Cultural and rural tour of North East India

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cultural and rural tour of North East India

Environment

a) Our vehicles are of BS-IV standard (equivalent to Euro 4) emission norms. It is currently the national emission standard followed in India
b) The carbon emission from your flights in India is offset by paying an amount equivalent to the CO2 emitted per passenger. The amount is used for projects like biomass, efficient cooking stoves, waste management or reforestation in India or other developing nations
c) Our drivers drive responsibly in mountains to minimize fuel consumption. The vehicles undergo regular checks
c) We don't take vehicles all the way to villages in certain areas to nullify the noise and carbon pollution. Your walk will be easy from drop off point to the village
d) Meghalya is one of the cleanest states of North East India. You will see how it is imbibed in the fabric of locals. To follow this practice, we provide alternatives to plastic bottles and carry bags at the starting of your tour
e) Locals who are trained in responsible tourism are carefully chosen depending upon their passion about environmental conservation. Your accommodations are built by using traditional materials like bambook, straw, and waste wooden planks. This helps in controlling temperature and they are durable. CFL & LED lighting is preferred over tungsten bulbs to reduce usage of electricity
f) Raw material for cooking is sourced locally. The meals you get are local, thus reducing the cost and environmental impact of transporting it from long distance
g) Wood fire is replaced by cooking gas at most villages to reduce the air pollution and cutting of trees

Community

a) We execute small groups of 2-10 people to be conscious about the consumption of natural and human resources of the village
b) We are providing direct access to the artisans of handicrafts via tourism, where you can buy (if you choose to)
c) Your activities are designed with local SHG that is run by women. This initiative is to give you an immersive experience. This is to provide more exposure to artisans and to encourage you to buy anything directly from them
d) The homestays are not run by front desk staff, but by the families or members of village communities themselves. The earnings go directly to the locals in a fair distribution manner
e) The tea plucking and processing activity is done with the workers on the farm for an immersive experience. The earnings are given back to the workers involved in this activity
f) Even though you will be living and interacting with the people of Khasi tribe, we don't encourage portraying them as objects of amusement

1 Reviews of Cultural and rural tour of North East India

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Reviewed on 05 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Living with the families and seeing their day to day lives.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pack light and don't expect luxury but enjoy the peace and wonderful hospitality

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes some of the homestays were community based and everyone benefited from the visitors

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A wonderful experience so rare to find such an unspoilt country and nothing
done just for tourists. If you are looking for an authentic experience off the beaten track this is the tour for you!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Pat. We enjoyed hosting you, and glad that you enjoyed the experiences of living like a local. Come to India again soon. :)

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