Eco-tourism by definition requires the involvement and benefit of local people and communities. Most of the team members belong to the area and have been trained by us. They are a highly motivated, enthusiastic and friendly group of people and an integral part of our extended family. They have all made an effort to acquire better skills and constantly strive to improve their communication and presentation abilities.
• We have been able to create awareness about the Chitwan National Park by promoting eco-tourism, and environment awareness and conservation programmes in the areas around the Park. This effort has given a much required boost not only to the resource conservation program of the Park and its environs, but has also created a wellspring of goodwill amongst the local populace.
• Reforestation & Habitat Regeneration
• In keeping with our eco-friendly approach, the gently glowing but reliable hurricane lanterns and candles are our last line of defense against our erratic power supply.
• We are exploring environmentally sound options for generating our own power.
• Solar energy geysers provide heated water to the kitchen and lodges.
• Use of low voltage CFL bulbs to minimize electricity usage at the lodge.
Employment and involvement of local community
• So as to reduce dependence on forest produce. Nearly 95% of our staff are resident of villages around Chitwan National Park.
• The Ox Cart is operated with the help of local ox owners. The owners are mainly marginal farmers and used their ox for village tour. Participation in the Ox Card Ride has provided them an alternative means of livelihood that generates a far better income for them and ensures their stake holding in the protection of the Park.
• To generate further employment opportunities for the community, we are working on a project to use local waste products (rags, paper, agricultural waste) to manufacture handmade paper.
• Great care has been taken to use indigenous materials and craftsmen. The furnishings are procured locally and showcase crafts and skills honed over generations.
• Most of the produce used in the Lodge Kitchens is from our own farms or procured directly from the local farmers.
• We use compost pits for all our organic waste and recycle close to 70% of our inorganic waste. We have not been able to find a satisfactory way of recycling our plastic waste (mainly mineral water bottles) and welcome any information and suggestions.
• Bathwater and water from our kitchen is recycled through soak pits and allowed to filter back into the ground.
•Working with the forest department on anti-poaching and a reforestation initiatives.
•Actively spreading conservation messages to villagers, illustrating the importance of the wild animals and its habitat that provide a livelihood for several thousand Families near Chitwan National Park alone.
•Regular village cleaning and sanitation exercises.
•Active participation in World Environment Day festivities.