Assam small group tour, India

“Two week tri-state tour of mountainous northeast India where waterfalls, lakes and head hunter tribal villages offer intriguing contrasts for adventurous small groups.”

Highlights

Guwahati | Cherrapunjee | Umiam Lake | Moasmi Cave | Seven Sister Falls | Mawlynnong Village | Shillong | Kaziranga National Park | Majuli Island | Mon, Nagaland | Longwa Village | Dibrugarh | Kolkata (Calcutta) |

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Environment
Accommodation & Meals
This trip spends 9 nights in standard hotels with en suite facilities and 4 nights in lodges. At Majuli Island, we spend two nights in a basic lodge owned by a local Mishing tribe family who make a living from agriculture and their lodge. At Mon, we stay in a tribal family-run guesthouse for two nights. In Cherrapunjee, we stay in a homestay for two nights. Staying at these places provide direct benefit to the local tribal people in this area. Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. Most of the places we stay in, particularly the lodges and guesthouses, generally serve food that is grown onsite or sourced locally.

Activity
Most of the areas we visit in this itinerary are remote and the host communities mainly depend on agriculture and tourism. We also visit a number of temples, including the Shiva Umananda temple in Guwahati and the Kali temple in Kolkata. We also visit several satras (monasteries and hermitages). By making donations, buying souvenirs or paying entrance fees, we financially contribute to the upkeep of these magnificent sites. Similarly, at Kaziranga National Park, the fees we pay to enter the area go towards paying the wages of those who work there, development of park facilities, wildlife research and protection projects.

Water
Drinking water is included and is provided in large 20ltr containers in our private vehicle. Our aim is reduce plastic waste and we advise clients to bring their own water bottle to refill for the duration of this trip.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Charity
Although not included in this itinerary, for years we have been involved in campaigning for tiger conservation in Bandhavgarh. In late summer 2014 we teamed up with The Corbett Foundation, an Indian charity dedicated to conservation-oriented research. They have proved instrumental in enabling us to get the funds to where they are needed. Through this we have now completed the building of a community hall at Tala Village, solar pumps in the park for wildlife and staff in the dry season, bio gas plants and smart stoves for villagers and provided the salary for 2 full time teachers at the government school. Our work in India continues to be of great significance and most recently we have been able to purchase a 4 wheel drive medical vehicle and pay for outreach medical support.

Local Craft & Culture
We are keen to encourage guests to engage with the culture of Northeast India and to purchase local crafts and services where possible. The local guide will be able to recommend the best of the area’s colourful and vibrant markets and small businesses and through our commerce, tourist wealth is more evenly distributed. You might pick up some street food or buy local crafts whilst visiting the Konyak tribal families in Nagaland.

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