Family small group vacation in India
US $2190US $1870ToUS $2620 excluding flights
Description of Family small group vacation in India
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Small group family adventure:
This is a small group family adventure - typically you will join several other families and travel in a group of approx. 16 people. The trips are great value and a great way for you and your children to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves.
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.
PlanetAs well as visiting the main points of interest, we get off the beaten track at many points to really give us a flavour of local life be that in the back streets of Delhi or the backwaters of Kerala. Travel is as much about meeting people as it is seeing the sites, and there are many opportunities for both on this tour.
Our local tour leaders are great facilitators when it comes to introductions and explaining local customs. We spend time on a traditional house boat and also a night with a family in their home, this gives an excellent chance to learn about the life in this tranquil state. We make use of local trains which is a great experience as well as reducing the amount of time we require a bus. By traveling via train we reduce the amount of carbon produced on this trip.
Whilst in Periyar we are careful to follow the strict guidelines of our Animal Welfare Policy. Seeing animals in their natural habitats is a great way to learn about their natural behaviours and environment, and gain a greater appreciation for the diversity of wildlife. It also enables our customers to gain a deeper appreciation, insight and understanding into our natural world. Whether in national parks, game reserves or natural wilderness; all experiences should benefit the animals we observe.
The thrill of seeing animals that are exotic to our homelands is a big draw for many wildlife lovers, however this can make both the animals and visitors easy to exploit, putting them in close proximity to each other for nothing more than commercial gain. For this reason we take a boat trip on Periyar Lake which allows for great wildlife viewing opportunities whilst having minimal impact on the wildlife itself.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleAlthough this trip takes us on a relatively well-trodden route, we ensure that we find ways to benefit the local communities along the way. We visit several local street food venues, giving our customers the chance to try out this very typical Indian way of eating on the move, supporting the small local businesses of the city.
Our village homestay provides us with an excellent insight into lives of the backwaters residents and is a welcome additional source of income for our hosts. Choosing to stay in smaller hotels and homestays, using local leaders and eating out in a variety of local restaurants ensures that our tour really benefits local people in Kerala. Hiring a bike or taking a rickshaw tour helps in the same way and is incredibly good fun too!
With a high level of local expertise, passion for their country, and a desire to enable traveler experience all it has to offer, our Indian tour leaders encourage supporting grass roots businesses. Our annual tour leader training course includes a strong focus on responsible tourism practices, ensuring that our trips run in accordance with our code of practice. For example, at the start of each trip they provide guidance concerning local customs and culture so as to ensure that local sensibilities are understood and respected.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.