" I have been interacting with Puran and his groups since the time he began bringing them to India. The way he handles this is sensitive…and the two-way street that he has been able to create between the host community and the visitors…is greatly enriching for both. "
Mr Raaja Bhasin, Historian and Author, Shimla, India
One of the reasons our Travellers choose to visit in India and the Himalayan foothills with Expedition Leaders is that we are able to take them to places that others don’t know about or have the connections to offer. However, many of these same places are environmentally unspoilt and the communities socially complex and economically sensitive.
Our approach is to reduce our environmental footprint and to operate in a way that supports local communities. By choosing to travel with Expedition Leaders, you can be confident that you have made a truly sustainable travel choice.
We have a strong reputation for supporting the local communities in which you will travel. Examples include constructing water channels in Ladakh to secure water supply, building toilets, playgrounds or setting up cultural and sporting activities in a project near Shimla that brings people together from different cultural backgrounds.
We have run our own charity in India since 2007, called Asra Charity. Our Founder Director grew up in this region, so we know it better than most. This means we can target our funds and action into projects that provide real long-term benefits for local people there.
Almost all our Travellers use air transport to get to India and return home, with European Travellers generating about 2 tonnes of CO2 and those from the US closer to 3.5 tonnes of CO2.
You could be one of the first to take part in an Expedition Leaders tree-planting project that is part of our ‘Green Footprints’ programme and which will offset your air travel CO2 emissions. Either you can plant trees when you travel to these communities with us, or for a small donation, we will plant them for you! Either way, you can have the confidence that this is a genuine local project that will help the community and leave green footprints.
The planting project will see native broadleaf tree species such as Pipal, Tuni, Ambla, Popular, Willow, Botha, Alpine and Khair, being planted in protected community forest land close to Thali Village or Karsog Block in Mandi in the Himachal Pradesh region. In addition to the CO2 benefits and greenery, the trees will stabilise the ground, helping to protect local villages from flooding.
By taking a number of important initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint and to operate in a way that is sensitive and supports local communities, we believe that Travellers with Expedition Leaders will benefit from a more meaningful, authentic and memorable travel experience.