The concept of Shakti Kumaon Village Walks is to facilitate an authentic experience and provide a snapshot of rural life in the Himalayas of Uttaranchal and Sikkim and Ladakh now. Walking through the foothills terraced house in the night in different villages. As a guest of honor, people are willing to share their life with you so that you can experience life as it is. The accommodation is basic, but clean and comfortable, it does not affect the authenticity of the experience. Any deficiencies are more than offset by the genuine warmth from your hosts. Gently for 3 days (or more) hike through the stunning hills of the Himalayas, you plunge into the life of the village with an authentic experience. Spend your day spectacular walk through the lush terraced fields, remote villages and forests of pine and rhododendron of the Kumaon region preserved in the northwest of India. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an ancient culture and meet the villagers eager to welcome you into their home and lifestyle. Forget walking difficult: it is to take time to breathe with the views of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas and enjoy the simple pleasures of village life. Walk at your own pace for about 4-5 hours a day in the company of an expert guide, while holders carry your bags. Overnight stays in village houses where your hosts serve delicious food you Kumaoni requinquent. All tours are private and carefully planned through ancient temples, working mills, prehistoric rock paintings and spectacular valleys cultivated. Finish the day with a refreshing cocktail while watching the sky turn orange and pink on the tops and listen to the chatter of mountain life and echoes in the hills.
Bird watching, Cooking classes, Horse riding, Plantlife/flora, Traditional cultures, Trekking, Wildlife viewing, Yoga.
The itinerary below is a brief example of what offer the Kumaon Village experience, however, each itinerary is tailored specifically to suit your interests.
The Kumaon Village experiences can be combined perfectly with Shakti 360° Leti to create a complete Himalayan experience.
Shakti Kumaon is available from: 1st Oct – 20th April*
*The closing date can change from year to year depending on weather
Day One: Kathgodam – Deora
This morning you will board your train departing from Delhi at 0615 hrs and arriving into Kathgodam at 1150 hrs.You will be met by your private Shakti guide at the Kathgodam Station and driven for about 3 hours to the Almora region where the village walks begin.
Setting off from the road head on the Kasar Devi Ridge (1862m/6108ft), where a grand sweep of the Great Himalayan Range is visible, you will begin by walking down through the pretty village which is scenically positioned on a ridge. Continue to walk through terraced fields where you take a break for a drink.
After walking on through a lovely forest, you will arrive a spot where you will be served a delicious picnic lunch. A wonderful place to take in the sheer beauty and fresh mountain air!
After lunch, you will walk down through a valley where you will visit a temple complex. This lovely little temple dates back to the 10th century and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Continue walking through the fields and gently climb uphill to the village of Deora.
Overnight: Shakti Deora Village House, Altitude: 1495m (4904ft)
Day Two: Deora - Jwalabanj
This morning visit the village school and meet with the ever smiling and excited children there.
Today’s walk takes you through pine forests and a descent into the Shivalaya valley as the forest peters out. A gentle stream runs down one side of the valley where one can often see children playing while the parents work in the fields. Further ahead is a natural rock pool where we will stop for a while to enjoy a drink and to dip our feet. As you walk on you will come across a water powered flour mill, which is very interesting to watch.
You will have the option of driving in the waiting car or walking to your lunch spot. After lunch, the walk to Jwalbanj Village is uphill through enchanting rhododendron forests and views.
Overnight: Shakti Jwalabanj Village House, Altitude: 2147m
Day Three: Jwalabanj - Kana
A short drive early this morning will bring you to a point from where you can watch a most picturesque and unforgettable sunrise. Today we will serve you breakfast outdoors to complete the experience.
Return to the house to freshen up and relax. Afterwards,head to the next village house, walking through an ancient oak forest. A downhill walk through green terraced fields brings you to the Jageshwar Temple Complex built in the 8th century, which is very interesting to explore. Some distance ahead we have arranged lunch for at a lovely spot by a stream. This is a wonderful place to simply relax. Another hour further you will reach the village house.
The rest of the afternoon is for you to enjoy as you desire- you may like to simply sit outside and read a book or just admire the scenery.
For those who wish to walk more, there is a beautiful three hour walk from the house through rhododendron, pine and oak forests.
Overnight: Shakti Kana Village House, Altitude: 1892m
Day Four: Kana - Delhi
Enjoy a morning at leisure or go for a walk in the area with your guide before walking to the road head, around twenty minutes away. You will then be driven back to Kasar Devi for a late lunch after which you will be transferred to the railway station stopping en route to visit the Panchachuli Women’s Weaving Co-operation.You will board your train departing Kathgodam at 1545 hrs and arriving into Delhi at 2115 hrs.
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