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I started Little Roots Travel because I believe based on my own childhood, the exposure to different geographic regions and culture helped me both as an individual and a designer, to respect and be open to how other people live. I travel a lot with my own kids aged 7 & 8 years and I know from experience how challenging it is to travel with little ones. I want to encourage parents to travel with small children and hence focus on group family excursions. Food,  fun activities and importantly a little time to yourself is a key part of my agenda.

The destinations on the tour have been chosen to give you and your children a fun experience of life in the North East.

Guwahati is the melting pot of the east and the trip starts here. We continue to Meghalaya for the outdoor adventure. At Cherrapunjee, enjoy cave explorations, waterfalls and music. Take in views of Bangladesh from bamboo sky bridges at Mawlynnong and walk down to a living root bridge nearby. Go for a boat ride near Dawki which borders Bangladesh. Feel at home in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya and explore a sacred grove in Mawphalang. The rhino attracts everyone to Assam and at Pobitora National Park, you will get to see these beautiful creatures.  

 Please note the rate per child - above 5 years Rs 19,800/- and below 5 years (no extra bed) Rs 9855/-

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : May 1, 2019

Time : 10:00 am

Guwahati-Pobitora

Arrive at Guwahati airport by morning flight (we will inform you on what flights to book). Julie, Jiya and Vir will greet you at the airport with a breakfast basket. From there you will drive down to Pobitora (72 kms / approximately 2 hours). En route there will be a tea break. Once you check in, lunch will be waiting for you at the resort. After you rest and freshen up, you can go to the riverside to see the sunset. In the evening join the local Bihu dancers who will entertain you.

Day 2

Date : May 2, 2019

Time : 8:30 am

Cherrapunjee

An early morning elephant ride has been arranged inside the Pobitora Sanctuary. After breakfast, head for Cherrapunjee (166 kms / approximately 4.5 hours). En route we will have lunch at Nongpoh. Stretch your legs and take in the local scenery after you check into the home stay. Dinner will be at a restaurant near the home stay.

Day 3

Date : May 3, 2019

Time : 9:30 am

Cherrapunjee

In the morning, explore a cave and a few waterfalls. Everyone will get a chance to get into the water if they so choose to. A local guide will accompany us. Lunch will be at a small local restaurant. In the evening, enjoy a jam session with a local rock band.

Day 4

Date : May 4, 2019

Time : 8:30 am

Dawki – Mawlynnong - Cherrapunjee

The day will start with a drive to Dawki (65 kms / approximately 2 hours) where we will go on a boat ride on the crystal clear waters of the Umgot river. Lunch is at Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in India. We will visit a living root bridge and you will marvel at the ingenuity of this sustainable invention built a 100 years ago. Return to the home stay for dinner.

Day 5

Date : May 5, 2019

Time : 9:30 am

Shillong

The drive to Shillong is 51 kms (approximately 2 hrs). En route visit Mawphalang Sacred Groves. After lunch we have planned some activities for the children, leaving the parents free to visit the local market. An early dinner will be served at the hotel for the children.

Day 6

Date : May 6, 2019

Time : 8:00 am

Guwahati

After taking in a few local sites, we will drive to Guwahati in the morning (97 kms / approximately 3 hours) reaching the home stay in time for lunch. An evening river cruise has been planned on the Brahmaputra. Dinner will be at the home stay.

Day 7

Date : May 7, 2019

Time : 10:00 am

Memories

In the morning, catch up on your shopping. Lunch has been planned in a restaurant. En route to to the airport visit the Kamakhya temple complex.

 Please note the rate per child – above 5 years Rs 19,800/- and below 5 years (no extra bed) Rs 9855/-

  1. Accommodation in double/ twin bed room.

    • Guwahati: Prabhakar Guest House/Guwahati Address
    • Cherrapunjee: Sa-I-Mika / Hesed house
    • Shillong: Shillong Habitat/ Shillong club
    • Pobitora: Zizina Resort[tented huts]
  1. All meals
  2. Transfer by Tempo Traveller
  3. One Bihu dance performance
  4. One music performance at Cherrapunjee
  5. A river cruise on the Brahmaputra in Guwahati
  6. One elephant ride at Pobitora National Park#
  7. Local guide at Cherrapunjee and Mawphalang
  8. Drinking water, basic medical kit and light refreshment for the  journey
  9. Two activities for kids

Please note:

#Elephant safaris are subject to availability and permission granted by forest dept.

  1. Airfare
  2. Porter fees, tips, laundry or camera charges
  3. Snacks or drinks unless mentioned above
  4. Cultural activities unless mentioned above
  5. Insurance
  6. Telephone charge
  1. :

    My son and I had a remarkably stunning and adventurous trip to Assam and Meghalaya, these two gems of Northeast India. Experiencing the sunset cruise in Guwahati with a live band and watching the tiniest inhabited island while sailing was fascinating, the breath taking beauty of Cherrapunjee and its waterfalls, visiting Asia’s cleanest and most beautiful town of Mawlynong, truly magical journey within The Sacred Grove, the colourful markets of Shillong to Pobitora’s National Park dense with one horned Rhino’s and birds which we explored in the comfort of our private jeep and to the thoroughly enjoyable Elephant Safari and many more highlights, we have had a wonderful trip. Discovering North East India with ‘Curtain Call Adventures’ was incredible as was the consistency of sumptuous and abundant food provided along with uniquely charming hotel’s. A very comfortable minivan throughout the tour and an efficient driver brought ease to my mind.

    I travelled from 1st May to 6th May and as a parting note thank Julie and her team for an uber organised holiday which made it memorable.

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      Thank you for the review. it means a lot to us.

  2. :

    Dates of Travel: 1 May – 7 May 2018

    Tour: Assam & Meghalaya

    We had a wonderful experience with Curtaincall Adventures on our trip to Assam and Meghalaya. The trip was planned meticulously and the experiences were appropriate for kids as well as grown-ups. The best part of the trip was the local expertise of Julie which helped us in planning the excursions and avoid the ones that were more touristy in nature! Another huge plus of the trip was that we were given the flexibility wherever possible as we were traveling with younger kids less than 4 years.

    The choice of the homestays / resorts were amazing with each property having its distinctive charm and warmth.

    Julie and the entire group was very warm and we were all traveling as a group of friends rather than tourists. She had the foresight of planning the group in such a way that kids were of similar age group, hence the overall experience was even better. Due to her planning, we could enjoy an additional safari in the evening and see a rhino up close. Apart from the abundant natural beauty and the safari, an impromptu trek with a local guide, evening band jam session were the some of the additional highlights of the trip.

    It is such fine personal touches that makes every moment enjoyable and we would love to explore more of these beautiful but unknown places in the North-East with CurtainCall Adventures. Until our next trip together, we wish CurtainCall Adventures good luck in their endeavor to bring these magical and unexplored destinations to all of us!

    Best Regards
    Amit & Divya Sharma

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      Dear Amit and Divya
      Thank you for the testimonial. It was a lovely trip and the enthusiasm shown by the kids and all you adults is what I feel really made the trip.

  3. :

    One of the best holidays we have ever experienced.
    In equal measure for the place and the outstanding experience created by Julie/Curtain Call.
    Every little element was taken care of and we didnt have to think about organising anything through the entire trip. The transportation, places to stay, meal stops and above all the safety – kudos to Julie for taking care of it all.
    Our 4 year old son (and us) had a great time enjoying the outdoors, little treks, the mist, the rain, the highlands, the root bridge, thick forests… i could go on and on.

    i could not recommend this trip more. absolute must do with children!

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      Dear Atul, Thank you for your testimony. It is a great boost to us to plan more

  4. :

    We had a really great time on this trip with Julie in May 2019. It covered Pabitara sanctuary, Cherrapunji, Shillong and Guwahati. We were a 5 families with 10 kids – all between 3 and 10 years of age. The outdoor experience was amazing. It was the first time for us in this part of India .. and we carried back with us so many memories. Julie had taken so much effort to make us comfortable. We were at great resorts, homestays during this trip. Got to taste local food and flavours including the famous bhut jolokia pickle. Thanks for your personal care and attention Julie. We will certainly refer our friends to this holiday.

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      Thank you Badri. It was a pleasure hosting Kumkum, you and the kids.

  5. :

    We had a wonderful trip to Guwahati, Cherrapunji, Shillong, Pabitora Sanctuary with Julie. We were amongst a group fo 5 families with 10 kids overall – including our 2 kids who were 5 and 10 years old. It was our first time to the region and it was a great experiece. We had local food including the famous Bhut Jolokia pickle !! The stay was at great properties. Julie had taken so much effort in making it all very comfortable for us.

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    We had a wonderful trip to Guwahati, Cherrapunji, Shillong, Pabitora Sanctuary with Juhi. We were amongst a group fo 5 families with 10 kids overall – including our 2 kids who were 5 and 10 years old. It was our first time to the region and it was a great experiece. We had local food including the famous Bhut Jolokia pickle !! The stay was at great properties. Juhi had taken so much effort in making it all very comfortable for us.

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Since it is a limited number of travellers and we do have fixed costs, there is a cancellation charge.

If you cancel your booking 45 days prior to departure date, you will be charged 40% of your total booking amount.
If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 60% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 100% of your total booking amount.

Costs have been calculated on 6-7 adults traveling on twin sharing basis and 6-8 children. It will change depending on the number of people travelling and mode of transport if you wish to change it.

Yes, we do. The additional cost is to cover expenditure incurred for permits and entry fees that are higher for non-Indian travellers.

Yes. Clients must be insured to cover the costs of medical emergencies/ expenses incurred due to weather conditions, prevailing road conditions, political situations, natural calamities, change in flight schedule, mechanical malfunction, or any such unanticipated events or any acts of God.

In Guwahati and Shillong, the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

The hills will be pleasant during the day and cold at night. Carry at least one warm jacket and a scarf for yourself and warm layers for the kids. Some clothes to play in the water.

There might be a few mild showers so carry a waterproof jacket and good sturdy walking shoes are a must.

Sun screen, sun glasses, insect repellent, a cap, a pair of binoculars are recommended.

A valid photo Id (Aadhar card, Voter's Id or driving license. Passport with valid visa for foreign passport holders).

Carry cell phone and camera chargers.

In Guwahati and Shillong the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

Carry basic medicines and any medication that you might be using.

Yes. A good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.

Part of the travel are on hill roads but the roads are in good condition.

Accommodations have been planned in a boutique home stay/hotels in Guwahati and Shillong. In Cherrapunjee, it is a basic standard hotel. In Pobitora, it’s a comfortable tent with attached bathrooms.

In Guwahati and Shillong, there is 24 hour emergency care available at the hospital. In Cherrapunjee and in Pobitora, there is a medical facility which can address minor issues.

Tips: hotel staff for a 3 night stay Rs. 200 – Rs. 250/- and driver for a week Rs. 1000 – 1500/-.
Restaurant: a meal for 4 ( Rs. 2500 to 8000/-).

Mild showers and a few thunderstorms start from the month of March but the weather otherwise remains pleasant till mid May. Monsoon season begins mid May. In the plains, day time might be warm and evenings pleasant. In the hills you might need a light jacket during the day and a warmer one for the evening.

The hotel in Shillong will provide Wi-Fi access on their premises but for elsewhere please carry your Wi-Fi hotspot or dongle. Some places you may not have access to Wi-Fi.

Yes we have a different for children? Children above the age of 5 years is charged Rs 19,800/- and children below 5 years of age ( no extra bed) is Rs 9855/-