2 independent reviews for North East India tour, Nagaland & the Hornbill Festival

Reviews for North East India tour, Nagaland & the Hornbill Festival

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review 15 Feb 2017

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.

review 1 Jan 2017

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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