|Flight time||from UK: 8hrs 10mins; from US: 20hrs 30mins|
|Ideal length||10 Days|
|Price||From £2,599 pp|
|When to go||October - May|
Getting off-the-beaten-track: this secret luxury camp offers extreme peace and seclusion with 360° panoramic views of lush forests and snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
Experiencing the perfect blend of luxury and nature.
Drifting off to sleep with myriad of stars to gaze at through the huge glass panelled windows in your bedroom.
Taking guided treks through the surrounding forest and allowing the space, peace and astonishing landscape to work their magic on you.
The Himalaya mountains, a destination only accessible to the most intrepid of mountaineers, explorers and adventure enthusiasts...right? Not entirely. If you fancy an incredible overnight train experience and are capable of a 1 ½ hr forest walk, then you can conquer this historic mountain range.
Okay, you won't be scaling Everest, but you'll get to experience the high life (no pun intended) in the Himalayas. This secret luxury camp offers a whole new type of extreme experience: extreme peace and seclusion, bang in the middle of majestic Himalayan peaks.
After an atmospheric night on the Ranikhet Express from Delhi, you’ll head straight into a beautifully captivating forest with our local guides, and feel the concerns of travelling melt away with every step closer to your hideaway. One of the most inspiring train journeys we have ever taken, on this trip you’ll journey through beautiful quiet backwaters and wake up to the sunrise over townships at the base of the mighty Himalayas. When you arrive you really feel as though you have shed the hubbub of Delhi and arrived in a totally different, peaceful part of India ready for a new adventure. Talk about refreshing. It's only on arrival, when you stop to catch your breath, that the out-of-this-world remoteness of your destination dawns on you.
Situated in the depth of the untouched northern Uttaranchal region is our current favourite place to stay – the 360° Leti. The camp sits high on a precipice with majestic 360 degree views (clue's in the name) of lush mountainous landscapes and snow-capped peaks. Built with local materials and age-old techniques, the camp blends aesthetically with its surroundings, creating a harmonious and peaceful environment. It's the height of luxury with an authentic Himalayan feel.
The four individual en-suite rooms are built into the mountainside and feature some truly special touches like private decks with fire places. If you want more company, you can relax round the open fire in the communal living room or dine on local gourmet fare accompanied by fine wines.
It's the little touches at 360° Leti that really caught our attention: hot water bottles at bedtime and a steaming flask of freshly brewed tea upon waking.
Fill your days with a variety of guided treks in the mountains (with a custom-packed gourmet picnic). Whether you enjoy pre-dawn walks or a more laid-back afternoon strolls, the lovely staff will make suggestions to cater to all levels of ability. You may want to relax, but some of the walks (and the stunning picture opportunities that come with them) are worth raising the pulse rate a tad.
We recommend a minimum stay of 3 nights but can almost guarantee you won't want to leave until at least 7 star-studded nights have passed. Shh, don't tell anyone, but this is a true secret find.