The Himalayan Mountains remain to many people as a far off destination that is remote, for hard core trekkers who go off for weeks at a time, a place that most people would love to visit, an imagined splendor that is never really planned for.
For most of us, our lives are consumed with email, conference calls, meetings, cell phone that never stopped ringing, callers who never seemed to know the boundaries of personal time, other demands of a fast moving career. Add to this the responsibilities of juggling a family and personal needs and you can see where this is going. Eating together as a family was becoming a lost art, eating out was in; everyone was on a tight schedule. I know this from experience as this was my life.
So imagine an escape for a one or two week wellness vacation, a mind-body-spirit adventure and experience that includes hikes and mountain treks among these amazing Himalayan mountains and surrounding valleys while coming back to comfort and luxury at the end of the day.
Imagine accommodations at a beautiful 1600 acre tea plantation in English style bungalows with beautiful views of the Kanchenjunga Mountain Range, the third highest peak in the world. A place where you can immerse yourself in meditation and yoga while you overlook the beautiful valley as you revive, rejuvenate and restore your tired self. Discover the diverse people of the region; eat fresh foods and home grown vegetables and dine on elaborate multi-course dinners of local Indian, Tibetan and Nepali cuisine.
If you need an escape to silence and solitude, away from the tourist population and crowds, where you can unwind, de-stress, enjoy and feel at one with nature, where you can experience absolute indulgence of the mind and spirit as you relax, and feel contentment and peace among such majestic and almost sacred surroundings, then you need to plan for a Himalayan vacation. There is a company that provides this luxury that most of us need to pamper ourselves with at some point in our lives.
Among the many things you can do and see are:
- Daily hikes and walks, meditation, yoga and massages
- Tea Estate tour where you will learn about how tea is actually made from bush to factory to your teacup
- Hike to the Royal Kingdom of Sikkim via a suspension footbridge spanning 200 feet across and 100 feet above the water
- Enjoy a cooking demonstration after which you will feast on a fabulous 6 course dinner
- Tour the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and read the letter from H. H. The Dalai Lama granting the British permission for their first expedition in 1920. View equipment used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay during their famous Everest climb
- Visit the local spiritual monastery and see current day practicing monks while you respectfully enjoy their chants and prayers
- Walk the grounds of a local orchid nursery high above in the mountains
For more information, please check out http://www.himalayanbootcamp.com
Connie Umbenhower, the author, is in the process of writing a book The Deity Diet. She was raised in the Himalayan foothills of Northeastern India and takes people on Himalayan luxury group tours.