At the door step to the Himalayas, a modest-sized eco resort has taken root, providing visitors an inspired location to immerse themselves in the spiritual landscape. The four small buildings and a central dining room at Shakti 360˚ Leti are an hour walk from the road and hover at 8,000 feet in the Bageshwar District of Kumaon, India. The retreats are made by traditional dry stacking stone wall methods, but with a crisp contemporary design with widows that let the immense scenery wash over the occupants. The retreat is light on the earth as well, running on solar electricity and reusing greywater, compost and using only local food and supplies for operation.
While the retreat may be of humble origins, the visitor experience is intended to be one of refinement. The main dining room serves up delicacies made by trained local residences. The rooms are kept cozy by a wood fireplace, and they are adjacent to many trails and other natural offerings. The resort is also near a small Himalayan Buddhist village where visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in the culture that has change little in the last century.
The five buildings were commissioned to be built by the local masons who maintained the traditional dry stacked stone technique. A post and beam shell comes off the walls allowing a copious number of windows to fill the rooms with views of the perpetually snow capped Himalayan range. Embedded discreetly in the hillside, the lodge’s simple shed roofs extenuate the natural materiality of the structures. Guest are encouraged to stay at least a few days in the secluded surrounding, practicing meditation or yoga and exploring the land that remains as it has been for many generations.
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