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North East Explorers

Tawang, India
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About North East Explorers
North East Explorers is an eco-travel company based in North East India. We curate culturally-inclined custom trips in North East India and help you experience the rich cultures, traditions & life of this almost unexplored part of India. Something we the people of North East are very proud of, to the outside world while making sure we do not disturb the fragile ecological balance of the region.
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Explore the mountains of Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh and the tribal lifestyle of this region at your own pace.This private tour of the Tawang region takes you through the deep valleys of the eastern Himalayas, deep inside the tribal areas of the state, historic Buddhist monasteries and towering mountains. The Tawang monastery tour in this trip is one of the highlights of this Tawang tour package from Guwahati.

Get ready to visit Tawang and experience the beauty of the place and its omnipresent Buddhist way of life in one of the best possible ways in this one week Tawang trip.
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Chloe19 wrote a review Apr 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions1 helpful vote
Review of the 6 day Tawang trip My family and friends had a wonderful time on this very well planned tour. Rajiv and Jameer are excellent at their jobs and we're very thankful to them. We were visiting the Tawang memorial to see my grandfather's inscription for the first time so it was an emotional trip to begin with. (The Tawang memorial commemorates the heroes who died protecting the country in the India- China war of 1962). I found north east explorers online and started communicating with Rajiv almost a year before the trip just to get his advice early on. He was responsive and very knowledgeable. The other positive reviews on the various sites were reassuring also. He clearly knows the region very well and was able to guide us accordingly when we explained that the Tawang memorial would be the main highlight for us. He advised on travel requirements and permit requirements ahead of time ( I would advise if you have any non- Indian passport holders in your group, that you need to get the ball rolling a few weeks if not months in advance to ensure to have everything required as there can be some unpredictable border control issues). Our driver and guide Jameer was a really lovely chap. Always polite and considerate.He had done the trip multiple times before which was evident as some of the roads can be fairly challenging but he had a lot of experience. He knew the best scenic spots to stop at, suitable restaurants to stop at along the way ( nice food and reasonable toilets - just fyi a lot of the toilets along the route were the traditional squatting toilet types - the toilets in the homestays were the modern type though). The homestays were lovely and well chosen. Very different from the run of the mill hotels. Charming and quaint with friendly staff. We stayed at Gonpalok homestay in Dirang and Dondrub homestay in Tawang. We travelled at the beginning of April. As the altitude increases the weather gets colder so make sure you have some warm clothes/layers/ slippers with you. In Tawang (where it was much colder) they had bed warmers at the homestay, which helped a lot. Just be mindful of the food service timings at the homestays/ carry some healthy snacks with you if required. If you have any special dietary requirements they are willing and happy to accommodate when they can. I would say if you are vegan and like having oat or soya milk etc it's better to take your own non-dairy milk cartons or sachets as it just isn't readily available in the area. I would take some of your own healthy snacks/ fruits as well if required. Also inform them ahead of meal preparation if you want them to reduce the amount of oil etc. Over the 6 days, we went from Guwahati to Dirang to Tawang and then returned back to Guwahati airport via a different route. Lots of beautiful scenery, waterfalls and monasteries to see. We were able to see the Indo-Bhutan border gate on the way back and take a few pictures there also. Rajiv advised about the importance of acclimatisation to the altitude. For example you may feel a bit breathless/dizzy as you get used to the environment but on the whole most of us were fine. (Including our cutie mum who is in her 70s) Just as a precaution if you have anyone traveling with medical issues or using blood pressure medications it may be handy to travel with a blood pressure monitor /a pulse oximeter and thermometer just incase. Also just be mindful that malaria is endemic in Assam. All in all it was an amazing trip!!! Highly recommend this great team!! Thank you so much Rajiv and Jameer!!! We loved it!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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milanbondi wrote a review Apr 2022
New Delhi, India14 contributions3 helpful votes
Me and my wife were looking for a tour operator for our north east trip (tawang and kaziranga) this year. I had already been to Meghalaya with my friends but as a couple this was our first trip. This was also our first mountain trip post the pandemic. My wife also has problems with motion sickness and altitude. So we were looking for a reliable amtour operator in the region. That is when we stumbled upon North East explorers. Rajiv was always available for any doubts and queries and he went out of his way to make our trip memorable. Even though we booked very last moment he was gracious to adjust things for us. He made sure we were enjoying the trip. Overall it was a well managed enjoyable experience.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Madhavi Shinde wrote a review Apr 2022
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Hello Rajiv Good evening .. Yes back home and settled and still day dreaming about beautiful trip and places we saw.. those are just mind blowing... The trip was extremely superb with no issues faced at all.. we all have enjoyed a lot at all places .. All stays and meals very super cool.. Never thought North East would be so so mesmerizing.. Great adventure at Cherapunji...never thought we are so skilled and capable to do so.much trek...this was a lifetime experience.. Have carried superb memories back home.. Looking forward to again plan the best of best places Take care
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Kanaka wrote a review Mar 2022
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Posting this in a while: My husband and I generally take a vacation around our anniversary and he plans meticulously, reading up reviews, watching YouTube videos, etc. This year around, both of us were insanely busy with work as well as a close friend's wedding preps, leaving us with no time to plan our vacation. We had finalised the destination but were struggling to plan it properly. He left the entire planning to me, saying this is payback time and I should take the initiative this time. That was a daunting task, specifically because I had to match his standards if not surpass them and there was hardly any time - 10 days to go before our planned leave began. That's when I found Northeast Explorers on Google - and I was really lucky I did! Northeast Explorers is a one-man army run by Rajiv Verma; he had some really great reviews on his website as well as TripAdvisor. He had set itineraries on the website - for every state in the North East. I picked up one that matched what I was looking for - Kaziranga & Meghalaya in 7 days - and dropped in an enquiry on the website, along with the customization that I was looking for. Rajiv replied within a few hours with a tentative plan for us, addressing my specific requirements. We mostly corresponded on email only given that I literally had no time to plan. 5 days before we left, we finalised the itinerary with Rajiv. We had a wonderful time, without the pain of having to plan anything at all - yet most of the trip felt like we had planned it ourselves! The highlights of the trip:  • Rajiv knows Meghalaya like the back of his hand, hence suggested a few places that weren't on our list.  • A few treks and some adventures were what I had asked him for - and he ensured that our trip was action-packed!  • The Double Decker Living Root Bridge was on my bucket-list for the longest time and we had an awesome guide who made the trek memorable for us. Rajiv had suggested that we could take a dip in the lagoon during the trek and that was one of the highlights of our trip! After a gruelling trek, the ice cold water was exactly the therapy that our muscles needed - so that we could complete the rest of the trek strongly.  • The Bamboo Trek was another highlight. Not many folks know about it, nor had I heard about it before Rajiv suggested it. Again, a gem of a place. We were awestruck by the engineering marvels built by the locals here - bamboo ladders & bridges along a cliff. It wasn't too difficult but it is certainly not for the faint-hearted. We just had to trust the bamboo bridges at some places, take a leap of faith while soaking in the beautiful views all along!  • River-camping at Shnongpdeng: Again, I had only known about the boating at Dawki from my research. Rajiv suggested camping along the Umngot river further down at Shnongpdeng. That was the last leg of our journey and a thrilling one again. Camping in tents at night by the river, making new friends while soaking in the warmth around the bonfire, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and cliff jumping was all super fun!  • The itinerary also ensured that we covered the most beautiful waterfalls around Sohra, the wonderful Arwah and Mawsmayi Caves and a few other places on the way. Since it was a dry season, he had only prioritised the most beautiful waterfalls and ones that still had water for us!  • Rajiv had ensured that we had a cool driver Ricky all along with us. Ricky is a Khasi himself so language wasn't a problem anywhere. He has travelled along the length and breadth of Meghalaya so he knows the roads very well! He also knew some of the best places to explore fresh, local food - something we wanted to do.  • We had some of the best homestays all through the trip - a paddy shed at Kaziranga. A Khasi homestay tucked in at the highest locale in Shillong, which gave us a beautiful view of entire Shillong. A nice hotel along a small pond that leads to the Wei Shawdong & Dainthlen falls. And camping in tents at Shnongpdeng. Most places offered to set up bonfires for us in the evenings to keep us warm and enjoy our drinks. And all of them offered wholesome breakfast too.  • We didn't have to worry about getting the permits, etc. Rajiv just took all the documents and got the e-passes for us. The safaris at Kaziranga were also booked for us so we didn't have to bother about the bookings once we had paid the lumpsum amount to Northeast at the beginning of the trip. So overall, we had a brilliant trip indeed - thanks to Northeast Explorers & Rajiv. And certainly one that matched my husband's standards 😜 Can't thank Rajiv enough for this trip!
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from northeastexplorers, Owner at North East Explorers
Responded 4 Apr 2022
Oh wow! This is by far the longest and most detailed review we have ever received :D Thank you so much for this, Kanaka. It was so so great having you with us here. Ricky too, can't stop talking about you guys :-) Too bad I could not meet you guys personally. Hopefully, I will, the next time around :-) Cheers, Rajiv
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Shyam P wrote a review Mar 2022
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We did a 11-day custom tour of Assam & Meghalaya through North East explorer. I came across their website during my initial search for Northeast tour for my family. What got me interested was it's claim of giving a flavor of Northeast through their Home-stays and interaction of people. Normally, I have certain apprehension about home-stays especially over it's cleanliness and maintenance. However, after few rounds of honest discussion and convincing by Rajiv, I decided to go-ahead. And I feel, that was one of my best decisions ever!! Me & my Family had a flawless and most amazing trip. We did Guwahati-Kaziranga-Majauli-Shillong-Dwaki-Mawlynnlong-Cherapunjee-Shillong-Guwahati Rajiv had planned it perfectly, all the routes, sightseeing's, Guides, Vehicle etc. Homestays & cottages were simple, scenic and absolutely neat and clean. He had also arranged for local cuisines whenever available. All accommodations had hot water geysers except Majajuli where hot water was provided in buckets but more than made up with their beautiful bamboo cottages. Accommodations were one of the highlights of this trip. Rajiv was in constant touch daily to make sure that trip was comfortable. For such a long journey on road, a good vehicle & driver becomes key to a good trip. Again, Rajiv provided us with Jameer Ali. Jammer, was very polite, friendly and knowledgeable. His knowledge of the region, roads and constant flow of information helped us to make journey interesting. He also ensured that our stays were comfortable. All in all, this was one of the most memorable trip for my family and I am taking this opportunity to thank Northeast explorers, Rajiv and Jameer for thoroughly enjoyable trip. Thank You. Definitely recommend Northeast Explorers!!
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Response from northeastexplorers, Owner at North East Explorers
Responded 4 Apr 2022
Thank you so much Shyam ji, for your kind words and such a detailed review of your time with us, here in the North East __/\__ Feedback like this is what keeps us going. Really appreciate you taking the time and posting such a sweet review. Hope to see you sometime soon again. Cheers, Rajiv
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