North India tiger and cultural tours
£2785 excluding flights
Description of North India tiger and cultural tours
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) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Planet-Our environmental policy starts from our office and our homes. We use minimum of papers, we donot print unless and until it is essential. Once paper is printed and has served its purpose, it is reused from opposite side either for printing or for manual writing, for office internal use. Once fully used, paper is sold further to recycling.
-We donot use single use plastic like plastic cups or plastic plates or even sealed water bottles in office.
-To receive our guests at airport, hand written board is used or electronic board instead of a paper paging board or laminated paper paging board.
-As a welcome kit, guests are handed over cloth bags which can be used for shopping or to carry small items during their travel in India and later can be carried back home for further use.
-Wherever possible, we include tuk-tuk rides which runs on environment friendly fuel (CNG).
-For each guest we give stainless steel water bottles that can be used each day for filling filtered water from their hotels before leaving their hotel…this avoids using Plastic Mineral water bottles.
-In certain cities we also give option of using bicycles for visits instead of using their accompanying vehicle.
-All our vehicles follow government guidelines towards minimising pollution.
-We have used Trident Hotels (part of Oberoi group of hotels) in most of the cities. These hotels are committed to employing the best environmental and ecological practices in technology, equipment and operational processes. The Group also supports philanthropic activities and is a keen contributor to the conservation of nature and cultural heritage.
-Other hotels meet all basic requirements towards environment.
PeopleEconomic responsibility :
-Local guides in each city will conduct sightseeings, with your help, they will get direct employment.
-Most of our tours will have one session about introduction to ancient practice of Yoga with a local yoga teacher. You will experience yoga session in Varanasi.
-You help us in contributing our bit to Sightsavers India ; NGO taking care of Mentally Challenged people and giving yoga lessons to Visually Impaired Girls.
-In Jaipur you will enjoy rickshaw ride from Pink City Rickshaw ride company that aims to provide employment opportunity to women from low income households.
-Visiting local families for meals and interaction.
-You will be visiting local family for dinner and interaction. You can also opt to stay with locals in form of homestays. Let us know if you would like to explore this option.
-You will be visiting local craft shops for souvenirs and gifts, buying from them helps in preserving the art and craft and thus supporting the families who are carrying forward this tradition of working with hand.
-Activities like jeep ride in Ranthambore & boat ride in Udaipur , jeep ride in Jaipur helps in generating employment to locals and conservation of natural resources.
-Our suppliers are paid immediately after they have rendered their services to our guests.
-During the tour, you will have option of visiting local restaurants for meals. This tour include breakfast only (and 1 lunch at Samode Haveli). Based on your requirement, lunch and dinners can be arranged in local restaurants to support the locals.
Social responsibility :
-Our tours include visit to UNESCO World Heritage sites and sites which are managed by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). These organisations are doing their best to reserve the heritage of our country.
Besides this you may visit local museums and craft centers including painting schools important in preserving the craft.
-During the tour, you will get the chance to attend local music and dance performances. These activities employ huge number of locals and some of the families carry the tradition of music and dance from generation to generation.
-If your travel happens to be during the festival time, we would love to take you to the local families to celebrate festival with them and experience it from the closest.
-You may visit a café by NGO working towards rehab of acid attack survivors.
-Rickshaw ride in Jaipur is organised by The Pink City Rickshaw Co. which is a unique innovative initiative of ACCESS Development Services, a not for profit organization and aims to provide a new aspirational employment opportunity to 200 women from low income households in Jaipur.