North East India tour, Nagaland & the Hornbill Festival

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29 Nov 2021
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30 Nov 2022
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The North-East is the land of green belt of India, of forests and tribal people. The entire north-east region is rich in its natural resources-oil, natural gas, minerals and most importantly valuable forests. Though the North-East is an industrially backward region, the existing industries, deforestation and flood are causing serious problem to the environment in the region.

In spite of the existence of several forest laws and regulation the forest cover of the region is fast depleting to logging, deforestation and plundering by the insurgents. Flood causes severe damage to ecology, environment and hundreds of wildlife including the one horned rhinos perish in the annual floods in the region. The river island 'Majuli' is losing several hectares of land to Brahmaputra every year, thus the very existence of the island is under threat.

As a tour and travel organisation we realise that rampant tourism can also be a burden on the environment. We therefore, strive to reduce any negative impact to the best possible extant.

We use small vehicles accommodating 4-5 passengers in a trip. We use our own cars or hired cars that conform to emission standards and are regularly checked both for carbon emissions.

In places where there is scarcity of water and energy, we inform our travellers about the limited use of these resources.

For our wildlife tours we have wildlife experts, who are themselves involved in conservation efforts. Hence, while our clientsí visit to the wildlife parks bring a positive economic benefit by way of entrance fees paid, our guides adhere to a number of strict guidelines not to in anyway disturb the delicate natural environments with safety of the clients being paramount.

The Impacts of this Trip

North East India, is located in one corner and attached to the rest of India by a narrow 20 km wide land passage and shares a border area of over 2000 km with neighbouring countries Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The region is known to be one of the ethnically and linguistically most diverse regions of South Asia- with each of the states having its distinct cultures and traditions. Since time immemorial, the region has been the assembly point of myriad communities, faiths and cultures. It is home to more than 220 different tribes speaking a wide range of languages.

North east India is a biodiversity hotspot with a rich tribal culture and heritage with over 200 different languages spoken. It is home to some of the indigenous tribal communities belonging to the Austro- Asiatic linguistic family. Various tribal communities of the region have very distinct culture and traditions which they follow strictly.

Our efforts are directed at developing positive attitudes between the tourists and the hosts by learning about the cultures and traditions of each other, reducing negative perceptions and stereotypes, developing pride, appreciation, understanding and respect and tolerance for each otherís culture. The locals are educated about what to expect with the arrival of tourists, while taking care that it is not at all intrusive and only where the locals agree to participate. Likewise, tourists are briefed about the people and local cultures and traditions. This in a way also helps preserve the local traditions and handicrafts, which would over a period of time be extinct.


2 Reviews of North East India tour, Nagaland & the Hornbill Festival

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Getting to Nagaland, and it being painful traveling but also very rewarding as I have wanted to go there for a long time.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do it, its great, very disconnected if that what you want.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

no comment

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Really very organised as it was also last minute in India! I had my wise list of what I wanted to see, and I saw it all and more.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback.

On this holiday we have used local guides during the entire trip. The accommodation was arranged in lodges and guest houses run by local people. Some of the places that you visited during the trip are among the most backward in the country with limited employment opportunities and the old culture and tradition that the region is so rich in, although existent is slowly losing ground. With low impact tourism in the region, the youth have gained employment and they also feel proud about their indigenous past through cultural exchanges enabled by tourism.

During the wildlife tour in Kaziranga, the fees that you paid for the rides directly contribute to the conservation efforts within the park against poaching of especially the endangered One Horned Rhino.

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the tigers in Kaziranga National Park, meeting the retired head hunters in the Konyak villages and lunch in a traditional Ao hut at Moponchuket.
Overall the most memorable part will be the warm welcome and friendliness of all the people we met.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take a universal fit sink plug and secure your soap overnight when staying in the bamboo hut on Majuli Island otherwise it will disappear. You need to be realistic about your expectations and do plenty of research. In this respect, our tour operator was superb in answering our many and varied questions and gave us excellent support.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All the local people we met were very proud to 'show and tell' whatever they could about whatever they were doing. This included young women harvesting
rice, a lady making terracotta pots without a wheel, a hotel chef and a village blacksmith proud of the rifle he had made. It was very clear that people with the
least to offer had the most to give and our modest 'rupee donations' to village families in appreciation would benefit in some small way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a primary goal of obtaining competition grade photographs for entry to our local camera club from an 'off the beaten track' location avoiding tourist
masses where possible. Our main stimulus was the Hornbill Festival and unlike other providers, our tour operator gave us multiple days attendance. The
real bonus were visits to villages. In this respect the trip surpassed our expectations. We accepted some compromises would be needed regarding basic
accommodation and long drives. There were, however a few missed opportunities for minor improvements at probably no additional cost. We would
therefore rate the holiday overall as very good and with some elements as excellent.

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