If there’s something that travel should be, it should be responsible. Responsible towards Nature, towards the local community, towards local sentiments and towards the local culture. Simply put, it is tourism with a responsible mindset. It entails the tourists to be responsible towards the contribution that they make to maintain the sanctity of the area they visit. World Summit on sustainable development in Cape Town in 2002, defined Responsible tourism as:
- minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts.
- generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry;
- involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life changes
- makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world's diversity.
- provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.
- provides access for physically challenged people.
- is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.
We, at The Green Locus strive to work and live on these principles with the hope that perhaps travel would act as a harbinger for people to adopt responsible ways of living (starting with travel of-course).
Community based tourism:
Local community forms the core of our work. From making stay arrangements to taking care of our traveler’s appetite, from being tourist guides to taking care of security, it’s the locals who really carry the baton of The Green Locus. Conventional travel businesses mostly neglect the local communities which really isn’t the right thing to do. Community involvement forms an integral part of The Green Locus experience. When you get involved with the Green Locus, you are positively impacting the life of at least one person from the community. Agriculture has been the source of livelihood for these communities since time immemorial. When you get involved with us, you are also helping in taking the load of the agricultural land by supporting alternative means of livelihood for these people. We thank you and would like to pass on the feelings of gratitude on behalf of the local community for associating with us!
Experiential travel simply defined is travel that is lived through and experienced instead of just looked at. It is different from conventional tourism in the sense that it gives the traveler a chance to see, hear, taste, smell and feel the locale. In simpler words, feel connected to a region. Going beyond the conventional regular touristy places to “feel” the place in a much more heartfelt way by delving into local culture and by feeling connected to the sights, sounds, smells and spirit of the region is essence of experiential travel. Experiential travelling would enable the traveller to venture beyond the beaten tourist paths and dive deeper into authentic, local culture, connecting with people from other cultures in ways that enrich their lives and create lasting memories. At the end of your journey/travel if you feel that you have developed some special bond with the place and the locals, then you have really grasped the essence of experiential travel.
The Green Locus with its variety of travel programs has been helping travelers to get under the skin of the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand and experience the place in many ways:
- Experience Nature as it is, RAW and UNTOUCHED: Live in one of our camps in the Himalayan wilderness and feel how exhilarating is it to live amidst lush green trees, sparkling rivulets, steep mountain slopes and the serenity of the Himalayan setting! Take one of our treks customized to suit your fitness levels and feel revitalized! Of course, all this comes at the cost of being responsible towards the local environment. We make sure that you carry back with you, all that you had bought along such that the natural setting of the place remains as natural as it always was! Nature experiences often bring out our connection to the mother Earth. We hope that these experiences also throw light on the delicate relation between the human kind and the environment, and also on the great responsibility that we humans have, to protect and preserve our mother Earth!
- Experience new, yet ancient cultures. Discover a world beyond your microcosm: Milking a cow, sowing the paddy seeds, learning the local art, picking up oak leaves from the jungle for feeding livestock, learning the local cuisine, living the village life... these are just few of the many ways through which a traveler gets to live the life of the hill folks. Often, experiencing new cultures /lifestyles broadens your outlook and the way you look at the world. Cultural experiences are a great way of knowing yourself and all that being “human” is. These are experiences that enable building lifelong bonds, with strangers and new cultures, they help in the realization that life is not just a 24 hour shift of the human machinery, its a voyage of discovery and enlightenment on a road to know yourself!
- Experience the high of adventure, the limitless capabilities of the human body and the mind. Indulge yourself in dares that reveal a new you. Feel the adrenaline rush. Feel your fear getting transformed into exhilaration! Throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Stretch your limits, and clear all doubts about your physical and mental capabilities. Live in the jungle wilderness, trek the unknown path, climb up or rappel down a mountain or just loose yourself to nature. It is said that Adventure is not outside man; it is within!
So, to experience a new you and to know yourself inside out, re-kindle that spirit of adventure and follow the words of Kahlil Gibran: “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
One common theme exists which kind of dwells in our area of work. The Greenery! All locations that we are working at are in the green Himalayan foothills. When you work or live close to nature you realize that it is an integral part of your being, somehow you feel connected to it. It is a connection which can only be felt and can hardly be described. Green is the colour of the plant life, the colour of prosperity. In the words of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second president of India while describing the green colour on the Indian national flag: "... The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends."
It is the colour of our existence! Come, experience our love for the green!
The Philosophy behind our Logo:
- The Green curve signifies the green Himalayan region that we are connected to and work in. Technically "Locus" means a line/curve connecting points having similar attributes, in this case it's a set of locations that sit in the Green Himalayan region
- The Yellow curve signifies the agrarian economy driven by farming. It is one of the aims of The Green Locus to take the load off the land and provide alternative means of livelihood to the local people. So there you get the connection to the people
- The Red colour is deep rooted in the culture of the region (and for that matter, Indian culture as well). The red dots relate to the vermilion which is applied to the forehead during all special occasions and prayers. During all big occasions/festivals red terracotta patches are overlaid with rice paste forming different intricate and beautiful patterns which are supposed to bring prosperity. That's the culture connection
These 3 colours in totality embody the 3 tenets of our philosophy: Nature, People and Culture!