Cultural and rural tour of North East India

This cultural tour of northeast India immerses you over 12 days in the lives of Khasi tribes, the interesting cities of Kolkata and Shillong, and Cherrapunjee's sacred forests, with their beautiful living root bridges.
Exploring the states of West Bengal and Meghalaya Kolkata Shillong, capital of Meghalaya Mawphlang, in the East Khasi Hills Two days staying with the Khasi people Community day learning about weaving Explore the sacred forests around Cherrapunjee Stay in homestays with welcoming families Nature walks and farmers’ markets
£1099To£1399 excluding flights
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12 Days
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Price is per person on twin sharing basis. Includes - Twin sharing stay, meals, over land travel in SUV, all activities, storyteller fee, and taxes. Excludes - Visa & travel insurance, domestic flights, and tips.
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Description of Cultural and rural tour of North East India

Have you ever seen a bridge that was alive before? Living root bridges – made from the intertwined roots of rubber trees – are common in Meghalaya state in Norther East India. And bridging the gaps between interesting cultures is common in this fascinating tour.

This tailor made tour can be changed to suit you, but why not start in Kolkata – touring the city by its history, its cuisine, its artisan markets or its temples? As you’ll be travelling without a group, you have the freedom to choose what most interests you about Bengali culture in West Bengal.

Next you’ll move to Meghalaya, getting to know the state first by the markets of its capital, Shillong, and then by its nature: the East Khasi Hills and the sacred forests of Cherrapunjee, spanned by living root bridges and full of walking trails, waterfalls and caves.

This trip is fantastic for immersing you in a different culture to your own, thanks to its careful use of community based tourism. Many tribes in the state of Meghalaya operate in a very rare matrilineal society, meaning that women have a dominant role, inherit the property, and pass down their names.

There are plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiences, whether you want to learn to weave, or participate in agricultural activities on the small farms, or shop for food in the markets – but there’s also time spent simply meeting people and speaking to them about their lives.

On your route you’ll be staying with families in homestays. Living with a family, you’ll get to know the rhythms of day-to-day life. The families rotate their hosting duties, so that the profit, and the effort, is shared. Ten percent of your trip fee goes direct to the community.

Price information

£1099To£1399 excluding flights
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Price is per person on twin sharing basis. Includes - Twin sharing stay, meals, over land travel in SUV, all activities, storyteller fee, and taxes. Excludes - Visa & travel insurance, domestic flights, and tips.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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4 Reviews of Cultural and rural tour of North East India

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2023 by

It exceeded all our expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2022 by

We had a great time and are already contemplating another trip to India next year. We would also like to thank Gaurav of the tour operator who arranged parts of the holiday for us. He went way beyond the call of duty Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2019 by

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 full review

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2018 by

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 full review

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1. Our vehicles follow the latest emission standards applicable in India, and our drivers are trained to drive within the speed limits for optimal efficiency.

2. The vehicles undergo regular checks

3. 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

4. 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

5. Locals are trained in responsible tourism and are carefully chosen depending upon their passion about environmental conservation. Your accommodations are built by using traditional materials like bamboo, 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.

6. 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

7. Wood fire is replaced by cooking gas at most villages to reduce air pollution and cutting of trees


1. We execute small private tours of 2-10 people to be conscious about the consumption of natural and human resources of the village.

2. We are providing direct access to the artisans of handicrafts via tourism, where you can buy (if you choose to)

3. Your activities are designed with local gender neutral SHGs. 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.

4. The homestays are not run by front desk staff, but by the families or members of the village community. The earnings go directly to the locals in a fair distribution manner.

5. We do not encourage treating tribes as objects of amusement. Rather, we educate and be a bridge between the locals and the visitors so that there is mutual respect and cultural exchange.

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