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08 Feb 2020
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Travelling by train in India is a wonderful experience! Meeting the locals on board is tremendous fun - they are often be keen to chat and ready to offer you any snacks they have bought for the journey. Train travel also has the important advantage of being one of the most green ways to get around, producing a much lower carbon footprint per passenger than air or road journeys. Taking an overnight sleeper trains, as we do on this trip, helps us to cover some of the long distances while we sleep, often arriving at our destination just after first light and starting our adventure in a new place just as the day dawns.

We spend a couple of days sailing along the Ganges in boats provided by local villagers, camping on a beach by the river and ensuring that any rubbish is taken with us and disposed of properly. On these days we only use the power of the wind to transport us, and we use no electricity at all.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

The Impacts of this Trip

Covering a large part of northern India means we get to see some of the diversity of the country, from large cities to rural communities and small villages.

In several locations we visit markets and local artisans. It's a great chance to interact with people, ask them about their way of life and bring a little money in to the economy.

The hotels on this trip are generally small establishments and locally owned and run, ensuring that the communities we pass through get some benefit from our visit. Two of them are heritage hotels, where the structures themselves are perhaps as interesting as the area we are visiting, and staying in them helps to ensure that the buildings are preserved.

Our Indian tour leaders are passionate about their country and the communities they meet while travelling. They also have a strong desire to help travellers experience all that India has to offer, encouraging eating in small, local restaurants, and trying the local food. This way we support local shops and businesses and our visit has a positive impact. We run an annual dedicated training course for all our leaders, with a strong focus on responsible tourism practices, ensuring that our trips run in accordance with our code of practice. For example, at the start of each trip they provide guidance concerning local customs and culture so as to ensure that local sensibilities are understood and respected.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.


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