ETW STAFF – Mumbai
Keeping up to the bequest of corporate sustainability is Taj Safaris with its latest initiative ‘Voluntourism’. A joint venture between Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, and &Beyond, Taj Safaris is India’s first and only wildlife circuit in the country that provides guests with the ultimate interpretive wildlife experience, based on a proven sustainable ecotourism model. Operating in Madhya Pradesh, for almost five years, it’s four lodges – Pashan Garh in Panna National Park, Mahua Kothi in Bandhavgarh National Park, Banjaar Tola in Kanha National Park and Baghvan in Pench National Park – provide something more than just pure luxury. The initiative encourages guests a first-hand experience of the villagers and their day to day lives by availing of exclusive ’Voluntourism Packages’ for three-five days.
Apart from luxurious stay, the packages include two safari drives, visit to ancient temples apart from nature walks, visiting the villages, sharing meals and engaging in various activities. Furthermore, they can volunteer at Asha Bhavan – a home for differently-abled girls.
In an endeavour to make a meaningful difference to the areas around the lodges, Taj Safaris’ Voluntourism programme has embarked to impart education to the children of the neighboring villages on the importance of conservation of the eco-system we live in.