Central India Buddhist heritage tour

“Take a cultural tour of Central India over 12 days and tailor make your itinerary to include a variety of different travel and sightseeing experiences.”

Highlights

Mumbai, Maharashtra | Aurangabad | Orchha, Madhya Pradesh | Khajuraho | Taj Mahal, Agra | Delhi |

Description of Central India Buddhist heritage tour

Namaste and welcome to India. Come and join us for a 12 day cultural tour where you’ll be invited to spend time in three of our most characterful states: Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and the National Capital Region of Delhi.

Throughout this tailor made tour we will endeavour to concentrate on Central India’s Buddhist heritage from where so many of our major sights and lesser-known locations remain tied.

Not only will we unearth the tales and temples of Buddhism but we will also discover the numerous other examples of religious and spiritual heritage in Central India.

Maharashtrian, Portuguese, Parsi, Muslim, Bundeli and Sikh influence can be found in everything from our favourite foods and amazing architecture to our traditional handicrafts and stories, with dancing and music just as important to us as time spent enjoying family life.

Starting in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) you’ll set off to Delhi via Aurangabad, Orchha and Agra's Taj Mahal, and undertake overland rail adventures or speedy domestic flights, from where city streets, country scenes and cultural misconceptions unravel before your very eyes.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Central India Buddhist heritage tour

Environment

a) Our vehicles are of BS-IV standard (equivalent to Euro 4) emission norms. It is currently the national emission standard followed in India. The drivers are trained to drive you safely, and limit the emissions by responsible driving
b) The cities you will visit already have immense pressure on their resources because of population. The villages covered on this tour are remote and do not have adequate waste management systems in place. Keeping this in mind, we provide alternatives to plastic bottles and carry bags at the starting of your tour. It eliminates the use of mineral water bottles and gives you safe drinking water. The funds from this tour are also invested in replacing plastic carry bags with alternate solutions like cloth
c) Locals who are trained in responsible tourism are carefully chosen depending upon their passion about environmental conservation. Your accommodations are mostly homestays which keep the consumption of power, water and food under limits. CFL & LED lighting is preferred over tungsten bulbs to reduce usage of electricity
d) Raw material for cooking is sourced locally. The meals you get are local, thus reducing the cost and environmental impact of transporting it from long distance
e) Wood fire in villages is replaced by cooking gas to reduce the air pollution and cutting of trees

Community

a) We execute small groups of 2-10 people to be conscious about the consumption of natural and human resources of the village. Since we are also visiting small communities in cities, we want to be conscious that we don't overwhelm them with our presence
b) We are providing direct access to the artisans of handicrafts via tourism, where you can buy (if you choose to)
c) Madhya Pradesh has limited water supply through its rivers. Your tour helps in supporting community by building toilets which promote hygiene and minimize use of water. It also helps in providing safe drinking water to the locals. Your tour also supports the craftsmen who are involved in clay work. You will be visiting them and will have an opportunity to make your own souvenir
d) The homestays are not run by front desk staff, but by the families or members of village communities themselves. The earnings go directly to the locals in a fair distribution manner
e) We encourage interaction to eliminate any stereotypes and promote mutual respect between you and the locals
f) Your taxis on this tour are managed by women entrepreneurs and are driven by women in Mumbai (Yes, it is a big thing). We have specifically chosen to include women drivers to provide them encouragement, exposure and income.

1 Reviews of Central India Buddhist heritage tour

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Reviewed on 23 Feb 2019 by

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


This was a bespoke tour of Madhya Pradesh, but the company does tours across India. The whole tour was excellent from start to finish. Organization was
timely and they really understand client needs. The tour director is so kind and attentive, we loved the mix of accommodation and experiences, the socially
progressive elements of the holiday, the sights you would miss on your own and the insightful personal private tours we received. Everything was top-notch.

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


They are very patient with enquiries and questions - they will incorporate your suggestions and ideas as well as provide great options as well.

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


Absolutely. We used progressive and responsible companies every step of the way. Waste was actively reduced. Community hosts clearly benefited from our
tour and the use of women-owned and operated tour services and taxis was most appreciated!

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


We had an amazing time and would recommend to anyone visiting India for the first time or repeat visitors like us. Communication was superb and we always felt looked after. We especially appreciated the regular check ins. We would gladly return.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Scott for the wonderful review. I look forward to seeing you again in India :) All the best to you and Santosh.

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