Rajasthan cycling tour in India

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Rajasthan cycling tour in India

Environment

Travelling Responsibly is one of the pillar's of our company. As part of the pre-tour document that outline our responsible travel advice on the tour, here are some pointers briefed in the document:

1. No to bottled water - One of the initiatives towards going green is we abstain from using bottled water on all tours. We inform our guests to carry their water bottle which we will refill with clean and hygiene RO purified water. This will be communicated to everyone who enquires with us prior to they signing-up for the tour.

2. Disposing of trash responsibly during the tour - the support vehicle will cary a thrash bag which will collect all the thrash that the guests will produce. At the end of each day, we dispose the waste responsibly at the homestay that we will stay.

3. No to juices packaged in plastic bottles and snacks packaged in plastic covers - we advise our guests to stay away from buying juices and snacks packaged in plastic containers. We instead buy snacks from local bakeries and prepare juices while on the tour using a concentrated syrup.

4. No to any activities that results in animal cruelty. Although the camel safaris in the sand dunes of Rajasthan are world renowned, we do not have camel safari as part of the itinerary.

5. We use only one support vehicle to reduce the carbon footprint. This is a medium intensity tour and the tour is designed in a way that all guests will cycle from point A to point B and the support vehicle will have designated stop points to support the cyclists and load up if required.

Community

Rajasthan is the land of Maharajahs, palaces and forts. One of the things that people travelling to Rajasthan will look forward to is staying at the Havelis (palatial homes) and heritage hotels. These are homestays owned by the locals of the region and not big corporations. On this tour, we have identified a few homestays and Havelis through Rajasthan for accommodation. All food stops on the tour are also at restaurants and eateries run by the local community people.

As part of providing authentic experiences of the region, we have included a Manganiyar dance performance by the local community. We also take part in a traditional Amal ceremony (tea ceremony) in one of the local homes.

The driver of the support vehicle who is also the local guide is from Rajasthan. He has been trained according to the principles of our company and has all the local knowledge to share with the travellers.

Rajasthan is known for its handicraft items made by the local artisans. One of the experiences on the tour is a market walk where the guests pick up souvenirs and other embroidered home decor, apparels, bags and footwear made by the local artisans.

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