Bengal & Sikkim tour in India

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21 Oct 2019
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19 Oct 2020
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bengal & Sikkim tour in India

Environment

We ensure our guides are mindful about protecting the environment in which you travel, and they do a fantastic job of promoting having a minimum impact on the environment as a whole whilst travelling.

Two significant aspects of this trip that have been tailored to be as environmentally-friendly as possible are accommodation and transportation. Where possible we use small family-owned hotels and lodges which have a significantly smaller environmental impact than a larger hotel through lower power usages. Similarly, we travel by shared car, boat, or on foot on this trip when possible to lower emissions and be more environmentally responsible. These are small but significant changes that have a positive impact over time. Though this trip does feature two internal flights, they are strictly necessary for reaching the distant locations of this trip, and we firmly believe the positives our responsible tourism provides as a whole outweigh the negative environmental impact of these flights.

Finally, to our travellers: we ask you to be vigilant about disposing of your waste and recycle where possible. During your trip you will be asked if you have any waste to dispose of when it is a suitable time in the itinerary. This ensures we make it as easy as possible for our travellers to be eco-friendly whilst travelling. Similarly, we strongly advise all travellers to bring a reusable water bottle - this is an easy way to save plastic waste and is detailed in our ‘What to bring’ trip notes for all trips to all destinations. Your guide will remind you where and when you can fill up your re-usable water bottle. We also encourage general sustainability whenever possible - limited use of air-con for instance. This is something we believe in strongly as a company, and something we try to pass on to our travellers.

Community

As regular travellers, one thing that never ceases to amaze and inspire us is the kindness and generosity of local people, often people who have very little to their name. We believe that they are who make these places special should and that they should benefit from our visit. Therefore, as first preference, we use local guides and drivers who are offered fair working conditions and pay, locally-sourced supplies, and locally shops and eateries. We do our best to ensure that the benefits of our tours reach as widely as possible into the communities where they operate, and direct economic support is one of the most direct and significant benefits responsible tourism brings, particularly to rural or developing communities.

This itinerary includes numerous stops at museums, markets, temples and even Darjeeling’s heritage Toy Train. As far as markets are concerned, the opportunity for our travellers to purchase local goods directly from the sellers provides direct support for their businesses. As for the other sites, responsible tourism is a vital source of support – one which allows these places to continue to run, and ultimately continue to maintain and exhibit the regions’ proud and varied histories and cultures.

We support the communities in every location visited on this trip by contributing to WaterAid. For every booking this tour receives, we make a token contribution to this admirable charity. Over 1.2 billion people call India home and this vast population is spread across deserts and deltas, green valleys and rocky mountains, remote villages and mega-cities. Reaching everyone with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene is a huge challenge. Every day, at least 166 children under five die because of diarrhoea caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. It is particularly tough to get toilets and water to people living in India’s rapidly expanding slums.

WaterAid works together with the Government, organisations and communities, to tackle challenges caused by a lack of access to clean, sustainable drinking water head on, and we are proud to support this charity.

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