Bhutan short tour from Nepal

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Environment
Taking into account that the natural beauty that envelopes the resort is one of the most important elements of the holistic treatments that we provide for our clients, we are aware of the need to make sure that we take good care of the environment. To do our bit for the environment, we have a few different measures in place.

At the Begnas Lake Resort all paper, glass and metals are re-cycled and kitchen and garden waste is composted.

We try and minimize the use of chemical detergents and cleaning chemicals. Unfortunately we are yet to find products that are 100% eco-friendly. All waste water is let into soak-pits to prevent run-off into the lake.

Our swimming pool is spring-fed and chemical-free as it overflows into the lake.

We employ organic farming practices on our grounds where we grow a lot of the fruit and vegetables that we serve our guests. We source the balance of our produce from the surrounding villages where we ask the farmers to use organic methods as well. We also source our coffee from a neighboring farmer who has an organic coffee plantation.

We make sure to disturb the local flora and fauna as little as possible due to which our guests get to enjoy the presence of wildfowl early in the morning, monkeys and birds during the day; and if they are very lucky they might hear a leopard calling out at night.

At our offices in Kathmandu, we do the following:
- Limit the use of paper by only printing when necessary.
- Do not waste paper, glass and metals are re-cycled.
- We have solar panels installed along with an inverter which provides the majority of the electricity we use.
- We harvest rain-water
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

At the Begnas Lake Resort, we like to think of ourselves as part of the local community. As one of the few sizeable businesses in the vicinity, we continuously work with local village councils, the women’s committee and schools in order to improve facilities and opportunities for everyone.

We work closely with our local schools to ensure that all children have the opportunity to get a good education without having to leave the village and family and go to a boarding school in the city.

In Nepal, tradition and cultural practices are overseen by the Womens’ Committee (Ama Samuha literally translates to Mothers’ Committee). They organise cultural shows with singing and dancing for our clients when the need arises. They also help out when we organise weddings or other events at the resort.

When called for, we are proud to be able to muster a traditional Nepali band with musicians coming from the villages surrounding the lake. With drums, Sarangi and wind instruments of different kinds, it is definitely a spectacle.

Over the past decade we have been promoting Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation to travelers from around the world. This has also resulted in our own staff gaining interest in the subject and actually adding their knowledge and experience to improving our offerings. While we started off our Ayurveda team with a Doctor from Southern India, we now have a second Nepali Doctor who is trained in a Nepali style of Ayurveda. This has definitely helped us improve the quality and exclusivity of what we have on offer.

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