VOLUNTEER IN NORTHEAST INDIA
NORTHEAST INDIA LOCATED IN THE NORTHEASTERN REGION OF INDIA REPRESENT DIFFERENT CULTURES THEN REST OF THE WORLD. THIS REGION COMPRISES OF 8 STATES, IN OUR WARUPA PROGRAM WE WILL BE TRAVELLING TO 3 STATES OF NORTHEAST STARTING FROM THE GATEWAY CITY KOLKATA IN WEST BENGAL AND FINISHING IT AT GANGTOK AFTER A ROUND TRIP TO ASSAM AND MEGHALAYA. NORTHEAST INDIA IS GIFTED WITH RICH CULTURE, BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS, DENSE FORESTS, MAGNIFICIENT RIVERS AND WATERFALLS WHICH GLORIFIOUS IT’S GEOGRAPHIC IMPORTANCE.
NORTHEAST INDIA PROVIDES US WITH MANY SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS WHICH ARE WORKING WITH A COMMON AIM OF TAKING EVERYONE TOGETHER FOR THE WELFARE AND GROWTH OF SOCIETY. MANY STATES ARE FOCUSING ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THESE REGIONS WHICH WILL HELP US KNOW ABOUT THE BUSINESS PART OF THIS REGION AS WELL.
WE INVITE OUR VOLUNTEERS TO COME AND VISIT THIS BEAUTIFUL REGION OF INDIA, WORK WITH PEOPLE PRACTICING DIFFERENT CULTURES, HELP ORGANIZATION IN IT’S DEVELOPMENT AND TRAVEL WITH US TO EXPLORE THIS PARADISE ON EARTH
OUR TRAVEL CITIES:
Gangtok is hands down a delightful place on this planet to visit. Summer and spring seasons are the prominent tourist seasons.
The immaculate and a divine place located in the upper reaches of Gangtok, Hanuman Tok is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the Hindu monkey God. It is a temple complex that is swarmed by enthusiast from all over the country. A visit to this place will make you feel sacred; just at the moment as you ascend the stairs, a far distant prayer comes into the sight and the religious music are heard. The best part of it all, is the view one gets, which includes a site of tiny part of Gangtok town and the alluring neighboring hills and valleys.
Seven Sister is an in-demand waterfall. As the name suggests, the seven different waterfalls harmoniously arranged sideways on a wide rugged cliff seem distinct if observe from a distance. It becomes a must-see place in Gangtok after rains, when the falls come into a fierce life offering an awe-inspiring view.
Relabeled as Kanchenjunga Shopping Complex, this market is where you will find many myriad products located near MG Marg, the vegetable market at Lal Bazaar is well-liked among the local people of the city. You get top quality, fresh vegetables, and fruits here. Sunday is when the market is the most alive. People from all parts of the city visit here, and it is quite evident that they come from different ethnic background.
The sheer brilliance of natural beauty is good reason to visit the Tsomgo Lake. Majestic silver firs and pine trees skirt the gorgeous glacial lake that is up to a kilometer long. Changing seasons bring assorted colors to the lake waters, from sapphire blue in springtime to a dark inky green as winter arrives. Monsoons bring mists that shroud the lake adding to its bizarre aura. Springtime ushers in a riot of colors to the pristine surroundings of the lake with a variety of flowers. The area is resplendent with birdlife and a host of migratory birds for instance. Animals even though present are elusive. However, if you are lucky, it is possible that you might spot musk Deers, gorals or red pandas in the upper range of Tsomgo. There are evidence of leopard and Himalayan black bear glimpse too.
NGOs here are diversified in many sectors most NGOs here are related to Art and Culture and Animal husbandry. Sikkim State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd (SIMFED) is an NGO which works for Animal Husbandry.
As Gangtok is the core city to the tourism industry many NGOs related to Tourism and Environment and Forest safety. Many Human Rights NGO are also found here. Nature Conservation & Social Organization works for human rights, child protection, environment, education, NRM, water & sanitation, natural disaster, tourism and capacity building programs. Other types include Children, rural development, and women Empowerment.
It is a paradise that will sure delight your sight.
Situated at the foothill of the eastern Himalaya mountains in the plains of Darjeeling District by the side of River Mahananda is the 2nd largest city in West Bengal, Siliguri.
The beautiful rarities of Siliguri include the Salugura Monastery, the Buddhist shrine on the outskirts of this city founded by the Tibetan monks.
The north Bengal science center is a vibrant Museum with a planetarium, science shows & diversified exhibits, plus an out of the ordinary exterior dinosaur statue.
Then comes the magnificent Roy Villa, a four storied building situated at Lebong, Cart Road of Darjeeling. The building holds a special significance in being the Death place of Sister Nivedita, the believer of Swami Vivekananda.
Sukna, the gateway of The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary has been given the title of sanctuary to protect some extinct species. A variety of extinct species are found here.
North Bengal Wild Animals Park also known Bengal Safari, Siliguri has proven to highlight the faunal diversity of the North Bengal flood plains to the local people and visitors to the region. The Park have good collection of Medicinal Plants.
And finally comes the beautiful Hong Kong market sited on the Hill Cart road. The main attraction of this market is the imported good from the other Asian countries like Thailand and Nepal. The shopkeepers here usually quote double the actual price giving us a chance to flaunt our bargaining skills. Our team couldn’t hold themselves back and wanted to witness these beauties.
Another major reason that astonished our team to visit Siliguri was the newfangled ideas for social organizations and the NGOs of this city who were working selflessly and wholeheartedly to raise consciousness and transform the society into a better tomorrow. These social organizations have some unique ideas that no one would have ever thought before.
Many Tea related business found here like Udyaan tea and Teabox . An organization with a motto of cleaning the city has blown my minds. Another business started by a mother daughter duo producing organic beauty products is such an inspiration to us. Also, we found. Godhuli, a farm which pampers their cows like babies because happy cows give happy milk. There are NGOs who work with other organizations and spread awareness for conservation and tourism ,
An organization called Niswarth helps the underprivileged to get employment and financing specially challenged people to get training, sponsoring deaf children’s school and arranging camps for the disabled and the blinds.
An organization which runs with the motto “Prevention is better than cure” helps people to fight cancer.
This NGO believes in spreading light in people’s life. They fight and cater the needs of the underprivileged and the downtrodden. Their motto is to serve every person in need.
Such organizations which work their whole life with the never give up attitude for the better of the society is what we should be proud of. Team AMO always looks forward working with such NGOs.
Guwahati is a sprawling city by the side of the Brahmaputra River in the northeastern side Indian state of Assam. It is well known for holy sites for instance the hilltop Kamakhya Temple, featuring shrines to the Hindu deities Shiva and Vishnu.
Another religious addition in the Guwahati list will carry you down to the beautiful island known Peacock island, in the middle of Brahmaputra river. Peacock Island is recognized as one of the smallest riverine islands in the entire It can be effortlessly reached by the country boats which can be easily found on the banks of the river Brahmaputra. Umananda Temple, devoted to Shiva and enveloped with engravings, stands on Peacock Island in the river.
Guwahati Planetarium distinct center of astronomical education and research in Assam and the whole North-Eastern region of India. The Guwahati Planetarium is unrivalled in Assam and rest of northeast India with its distinctive dome and the sloping walls that sets it separately in the skyline of the area.
The Nehru park is sited in the middle of the city and offers vast open green space to connect with nature when bored with buildings around studded with sculptures of local dancing ladies, Chacha Nehru, beautiful columns and local singing group, the park also offers distinct flora and fauna to watch for. One can visit this park for a relaxing time in the beautiful climate.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is sited in the grasslands of Assam which is the dwelling place of the Greater Indian One-Horned Rhinoceroses with its largest population in the entire world. It is landlocked by Assamese villages from each side of it with the orthodox Assamese culture. Altogether, the terrain of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is a breathtaking experience for a traveler or an admirer of nature.
The Kamakhya temple was built in the 10th centaury and is sited 7km away from the city of Guwahati. The huge temple in Nilachal hills is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya and one of the best things to do in Guwahati without which the tour is incomplete. It welcomes thousands of visitors every day from the entire world.
Seven sister states are the part of India that shows quite different culture and a quite symbol of uniqueness in India. Among them Meghalaya is one, and its capital is Shillong. Shillong represents the culture of the north-western India and, also the beauty of nature with hills, lakes and waterfalls.
Shillong represents a different culture of tribes like GARO, JAINTIA and KHASI. Shillong is a place nearby Cherrapunjee which is known as wettest place on earth or known for highest rain in the world. May be this can be one of the reasons for the so many waterfalls over here. In Shillong there are falls such as, Bishop Fall, Spread Eagle fall, Sweet fall, Elephant fall.Because of high rain the place is filled with greenery. Garden and parks like Botanical Garden, Phan nonglait Park, are attraction for the people who really wants to be with nature and trees. Shillong is also a hilly area and some peaks are also famous here such as Laithlum Conyos, Shillong Peak, Sohpebneng Peak.
These peaks give us the feeling of being at the top of the world. When it comes to hilly area how can a person forget about trekking! There is an amazing 16 km long trekking trail known as David Scott’s trail.
People, who wants to explore and know about the tribe culture can also visit museums located here. Around five to six major museums are here dedicated to army and culture such as Ever Living Museum, Rhino Heritage, State Museum, Air force museum, Don Bosco museum. When it comes to nightlife the city generally closes at 8 pm but The Grand Madina Masjid, the largest mosque in north-west India, lights up in green and spreads the blossom.
Shillong shows a mixture of religions. Not only mosque but cathedrals from the British time is also famous here. The architecture of All Sint Cathedral and Mary Help for Christian is template of British construction. Lakes also add in nature’s beauty. In Shillong, Ward’s lake and Umimam Lake is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the peace.
Yes, the city sleeps early but, Police Bazar is an attraction for night for the shopaholic people. It is a must visit place and can be visited after 8 pm as it remains open for long hours. Mawsmai Caves are also an attraction here. Mawphlang village and forest represent the lifestyle and agriculture of here.
Here NGOs like Constant Institute and Advance information technology society works for IT and communication. Also, an NGO called Charishma Outreach mission works for vocational training. Here NGOs for children, agriculture, arts and culture, human rights work like, Grassroot, Ed Care Society, Phlangkyunshi Sports club, Reach shillong, Vidya, Sun Beam Sanstha, Damash Youth Forum, Seva Bharati Meghalaya etc.
Darjeeling is famous for its tea industry and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is also a world heritage site declared by UNESCO. Views of third highest mountain Kangchenjunga can charm anyone. Darjeeling is a part of the state Sikkim and was a buffer state between Nepal and Bhutan. In past there were many issues regarding the border with Nepal. Darjeeling shows a mixture of Tibetan culture and an Indian culture.
an Indian culture.
As Darjeeling is situated on hilly areas and near disputed regions only agriculture related industries are the main business of the people belong here. Orange, Pineapple and other fruits are the one of the main crops of here. Yes, and the min product is tea. Darjeeling tea is made from camellia sinensis var. it is seasonally harvested and available only for limited period of time. Here is a list of some of the tea suppliers, Varun Tea Enterprises, Girnar tea retail shop, L Patel’s Tea and many more. For fruit dealers one can contact Himalayan fruits Processing or AC fruits and vegetable supply.
Darjeeling is still developing region of India. Working professionally and in organised sector with good supply chain management and marketing network is rare over here. Even most of people do not even have their own business or organisation website. NGOs like Astha, chai project, Atree, Darjeeling Sparsh, Earth group, Environmental protection society are working here for the business development as well as to serve people.
Places to Visit: –
The most attractive place which is also included as world heritage site by UNESCO is Darjeeling Himalayan Train. The 88 km long way through the valley shows the art by nature. How can one forget about trekking in the most beautiful hilly areas hugging the nature. Sandakphu Trek is very well famous for its moderate hilly trek. Also, one of the most famous peak Tiger Hill is famous for trekking. The view of Mt. Everest that can be seen from here can not be described in words.
Other than this Buddhist shrine Peace Pagoda, Himalayan mountaineering institute, Rimbik, Darjeeling Rangit Valley Ropeway are the major attraction here. Rimbik is a national park area and famous for its trekking pathways. The ropeway mentioned above is also a must visit site as it is being passed through the lavish green hilly area and tea productive regions it is a very attractive place. Being in the Himalayan region Darjeeling is a green place having national parks, valley tea estates, etc.
The city has taken home the nickname ‘city of joy’ for its soulful embodiment of culture, fondness, mystery, regard, enthusiasm, and some amazing, sweet delicacies. Kolkata, as it is now recognized, is a city that holds a flawless juxtaposition between the old world and the modern one.
Apart from these, Kolkata also holds a vast number of NGOs working for various sectors of India. Some of them are listed below.
Mission Smile is a Government registered Medical Charitable Trust which works and ensures the safest care through free cleft lip and cleft palate treatment in India for the poorest of the poor. Bringing smiles to faces is the mission of Mission Smile. The NGO is led by the group of dynamic trustees helps free life-changing surgeries for victims suffering from cleft deformities.
Tomorrow Foundation works with children and women from the slums of Kolkata. They work towards mainstreaming children and they also supply them remedial education. The organization also works with women in improving the standard of life by creating skilled tailors through Swabalamban Project.
Love n Care for Animals is a voluntary animal welfare organization which works for stray dogs, cats, abandoned cows, horses, neglected birds like crows, kites, vultures etc.
Noutonki Kolkata is a non-governmental organization and works around Art & Culture, Education & Literacy, etc. The NGO works towards the promotion of sustainable development.
Turnstone Global is a not-for-profit social enterprise working with relentless effort for the overall improvement of human lives, irrespective of age, gender, religious beliefs, cast, ethnic origin, birthplace, or disability status.
They work for the betterment of lives of the disabled, in, the visually impaired; to provide education, training with a view to rehabilitate them and improve their livelihood.
Volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata Founded by Mother Teresa in 1950, Missionaries of Charity is one of the oldest and well-known nonprofit organizations in Kolkata. They have 19 homes including those for women, orphans, and for the dying. They also have an AIDS hospice, a school for street kids and a colony for lepers to provide free service to people.
Places to Visit:The Indian Museum in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, also recognized to as the Imperial Museum at Kolkata (Calcutta). It is world’s ninth oldest museum, the oldest museum in India, and the largest museum in India It has most uncommon collections of antiques, Armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings.
The M. P. Birla Planetarium in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, is an iconic structure whose architecture is based on the popular Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi. Popularly recognized as taramandal, the planetarium was inaugurated on 2 July 1963 by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Marble Palace is a palatial nineteenth-century. mansion It is one of the best-preserved and most graceful houses of nineteenth-century Calcutta. The mansion is well recognized for its marble walls, floors, and sculptures, from which it derives its name.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is a Church of North India (CNI) cathedral of Anglican background in Kolkata is noted for its Gothic architecture and dedicated to Paul the Apostle. It is the seat of the Diocese of Calcutta. It is said to be the largest church in Kolkata and the first Anglican cathedral in Asia.