India Sacred Journeys Responsible Travel Policy
India Sacred Journeys believe in three simple guidelines as conscious travellers:
Chosen destinations are ashrams or homes of the local people
We leave places as we would like to find them
We ensure that we give back to the local communities we visit
India Sacred Journeys Responsible Travel Guidelines
We respect the destination and local culture we visit. We do this by respecting religious places, rituals, local customs and etiquette. We stress appropriate dress standards.
Always ask permission before photographing people.
We support local economies by purchasing from local suppliers, local trade, arts and crafts.
We do not support beggars. If you wish to help, please let us know and we will be happy to guide to the charity organizations we work with or help you to choose your own project you wish to support.
We contribute towards equality by supporting enterprises run or staffed by women and/or minorities where available (local cooperatives or social initiatives, e.g., we partner with one of the oldest local travel agencies founded and run by a Tibetan woman)
No single use of plastic is used or taken into the national parks and we purify water from streams when trekking.
We strive for better waste management – give `second breath` principle. Avoid plastic, reuse, reduce and recycle.
We do not touch fragile environments (eg. formations in caves).
We work toward promoting the animal freedom from hunger, thirst, discomfort, pain, fear and freedom to express normal behaviour that should be available to all animals.
Following the research on our tour we do not include any visit or activity failing any of the listed above.
We encourage to learn about countries we are visiting – the area, culture, local customs, values (e.g., greeting customs. A common gesture is pressing the palms together with the fingertips facing upwards (prayer position). This greeting is sometimes accompanied with a slight bow.)
Learn some of the local language and phrases.
Learn some simple appropriate behaviour and body language (e.g., Indians prefer not to touch people when it can be avoided, but they may touch someone's arm or hand when speaking so long as they are the same gender. Body contact between the genders is kept minimal throughout most of India).
You can support local economy by consuming locally owned businesses, eat local food and use local services.
Shop locally to support local craftsmen etc. It is acceptable to bargain, but keep in mind that if it`s a small amount to you it can be a great value to your seller.
Appropriate dress – we dress respectfully according to the local standards.
Always ask first before photographing or videoing people.
We do not support beggars. If you wish to help, please let us know and we will be happy to guide to the charity organizations we work with or help you to choose your own development project you wish to support as it will have more positive impact.
Leave only positive impression. Take care of the places as it is your own home. We leave places as we would like to find them.
When you`re back home see if you can support any of the social initiatives or development projects of what you have seen or encountered of.