The Himalayas
Rafting in Ladakh,

This summer, head for the hills—you won’t find anything more enriching or achingly beautiful than Northern India.

Always a top spot for committed backpackers and mountaineers, this remote region also welcomes the regular traveller via the inventive Shakti Village Experiences. These adventures offer private tours through a paradise of pristine nature. There is rafting, camping, camel riding and cooking classes, along with hikes to villages and temples. You stay in a traditional Himalayan home with a porter, chef and guides that keep things safe and comfortable. It is definitely off the beaten track, but with niceties you wouldn’t expect at 10,000 feet above sea level. Visit