As a responsible traveler, you can help the sustainable development of the villages by supporting community-based tourism. Here are few things that you can do to help out the villagers.
1. Eat Local food – Purchasing fresh foods in the market
and eating local dishes ensures that your money stays local and supports
2. Purchase local crafts - Purchasing handicrafts in markets or villages directly supports local artisans and their traditional crafts.
3. Use local guides – Taking a village guide and/or a local guide from town will make your trip more enjoyable and will help employ local people. Inquire about packaged tours that include local guides, local food and local accommodation.
4. Stay overnight in villages – Staying overnight in a village homestay as part of an organized tour provides a genuine experience with Himalayan culture and people and help in sustainable tourism.
5. Enjoy local cultural program- Watching local cultural program supports local artists and helps in the continuance and growth of local art form.
We conduct soft trekking and village discover tours in places like:
OKHREY AND BARSEY
BARSEY RHODODENDRON TREK
Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in the West Sikkim, is famous for its flowers, and spectacular mountain views of Kangchenjunga and Everest. The views are complimented with camping in dense Oak and Rhododendron forest amidst the calls of barking deer and wild birds.
Our Eco Stay serves food which is organically grown in the villages nearby. It is employing about 10 young men and women from the Eco-zone after due training, giving indirect employment to about 100 people through various activities around the park. Serving as a base for soft adventure activities around the park like one day treks, multi-day treks, nature awareness camps, rock climbing, fishing, medicinal herbal treks etc. Other activities may include Woofing, (Working at Other peoples Farms), Organic gardening treks, volunteer guests etc.
OKHREY: LAND OF RHODODENDRONS
“Encircled by the thick blanket of clear blue sky, surrounded by the nostalgic green hills, enchanting birds flying across the horizon , the rivers in torrents and the peaceful lakes – makes our treasured Okhrey paradise of nature".
Okhrey is a small village situated in West Sikkim district, India. It is mostly inhabited by sherpa. They are the main tribal people of the place.
Its natural beauty manifested by the green landscape dotted with perennial streams and lush green forests, picturesque villages, natives in traditional dresses, indigenous architecture and the responsible and welcoming community makes it one of the newly offbeat tourist destination in West Sikkim.
Things you can experience:
• Diverse flora and fauna
• Rich culture, Traditions and hospitable people
• Beautiful Landscape
• Easy trek suitable for beginners and families
• Grand views of Kanchenjunga throughout the trek
•Trek through Rhododendron forests blooming with multi colored rhododendrons
• Walk through dense forest trails teeming with birds
• Trek on an offbeat route taken by very few trekkers
• Homestay/ Village stay
• Experience rural Sikkimese way of life through cultural interactions with locals
• Monastery Visit/ Village Walk
• Nature Camp
TREK TO SILLERY GAON
A journey to Old Silk Route in North Bengal and Sikkim itself is rejuvenating. The stress relieving Teesta, the magical effect of the mighty Himalayas, the tall slender pine trees, the simple hospital locals all creates a mesmerizing effect on mind and soul.
Sillery gaon,a sleepy village of New Darjeeling offers a magnificent view of the Kanchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world. The shimmering silver peak and the serenity around entice every traveler visiting the village. The name “Sillery” is derived from the name of a plant that grows in abundance in the region. This area also abounds in Cinchona Plantation which was introduced in this region by the British, as a source of Quinine used for the treatment of Malaria.
A trek to this place under the guidance of local guide will help us to unveil the beauty of places like Damsing,Ramitey Dara ehich offers a great view of the meandering of Teesta,Tinchule and Silent Valley. When you trek pass the hamlets and terraces through the winding undulating roads the effect is long lasting.
Enjoy the local cuisine, try to cook some local food on your own, appreciate the local language, recognize the medicinal plants, orchids which grow there, relish the barbeque beside the river, get absorbed in dance steps of the locals, take innumerable photographs of the meandering Teesta River on the backdrop of the mystic Kanchenjunga and have sleepless nights chatting with each other.
Discovering a village will support you to discover yourself .