A luxury four-bedroom villa escape in the Himalayas

The new Shakti River House offers the chance to commune with monks

Jamshyd Sethna was a young tea planter in Assam when he had the idea to create a network of village homestays as a means of becoming embedded in the culture of Sikkim and Ladakh in the Himalayas. His company Shakti(www.shaktihimalaya.com; journeys from $5,776 based on two sharing) has only moved from strength to strength since. This summer its focus is family, with the new Shakti River House, a luxurious four‑bedroom villa surrounded by verdant Indus River flood plains, with views of mountaintop monasteries. A host of complimentary new experiences cater well to young minds and souls, including opportunities to commune with young monks and “study” with medicine men.

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