Assam small group tour, India

“Two week tri-state tour of mountainous northeast India where waterfalls, lakes and head hunter tribal villages offer intriguing contrasts for adventurous small groups.”

Highlights

Guwahati | Cherrapunjee | Umiam Lake | Moasmi Cave | Seven Sister Falls | Mawlynnong Village | Shillong | Kaziranga National Park | Majuli Island | Mon, Nagaland | Longwa Village | Dibrugarh | Kolkata (Calcutta) |

Description of Assam small group tour, India

This small group tour takes you into northeast India’s untouched forests where giant mountains surge out of the ground to reflect on the surface of glistening lakes which remain secretly silent, away from the well beaten trails carved by tourist footfall, further south.

Not only does this region of India feature some stunning natural environments but it also provides home to some of the world’s last remaining head hunter tribes with the mountainous states of Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland inviting all manner of cultural insight close to the borders with Tibet and Bhutan.

Starting from the high altitude town of Cherrapunjee this two week tour heads northeast with the city of Shillong, Kaziranga National Park, and Mishing tribal culture and migratory birds on Majuli Island, marking your journey from Meghalaya and into Assam.

As the tour completes in Nagaland, close to Myanmar, you’ll get to compare further cultural customs with the border village of Lungwa and the Konyak head hunter village of Hongphoi providing a fitting finale prior to flying from Dibrugarh to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) for your follow on flight home.

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Assam small group tour, India

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation & Meals
This trip spends 9 nights in standard hotels with en suite facilities and 4 nights in lodges. At Majuli Island, we spend two nights in a basic lodge owned by a local Mishing tribe family who make a living from agriculture and their lodge. At Mon, we stay in a tribal family-run guesthouse for two nights. In Cherrapunjee, we stay in a homestay for two nights. Staying at these places provide direct benefit to the local tribal people in this area. Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. Most of the places we stay in, particularly the lodges and guesthouses, generally serve food that is grown onsite or sourced locally.

Local Craft & Culture
We are keen to encourage guests to engage with the culture of Northeast India and to purchase local crafts and services where possible. The local guide will be able to recommend the best of the area’s colourful and vibrant markets and small businesses and through our commerce, tourist wealth is more evenly distributed. You might pick up some street food or buy local crafts whilst visiting the Konyak tribal families in Nagaland.

Activity
Most of the areas we visit in this itinerary are remote and the host communities mainly depend on agriculture and tourism. We also visit a number of temples, including the Shiva Umananda temple in Guwahati and the Kali temple in Kolkata. We also visit several satras (monasteries and hermitages). By making donations, buying souvenirs or paying entrance fees, we financially contribute to the upkeep of these magnificent sites. Similarly, at Kaziranga National Park, the fees we pay to enter the area go towards paying the wages of those who work there, development of park facilities, wildlife research and protection projects.

Charity
Although not included in this itinerary, for years we have been involved in campaigning for tiger conservation in Bandhavgarh. In late summer 2014 we teamed up with The Corbett Foundation, an Indian charity dedicated to conservation-oriented research. They have proved instrumental in enabling us to get the funds to where they are needed. Through this we have now completed the building of a community hall at Tala Village, solar pumps in the park for wildlife and staff in the dry season, bio gas plants and smart stoves for villagers and provided the salary for 2 full time teachers at the government school. Our work in India continues to be of great significance and most recently we have been able to purchase a 4 wheel drive medical vehicle and pay for outreach medical support.

Water
Drinking water is included and is provided in large 20ltr containers in our private vehicle. Our aim is reduce plastic waste and we advise clients to bring their own water bottle to refill for the duration of this trip.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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