Sustainable Travel

Rresponsible & Eco-tourism.
Responsible tourism- HaCRA : A Responsible travel maker NGO Being a responsible eco tour operator is at the heart of what HaCRA-DHANI NGO's is all about. From the start, HaCRA has been committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveller and host alike. We work with local communities, small businesses and other NGO's to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts.
As a traveler on a HaCRA eco tour, this results in a more enjoyable and authentic travel experience. We believe that tourism should be about interacting with other cultures, not exploiting them. This could mean travelling with local people on public buses rather than looking at them through the window of a private tour bus; or staying at a small, locally- owned guesthouse rather than a large, foreign-owned hotel. It also means travelling in small groups that are less intrusive and offer more opportunity for local interaction.
Part of HaCRA's operating philosophy is to respect the communities in which we visits. We do this by acting in a manner that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible. While our sustainable tourism policies are constantly evolving, our commitment to socially conscious, grassroots style travel has never changed. In recognition of our efforts in the area of social responsibility, HaCRA won the chain's of recommondations by leading guide-book and hundreds of traveler every years. We are proud of our reputation, the work we do with local communities and the way of travel we offer to our guest.
Our Travel way
In order to minimize the potentially negative social and environmental impacts of tourism, HaCRA offers small group adventures that respect local people, cultures and their environment. We use local transportation, small-scale hotels, family-run guest houses and employ local guides and operators. This approach to travel ensures that economic benefit goes directly to local businesses and communities and allows interaction with local people and their culture.
Group Size
In order to keep the environmental and negative social impact to a minimum, we operate the majority of our tours with a maximum of 6-8 guests.
Transport
By using local methods of transportation (public buses, trains, local jeeps and local camel/carts ), our travellers experience face-to-face interaction with local people. This also reduces unnecessary fuel consumption and pollution. While we generally use public transportation, we also offer 'Comfort Class' tours that utilize private transport, operated by local companies and drivers.
Accommodation
The majority of our hotels are small, locally owned and family operated establishments. We also incorporate community and family home stays in rajasthan's cities- jodhpur, Udaipur,Bundi,Bikaner and jaisalmer.
Local Guides & Operators
By working with local guides and operators, HaCRA provides economic benefits directly to local people and small businesses. Our local guides are experts in flora and fauna, history and culture, and provide our guestswith insight into local knowledge.
Tour Leaders
Our Tour Leaders receive special training in low-impact travel, regional conservation issues and projects. They are also provided with a Sustainable Travel Manual. Tour Leaders are selected based on their knowledge of, and commitment to, sustainable travel. All Tour Leaders speak good English and have First Aid.
Food
While we include meals during Safaris,camping and in isolated areas, our Tour Leaders are able to recommend locally owned restaurants in all cities, countrysides and towns. By eating in local restaurants and purchasing food in local markets, our guest help to support the local economy.
Ecotourism Standards
Use of local transportation. All HaCRA Adventures team/family and partners are aware and knowledgeable of the Standards program. Reduce, Reuse (and Recycle whenever possible). Annual contribution to conservation and community development NGOs (non-governmental organizations). Promote Standards in all local campaigns. Provide employment and/or business opportunities to local people. Suppliers are encouraged to improve their own environmental/social standards. Maximum group size is 6-8 guests on all HaCRA Tour guide/Leader-led tours. HaCRA ensures that local people and other travellers are aware of the benefits of conducting small-group tours. No use of suppliers who support exploitative practices. For example, we don't condone selling endangered species products, harming threatened habitats or prostitution. Tourguides/ Leaders: Tourguides/ Leaders are fluent in English and some speaks french as well Tour Leaders receive special training in low-impact travel (in an environmental and social context), regional conservation issues and/or projects, and are selected based on their knowledge, commitment to and awareness of sustainable travel. Tour Leaders must possess First Aid. Tour guides/leaders are encouraged to research eco-friendly way of travel, accommodation, and possible projects that can be incorporated into our tours.
Accommodation:
All hotels have less than 15rooms, except joining and departure points, which have less than 50. Otherwise, the best feasible option is employed. Best feasible option means that if there is an alternative that is a more responsible option in terms of the social and natural environment, this can be taken. The majority of accommodation is locally owned.
Future Targets:
Continue to monitor operations at the local level. This includes evaluating the level of resource management and employment practices for all suppliers used by HaCRA . Selection of suppliers is to be based on these criteria. Participate in clean-up/conservation/community development projects in areas that may require support and that HaCRA tours visit. Create new partnerships with more environmental and community development NGOs on both international and local levels. Design new tours that support more local communities and eco-friendly operators. Continue to incorporate visits to HaCRA-DHANI 's rural dovlopment projects into our tours.
Code of Conduct for Guest
As a guest, you can do a lot to help ensure that tourism in developing countries remains a positive experience for everyone. The following guidelines offer suggestions for low-impact and culturally sensitive travel:
Stay on the trail
Straying from the trail while safaris,trips in remote villages and hiking can cause erosion and other environmentally harmful impacts.
Respect the wildlife
Viewing animals from a safe distance is fine; touching, feeding, or cornering them is not.
Respect endangered species
Do not buy products that exploit wildlife, aid in habitat destruction, or come from endangered species.
Do not litter
This is one time when the old adage "When in Rome, do as the Romans" doesn't apply. Even if you see a local person littering, set an example and dispose of your garbage appropriately.
Reduce waste
Recycling is extremely limited or non-existent in most of villages and cityreas. Avoid products with excess packaging; opt for beverages in glass bottles as they tend to be re-used.
Protect local water systems
In desert areas of india we have major problem of drinking water, so please make sure about consuming water on trip/safaris.
Respect cultural differences
Local customs and traditions may be different from our own. Take the time to learn what behaviour is acceptable and what isn't.
Take photos with care
Always ask permission to take photos of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. If you do take a photo, offer to send copies back to them and make sure to follow through with your promise. If your subject wants immediate compensation in return for the photo taken, offering a piece of fruit or cookies, or a souvenir from your home are ways to do it.
Learn a few phrases
Take the time to learn about the country state,city and village you are visiting. Learning about the customs and a few words in the local language can go a long way and is appreciated by the local people. It also makes your interactions more meaningful and memorable.
Giving gifts
HaCRA highly discourages offering money to people begging on the streets of some places in country. Parents often send their children out into the streets, since a child can make more than their parents make begging on the street. This promotes further dependency and encourages more parents to send out their children. Instead, we would suggest offering a piece of cookies or fruit. Perhaps you could offer postcard from your home etc.
Support Local Artisans
Support local artists and artisans by purchasing locally made goods. Many communities sell handmade crafts that you may purchase while on tour. You may also ask your Tour guide/ Leader for recommendations about where to find local markets, stores and cooperatives.

Making A Difference

Donations,
Often guests who return home from a trip having interacted with local people and experiencing life in another culture, look for ways to give back to those less fortunate than themselves. It is for this reason that we developed the HaCRA-DHANI's Foundation. Through fundraising and donations, we are able to provide needed items to local people, communities, schools and organizations that you visit on your tours. Click here for more information about the HaCRA-DHANI's Foundation.
Volunteering
There are also many organizations working worldwide that you may chose to volunteer with. Volunteering abroad in the place you visits can be an extremely rewarding experience with local people and culture.
Giving Back On Tour
Starting in 2001, HaCRA is proud to announce the development of a new tour for travellers who wish to have a true cultural experience while helping to improve the basic living conditions in remote Bhisnois,bhils-bhopa and rajput communities.

For more information about this tour visit RVT India

- This tour was specially designed as a way to give back to the people and places we visit on our tour by incorporating a hands-on volunteer project, We will also have the opportunity to visit devlopmentprojects; the environment ( plantationsin orans and in schools) Project which improve the local invironment in dry desert areas. Proceeds from this tour will go to the HaCRA-DHANI Foundation in support of community projects in Desert villages.

A sustainable tourism with a local developement
What is Eco-tourism?
Fundamentally, eco-tourism means making as little environmental impact as possible and helping to sustain the indigenous populace, thereby encouraging the preservation of wildlife and habitats when visiting a place. This is responsible form of tourism and tourism development, which encourages going back to natural products in every aspect of life. It is also the key to sustainable ecological development. Aware of the Environment
Today the "Green Laws" of conservation are making people aware of how man and the environment can live symbiotically for more time to come and eco-tourism is the only way maximize the economic, environmental and social benefits of tourism. Everyone is a stakeholder in the process and we clearly need to avoid our past shortcomings and negative impact that they have had. In India too the movement is gathering momentum with more and more travel and travel related organisation’s are addressing the needs of the eco-tourists and promoting eco-tourism in the country. Some basic do’s and don’ts of eco-tourism that we promote in the country are listed below: Responsible Tourism Policy
• We will use locally owned and run services by preference.
• We use locally owned and run accommodation by preference. We are able to recommend a wide variety of home stays in Rajasthan, many cities for those clients who are interested. Not only does the money from home stays directly benefit the community but clients will also gain an authentic insight into the region/ state.
• We will aim to where possible purchase our equipment and food from locally produced source.
• We support local income generating and small business enterprises by supporting locally
owned transportation, shops and restaurants also using local guide & staff services.
• We aim to take responsibility for maintaining and improving the environment.
• We will provide financial support for local economic and environmental projects that will benefit the local communities. Thereby actively encouraging local community involvement in tourism project. Travelers Guideline Code
• Try to preserve local resources wherever possible. Remember to turn off electricity in your room when you are not using it (particularly air conditioning units) and keep your water usage to a minimum.
• Respect the local environment : do not litter, do not pick wild flowers or plants, try to reuse your water bottles and recycle what you can.
• Be aware of dressing appropriately in places of worship (Temples etc.) or significance and don’t take photographs without obtaining permission beforehand.
• Be open and willing to learn about the differences between foreign cultures and your own. Even more importantly, be tolerant of these differences. A few words learnt in a local language can be greatly appreciated and can open the doors to a more "authentic" holiday experience.
• Be aware of the impact of your money, if you decide to give beggars or to children, parents whose children are regularly bringing home money from begging are unlikely to want to sent their children to school. If you would like to make a donation to the host community / region you have visited. Please talk to operator / agency project manager - we are able to recommend a project who will welcome your donation.
• We use locally owned and run accommodation by preference. We are able to recommend a wide variety of home stays in Rajasthan, many cities for those clients who are interested. Not only does the money from home stays directly benefit the community but clients will also gain an authentic insight into the region/ state.
• We will aim to where possible purchase our equipment and food from locally produced source.
• We support local income generating and small business enterprises by supporting locally owned transportation, shops and restaurants also using local guide & staff services.
• We aim to take responsibility for maintaining and improving the environment.
• We will provide financial support for local economic and environmental projects that will benefit the local communities. Thereby actively encouraging local community involvement in tourism project.