A responsible tourism day in Kolkata

A responsible tourism day in Kolkata

1 day


  • Interaction with disabled artisans of a fair trade Cooperative
  • Experience directly to make traditional souvenirs and handicrafts
  • Learn a bit of sign language
  • Enjoy a local lunch
  • Visit the shop where you can purchase handicarft products


  • In the morning, you will meet your guide at your hotel and you will experience taking the transport to reach a fairtrade cooperative in south Kolkata, called Silence. The main objective of the cooperative is to allow people with disabilities (mainly people with deafness) to obtain technical training, in order to support themselves.
  • You will visit the main workshop of the production of candles, incense and postcards. And interact with the artisans as to understand the way of making those handicrafts. You will have the chance to visit also the production phase of jewellery.
  • Enjoy a home-made lunch prepared for you with traditional Bengali dishes and sweets.
  • In the last stop, you will visit a retailed outlet where the handicrafts are sold so that you also can bring back home some of those products as souvenirs.


Throught this day tour you will support disabled artisance of Silence Cooperative, an Organisation partner of Altromercato experience. Silence’s most important objective is to let disabled people (mainly deaf people) get a technical education in order to work and to earn their own livings. Everything started in 1976 when a handful of deaf people formed a little informal group with their creative skill-sets and lots of dreams to achieve an economic and spiritual self-sufficiency. Their dedication and a bold initiative to create hand-painted greeting cards attracted a group of social activists. And together, they formed a society that registered as an NGO in 1979. For the first few years Silence depended on the well-wishers and the infrastructures investment agencies for the procurement of a workshop for the artisans), an emporium (a retail outlet) and investment in tools and equipments. Silence is now able to face its expenses for production, staff and property with its own steadily growing sales revenues. Silence has got its own education centre in cooperation with the University of Jadavpur (Training Institute), where artistic handicraft, trade and IT are taught so that many people can also find a job in other organizations. Silence shares the profits with the artisans and provide them with a welfare system and with health insurance.


  • Private Transport
  • Drinking water, cold towel and snack
  • Activity as mentioned
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Lunch


  • Any meals, transfers or tours that are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private round trip transportation from your hotel to the meeting point


  • Please dress up modestly, suitable for local communities. (avoid see-through, vests, sleeveless shirts, mini skirts/shorts).

cost of the experience

Based on 2 pax (including English speaking guide): 90,00€ / pax


    Why do we not include the cost of the flight?
    First of all because we are a local tour operator and we directly organise all ground services during the trip. Secondly because air fares change constantly, and the earlier you book the less you pay. To include this, we would have to calculate a ‘conservative’ cost that would increase the total cost of your travel package and prevent you from taking advantage of the best airfare available at the time of booking. This is why we prefer to leave you free to access the best conditions available at the time of your booking. However, upon request, we can advise you on the most convenient solution so that you can book your flight yourself, or if you need it, we can put you in touch with one of our trusted agencies that can quote you the entire travel package, including the flight and insurance.

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