Cultural and rural tour of North East India

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cultural and rural tour of North East India

Environment

a) Our vehicles are of BS-IV standard (equivalent to Euro 4) emission norms. It is currently the national emission standard followed in India
b) The carbon emission from your flights in India is offset by paying an amount equivalent to the CO2 emitted per passenger. The amount is used for projects like biomass, efficient cooking stoves, waste management or reforestation in India or other developing nations
c) Our drivers drive responsibly in mountains to minimize fuel consumption. The vehicles undergo regular checks
c) We don't take vehicles all the way to villages in certain areas to nullify the noise and carbon pollution. Your walk will be easy from drop off point to the village
d) Meghalya is one of the cleanest states of North East India. You will see how it is imbibed in the fabric of locals. To follow this practice, we provide alternatives to plastic bottles and carry bags at the starting of your tour
e) Locals who are trained in responsible tourism are carefully chosen depending upon their passion about environmental conservation. Your accommodations are built by using traditional materials like bambook, straw, and waste wooden planks. This helps in controlling temperature and they are durable. CFL & LED lighting is preferred over tungsten bulbs to reduce usage of electricity
f) Raw material for cooking is sourced locally. The meals you get are local, thus reducing the cost and environmental impact of transporting it from long distance
g) Wood fire is replaced by cooking gas at most villages to reduce the air pollution and cutting of trees

Community

a) We execute small groups of 2-10 people to be conscious about the consumption of natural and human resources of the village
b) We are providing direct access to the artisans of handicrafts via tourism, where you can buy (if you choose to)
c) Your activities are designed with local SHG that is run by women. This initiative is to give you an immersive experience. This is to provide more exposure to artisans and to encourage you to buy anything directly from them
d) The homestays are not run by front desk staff, but by the families or members of village communities themselves. The earnings go directly to the locals in a fair distribution manner
e) The tea plucking and processing activity is done with the workers on the farm for an immersive experience. The earnings are given back to the workers involved in this activity
f) Even though you will be living and interacting with the people of Khasi tribe, we don't encourage portraying them as objects of amusement

2 Reviews of Cultural and rural tour of North East India

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Reviewed on 25 Mar 2019 by

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


In Kaziranga National Park, it is wonderful to see the rhinoceros, deer in the glassland closely. This national park can maintain the original appearance.
It is surprise to walk through different types of bridges, especially the living root bridge. It is the wisdom of local people. We enjoy to stay in the cottage which is the homestay in Kongthong village. It has the characteristics of local home
with a clean, silent and comfort environment. Cheerful chatting with the village lady and understand the tradition practice of not naming a baby with call each other with vocal sounds.

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


Drinking water is the important concern in Kolkata. The quality of water in North East regions become much better. Currency exchange in the airport of Kolkata is low and need to pay tax.The tax rate is up to 9-10%, horrible. Therefore bring the ATM card is the best way to get the IR currency or exchange in your own country.

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


Sure it is.

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


Overall this holiday is relax and can recharge on a whole. I can see the big difference between the city, Kolkata and rural village of India. I enjoyed the silence and cleaningness in the north east region of India.
The curry of different meals have different taste that most of them are yummy, especially the mutton curry. Thank you Gaurav for arrangement of the whole holiday. I can know some of the culture and the living of the people in North East India.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Ha, we all really enjoyed hosting you on this tour. The driver and all the hosts were happy, and specifically mentioned to me that they enjoyed hosting you. I am glad that your first visit to India was memorable. Yes, I do agree that the exchange rates are not too good at airports, and we always advise people to use debit cards. We can probably include this point in our checklist next time. I do hope to see you and Chigo again in India.

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2018 by

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


Living with the families and seeing their day to day lives.

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


Pack light and don't expect luxury but enjoy the peace and wonderful hospitality

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


Yes some of the homestays were community based and everyone benefited from the visitors

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


A wonderful experience so rare to find such an unspoilt country and nothing
done just for tourists. If you are looking for an authentic experience off the beaten track this is the tour for you!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Pat. We enjoyed hosting you, and glad that you enjoyed the experiences of living like a local. Come to India again soon. :)

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