the temples, monasteries and schools of Ladakh will leave you almost as knowledgeable as the Dalai Lama. Archery, camping, cycling, yoga and meditation can also be arranged, just say the word.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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 this mountain lodge in the Himalayas and unpacked their yaks’ wool blankets and colourful prayer wheels, a full account of their remote village stay will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's an insider guide to the Shakti Ladakh Village Experience in India

Flying into one of the highest commercial airports in the world, over the rugged expanse of the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, your breath will be taken away by more than just the altitude. Located more than 3,200 metres above sea level, Leh – once the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh – is an enchanting mountain-flanked town of mud houses and Buddhist stupas, with snowy peaks and dazzling lakes in the distance.
 
While all the enlightenment seekers congregate here, Shakti Ladakh Village Experience whisks guests onwards to Nimoo, the first village you’ll encounter, where local houses have been converted into cosy havens far removed from the backpacker bustle. Each lodge has three double rooms with ensuite bathrooms, but is hired exclusively, complete with a chef, porters and a private guide. Away from the crowds at Leh, Shakti pilgrims will have an unmatchable insight into local life. For much of the year, the mountain passes are closed and the villages are snowed in. It’s a short window of opportunity, but this journey to the top of the world is one you won’t forget in a hurry.
 

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