This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Rajasthan tailor made vacations, India
The main focus of this tour is cultural, but there are a number of different ways in which we try to do our bit for the environment. We work closely with our local partners to help educate local accommodation providers about the need to minimise their environmental impact, from reducing water usage to buying and using local produce and waste disposal. We actively prioritise using accommodation which seeks to be more environmentally friendly Ė this isnít always at the forefront of tourism in some areas but we hope that by encouraging hotels and lodges in this way, we can have an impact on how tourism continue to develop here.
We discourage our travelers from taking part in any elephant riding activities, such as those available at Jaipur's Amber Fort. Frequently the elephants are ill-treated and participate in such activities simply helps to sustain the elephants suffering.
As part of the pre-departure information which all travelers receive, we include an extensive section on how to travel responsibly.
In our UK office we recycle extensively, from paper and envelopes to ink cartridges, plastic bottles and food packaging, with dedicated recycling bins. We minimise our use of electricity by turning off appliances and using energy efficient lightbulbs, and our toilets use reduced water cisterns to minimise our use of water
We try wherever possible to ensure that our tours benefit the local communities we travel through. The hotels that we use on this trip are all locally owned; not just Indian owned but owned and managed by people from the communities we stay in. Locally owned hotels contribute far more to the surrounding economy than other hotels, where profits are spent elsewhere.
We only ever use local tour leaders and guides on our trips; not only does this mean that travelers get local insights that they might not get from a westerner, but it means that the communities we travel through benefit directly from the presence of tourism. When visiting smaller villages, we encourage our travelers to purchase local products from handicraft markets, for small-scale vendors to gain income from tourism.
This doesn't mean one guide from start to finish, but guides from the various places visited on the itinerary, ensuring that it really does filter down to that micro-level.
We tend to avoid including meals on our itineraries, and encourage people to get out of the hotels and spread their spending among local businesses, again meaning that the benefits are spread a bit more equitably.
We visit a number of historic sites on this itinerary, and the entrance fees that we pay here place a vital role in ensuring that their heritage is maintained for generations to come.
We make an effort to stop at small villages along the way to gain further insights into local culture. These are carefully selected to ensure that our presence is welcome, rather than obtrusive, and we discuss with local elders how best to show our appreciation in terms of appropriate donations.
All travelers are issued with detailed guidelines about how to travel responsibly, and are given notes on local culture and customs, so that they are aware of appropriate behaviour throughout their time in India.