This amazing rail journey starts in the little visited country of Bangladesh where tourism is very much in its infancy and a warm welcome awaits. As pioneers, we have a responsibility to tread carefully and ensure that our impact as visitors from the west is a positive one. To assist us, a Bangladeshi guide accompanies our groups to keep us informed of the unique culture and customs.
All of the services we use in both Bangladesh and India, such as hotels, restaurants, guides and transport are provided by locally owned and operated businesses, thus ensuring the financial impact of our visit is a direct (and much needed) contribution to these country’s economies.
As well as the multitude of fascinating places that we visit on this tour, a real highlight is that we travel almost the whole route by train, sitting alongside local travellers. This affords us not only a closer insight into their lives but also helps limit the impact on the local environment through minimising our carbon emissions. You can also limit the impact of your flights on global warming by calculating the cost of offsetting them and contributing this sum to Climate Care, an organisation which funds projects that reduce emissions by the same amount as your flight creates. The company who operate this tour offset all of the emissions from its staff flights, office and operations through Climate Care.
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. The directors have roots in overland trucking and are determined to keep a pioneering spirit alive. They believe what sets them apart is the strong relationships they’ve developed with local suppliers and tour guides over the years. A tour leader who thinks creatively can turn a good experience into a fantastic one and open up a place so that travellers gain insight into a completely different way of life. They operate in many different countries and try to avoid a blanket approach – their aim is to get customers involved in the projects they visit and to forge lifelong friendships.
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