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Luxury Himalayan Retreat – Shakti 360 Leti and Kumaon Village

Shakti Himalaya is a luxury village house experience in the breathtaking Himalayas, the worlds tallest mountain range. Shakti 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.

The Leti is a stunning mountain wilderness at 2200 meters (8,000 feet), 360° Leti is a place where you can take time to reflect, and allow the space, peace and astonishingly beautiful landscape to work their magic around you.

The luxury lodge, 360º Leti is situated on a stunning mountain spur close to where Nepal, Tibet and India meet and with mind blowing views of the Great Himalayan Range, this is a truly unique experience. The retreat is so remote that guests have to make an 1 hour-long hike from the nearest road in Leti to reach it.

With only four private guest pavilions cottages and a main lounge-dining area, 360° Leti provides an exclusive mountain experience – the first and only place of its kind in the Himalaya. Indoors, there’s gourmet cooking and fine wine, as well as beds adorned with pashmina blankets and fluffy duvets. Outdoors there are mountain walks (with private English-speaking guides), delicious picnics, fabulous views, just chilling out in planter’s chairs – and, if you wish, yoga and meditation sessions by arrangement.

The accommodation at Shakti 360° Leti consists of four large en-suite cottages.  All the furniture is custom made from Burma teak and each room has a wood burning stove. The bathrooms have brass and Burma teak fittings with an overhead shower and outdoor garden. Each cottage has its own private sitout with two sun loungers. There is also a communal indoor living/dining area and several outdoor dining options with breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

For breakfast why not sample a delightful cup of Nimbupani (a freshly made Indian soft drink consisting of lemon, sugar, water and mint) or some exotic Masala Chai.

The life-changing experience also includes various walks and treks , the Shiva Shrine Walk is a 1-2hrs walk from the campsite and it will bring you to a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are magnificent views of the Ramganga Valley, Heeramani Glacier and Nanda Kot from this historic shrine.

Interesting temples on route include the Jageshwar Temple, built between the 8th and 12th Century A.D, provides further insight to the history of the area. Chitai Temple – is a famous temple of Golu Devta (the God of Justice and particular to Kumaon). The temple is laden with petitions and bells of all shapes and sizes which have been brought by grateful devotees.

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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August 29, 2011 | India Travel Uttar Pradesh | View comments

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