A journey to move towards the boundaries of the unknown.
For centuries, the Himalaya have inspired, awed and awakened spirituality in the souls of all who encounter their greatness.
‘The Abode of the Gods’ is an inspiration for the soul an for those seeking that adventurous ‘buzz’.
The scent of oak, home cooked grills, tea plantations, historic homes, pickles and jams from the Himalayan co-operatives – all create Himalayan bliss.
We asked Shackleton and Selous Fellow Mandip Singh Soin, for his top 4 hideaways in his beloved Himalaya.
Luxury Hideaway in Darjeeling – This lovely estate has 8 luxurious suites in two colonial bungalows on a 1600 acre private, functioning Darjeeling tea estate, high up in the Indian Himalayas. It faces Mt Kanchenjunga and offers gentle walks, sumptuous picnics, fishing, bird watching, stargazing, relaxing massages, peaceful sojourns on endless verandas, day visits to Darjeeling and Kalimpong, candle-lit dinners and gracious hospitality – A unique collection of landscapes, cultures, gastronomy and experiences. Bagdogra airport is 70 Kms away.
Hideaway in Kashmir – The resort sits at an elevation of 8825 feet in the Pir Panjal range of the majestic Himalayas, and is set on seven acres of a pristine pine valley. It offers luxurious accommodation, fine food and holistic spa treatments. Gulmarg is best known for off-piste, back country skiing and the country’s highest golf course. Srinagar airport is 50 Kms away.
Hideaway in Binsar – The Binsar Wildlife sanctuary, where the estate is located, is precious for the sheet of silver stars that sprawl across the night sky. This estate is a luxurious, elegant home stay where you relax in the quiet of the Himalaya, hike in verdant forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron, visit the local temples or write and make art. The Nanda Devi mountain range and the numerous types of flora and fauna inspire creativity. Pantnagar airport is 150 Kms away.
Luxury retreat in Almora – This 10-suite retreat has been designed by award-winning Sri Lankan architect Pradeep Kodikara, a disciple of Geoffrey Bawa. Pradeep has translated the ethos of tropical modernism into a unique mountain design. In the shadow of the sacred Nanda Devi range, it is ideal for walks through pine, oak, cedar and rhododendron forests, or soaking in the sun with stunning Himalayan views. Pantnagar airport is 120 kms away.