This culturally immersive holiday in the Eastern states of India (Sikkim, Bengal and Assam) will take you to the remote villages of Limbu, Lepcha, Mishing and Bhutanese tribes.


On this tour, you can experience living with the local families for a personal experience.


Go for wildlife tours and participate in local dances, music and cooking. Experience the Vaishnavite culture of Majuli island which is the home of Neo-Vaishnavism.


Clean Travel believes that our innovative approach to tourism has the power to revitalise communities and provide financial security for its inhabitants. Find out more about Clean Travel here.

14 days
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Kolkata, India
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.

March to May is one of the best times to travel with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for travelling.


June to August is wet but the land and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.


September to November are the busiest months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The landscape and mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.


The winter months of December to February are good to travel due to the clear skies and the reduced number of travellers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.

We support you right from your first mail to us, to the planning stage till the time you arrive at the airport in India. Although it’s a custom-designed tour the planning usually does not take more than 2-3 exchange of emails.


Be assured that we will take care of you completely so that you can spend time doing what you are really here for – To enjoy your holiday in India.


Once you arrive at the airport, we will receive you and be with you at various stages of this tour. It will be not just a guide but a person from the local village who has good knowledge, passionate about his work and is friendly.

We will provide comfortable accommodations which will include hotels or homestays. All the accommodations will have sufficient clean bedding, warm water, and either family or staff to take care of you.


The food is vegetarian or non-vegetarian, hygienic and safe.


You will have clean western washrooms. WiFi or TV may or may not be available at most of these places are away from city life. However, you can always depend on the 3G connection.

5% of the money is directly given back to the community.


Our guides and custodians of knowledge are from the local community, thus we support their families.


We are discouraging use of plastic bottles on our trips.


We urge you to refrain from giving gifts or money to children or young adults in the village.


All the raw material for meals is sourced from local markets and villages thus reducing the carbon emission by transporting it from a distant city.


The taxis you use will be BS-IV carbon emission standard.


The performing artists and singers are handpicked from the local community rather than being invited from another city.


Your trip has been designed as per the international standards of responsible tourism – Cape Town Agreement 2002. Therefore it ensures that the money you pay has a direct social, economic and environmental benefit locally.

Sikkim was the first state in India to adopt 100% organic farming and there are many tribes in Sikkim including Limbu, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali.


The primary occupation of people in Sikkim includes farming of cardamom, tea and potatoes. Sikkim and its people are extremely proud of their land and environmental heritage.


Every year on Indian Independence Day, people of Sikkim plant saplings which is supported by state government. These saplings are nurtured into trees eventually by the local community.


Sikkim was an independent kingdom before 1975. It later merged with India, adopted democracy and thus abolished the monarchy under its last monarch Palden Thondup Namgyal.

Assam is one of the biggest states in North East India with fertile plains that are thriving with farms of rice and tea.


Assam shares its borders with Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland, and is situated along the mighty Brahmaputra River.


Ahom rulers ruled on Assam till 1826 and successfully prevented the expansion of Mughal Empire in North East India. The name Assam was eventually derived from Ahom. Assam is also home to beautiful Majuli Island that is the birthplace of neo-Vaishnavism.

This experience is designed to be executed at a leisurely pace so that you can experience the local culture of Sikkim and Assam.


This is suitable for all age groups including senior citizens. In winters, we will provide you with the necessary heating as it gets quite cold. Most of the tour will involve regular walking or travel by AC Sedan, SUV or minibus.


Day 1 - 2: Kolkata

Arrive directly in Kolkata from your home country and check-in with your local hosts. Acclimatize to India and explore the Bengali and British colonial history of Kolkata over the next two days. Also participate in Bengali family experiences like cooking, dressing in traditional clothes, and music. Explore the various rustic, religious, culinary and colonial stories of Kolkata, and those obscure food joints of old Kolkata which are known only to the locals. Through our storytelling, you not only see the place and taste the food, but also live its story and history. Some of the highlights of a tour of Kolkata are – food trail, British colonial trail, and Bengali crafts and temples. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

Day 3 - 5: South Sikkim

Take an early morning flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra followed by road to Sikkim to spend next few days with Bhutanese community. Bhutanese people migrated from Bhutan before Sikkim merged into India. Over the next few days, experience the Bhutanese cooking, dances and folk songs, hikes to Maenam wildlife sanctuary which is home to deer, fox and rare red Panda. Experience the tribal religions, and participate in daily chores of the Bhutanese people which include farming, butter making and local crafts. Pamper yourself with traditional Bhutanese healing therapy and visit the local craft centre which is involved primarily in weaving and wood carving. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

Day 6 - 8: West Sikkim

Move on to your next destination to live with Limbu tribal family. On the way, we will stop at the beautiful Temi tea gardens. West Sikkim is the home of Limbu, Lepcha and Nepali people. See traditional ways of organic farming and beekeeping. See how animists live in harmony with Buddhism and visit some of these tribal families in their houses. Participate in hands-on cooking, farming, and hiking to Limbu villages. Visit the Buddhist monasteries and Khecheperi Lake which are of spiritual importance for the people of Sikkim. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

Day 9 - 11: Kazirange National Park

After a short domestic flight from Bagdogra to Guwahati, arrive at Kaziranga national park by road. Explore the habitats of Indian Rhino and water buffalo, experience bird watching the jeep safari, go for a boat ride in Brahmaputra River and see the landscape of rural Assam, and life of locals, and know about the work that has been done in the conservation of Indian Rhino and Elephant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

Day 12- 13: Majuli Island

Majuli is the largest river island in the world that is threatened by erosion due to annual flooding. It is the birthplace of Neo-Vaishnavism (sect. of Hinduism that worships Lord Vishnu). There are numerous folktales around its Missing tribes, villages and monasteries. Spend two days on the island as we do the storytelling for you on Vaishnavism, visit the monasteries, participate in traditional ceremonies, do village walks with tribes and see local handicrafts like weaving, basket making and mask making. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel --

Day 14: Departure

Depart for Guwahati or Jorhat for onward journey to Kolkata or another destination in India.

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The Folk Tales

The Folk Tales India's travel experiences in rural India are handcrafted with special emphasis on making a positive social, environmental and economic impact.


When you take one of our travel experiences, you contribute to local communities in preserving their cultural and environmental heritage, and in living a better life.


Through our storytelling, you experience a deep connection with the place and its people. We do not provide a sightseeing tour, but a culturally immersive experience through the hands-on activities and meaningful conversations.

Their Social Focus

We design all of their tours with the local community in mind. They ensure that they are directly benefiting, economically, socially and environmentally. All of our tours adhere to the guidelines of United Nation's Cape Town Agreement 2002 for Responsible Tourism.


Finalist in the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards for 2016 and affiliated with the WTM Responsible Tourism network.