Golden Triangle express tour, India

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2018: 14 Dec, 15 Dec, 16 Dec, 17 Dec, 18 Dec, 19 Dec, 20 Dec, 21 Dec, 22 Dec, 23 Dec, 24 Dec, 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 27 Dec, 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Golden Triangle express tour, India

Environment

On this tour we make an effort to minimize our carbon footprint. We we use trains and public transport whenever possible. On some days the logistics require us to use a private van.

In an attempt to cut down on plastics, we have also moved away from providing plastic water bottles after our tours. We now use a communal water tank with re-usable glasses.

Additionally, our company uses 100% recycled paper for all our print products. This does not only include brochures, hand-outs and feedback forms, but also envelopes and carry bags. We have recently transitioned from using paper feedback forms after our tours to an online form. Guests fill it out using their own electronic devices.

Online through our NGO's website, we offer merchandise products after the tour that represent an upcoming green and fair-trade movement in India. For example we sell shirts from 'No Nasties', a t-shirt label that provides 100% fair-trade and 100% organic cotton t-shirts.

Community

A key feature of this tour, like all of our multi-day tours, is connecting with and understanding the local communities that you visit. Visiting a place with the intention of listening and learning is a key aspect of responsible travel in our opinion and we encourage and facilitate this as much as possible throughout the tour.

We visit the Sanjay Colony slum on this tour and we use 80% of the tour's profits to support our NGO, Reality Gives who supports the communities in this slum and beyond. Currently, profits generated from the tours enable Reality Gives to run programs for the Dharavi (Mumbai) and Sanjay Colony (New Delhi) communities. Reality Gives is currently developing and testing several high quality curricula and teacher training modules that we plan to make widely available for other NGOs to use. We plan to use resource sharing like this as a way to support local NGOs in Rajasthan in a sustainable and helpful manner.

Reality Gives provides high quality English, Computer and Life Skills classes/syllabus for vulnerable individuals, prominently young people. We also run a Teachers Training Course to ensure that not only we have high quality syllabus, but quality teachers (in India there is a shortfall of 600,000 teachers, and the present ones are not of good quality). In addition to this we provide Community Centres as hubs for young people to express their creativity through a wide range of inspiring activities that children from low-income communities too often do not have access to (drama classes, dance classes, sport, for example). Our syllabi as well as teachers training will be available to other NGOs to use.

Since 2009, the profits from our tours have enable Reality Gives to work with more than 6,000 young people from Dharavi and Sanjay Colony.

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