Responsible travel is about the attitude you take and the choices you make when travelling – to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment!
Some of the responsible travel ideals that Tiwari Travel embraces are;
- Using local businesses (such as us!) that provides employment for local people
- Staying in boutique style locally owned accommodation & Heritage properties where possible
- Buying locally produced food and drink and eating from local restaurants as opposed to 5* hotels
- purchasing souvenirs & gifts from local artisans
- Spreading the economic benefits by spending your dollars at a range of shops
- Minimising use of plastic waste where possible
- Careful management of limited energy and water resources
- Offering real life experiences such as mixing with local which promote cross-cultural understanding
- Avoiding the exploitation of the vulnerable and minority groups, including women, children, animals and elderly
Our Social Stance…
- To protect human rights within our area of influence and to ensure that all parties impacted or supported by our business including staff, travellers, suppliers, local communities and others are treated with fairness and respect
Animal welfare basics…
Animal welfare concerns the state of an animal’s body and mind, and the extent to which its nature is satisfied – so just like humans, it’s about an animal’s physical and psychological state. Scientists have worked out the following pillars of an animal’s welfare which they call the five freedoms.
Freedom from hunger and thirst — ready access to fresh water and a diet that maintains full health and vigour
Freedom from discomfort — an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area
Freedom from pain, injury or disease — correct nutrition, disease prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
Freedom to express normal behaviour — sufficient space, natural stimulation of the senses and the company of the animal’s own kind
Freedom from fear and distress — conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
If all of these freedoms are true for an animal, it indicates good welfare.
Cows in India
It is illegal to kill or slaughter cows in India. Millions of Hindus revere and worship cows. Hinduism is a religion that raises the status of Mother to the level of Goddess. Therefore, the cow is considered a sacred animal, as it provides us life sustaining milk. Additionally the majority of Indians are vegetarian so eating any form of beef or meat in considered immoral and sinful.
DON’T give money to begging children. It may feel good, but it locks them into a cycle of poverty.