The Story

Best time to go: October - April
Best for: Adventure & Off-the-beaten track, Trekking & Walking, Cultural & Immersive, Repeat Visitors

If you like getting far off the tourist trail during an adventure to India, yet want to stay somewhere incredible at night, then the area just to the west of Nepal and north of Delhi is a delightfully refreshing secret! You’ll be dipping your toes into the foothills of the Himalayas, with the high-peaks of the Siwalik Range looking down on you. You’ll spend a few days walking through the foothills, seeing the mesmerising local culture as you go. Each night you’ll stay in a village house where the rooms have been totally refurbished, meaning it is almost like staying in a boutique hotel. The houses are only ever taken exclusively, meaning you simply won’t see other tourists, and even then only a handful of people do this every year ensuring the communities absolutely love showing off their patch of India. This might mean being invited into local homes, meeting the high and mighty, or attending a local wedding or festival – the element of serendipity in this part of India is what it’s all about. Move north, right under the snow-capped peaks, to stay at 360 Leti, probably India’s most off-the-beaten-track luxury lodge. There are just four stone cabins here on four corners of a plateau, which each then have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the amazing views. Take day treks in the hills (again no tourists to be seen), or just sit on your terrace, drink in hand, very much smiling. Drive towards the foothills and stop at the lovely colonial-era Mary Budden Estate. Take walks in the wildlife sanctuary or just relax, enjoying being away from it all.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£5805
Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • One of the most remarkable adventures that you can do in India, an absolute gold-plated, certified, amazingly wonderful Millis Potter favourite
  • Stay in boutique hotels, or village houses where rooms have been turned into boutique hotel standards
  • Get completely off-the-beaten track – we’ll wager you won’t see other tourists on this journey, yet feeling utterly exclusive

Day 3-4

Day 8-10

360 Leti

Day 11-12

Day 14

DaysLocationHotel
Day 1-2 Delhi Claridges Delhi
Day 3-4 Mukteshwar Sitla Estate
Day 5-7 Shakti Village Houses Shakti Kumaon Village Houses
Day 8-10 Leti 360 Leti
Day 11-12 Binsar Mary Budden Estate
Day 13 Delhi The Oberoi Gurgaon
Day 14 Delhi Airport Fly Home

Suggested Hotels

Day 1-2

Claridges Delhi

$ $ $ $ $  

Claridges has a great location in the heart of Delhi, a chic 1950s era hotel with a superb lawn and personalised service.

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Day 5-7

Shakti Kumaon Village Houses

$ $ $ $ $  

The Shakti Village Houses in Kumaon provide one of most immersive, authentic and luxury off-the-beaten track experiences you can find in India.

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Day 8-10
360 Leti, Himalayas, India, Shakti

360 Leti

$ $ $ $ $  

360 Leti is a luxury mountain retreat located totally off-the-beaten track in the Indian Himalayas offering just four amazing cottages with fantastic views.

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Day 13
Oberoi Gurgaon, Delhi, India

The Oberoi Gurgaon

$ $ $ $ $  

The Oberoi Gurgaon is a luxury city-resort hotel, located just 15 minutes from Delhi’s International Airport, and has world-class facilities and rooms.

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Customise Your Itinerary

We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

Idea 1

We can of course shorten the itinerary, maybe taking out the stay in Binsar at Mary Budden Estate or at Sitla Estate (we do think they are worth it though!)

Idea 2

If you don't like the long journeys, we can look into chartering a private helicopter.

Idea 3

Extend your stay in Rajasthan, or add on a beach element to conclude your trip in style?

Further Itinerary Suggestions

Nepal Trekking Holiday

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Pokhara - Dhulikhel  

This is the ultimate Nepal Trekking Holiday. The mountain scenery of Nepal is impossibly spectacular, combine Kathmandu with a five day trek in the Annapurna Range and some R&R in Pokhara.

11 days from £1775 p. p.

Walking in Bhutan

Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Dust off your trekking boots and travel to one the most untouched and beautiful corners of the Himalayas in Bhutan, trekking through remote villages, off-the-beaten-track.

18 days from £5320 p. p.