Alternative Delhi to Kathmandu holiday

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24 Feb 2018
£ 3495
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06 Oct 2018
£ 3495
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Alternative Delhi to Kathmandu holiday

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way by our presence, such as Bardia National Park which we visit on Day 9 through to 11 on this Tour. This is one of the largest National parks in the country and one of the most beautiful and untouched ecosystems, it is for this reason that we ensure that we take the right approach to the environment and stay in a small scale eco-retreat, which is very much in keeping with ones surroundings and ensures that our tourism brings funds to the right causes such as promoting conservation.

Another element of our environmental policy that we strictly uphold is our “Leave No Trace” ethic, which we put in practice on all trips and as tour operators. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Furthermore with the insight of a local guide one gets a direct insight into the local customs of the surrounding communities and in this way are altogether better equipped to interact, create good relationships and mutual respect between native and traveller. Sensibility is of particular relevance on a tour such as this one, visiting Kathmandu, a capital that encapsulates 2,000 years of history and cultures, as well as hosting 7 UNESCO World Heritage sights.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring, such as cross cultural interaction and understanding, as well as economic benefits.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems. In another effort to keep the environment clean we have launched new water bottle water filters that cut down the expense and waste of many bottles of water, essentially portable water filters. This also promotes safe drinking water removing all unpleasant bacteria. With every purchase of one of these bottles, as an initiative of ‘Life straws,’ a child in Africa is provided with clean drinking water for a year, which is in keeping with our ethical travel ethos.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rain forest restoration.

Community

Throughout this journey from India to Nepal we use local ground handlers which in short means that all the operational costs will go directly back into the local economy thus helping improve employment opportunities in remote regions and increasing the standard of Tourism to some degree, whilst retaining the country’s true authenticity. Another way in which we ensure this is by incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and services of guides where possible ensure that your money goes to right place as well as making a difference. This can be illustrated on Day 9 of this trip where we visit the local village on the periphery of the Bardia National Park to learn about the Eco Lodge Accommodation in which you will spend a few nights, as well as seeing how this lodge brings great opportunity for the local community.

We believe it is important to show respect for local traditions, cultures and history. For this reason we are sure to visit some of the lesser explored yet important religious sites. On this trip you will enjoy a plethora of such Religious sites, such as the Varanasi, one of the oldest Hindu pilgrimage sites as well as Nepal’s Swayambhunath Supa, widely considered one of the most important Buddhist shrines. On the last leg of the trip we aim to bring awareness aiding our understanding of the Nepalese culture and its rich history. Visiting the Bkatapur district of Kathmandu on Day 15, allows one to grasp the three hundred span of royal dominance that makes up the country’s rich history.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. We also support several other Aid agencies and NGOs around the world which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

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