Shakti Kumaon Village Walk
A Himalayan Village Walk
A Shakti Kumaon Village Walk offers a rare opportunity to discover compellingly beautiful and remote regions of the Indian Himalaya, combining an honest and sustainable approach with sophisticated simplicity and style. Without the strenuous effort involved in trekking, the romantic and rejuvenating effects of the Indian Himalaya can now be experienced.
Few people have heard of the Kumaon outside of India and surprisingly the region escaped the influx of backpackers that characterised the recent history of parts of Himachal Pradesh and to a lesser extent, the Garwhal. The Kumaon Village Walk pioneers the village walks concept in an unspoilt and off the beaten track part of India bringing benefits to both the local people of the region and to the guests without a negative impact on the Kumaon’s environment and culture. The concept of the Village Walks is to facilitate an authentic ‘underfoot’ experience and provide a ‘snapshot’ of rural life in the Himalayan Mountains of Uttaranchal and Sikkim.
The walks traverse the terraced foothills with overnight ‘homestays’ in various villages. As an honoured guest, the locals are keen to share their way of life with you so you can encounter life as it is. Accommodation is basic, although clean and comfortable, but does not detract from the authenticity of the experience. Any shortcomings are more than compensated for by the genuine warmth of your hosts.
Why we like it
- Off the beaten tourist track
- Authentic Himalayan experience
- The locals' warm hospitality
- Stunning beautiful scenery
- Simple, stylish, romantic, rejuvenating.
Shakti Kumaon is available from 1 Oct to mid April*
*The closing date can change from year to year depending on weather