Responsible tourism: India wildlife and cultural vacation
World Animal Protection and the operator advocate for animals to be kept in the wild, safe from unethical tourism. At the same time, we realise that navigating the world of animal friendly travel can be puzzling at times. So, we’ve taken the guess work out of wildlife travel experiences, and joined forces to bring you this carefully crafted itinerary that offers the best wildlife viewing opportunities in India.
This adventure explores India’s top national parks to give you the best chance of spotting the country’s beautiful tigers, as well as the vast range of mammals and birdlife such as the jungle cat, fishing cat and leopard cat, barking deer, sambar deer, hog deer and chital, sloth and Himalayan black bears, Indian grey mongoose, otters, Indian pangolins, and langur, rhesus macaques and much more.
India is geographically diverse, from Himalayan mountains and far ranging deserts in the north, to lush coconut palms and white sandy beaches in the south. These natural environments that you’ll travel through are fragile and it is our responsibility as visitors to minimise the impact of our presence on the animals and the natural environment.
We therefore encourage travelers to view wild animals in their natural habitats in a responsible manner that makes animal welfare and conservation a core priority. We discourage direct human initiated contact with wild animals. Travelers should not feed wild animals because they can become dependent on unreliable food sources and suffer if given inappropriate foods.
We adhere to a comprehensive Animal Welfare Code of Conduct that was developed in conjunction with World Animal Protection. In our Responsible Travel Guide book you can learn more about sustaining the natural environment and communities you visit. If you require a copy of the code of conduct or guide book, please refer to them in your booking and the company will be able to provide you with one.
The Wild Animal Encounters in India trip is endorsed by World Animal Protection and travelers get a presentation on the work they do in India and why this is important. The presentation is joined by the guide on the trip.
To put as little pressure on the natural environment as possible, we take local transportation on this trip in (eg. train Delhi-Ramnagar-Delhi, Sawimadhopur-Bharatpur). We also operate the 7 Principals of ‘Leave No Trace’, all rubbish we take in we take out for responsible disposal.
The cultures and traditions of Indian people are precious and home to three of the world’s greatest religions: Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Often the communities we pass through are reliant on tourism and we therefore ask you to respect these communities, protect what is precious to them and leave a positive impact where you can.
Guides and rangers in the national parks are locals who have received extensive training and are from the nearby villages. The park is their home, they grew up in it, and they’ll be able to pass the information on the park/wildlife they learned in trainings on to their families and neighbours.
If animal encounters are high on your list for your next adventure, and you want to make sure your experiences aren’t harmful, then this adventure that has been appraised by World Animal Protection, is perfect for you.