RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL >>
Operating responsibly has been our ethos from the very
beginning and we have always considered the environmental
and cultural impact of tourism. We strive to ensure that our
customers enjoy their India Connections holiday and at the
same time protect the environment, respect local traditions,
understand historic and cultural issues and benefit the
All of the properties we work with are to some extent
working in an environmentally responsible way and we ask
them to provide us with details. Almost all tell us that
they try to minimise the use of plastic, try to reduce
wastage and recycle as much as possible. A large number of
hotels heat water by solar power and have environmentally
friendly sewage treatment methods. Many hotels do not use
chemicals in their swimming pools and they all do what they
can to conserve water.
If you are considering a holiday to India with us but would
like to be assured that the positive contributions you are
making will out-weigh any negative impacts, the following
may help you.
- Our holidays are all tailor-made, which means that the
numbers we deal with are relatively small but the spending
(compared with package or group tours) is relatively high
thus benefiting the local community.
- Almost all the hotels we work with are fully or
partially Indian owned and all are staffed by locals.
- Many hotels have strong environmental policies and
some have won ‘Green’ awards (eg a number of the Taj
Hotels are Green Globe members).
- We work with a number of privately owned boutique
hotels who have restored a neglected heritage building to
create an authentic experience as well as preserving
India’s architectural heritage eg The Imperial Hotel in
Delhi. There are also hotel groups that do the same to
buildings across India eg the hotels of the Neemrana Group
and some of the hotels operated by the Taj group.
- Most of our holidays to India include visits to
wildlife areas (National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries)
and World Heritage and Cultural Sites. Tourist spending in
these areas helps to protect and maintain the diversity
and cultural heritage of India.
- We support a number of charities in India and provide
our customers with the contact details if they also want
to contribute. We add a small voluntary contribution of
just £1 towards the Travel Foundation to all our invoices.
Kerala Connections/India Connections supports the work of The Travel Foundation
This independent UK charity was set up in 2003 by the travel
industry in collaboration with the UK government to respond
to concerns over the sustainability of travel and tourism.
We support the work of this organization and a voluntary
donation of £1 per booking is added to all customer