Discover Rajasthan LGBTQ tour
Description of Discover Rajasthan LGBTQ tour
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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.
On this tour we make an effort to minimize our carbon footprint. We have limited the number of flights to one we use trains when possible. On some days the logistics require us to use a private car or van. Locally when we use the rickshaws we only use battery operated ones.
Additionally, our company uses 100% recycled paper for all our print products. This does not only include brochures, hand-outs and feedback forms, but also envelopes and carry bags. We have recently transitioned from using paper feedback forms after our tours to an online form. Guests fill it out using their own electronic devices. We have also moved away from providing plastic water bottles after our tours. We now use a communal water tank with re-usable glasses.
Online through our NGO's website, we offer merchandise products after the tour that represent an upcoming green and fair-trade movement in India. For example we sell shirts from 'No Nasties', a t-shirt label that provides 100% fair-trade and 100% organic cotton t-shirts.
ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE
We do not use and encourage any wildlife entertainment or rides during our any tours.
A key feature of our Tour is connecting with and understanding the local communities that you visit. Visiting a place with the intention of listening and learning is a key aspect of responsible travel in our opinion and we encourage and facilitate this as much as possible throughout the tour. We do this at several points throughout the tour. During this Tour we use mid range accommodations and homestays which are owned by local people and who provide the best services. We also use local tour guides to support local economy.
EMPLOYMENT, INCLUSIVITY AND DIVERSITY
We use local transportation owners, local guides and many activities which are run by local people. To name some we use local families for dinner at some locations, we encourage local cooking classes as well.
We use 80% of the profits from this tour to support our NGO, Reality Gives. Currently, profits generated from the tours enable Reality Gives to run programs for the Dharavi (Mumbai) and Sanjay Colony (New Delhi) communities. Reality Gives is currently developing and testing several high quality curricula and teacher training modules that we plan to make widely available for other NGOs to use. We plan to use resource sharing like this as a way to support local NGOs in Kerala in a sustainable and helpful manner.
Reality Gives provides high quality English, Computer and Life Skills classes/syllabus for vulnerable individuals, prominently young people. We also run a Teachers Training Course to ensure that not only we have high quality syllabus, but quality teachers (in India there is a shortfall of 600,000 teachers, and the present ones are not of good quality). In addition to this we provide Community Centres as hubs for young people to express their creativity through a wide range of inspiring activities that children from low-income communities too often do not have access to (drama classes, dance classes, sport, for example). Our syllabi as well as teachers training will be available to other NGOs to use.
Since 2009, the profits from our tours have enable Reality Gives to work with more than 14,000 young people from Dharavi (Mumbai) Sanjay Colony (Delhi) and Naujheel (a rural village in Uttar Pradesh).