Small group tour of North India
Description of Small group tour of North India
From the Himalayan foothills to the arid plains of Rajasthan, via McLeod Ganj and Shimla, the former British hill station, this sublime tour of northern India will captivate even old hands.
All of the must-see locations are here of course. The spectacular Golden Temple of Amritsar. India Gate and Humayun's, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Delhi. The Amber Fort of Jaipur and, of course Agra Fort and the magnificent Taj Mahal.
But while seeing these icons will certainly move you, we feel itís the little moments in-between that will really stir the soul. Watching the busy community kitchen at the Golden Temple, for instance, feeding thousands of needy people every day. The option to take a hot air balloon flight over the palaces and lakes of Jaipur in the early morning, as the city glows pink in the sun. Meeting the children of a local school in the heritage village, Tordi. Or the chance to join a Hindi family for a delicious cookery lesson in their home.
There will be experiences during these two weeks that youíll treasure for years. Riding the scenic Toy Train to Shimla on the edge of the Himalayas. Witnessing the dancing Wagah ceremony at the India Ė Pakistan border, and taking part in a prayer ceremony at the Dalai Lama monastery in McLeod Ganj. And the simple pleasure of wandering aimlessly through the bazaar in Old Delhi, absorbing the sights, and the aromas of myriad Indian streetfoods and delicacies, pausing for a tasting whenever you wish.
This is how you travel India.
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We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.
In India in particular, we encourage our travelers to not contribute to the already excessive garbage that floods the cities. We brief them on the best means of disposing of empty water bottles and food wrappers.
We have decided that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them the correct manner.
In India, travelers are encouraged not to tempt children or any locals with food and sweets. The culture has to be respected at all times.
Following a full audit of our tours concentrating on the welfare of elephants being used for tourists, and following discussions with responsibletravel.com, we no longer offer elephant rides at Amber Palace or Dera Amer.
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PeopleThroughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 15 years of travel operation in the Middle East, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with the communities we are dealing with in the host destinations.
We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, directly by donating money to charity organizations, financially supporting some local communities and by recruiting employees who belonging to the local community. We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people local community offer. We help indirectly through capacity building projects we implement with our employees and through the experiences and culture exchanges that take place between the locals and the travelers during our tours.
We promise to support the local community of every destination we take our travelers to. We will do this by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of that country. Furthermore, we provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.
We have also considered the social aspect of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of the inhabitants helping us operate our tours. We always provide our guests with all the information needed to understand the community they are visiting and we create valuable opportunities for the travelers and the locals to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts.
The first objective is to operate our tours in the most perfect way possible. Our second objective, but not second in importance, is to benefit the local community, protect the environment, and have a positive social impact on the inhabitants living in our host destinations. One of the ways of doing this is to inform and educate our travelers on the cultures of the destinations. By doing this we aim to create a form of respect between the travelers and the local citizens who they will face along their tours.
We educate all our staff on the real life situations of each destination. Sales consultants will use this information to inform potential travelers of the correct information and threats that they may face. By creating long lasting relationships with our local ground handlers, we are able to establish what needs the community has and through their information we can inform our travelers what they can contribute to the local community from their home countries.