Sikkim & Kolkata cultural tour in India

Nine day tailor made tour linking Sikkim & Kolkata via a domestic flight to offer travelers an immersive cultural experience within the remote villages of eastern India.
Kolkata Bagdogra Bhutanese village in Sikkim Bengali cooking experience hiking and wildlife watching tribal storytelling hands-on organic farming Darjeeling Himalayan railway journey
Price
US $950ToUS $1150 including domestic flights only
Duration
11 Days
Type
Tailor made
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Cost is per person on twin sharing basis.
Includes: Stay, meals, over land travel in AC vehicle, all activities, domestic airfare --- Excludes: Intl.
airfare, visa & travel insurance
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Description of Sikkim & Kolkata cultural tour in India

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Price information

US $950ToUS $1150 including domestic flights only
Cost is per person on twin sharing basis.
Includes: Stay, meals, over land travel in AC vehicle, all activities, domestic airfare --- Excludes: Intl.
airfare, visa & travel insurance
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

Rural India
One thing you will notice on our rural India vacations and their reviews is the abundance of names. Husna the female driver, Rawla Singh at the castle,...
Sikkim
Stunning, remote and closer to Nepal than India in cultural terms, Sikkim is a patchwork of steep valleys, subtropical forest and soaring hills, backe...

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3 Reviews of Sikkim & Kolkata cultural tour in India

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Reviewed on 03 Oct 2019 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was the homestays, particularly in Sikkim, where we loved the mountains. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2018 by

I thoroughly enjoyed staying with a Kolkata family, eating together, sharing experiences and being extremely well looked after. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2017 by

Taking a traditional, herb-infused hot stone bath outside overlooking the valley Driving on the roads was also either thrilling (the views) or terrifying (the conditions). Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

1. Our environmental responsibility starts from the office. All our communication within and outside the office is paperless. We also encourage remote work and work from home in our team to avoid them from traveling every day.

2. One person uses 3-4 bottles of packaged mineral water/day on a tour. On a 10-day tour of a family of four, that accumulates to 160 bottles. We have removed single-use plastic bottles from all our tours and replaced them with a reusable, 2-stage filter, and BPA free water bottles. It filters 99.9% bacteria, parasites, and microplastics. The activated carbon filter reduces bad odor and taste, chlorine, and organic chemical matter from the water.

3. Our village accommodations use organic composting to process the waste produced. The farming that you will be participating in is transformed into organic over the last couple of years. Previously pesticides were used which had rendered the land useless. But slowly the land has now revived due to organic plantations.

4. We do not use any unethical practices to lure any wildlife on the Maenam La trek. Any interactions you have with animals ensure that they are not harmed or exploited.

5. The raw material for meals is sourced locally. Not only it is fresh but it also reduces the fuel emissions caused by transportation from long distances.

6. The transportation provided to you is compliant with current emission standards in India.

7. The rural accommodations in Sikkim are owned by local families who have training in hospitality. Therefore, you neednít worry about hygiene, food, and their availability to help you when you need.

People

1. The rural accommodations in Sikkim are owned by local families who have training in hospitality. Therefore, you neednít worry about hygiene, food, and availability to help you when you need to. The earnings from your tour are shared directly with the accommodation owners and tour guides from the same village. Some of our homestays are community-based which ensures rotation of income equally among the member families. Over the years, we have been able to evolve a sense of pride together with the community which has inspired the youth to stay back in the villages. Some of our guides are also doing a masters course in their tribal language.

2. The activities designed for you involve local families as much as possible to utilize their skill in weaving and wood carving. Women are involved in handicrafts like carpets and local dresses. We regularly advocate for women empowerment through our social media channels and conferences. 100% of earnings from any handicrafts that you choose to buy are directly given to the artisan working with the Self Help Group (SHG). The earnings are also partially put in the community development fund used for plantation of trees, maintenance of homestays, and as an emergency corpus.

3. Drivers and guides are from the local community and are given fair wages which are decided on per day basis so that you are not overcharged at any point. The drivers and guides are trained in hygiene, communicating, hosting, and other factors necessary to give you an extraordinary experience.

4. Rather than painting only a rosy picture, we share the social and economic issues of the tribes with you. These issues could be about rural to urban migration for employment, women, and children, education, environment, and more.

5. The storytelling element in our trips is introduced to help you form deeper connections with the community thus enriching both the traveler and the host. Storytelling also helps in creating mutual respect.

6. It will be common to see the active involvement of both men and women in decision making roles with respect to managing guests, finances, and raising the family. Women also interact with guests regularly. Thus they make a significant contribution to responsible tourism.

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