As India is famous for its tiger population, on this trip we spend quite a lot of time learning about these creatures. This family trip really teaches about the conservation of the tiger, as well as being very exciting for children to see and experience, due to their rarity. Due to recent Indian laws, the rides of the elephants have now stopped and so we do not do this in India at all. We visit various national parks, whose entrance fees go towards the maintenance of the park and also the conservation of the tigers, with experienced guides and keepers who ensure the tigers are not greatly disturbed.
We use seven or eight forms of transport on this tour, which distributes money across a wide span of the regions we visit. In Pushkar, we get to ride on camels as well as interact with lots of local people and children. In Bharatpur, we visit a bird sanctuary where we learn about the special birds kept there, supporting the conservation of these birds. Many organisations and individuals in India are desperate for good quality second hand clothing, we encourage our passengers to take them out to distribute to those who need them. This tour uses a local leader both helping generate local employment whilst at the same time allowing a unique insight into Indian customs and culture.
A contribution will be made from any booking on this tour to the Kutch Yuvak Sangh Trust, a community based organisation engaged in reconstructing homes and restoring vital infrastructure, such as schools and water supply, damaged in the 2001 earthquake which devastated a huge part of Gujarat. We have already helped a school in the village of Bidada, near Bhuj, where our funds allowed the construction of an assembly hall. Continuing support, from ourselves and our clients, is furthering the development of the school.
Our Tour Leaders are all trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference. This then percolates down through those they deal with.
As well as the above, we support a variety of charities and projects worldwide which support vulnerable communities and habitats including Friends of Conservation, Hope Worldwide and Send A Cow. We are also actively engaged with UK travel industry bodies which promote best practice in responsible tourism, such as Tourism Concern, The Travel Foundation and AITO. Our commitment to responsible tourism is not limited to our overseas operation and we have measures to ensure our UK office operates according to our responsible tourism policy. Carbon offsets for all flights booked with us are included in the tour cost.
This small group operator is just celebrating its 30th year and was originally set up to enrich people’s lives through adventure travel. They find the family travel experience is very popular and groups gel together quickly. Taking your children to local communities creates an instant fascination and can be a natural ice-breaker. Family adventure holidays can offer an opportunity to learn about other lifestyles and break down barriers. There is great advantage to spending time together, doing things you would never normally consider, as opposed to taking a package holiday where your children are separated and sent off to their own area.
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