We are very conscious of the impact of tourism on local communities and this is why sustainable tourism is vey important for us.
We try and ensure that the smallest person in the chain gets the benefit of the tourism directly. All our support partners are locally sourced. We work mainly with small, family run places and encourage them to use local staff at all levels. We have a policy of actively encouraging and helping reliable drivers to buy their own vehicles. This helps them be in charge of their own lives rather than depend on employment.
Heritage Hotels & Home Stays
Already for twenty years, we have scouted for heritage properties and in many places, convinced the owners to open their homes to guests. We are proud that we were amongst the first tour operators to patronize these heritage properties in Rajasthan and Gujarat thus supporting this excellent trend in preserving these heritage buildings. Similarly, we have supported eco-friendly resorts in India which blend with the environment and give the travellers a more authentic experience. These kind of imaginative lodgings help us in attracting more discerning travellers to visit India.
For about a decade, we were supporting an orphanage for girls in Jaipur, Balika Sadan. Our contributions enabled this struggling organization to build extra space for their dormitories, got them water tanks, much needed refrigerators to keep food fresh. Apart from the necessities, we also took the girls for recreational trips, earning big smiles and much joy!
For the last five years, we have shifted our attention to a Chandelao, a small village near Jodhpur. Along with the very enlightened ex-ruler of the area, Praduman Singh, we help the local schools in creating some basic infrastructure. Our emphasis here is the empowerment of women.
Today, there is an arts and crafts centre, run by village women, who produce many items like clothes, bags and much more. The idea is that, given an opportunity, the women should be able to earn their own living. We also donated solar cookers in the village to prevent the women in foraging long distances for firewood. We are confident that this will in the long term, protect the much needed trees planted by the Government.
Another good example of sustainable accommodation that we use is Apani Dhani. Dhani means a small village hamlet and Aapni means ours. That's what this tiny eco-conscious resort is, a small village hamlet with a very homely touch. Apani Dhani follows many eco-friendly practices such as the use of solar power for heating the water, treating the waste water for re-use in the gardens and the fields outside. It also gives training and employment to the villagers. By promoting properties like this we hope to help to increase the awareness of the need for responsible travel.