India family holiday, Taj, backwaters & beaches

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Everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way.
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Responsible tourism: India family holiday, Taj, backwaters & beaches

Environment

For us, environment and meaningful travel are at the core of the business. We have our in-house Animal Welfare Policy that we are constantly improving. Our aim is to introduce and provide responsible wildlife encounters and help our clients travel with meaning and great care for the fragile world that surrounds us. With the support of World Animal Protection, we have reviewed all our existing wildlife-related trips and assessed them to make sure they are all 100% ethical and do not harm the environment. We have also committed to help see the end of elephant riding by signing World Animal Protection's elephant-friendly pledge and developing our own Elephant Welfare Policy. As the first step on our journey, we are now proud to say that we no longer promote or offer elephant riding and entertainment in any of our trips. Instead, we offer a handful of ethical elephant experiences which have animal welfare at their forefront.

Our guides and staff are trained on how best to protect the flora and fauna and our customers are also informed on this via our 'how to be a responsible traveller' document, which we are working on improving further. This will include information on animals you could encounter in the country you are travelling to and advice on how to behave when you see them, how to report any animal mistreatment and more examples on why we have stopped offering direct animal interactions such as visits to the zoos, elephant riding, bathing etc. We also advise against consuming or buying anything that is made out of exotic plants or animals so that our travellers do not contribute to extinction if certain species and help preserve the world around us.

When it comes to wildlife spotting, there is no other place like Periyar National Park in Kerala. With the help of a local guide, you will explore the jungle, learn about locally grown spices and how they are used in the local cuisine. And if you are lucky, will witness wild elephants rambling around the sanctuary!

Our local partners in South India have adopted the concept of recycling in their offices and are now also sponsoring recycling bins to local government. We are also actively encouraging our travellers to refill the water bottles rather than keep buying plastic, and suggest the best ways of doing it in supporting documents we send together with confirmations.

Most of the travel is with a local driver, these are paid a fair wage and enjoy good working conditions with regular breaks between tours.

Community

Throughout our destinations, we offer smaller-scale authentic accommodation as opposed to chain hotels, and also homestays where possible so that travellers could have an opportunity of fully immersing into the local culture and experiencing a warm welcome from their friendly hosts.

During this trip, you stay in a charming homestay in Agra, located within walking distance to the Taj Mahal, which makes it easy to plan the sightseeing. The hosts love chatting with their guests from all over the world over dinner or while chilling in their beautiful garden after a long day. Another homestay included in this trip is located in the heart of Cochin - it's a great opportunity to know more about the cultural differences between North and South and also a great support to the local families here as it gives them a steady income from tourism.

Also, our drivers know the best places to stop for food/drinks/snacks and will stop at small places where the locals will profit from much needed income. They also stop at the best places to see local artisans at work so you can purchase locally made handicrafts where your spending money directly benefits the community.

Before you set off we will provide you with a Know Before You Go that gives you plenty of tips about the country, with cultural information and phrases to help you get by. Also our Responsible Traveller document has useful info on local customs to ensure mutual respect between our customers and locals.

We have a charity project that we support in each of our destinations and everyone who books our trips is more than welcome to contribute to the charity of the country they are travelling to. In India this project is Odanadi, a pioneering anti-trafficking organization based in Mysore, South India, working for the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked women and children. For the past 20 years Odanadi has been committed to providing a safe haven for survivors of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, slavery, domestic abuse and destitution. Odanadi currently runs two residential rehabilitation centres in Mysore, housing up to 85 women and young people at any one time.

1 Reviews of India family holiday, Taj, backwaters & beaches

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Reviewed on 28 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Watching the beautiful sunset from our mountain view at Munduk - from hear you could see the beautiful countryside with the coast in the distance.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack bug spray, bring a torch and ideally try and add an extra day in one of the locations (we added one in Ubud) to give a little break from all the traveling.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Benefited local people for example going to visit a local community cooperative coffee farm

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful - amazingly well organised, which is especially impressive considering the amount of transfers, trips and various accommodation involved.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Heather,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a lovely review for your honeymoon to Bali. I am so glad to hear you had a great time and you enjoyed the extra night we added in in Ubud!

The sunsets in Bali are just magical especially with the views you get in Munduk and I'm pleased you enjoyed the local community coffee farm during your stay.

Thanks again for your wonderful review and we look forward to planning another trip for you soon!

Best wishes,

Chloe

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