Small Group Cultural And Rural Tour Of East India
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.
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
IncludedAirport pick up and drop offApplicable permits and park feesExperienced guideLand TransportationMealsSupport staff
Not Included8 nights accommodationAirplane transportDaily 90-minute yoga classEmergency evacuation and reroutingManta and whale shark snorkelingPersonal expensesSnorkeling with turtlesSoft and hard drinksSunset dolphin cruiseTippingTravel insurance
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.