West Bengal and Meghalaya will entice and surprise you every day with its tribal culture, food, traditions, forests and waterfalls which seem to be straight out of Africa.
This tour involves a mix of cultural and activity-based experiences.
Your holiday has been designed with the local community so that you can form a deeper connection with the villages and its people.
The best time to visit is from September to March, and this tour can be customized according to your preferences and budget by adding other destinations in India.
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
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.
Meghalaya primarily consists of three tribes – Khasi, Garo and Jaintia. Out of these Khasi tribes are the largest in population.
Meghalaya is considered one of the cleanest states in India with high literacy rate. The locals are also very proud of their culture. Some of the interesting things to look for in Meghalaya are living root bridges, Khasi food, sacred forests, villages, and crafts.
Women play a major role in high positions in the government and in the family in decision making.
Meghalaya follows the Matrilineal form of society where the lineage is tracked through the female.
This experience is designed to be executed at a leisurely pace so that you can experience the local culture of central India.
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
Day 3: Guwahati to Meghalaya
Day 4 - 5: Shillong
Day 6 - 9: Villages and Living Root Bridges
Day 10 - 11: Indigenous Tribes of Meghalaya
Day 12: Departure
The Folk TalesThe 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.