North East India & Myanmar holiday

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02 Feb 2017
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: North East India & Myanmar holiday

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

This will be particularly relevant for days 8, 9 and 14 of the itinerary when we are passing through some delicate ecosystems and local conservation areas. On day 9 we have the opportunity to admire India’s largest freshwater lake – Loktak Lake and pass through Keibul Lamjao National Park – home to the rare Sangai Deer. On day 14 we will hike to the summit of Mount Victoria in one of Myanmar’s national parks to admire the large area of biodiversity with many rare forms of flora and fauna. It is during moments like these that our ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic and small group size of 12 people are instrumental in minimising the human impact of our visit on the environment.

On day 8 we visit the village of Khonoma also known as ‘the Green Village’ where residents have embraced ecological ways by starting conservation of the area’s forest and natural wealth. This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the locals' efforts to promote environmental protection and a great occasion to show our respect and support for these efforts.

When you take one of our trips, we also make a contribution to Carbon Clear – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.

Community

In both India and Myanmar we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economies and help to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. For this particular itinerary this is incredibly important as we will be visiting some of the most remote and least frequented areas of North East India and North West Myanmar. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.

Supporting local communities is not only achieved through economic means, but also by showing our respect and appreciation for the value of local traditions and ways of life. Given the off-beat nature of this intrepid trip, there will be plenty of opportunities to spend time with some truly fascinating people and learn about the different ethnicities who inhabit these regions. For example on day 4 of this trip whilst visiting the Mon and Chui villages in Nagaland, you will sample some of the excellent wood carving, handicrafts and blacksmith skills these inhabitants are well known for. On day 8 you will travel to Imphal the capital of Manipur state to see Manipuri women selling traditional wares sitting on raised platforms. These experiences are both authentic and hugely insightful. We want our travellers to gain a better understanding of the varying lifestyles within these beautiful countries and to support these ongoing traditions.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. We also support several Aid agencies and NGOs around the world which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit. This tour begins in Kolkata where we have been working with the Hope Foundation to help the street children of this vast city by providing education, nutrition and health care and ultimately removing them from the street into better lives.

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