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 day activity of weaving your own cloth is designed with local SHG that is run by women. This initiative is to give you an immersive experience. The Khasi people have their own style of patterns that they weave. It is an opportunity to know about these designs with the artisans themselves
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

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