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Journey through Himalayan villages

  • Body
  • Mind
  • Soul

Remote and luxury Himalayan experience

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Himalayas, India
8 Days
€ 3,600 combadi price

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Holiday Type
Open dates/private groups
Running Period
October 2014 to March 2015

The Combadi Insight:

Discovering authentic experiences is one of Combadi’s mantras. For wanderers who wish to escape the well-trodden path, this luxurious Indian experience is unbeatable. Enjoy your stay in remote, but beautifully renovated village homes, engage with the locals and meet the heart of India.

Holiday Code: DN1

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India is a land of unbridled natural splendour. Under the watchful eye of the Himalayas this 8-day tour will lead you through a remote mountain paradise in India with hundreds of tiny villages, majestic pine forests and mountain streams. The regions you’ll visit - Kumaon and Leti - will absorb you and present to you a side of India that few have been fortunate enough to uncover.

Departing from amid the chaos of Delhi, you’ll be relieved to arrive at the small village of Deora. During the next few days you’ll amble through the hills and explore remote Himalayan villages with age-old way of life. Trekking can be as arduous as you like.

The scenery on this truly Himalayan experience is simply breathtaking. You’ll wander through a colossal pine forest before marvelling at the Shivalava valley into which you’ll descend. The local children enjoy playing in the stream that runs down the valley’s side - be sure to wave hello as you pass. You’ll also enjoy delicious lunches at the most spectacular picnic spots. Don’t forget to breathe in the tantalising aromas as you walk through the rhododendron forest on your way to the village of Jwalabanj.

The stunning accommodation at Leti is the perfect opportunity for relaxation after your adventure. Perched on the edge of the mountains at 8000 feet, the panoramic views from this luxury holiday dwelling will nourish you. Take pleasure in sampling the chef’s finest gourmet cooking before treating your body and mind to some gentle yoga and meditation. The Leti resort is an exclusive mountain experience – the first and only of its kind in the Himalayas!

Ideal for families, individual travelers and couples (in fact, the remoteness, the dramatic landscapes and the exclusivity make for a perfect alternative honeymoon).

Day 1

DELHI - KATHGODAM - SHAKTI DEORA

In the morning, we will board our train from Delhi to Kathgodam station.

Departure: 0615hrs Arrival: 1150hrs Train: Delhi – Kathgodam Shatabdi Express Class: Ac Executive class Note: No train operations on Thursday

Upon arrival in Kathgodam, our guide will meet us in your coach. We will then be transferred to Almora region. Since travel time will take around 3.5 hours, we stop for lunch on the way.

We will first embark on a walking tour of the Chitai village. This is particularly famous for being the dwelling place of Chitai Temple (god of justice). We will walk for about 2 hours until we reach the first village house in the small quaint town of Deora. We will enjoy drinks and sumptuous dinner prepared by your chef.

Overnight: Shakti Deora Village House

Day 2

SHAKTI DEORA - SHAKTI JWALABANJ

Rise up early because we will set to reach the village on Chirala in the morning. After 30 minutes of walking, we will reach the serene village and experience the local culture. We will be able to meet the pride and joy of the town - an ex army officer - if he is available.

We will continue our walking tour through the pine forest and descend into the Shivalaya valley. The breathtaking views of the valley are composed of stream running down one side, tranquil atmosphere and a traditional setting – children playing in the stream while adults work in the fields.

From the valley, we will climb towards Alai village. The water canal will lead the way. After 20 minutes or so, we will stop to drink water and dip our feet in a natural rock pool. As we move forward, we will pass by a hydro-powered flour mill called ghatt and terrace field in the Palyu village. After another 20 minutes, we will again climb for good 20 mins to Ka-Chula pool.

From Ka-Chula Pool, we can opt to ride a car to Dhaulchina. This is before we ascend gradually uphill for thirty minutes to reach our lunch spot. If you are up for more physical activities, we can walk to the lunch spot instead of taking a car.

After lunch, we will continue our expedition to rhododendron forest. Walking would take an hour and a half until we reach the village of Jwalabanj.

Overnight in Shakti Jwalabanj Village House.

Day 3

SHAKTI JWALABANJ

Today’s adventure will start with the exploration of the Alai village. We will then stop for a picnic lunch in a scenic spot before we go back to our village house. This will take around 3 hours.

We have the entire evening free to leisure. Drinks and dinner will be served in the evening.

Overnight in Shakti Jwalabanj Village House.

DAY 4, 5 and 6

SHAKTI JWALABANJ - LETI

In the morning, we will walk for 30 minutes to get to the road where we will meet our guide. We will then be transferred to Leti. Travel time is estimated to be around 6 hours.

Upon arrival at Leti, we will follow a mountain trail before we reach your magnificent resort. After an hour of walking, we will be greeted by the magnificence of the resort. Tucked away from the hustles and bustles of the city 8,000 feet high, it fuses the traditional and contemporary architecture and technologies. The calm and dramatic setting of the wilderness and landscape is a perfect place for us to reflect and allow peace to occupy our hearts and minds. It only has four private pavilions and a main dining area. The resort provides an exclusive mountain experience – the first and only place of its kind in the Himalayas.

Enjoy gourmet cooking, fine wine and beds embellished with colorful and ultra comfortable pashmina blankets and duvets. If you are fond of outdoor adventures, we have privately guided mountain walks, delicious picnics, views, reflecting peacefully in planter’s chairs, yoga and meditation sessions on request.

Overnight at you resort (double accommodation).

Day 7

LETI - SHAKTI KANA

After a laidback morning, we will drive for 5 and 1/2 hours back to the Kana village house and enjoy an evening around the fire. We also have the option to go on hiking.

Overnight in Shakti Kana (double accommodation).

Day 8

SHAKTI KANA - KATHGODAM - DELHI

Our Himalayan adventure concludes here. We will head back to the Kathgodam Railway Station for our journey back to Delhi.

Departure: 1545hrs Arrival: 2115hrs Train: Kathgodam – New Delhi Jan Shatabdi Express Class: Ac Executive class

  • Accommodation on a double occupancy basis
  • All meals specified in the itinerary
  • Transport in air-conditioned Toyota Innova
  • Porters' fee at the railway station only
  • Accompanying specialized guide for Village walks/Leti program
  • Entrance fees to the monuments (as specified in the itinerary)
  • All applicable taxes

NOT Included

  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Airport tax
  • Any kind of insurance cover
  • Items of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc.
  • Other meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule; cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc
  • All others not included in the “Inclusions” section

This tour is ideal for :

  • Families looking for a holiday adventure
  • Individual travelers
  • Couples in search of an exclusive, remote and dramatic landscape for their honeymoon

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