In our opinion the whole concept of Village India – where we steer our clients off the main tourist circuits and into the rural regions of the subcontinent, to interact directly with local people – is responsible travel at its most immediate and effective. On all of these tours we stay with local families, visit local industries (learning how to milk a buffalo, make a sari, cook a meal) and call on local organisation to learn more about the problems of the region and how we might help. Not only does this allow local people and visitors to interact and learn about each others culture, it ensures that the revenue generated by tourism goes directly to local communities.
On our ‘Slowly Down the Ganges’ trip which runs through Uttar Pradesh from Delhi to Calcutta and, most importantly, along India’s holy river, we will be visiting a number of local communities – from Sadhus to farmers – to learn about their lives and ways, all of which will be putting money directly into the local community. We will also be visiting one of our main Indian NGO partners, The Hope Foundation, in Calcutta to see where the financial support we give is going. Added to this on all our tours we employ local guides and drivers, stay in locally owned hotels and private homes, which again diverts important funds directly into the area. These are regions that have seen precious little from the boom in tourism, it is our aim to change this.
When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions.