Binsar to Jageshwar trekking vacation, India

“Relaxed 8 day walk from Kathgodam to Jageshwar (avg 4hrs per day) via an overnight train and 6 Binsar villages either side of time spent at Khali Estate.”

Highlights

Delhi | Ranikhet Express to Kathgodam | Khali Estate | Binsar villages: Dalar, Risal , Satri, Gonap, Kathdhara and Matkanya | Matkanya | Jageshwar |

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Responsible tourism: Binsar to Jageshwar trekking vacation, India

Environment

We have won numerous awards for our approach to community tourism. We work with our partner communities in many ways to promote sustainable environmental practices, providing training and, where necessary, funding to help them. We have a network of regional coordinators who help local communities and ensure that training is relevant and fulfilling. We encourage all guesthouses to use green energy supplies, by installing solar panels for water heating and using solar lamps inside. We ask guests to use water filtered by their hosts to avoid bringing in unnecessary plastic bottles. We train local guides to identify local birds and animals, and encourage communities to see wildlife as a precious asset rather than a nuisance. Evidence is growing in Binsar that wildlife numbers are increasing, and the leopard is now seen far more frequently than in the past. We have also encouraged communities to dispose of household rubbish in sustainable ways, and guides have been into local schools to promote this.

Our itineraries include travel by rail as much as possible, with connecting journeys using local taxi services.

Community

Our style of community tourism is a true partnership with the host communities, and led to our winning Best for the Local Economy in the 2013 World Responsible Tourism Awards. Together with the communities, we build the guesthouses and the necessary infrastructure to provide memorable guest experiences. We train local people to be guides or cooks, and ensure that a village committee is formed to administer the enterprise and to ensure equitable distribution of income. We have brought over voluntary language teachers to teach English and, more recently, French. We encourage villages to give financial assistance throughout the communities according to need, and we make sure that anyone working for the enterprises is paid a fair wage. We are also instituting a system of independent audit to monitor the enterprises and the benefits they bring. Guests are seen as bringing real benefits, and so are welcomed warmly. We provide our guests with comprehensive background information that helps them to understand the communities and appreciate their cultures. Our local guides are encouraged to take guests to local artisans and markets, something which is much appreciated.

We also have a Charitable Trust, which has worked with the communities on projects such as bag and soap making; this has brought in vital extra income, and helped stem outward migration from villages to cities.

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


Although we did have extra days booked through our tour operator, a day trip to Agra to see the sights including the Taj Mahal, 2 day stay and safaris at the Corbett National Park and a stay in Naini Tal which were all wonderful the main part of the vacation which was walking and staying in the villages of the Binsar Forest Reserve in the foothills of the Himalayas was really memorable, the people were very welcoming, we got invited to a traditional wedding which was great fun, the food was really good and the wildlife, particularly the birds, were fantastic. We had 2 lovely guides who were great company and very knowledgeable. We shall remember this vacation for a long time and would love to go back.

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


Our tour operator had organised a great itinerary for us but I think it would have been useful to have had either a local sim card in our phones or one with internet. We just had our simple UK phones which were expensive to use and we did need to check up with our tour operator every now and then about what time and when we were doing things. If you have the choice May is probably not the best month to go it is a bit too hot to get the best of this trip but this was the only time we could go and still had a wonderful time.

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


I certainly think the villagers in the Binsar Forest Reserve benefited from travelers coming to stay, they had lovely guest houses for us with comfortable bedrooms and washrooms all built with help from our tour operator. This gives them an income to enable people to stay in villages which are declining due to lack of income. The Binsar Forest reserve have very good policies to reduce environmental impact and conserve all the local fauna and flora. Our tour operator have encouraged them to help the villagers by building walls or fences to keep the wild boar and porcupines from their vegetable plots.

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


Excellent

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