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.”

Highlights

Kolkata | Bagdogra | Bhutanese village in Sikkim | Bengali cooking experience | hiking and wildlife watching | tribal storytelling | hands-on organic farming | Darjeeling | Himalayan railway journey |

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Departure information

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

Responsible tourism: Sikkim & Kolkata cultural tour in India

Environment

We follow our environmental conservation policy while executing this trip to minimize the negative impact of tourism. Some of the points are -

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) Our drivers drive responsibly in mountains. This not only ensures your safety, but also keeps in check the fuel consumption
c) During the hikes and village walks, you will see impeccable clean villages and houses that have always been practicing environment friendly waste management. All the accommodations you stay are small family run places that use compost based waste disposal system
d) We don't encourage use of plastic carry bags or non-biodegradable plastic bottles. We provide other alternatives to you at the start of your trip that not only are re-usable but also safer options
e) Raw material for your meals is sourced from local farms. It is organic, fresh and is not transported in vehicles from long distances, thereby reducing the consumption of fuel

Community

Under our community development policy, we execute the vacation in such a way that it provides direct financial support to them. It also helps in forming a closer, more meaningful connect between you and the local communities. At every point, you will get a clear sense of how your money is supporting local community. And we are open to any questions from you during the trip.

a) We execute small groups in order to be conscious about the consumption of natural and human resources of the village
b) We are using local homestays which are run by the families themselves. This not only gives you a very authentic experience, but also helps the community directly. Facilities like cleanliness, food quality and safety are taken care of
c) In case you wish to buy any souvenir, we encourage you to do that from local craft centers owned by SHGs
d) We have trained students from secondary schools to be local tour guides. These children of age group 17-19 are from local community and work part time on rotation basis for extra income. Rotation system ensures that their studies are not impacted
e) Part of what you pay goes directly to the community development fund which is used in plantation of trees, maintenance of homestays and as emergency fund
f) We encourage mutual respect between travelers and locals. We do not support or conduct engaging activities with young school children

2 Reviews of Sikkim & Kolkata cultural tour in India

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Reviewed on 18 Jul 2018 by

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


I thoroughly enjoyed staying with a Kolkata family, eating together, sharing experiences and being extremely well looked after.
The home stay arrangements were thoughtful and also flexible. The two historical tours that I did were fascinating, conducted by a very switched-on young guide.

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


If you have a connecting flight through an Indian airport remember to collect your luggage, go through customs, and check it back in!!

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


I think the historical tours support cultural conservation. The trip organiser kindly supplied a reusable filter water bottle. Otherwise quite a bit of driving, inevitably.

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


Very rewarding. Genuinely caring organisation behind it.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Joan for coming over. :)

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2017 by

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


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). Luckily our driver was highly skilled. Dont always expect seat belts by the way.

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


Be prepared to be welcomed enthusiastically. And remember to take warm clothes. It can get chilly up in the mountains.

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


Definitely. Incomes are low and life is close to subsistence level. Staying with these families who share the financial benefits makes a significant difference to them.

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


Unique! Brilliant. Do it!!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Katherine. Having you and Sara with us was an absolute delight. We are happy to know that you took back beautiful memories from India, and left a positive impact locally. Regarding your feedback on seat belt, we had given instruction to wear it as part of our training. However, it seems a refresher training is required now. We will take care of that. Do visit us again :)

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