Wednesday, April 29, 2009
There is nothing much to say! The GREEN circuit launch on www.travelmole.com
Its starts like this
The Green Circuit was launched ‘LIVE’ at the Responsible Tourism Network Meeting at SATTE, New Delhi. This is a collaborative initiative started by socialtours.com in February, which was pitched at ITB Berlin at the last network meeting.
This new product offers clients an opportunity to experience a selection of the best ‘responsible’ products in the Indian sub-continent. They can land at any of the many international airports, or arrive at a train station to start the journey....
Friday, April 24, 2009
This new product offers clients an excellent opportunity to experience a selection of the best ‘responsible’ products in the Indian sub-continent. One can land at any of the many international airports, or arrive at a train station to start the journey, all of it is done overland within the sub-continent, so as to reduce carbon emissions. One can then finish off at an international airport or a train station, choose to continue the trip in one continuous circuit, or come back another time to continue on with the next product.
The product is being jointly marketed, meaning it can be booked individually, or together with any of the partner operators. It is also being offered in international retail travel portals. Again, working on responsibility ethos, it is customizable, so can be broken up into smaller trips to fit traveler requirements
We believe the scalability of the product, and it is meant to be inclusive, not exclusive, working on the ethos of responsibility, but at this stage, we are offering select products from these four operators, to smoothen out logistic challenges with zero compromise on visitor experience. Once this phase is over, we will open it to other products and operators, who are no doubt, also responsible.
The product can currently be viewed at
We invite international operators to talk to us to determine ways to market it. And also travelers to come into these websites, make enquires and/or book directly with us!
Vishwaraj Gyawali, Founder Director
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Green Circuit is an initiative started by socialtours.com in February 2009. It tries to bring together some of the best ‘responsible’ products in the sub-continent together in a circuit, which can then be offered to travellers all around the world. The idea is to make this information known using each others websites and the promotions that we all individualy do, creating a mass awareness of responsible practices, and also generating business for all involved.
It is aimed to become a win win situation where ‘responsible’ operators and products hand hold, share, learn, link (which are all responsible practices in itself) to the betterment of the whole.
With an aim to also make the trip “greener”, we will also support by providing information and service support to connect to these products using train and ground travel. The products are also convieniently developed around international airport, so that access is easy.
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Nepal: the Tamang Heritage Trail
17 days, heritage sightseeing, moderate trekking, jungle safari
from £ 675 per person
About 150 years ago, Nepal fought Tibet over salt, and some of the biggest areas where this war took place is in the Langtang Region of Nepal, wherein lies the third most popular trekking trail in Nepal. This area is connected to Tibet and the trails in this region were used by traders from Tibet bartering in Salt and mountain goats for meat (changra) with foodstuffs from the south. Developed by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program, the “Tamang Heritage Trail” is the newly developed tourism product, off the beaten track, which highlights an ancient lifestyle combining it with picturesque scenery and healing baths in natural hot springs.
Eastern Himalaya: Red Panda Tea and Elephant Trail
22 days, culture, wildlife and tea gardens
from INR 67,000 per pax nett
East Himalaya is a part of one of the EIGHT HOTTEST BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS of the world. This is a part of the Indo-Burma region. Other then India, the East Himalaya touches the countries of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal occupies more than 100,000 sq. kms of East Himalaya approx. which is about 25% of the Indian Himalaya. This shows a major portion of the Himalaya is existent in the East. Similarly, the whole of Nepal and Bhutan are a part of the East Himalaya.
East India: Orissa Odyssey
15 Days Kolkata - Visakhapatnam
from 980 Euros per person
An epic adventure through timeless India; stretching from the bustle of India’s renown cultural capital Kolkata, through vast tracts of pastoral plains and palm-fringed paddies, to dense mangroves and tranquil boat rides twisting though the tangled mangrove forest of Bhitarkanika National Park. From natural wonders to the irrepressible man-made marvels of ancient India’s earliest temples at Bhubaneshwar and Konark to the sea swept coastal town of Puri, one of India’s Char Dhams (four holy hotspots of Hinduism). Cruise along Chilika Lake, Asia’s largest salt lake lagoon and camp under a starlit sky.
South India - The Malabar Holidays
14 days, culture, spice tour, beaches, homestays
from 815 USD net per person
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Responsible Tourism Networking is geared to set new standards this week. On 24th, it will go into a live Webinar where pitches can be made from all over the world, and people can listen in from all over the world! Truly groundbreaking!
Check out the invitation below!
Join us online by webinar for the Responsible Tourism Network Event 24th April 14.30 DK time
The Responsible Tourism Networking at SATTE New Delhi Organisers in India ICRT India, ITB Berlin, Travel to Care and The Blue Yonder
Date : 24th April 2009
Time : IST 1700-1900 (Copenhagen 1330-1530)
Venue : Conference Hall 11 / SATTE Pragathi Maidan
In co-operation with Travel Mole, we are making this event available online as well. A max of 1000 online users can access the webinar and see the pitches made in New Delhi and EUME Croatia. If you are interested in following the webinar online, please click the following link.
The online event is in tune with Indian event. Please check your local time here and ensure you are online and on realtime.
By IST (Indian Standard Time) 1630 the moderators Sally Broom of YourSafePlanet.com, Gopinath Parayil of TheBlueYonder.com, Ashish Gupta from Traveltocare.com, Raj Gyawali from SocialTreks.com, Marcus Bauer from respontour.net and Valere Tjolle of VISION on Sustainable Tourism – tourism-vision.com will be online.
Please give yourself half an hour preparation time before the actual event start.
Let us know if you have any questions, we will be glad to help you (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Looking forward to meeting you in Delhi or online.
Sally, Gopinath, Ashish, Raj, Sajo, Marcus, Valere and Karen