Imagine a hotel in such a remote region of India’s Himalayan foothills that prospective guests must take an overnight train from Delhi, then drive on hairpin mountain turns for eight hours, and hike for an hour and a half along a narrow path cut into the side of a steep cliff. If I actually made it there alive I might not leave. But then, why would anyone? Look at the views from Shakti 360° Leti:
Photographs courtesy of Shakti Himalaya.
Above: The brainchild of Parsi travel specialist Jamshyd Sethna, the four-cabin resort is on a plateau 8,000 feet above sea levels. It offers spectacular views and guided “village walks” to neighboring towns. The idea behind the walks is to introduce visitors to local culture that might otherwise be considered too remote for the average traveler to experience.
Above: Each guest room has a wood stove for heat.
Above: The cottages have solar power, private terraces, and fire pits. And no Internet.
Above: Guests shower under local mountain water heated by solar power.
Above: At the resort, meals are served in a separate lounge and dining building.
Above: A stony path leads to Deora village.
Above: Deora village.
Above: Be prepared to share the road.
Above: Shakti 360 Leti is in the Himalayan foothills in Uttarakhand, India. Map by Google.