Heritage and cultural experience is a part of the experiential holidays. In the Eastern Himalayan region, it is very popular for its ethnic diversity. In most of the eight states of North East India, there are different ethnic communities with their intangible cultural heritage. If we talk about Sikkim, fairs and festivals, the Buddhist tradition, rituals, etc. of the Lepcha, Bhutia communities are a part of the cultural heritage. In Assam, there are many communities and their cultural heritage is a well-known tourism attraction for e.g. Bihu festivals of Assam. Nature and ecology have a great impact on the development of a culture of a specific destination and their communities. Meghalaya has a rich cultural heritage due to the presence of the people of Khasi, Jayantiya, and Garo communities. In Tripura, there are nineteen different tribal communities with a diversity of cultural heritage.
All these have great tourism potentialities and ‘Rare’ experiences of the Eastern Himalayan region. One can explore and experience these during the time of festivals also. Apart from the festivals the way of life and the old local markets, traditional architecture, and local cuisine are all part of the experience. These are the hidden gems and the objective of Rare Himalayas is to build the cultural interlink between the host and guest through responsible tourism practice for better understanding and upliftment of the community.