Gujarat tour, tribes and wildlife, India
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
3 Reviews of Gujarat tour, tribes and wildlife, India
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 11 Feb 2020 by Sheila NashOur fantasy tour leader Zubair pulled the whole trip together with enthusiasm, great organisation skills and excellent English. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Mar 2019 by Geoffrey HermsenThe best trip in years...The tour guise Jaya Basera is worth her weight in gold. A fantastic person and a pleasure to have her. I will travel with her again. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Dec 2019 by Carol Skube4**** Read full review
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.
PlanetOn this trip we explore the wonderful Gir National Park which is the only place in the world where Asiatic Lions can be seen in the wild. Since the population fell to around 15 in the early 1900’s the park has been dedicated to their conservation. There are now over 500 lions and the population continues to grow. We also visit the Wild Ass sanctuary at the Little Rann of Kutch where the endangered Indian Wild Ass thrives and is protected.
Despite the large distances that we cover on this trip we prefer to travel by train and bus, which minimises our impact on the environment and gives our customers the opportunity to mix with the local people. There is also plenty of time to walk, particularly in the hill stations and lots of time is spent with the local tribes who continue to ply their trades as they have done for centuries. In the Kutch area we meet with the Lohar community who are traditionally blacksmiths and the only people in the world who still practise Rogan art, where designs are painted on cloth to create colourful saris. We will also visit the Meghwal people of Bhirandiyara and the Samma Muslims who consider themselves the descendants of the Rajputs that once dominated north and central India.
The trip is led by our knowledgeable Indian tour leaders that have a strong love for their country, and its’ fascinating culture and traditions. As an investment in their future and ours, we run an annual dedicated training course for them with a strong focus on responsible tourism practices. This helps to ensure that our tours run in accordance with our code of practice.
The training focuses on, amongst other things, our Responsible Tourism Policy, including advising customers to switch off lights and air conditioning when leaving their rooms, use of plastic water bottles, recycling towels where possible and visiting restaurants that use local produce.
As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
PeopleGujarat is an area that is relatively unexplored and new to tourism; visiting the area and working with local suppliers provides a much needed source of revenue. Where possible we use independently run and locally-owned accommodation to ensure that the income generated from our visit is spread amongst the community.
Our accommodation is typically Indian and particularly the Royal Safari Camp in Little Rann of Kutch which has been constructed by local artisans using local red stone. A Weavers Co-operative society has also been set up to provide an outlet for the many diverse local crafts and for tourists to contribute to the sustainability of these ecologically sound trades.
We visit several villages where the inhabitants belong to distinct ethnic groups and maintain unique traditions. They are often talented craftsmen and our visit helps to support the continuation of their skills and provides them with an opportunity to generate some income from their skill.
At the start of each trip our Tour Leaders provide guidance concerning local customs and culture so as to ensure that local sensibilities are respected.
In addition to the above, 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 UK 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. As well as this, 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 UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
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