Be a responsible traveller in India. How? We will guide you.
Some tips for responsible travel in India:
- Learn a few words of Hindi to establish privileged contact with the local populations.
- Be patient and keep smiling, in this country more than elsewhere there is always a solution.
- Remember to take a small bag to bring your waste back to the hotel at the end of the day. Garbage cans are rare in India.
- Water is a scarce resource in many parts of India. Do not wash your towels and sheets every day in hotels.
- Choose gourds over disposable water bottles (89 billion plastic water bottles are sold worldwide each year. A plastic bottle takes 450 years to disappear from the face of the earth).
- Do not give to children who beg, when you give money, food, or gifts to children who are begging, or when you buy them goods, you encourage them to continue begging; which prevents them from going to school and traps them in a cycle of poverty.
- During a trek:
- Try as much as possible to stay on the main trails to limit the environmental impact to the existing trails.
- Avoid walking next to the trail or cutting into the bends, new trails will be created such as scars that promote erosion and vegetation will not grow back.
- Protect your food and waste from animals.
- Do not pick flowers or plants.
- Do not throw any waste into nature (this also includes cores, peels, eggshells, etc.).
- Respect local customs: https://www.shantitravel.com/en/india-travel-guide/understanding-cultural-differences
- Follow the advice of your India travel expert and participate in activities related to the preservation of traditions.