Mumbai to Delhi tour through Rajasthan, India

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Responsible tourism: Mumbai to Delhi tour through Rajasthan, India

Environment

On our Rajasthan Tour, we make an effort to minimize our carbon footprint. We we use trains and public transport whenever possible. On some days the logistics require us to use a private van. The itinerary includes one flight from Mumbai to Udiapur but we are currently working to replace this flight with an overnight train.

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.

Community

A key feature of our Rajasthan Tour, like all of our multi-day tours, 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. This is particularly important for our visit to the Bishnoi village.

We use 80% of the profits from this tour to support our NGO, Relaity 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 Rajasthan 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 6,000 young people from Dharavi and Sanjay Colony.

Reviews of Mumbai to Delhi tour through Rajasthan, India

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 04 Mar 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Being with a tour company that were able to take us off the tourist track to
visit ordinary Indian families living in villages or edges of cities. The knowledgable and local guide, Krishna, was able to give us insights into Indian culture and life that was irreplaceable. Of course, too, visiting the great sites such as Taj Mahal or the ancient forts and castles was memorable too.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring less lugagge! Every hotel had clothes washing arrangments so you don't really need that much stuff. Bring comfortable shoes for walking as the forts and castles are often high up the hills.


3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The tour company is involved in several community projects, one of which we visited in Darahvi Slum in Mumbai, I feel that there is added value in buying a tour from this company.
Their enthusiasm for this side of their work was infectious. By eating with local families outside of cities we were also able to contribute to their income.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A fantastic experience. I feel I learned so much about India. I may not be able to do a trip like this again, given my age and depleting income! But this was the best possible experience I could have had.

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It's so difficult to pick one thing but sharing meals and time with local families. In their homes and on a camel trek were certainly two of the highlights. Having Krishna as a guide added a special dimension to the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take little luggage. And lots of pictures!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Clearly, this trip did all three. You were part of the families that benefitted so you could see and feel how much it meant. Travel by camel and rickshaw was a wonderful local treat .

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Outstanding in every aspect. Krishna was amazing...tirelessly working to ensure we all were well looked after. Highly recommend.

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This was more than a vacation, it was an experience, much of which I will not forget, as it was so thought provoking.
Unless you have been to this part of the world, it is difficult to describe in words the sights, smells and sounds that you encounter. Krishna was a fantastic guide with the patience of a saint. His knowledge, insights and the friendships he makes with all around him must make him one of the best people to show you the 'real' India.
I felt privelidged to have seen the slums in Mumbai, we were made welcome by some of the poorest people and the ways in which livings were being made was humbling. It is good to know that they are financing education and working with the people to try and improve the lives of people living here. There were so many highlights, sharing a meal with a lovely indian family in their home, seeing the Bollywood movie in an Indian cinema and watching one being made from a rooftop in Agra! If you relish the thought of the unexpected and want to see some authentic indian life, this tour is for you.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared to push yourself a little and go with the flow!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, this tour benefited people as the company gives back some of the profit from there tours to projects in the communities that they take people to, Dharavi for instance. Krishna always organised local transport, rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws, taxis and even hired pedal bikes for one outing! We stayed in local guest houses and ate in local restaurants. This all benifited the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was an amazing experience, made all the more interesting by Krishna and his wealth of knowledge and his ability to always find something of interest. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see this part of India.

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