Diwali festival holiday in India

Price
£996 excluding flights
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Duration
11 Days
Type
Small group
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Price includes all meals, porters, guide and stays in the villages and at Khali Estate.
Delhi hotel is on B&B basis.
Excludes any local costs like extra meals if any, extra transfers
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Description of Diwali festival holiday in India

Price information

£996 excluding flights
Convert currency:
Price includes all meals, porters, guide and stays in the villages and at Khali Estate.
Delhi hotel is on B&B basis.
Excludes any local costs like extra meals if any, extra transfers
Make enquiry

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2021: 30 Oct

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Reviews

1 Reviews of Diwali festival holiday in India

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


The enormity of the Himalayas, the diversity of the birdlife, and the simplicity of the lifestyle in the villages.

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


We were told to expect the nights to be cold, but because of the adverse weather it was really difficult to get warm as there was not much heating available.

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


Yes, there is not much money coming into the villages and we were able to assist with this.

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


We had a great holiday, however it would not suit everyone. The village stays were like camping indoors, so unless you like camping donít go there. Having said that, it did what it said on the packet and we were not disappointed, very glad we went.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

We have won numerous awards for our approach to community tourism. We work with our partner communities in many ways to promote sustainable environmental practices, providing training and, where necessary, funding to help them. We have a network of regional coordinators who help local communities and ensure that training is relevant and fulfilling. We encourage all guesthouses to use green energy supplies, by installing solar panels for water heating and using solar lamps inside. We ask guests to use water filtered by their hosts to avoid bringing in unnecessary plastic bottles. We train local guides to identify local birds and animals, and encourage communities to see wildlife as a precious asset rather than a nuisance. Evidence is growing in Binsar that wildlife numbers are increasing, and the leopard is now seen far more frequently than in the past. We have also encouraged communities to dispose of household rubbish in sustainable ways, and guides have been into local schools to promote this.

Our itineraries include travel by rail as much as possible, with connecting journeys using local taxi services.

People

Our style of community tourism is a true partnership with the host communities, and led to our winning Best for the Local Economy in the 2013 World Responsible Tourism Awards. Together with the communities, we build the guesthouses and the necessary infrastructure to provide memorable guest experiences. We train local people to be guides or cooks, and ensure that a village committee is formed to administer the enterprise and to ensure equitable distribution of income. We have brought over voluntary language teachers to teach English and, more recently, French. We encourage villages to give financial assistance throughout the communities according to need, and we make sure that anyone working for the enterprises is paid a fair wage. We are also instituting a system of independent audit to monitor the enterprises and the benefits they bring. Guests are seen as bringing real benefits, and so are welcomed warmly. We provide our guests with comprehensive background information that helps them to understand the communities and appreciate their cultures. Our local guides are encouraged to take guests to local artisans and markets, something which is much appreciated.

We also have a Charitable Trust, which has worked with the communities on projects such as bag and soap making; this has brought in vital extra income, and helped stem outward migration from villages to cities.

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