Northern India holiday, small group
Description of Northern India holiday, small group
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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.
PlanetWe aim at minimizing the adverse impacts of tourist travel and maximizing its positive effects. We put a lot of thought in working with local providers, making sure that everyone involved in your trip is committed to sharing advice on how to best leave a lighter footprint. Our partner in India was awarded the CSR Committed Seal for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility in tourism.
We are trying to keep the extra unneeded waste to a minimum in all our tours through our “bring it in, bring it out” policy for litter and rubbish such as food packaging and recycling wherever possible. We have a recycling policy in our UK and local offices and re-use or recycle the information booklets we provide to every client on arrival wherever possible. Moreover, we do not produce a glossy brochure, concentrating on a comprehensive website, and providing as much information to our travellers as possible electronically, reducing the use of paper and inks.
Our partner in India is moreover part of the Beat Plastic Pollution drive. As a first step towards this good cause, plastic in the form of water bottles has been banned within the organisation. An Aluminium Water Tumbler has been designed as a special handout for all employees to place on their work stations and use for consuming water.
On your trip we will include transport modes like traditional rickshaws. a train ride and a city walking tour in Jaipur, which reduces our carbon footprint and will also give you the opportunity to meet and interact with the local people. If motorized forms are unavoidable, we make sure that vehicle sizes are as small as appropriate and proper licensing on vehicles and certifying to national emission standards are maintained.
For your tour we choose responsible resorts as much as possible, just like the Trident Hotel in Jaipur, part of the Oberoi group. Oberoi hotels are committed to employing the best environmental and ecological practices in technology, equipment and operational processes. Through your stay you will contribute to an organisation which is using natural products and recycling items, thus ensuring proper use of the diminishing natural resources.
A second responsible hotel group we select here for you is the Radisson Hotel Group for your stay in Agra. Radisson has a long history of being a responsible business, passionate about caring for others and the planet. They participate in significant collaborative initiatives to help build a better planet for all, such as carbon reduction and the use of renewable energy, water conservation and the installation of water saving technology, minimising waste, food waste and recycling, as well as responsible sourcing through partnering with like-minded suppliers committed to doing business responsibly. The Group also partners with recognized global ecolabels, such as Green Key, Green Key Global and EarthCheck, and participates in leading green hotel programs, such as TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program.
Another example is the Ranthambore Regency, spread in an area of 2.75 acres of land. The rooms have been created with modern comfort in mind while being environment friendly. They strive to offer guests the best tiger sighting with our experienced game drive guides/naturalist who are constantly committed in educating the park and its inhabitants, and track down the majestic Bengal tigers to every guests.
Through this trip and the entrance fees, you will contribute to the preservation of precious ancient monuments, knowledge and Unesco World Heritage sites, such as the Taj Mahal of course, or the Red Fort, demonstrating the exceptional results achieved in planning and architecture. You can also contribute to the maintenance of the most significant, most comprehensive, and best preserved stone observatory in India, the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, or to the most important pilgrimage site and spiritually the most important shrine of Sikhism - the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
By visiting the Ranthambore National Park, you will contribute to the preservation of an outstanding example of tiger conservation in India. Tigers at Ranthambore National Park have been known to even hunt in full view of human visitors. The park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles & amphibians and 30 mammals.
Our local partners are part of the TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers) campaign, a ground breaking voluntary initiative to support Indian wildlife conservation efforts more effectively. Visiting the parks will directly benefit the campaign, which has been able to effect nature training programmes, run workshops, advise parks and businesses, run eco-rating audits on lodges as well as putting funds into local environmental and community projects on the borders of parks. You can also make further donations if you wish, which will go towards the project.
Our tour guides receive special training in how to leave a lower impact on the nature trips and in regional conservation projects. Our guides are actively promoting nature conservation practices such as not disturbing wildlife, keeping a safe distance to wildlife, reducing production of disturbing sounds, prohibiting feeding, avoiding litter at all times, using water sparingly and not polluting with harmful detergents, avoid being intrusive when taking photographs, dressing appropriately and in subdued colours when wildlife watching, etc.
PeopleWe make sure we only work with local guides that come from the very region you are visiting. Through this trip you are hence giving back to their families and communities. Our tour guides also receive special training in how to leave a lower impact on the trips and in regional conservation projects.
A great initiative of our local partner is the use of organic, bio-degradable and recyclable jute bags, made by three women at Literacy India, providing them with a daily and stable income. They also donated an ambulance at the Amber Fort for any medical assistance around the clock, to the Amber Development Authority, and donated a Toyota Innova to the Government of Rajasthan to serve as a Tourist Assistance Force Vehicle for the outlook of tourists in Jaipur.
Our partner moreover conducts workshops for Child Protection across India and have been awarded for its Corporate Responsibility initiatives with the PATA Gold Award for Child Protection Workshops and National Tourism Award for Responible Tourism Project- Empowerment of Women through Literacy India & Fair Trade.
While many operators pay per day or per tour, our guides receive an hourly rate which allows a fair and fruitful reward for their expertise. We provide staff with written employment contracts and fair working conditions (e.g. overtime payment, national wage requirements, no discrimination, grievance mechanisms in place and no child labour).
Furthermore we ensure that our drivers do not more than 9 hours of driving per day and are provided adequate accommodation and do not drive at night (with the exception of airport pick-ups/drop-offs). After a driving period of 4.5 h the driver must take a break of at least 45 min.
Through staying at the Oberoi Group hotels you will also contribute to an organisation which is conscious of its role in the community, supporting social needs and ensuring employment from within the local community. You will enjoy a place where the staff are nurtured through continuous learning and skill improvement; and are respected, heard and encouraged to do their best. The Oberoi Group is recognised as best practice for training and developing its people.
With your stay at Radisson Hotel you contribute to a group that trains nearly 25,000 team members annually, with on-the-job skills training and extensive development opportunities, or through working with schools and non-profit organizations, offering trainee positions to young people or vulnerable members of society. Other initiatives include the teaching of baking skills to inmates in India. an international partnership with SOS Children’s Villages or meaningful donations to other charities locally and around the world.
If you want to do additional shopping, we will take you to local markets where locals of that very region craft their products to help keep the money earned in that very community. When we take you to local shops or markets we change the selected shops on a rotating basis.
We ensure customer awareness by familiarizing our guests with local history, culture, religions and traditions, by informing on culturally appropriate behavior, (e.g. dress codes for religious sites, taking photographs of people, language tips, etc.).
On your trip you can live special experiences which will help keep local wisdoms and traditions alive, encouraging local artisan and culture, for example by participating in the traditional Puja ceremony at the Oberoi hotels, the traditional yoga classes or by learning the traditional art of block-printing while making your very own painting or scarf.