Mindfulness journeys with Shakti Himalaya

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Reconnect the mind, body and spirit with nature through Shakti Himalaya’s ‘Head in the Clouds’ journeys, combining walking in the foothills of the Himalayas with a range of activities designed to take guests on an inner as well as outward journey.

Shakti’s new itineraries offer the unique experience of signature village walks through the Kumaon region, led by a personal yoga and meditation guide, ensuring inner calm amid the outward beauty of the backdrop: the awe-inspiring, snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

Shakti’s Village Walks allow guests to feel closer to India’s people and their living cultures, to disconnect from the digital world, and take time to simply ‘be’. The ‘Head in the Clouds’ journey builds in a programme of silent walks, morning meditation, healthy eating and daily yoga, surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of the mountains. The remote Kumaon landscape is an ideal location to erase the chaos of the modern world and recalibrate.

Accompanied by local porters and guides, a private chef and a personal ‘Head in the Clouds’ guru, guests walk between remote villages, staying in traditional houses that Shakti has spruced up to provide comfort without compromising on authenticity; pashmina blankets, fluffy duvets and cosy fireplaces are complemented by traditional artefacts and Indian artwork. Dawn and dusk yoga takes place at each village house, along with individual mindfulness sessions to nourish the soul and address life concerns. For the more active guests, Shakti offers trekking and camping in beautiful, remote locations, providing the option to spend the night in a tented camp set up exclusively to enjoy outstanding mountain views and some of the clearest night skies to be found in the world.

Finishing the trip at Shakti 360° Leti provides a sense of achievement and a rewarding finale. Having reached this mountain wilderness at 2400 metres, guests settle into one of four private pavilions. At 360° Leti, guests dine on healthy meals designed to sustain after a day’s walking, sampling from a menu of family recipes ranging from Parsi Apricot chicken and Burmese Khowsuey, to samosas, and kumaoni lamb curry made with the the finest local produce and ingredients picked directly from 360° Leti’s own herb and vegetable gardens.

Shakti Himalaya offers an eight-day ‘Head in the Cloud’ journey from US$5977 per person (based on two people travelling), including the Shakti Kumaon Village Walk combined with Shakti 360° Leti on a fully inclusive basis, all activities, accompanying English-speaking guide, private chef, support guide and porters, car at disposal and taxes, as well as return transfers between Kathgodam station / Pantnagar airport, village houses and Leti.

The cost of the private mediation and yoga teacher from the Bihar School of Yoa in Munger, specialising in Hatha Yoga starts from US$325 per night. International flights not included and subject to availability of the guru.

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