|Kumaon||Shakti Village Stays|
The itinerary here is a brief example of what we offer as the Kumaon Village experience, however, each client’s itinerary is tailored specifically to suit his/her interests. The Kumaon Village experiences can be combined perfectly with Shakti 360° Leti to create a complete Himalayan experience
Arrive at Delhi Airport. Meet with our company representative, warm welcome with fresh flower garlands & then transfer to hotel. Overnight stay.
Post breakfast transfer to airport to take flight for Pantnagar.
On arrival in Pantnagar you will be met and driven to the Almora region (3½ hours away) from where the Village Walks will begin. En route you will stop for lunch. You will then begin walking from the village of Chitai – also famous for the Chitai temple (god of justice) for about 2 hours to reach your first village house in the small and sleepy town of Deora.
Setting off from Deora, you will walk for thirty minutes towards the village of Chirala where you can visit the local school. Continue along the path, passing a ‘ghatt’ (water powered flour mill) and terraced fields through the village of Palyu, before climbing for twenty minutes to the road head at Ka- Chula pool. From Ka-Chula Pool you have the option of taking our car to Dhaulchina, around twenty minutes away, before walking gradually uphill for thirty minutes to the lunch spot. After lunch, continue walking gradually uphill through stunning rhododendron forest for around 1½ hours until you reach the Village of Jwalabanj.
This morning you may wish to wake early and head up the ridge where at the view point – you can witness the grandeur of the rising sun, as it lights up ‘the Nanda Devi’ in shades of orange. You will then visit Jageshwar Temple Complex built in the 8th century, which is very interesting to explore. We will organize a picnic lunch at a lovely spot nearby. There is an additional walk through the forest for those who are more energetic, or you could be driven directly to your village house
This morning you will walk for 10 minutes to the road head where you will be met and driven for around 5 hours to Leti. Later today you could take a cooking lesson with your chef and learn how to make some of our favourite Shakti dishes, like Momos & Biriyani.
At Leti, you may take gentle walks or more strenuous hikes out into the countryside, and picnic hampers and guides are provided. You may just like to be at leisure to enjoy the surroundings. Spend your evening curled up in a pashmina blanket with a book from our collection or play a board game.
You will have the option of doing an overnight camp at the Lodhura top. A strenuous walk up from the campsite, through a narrow path brings you to a flat piece of pastureland. One can see this land from the campsite, and it offers a fabulous sense of achievement to reach this area. Dinner will be prepared by your Shakti chef this evening and you will feast next to the fire under the most amazing blanket of stars over head.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven 5 hours to the village of Kana. Enroute, you will have the option to visit the main town of Almora. Visit the Panchachuli Women’s Factory – Panchachuli Women Weavers Co-operative. For those keen on Kumaon trekking you could leave early from Shakti 360° so you can reach the Kana village well in time to take a beautiful hike in this area.
This morning after breakfast you will be driven to Pantnagar airport for your flight back to Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel, overnight stay.
Time to say good bye. After breakfast transfer to the airport to connect your flight back home.