India food tour with Romy Gill

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28 Feb 2019
£ 3995
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03 Oct 2019
£ 4275
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: India food tour with Romy Gill

Environment

We reduce the environmental impact of mass tourism and industry through visiting the Chikan embroiders of Lucknow. Not only does visiting the workshop increase the local economy and keep the 400 year old craft alive, it reduces the environmental impact of tourism in the area. We are promoting reducing the amount of souvenirs that are mass produced and packaged in plastic by going to Lucknow to visit the Chikan embroiders.

We will be visiting local restaurants and tea shops, found by Romy through her love of food and her local contacts. This also reduced the environmental impact of tourism to these tea shops.

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour, especially in wilderness areas or whilst traveling to UNESCO heritage sites, which many of our trips undoubtedly do. We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable bottles. We understand this is not always possible in countries where tap water is not safe to drink.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.

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

Community

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our conception. It is part of our core sets of beliefs that these words are not simply scattered nonchalantly into our literature and on our website but moreover that they are central to each and every trip. Our adventures are therefore carefully curated celebrating all that is local from the people, to the culture. We believe that a successful trip delivers a unique and authentic journey for our clients, but furthermore benefits the people whose land we have the privilege of encountering.

On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.

In this culinary tour we will be delving into the food culture of India. The best way to share stories and meet new people is over a plate of great food and a glass of wine in hand. India is a diverse country and this is reflected in the food. The spices grown here have influenced many of the dishes, but different countries trading and colonising the country have also had their influence on the food.

On this particular tour we will be enjoying a cooking demonstration in Kolkata with Romy and local experts. Most days we will also be visiting Romy’s recommended restaurants to explore the different flavours of the destinations and the people who create them. Supporting the local food industry in India not only maintains the cultural identity of India and connects cultures through the most ancient of pastimes, eating!

Romy Gill MBE is a chef, food writer and columnist, restaurant owner, tasting judge, food demonstrator and television personality. As one of the leading female chefs and restaurant owners in the UK, Romy was awarded with an MBE in 2016 during the Queen’s 90th birthday honours.

Originally from West Bengal, Romy grew up in Punjab, before moving to the UK in 1994 where she now lives with her husband. Romy’s passion for home cooking and creative blend of flavours led to her selling her homemade treats at local markets, which were recognised for their unique combination of British and Indian flavours and use of natural food colourings. As demand for her recipes increased, Romy started to run cooking classes and demonstrations, eventually leading to her opening her own restaurant - Romy’s Kitchen – in 2013.

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