Celebrating World Tourism Day With TUTC’s Green Initiatives
TUTC operates ultra-luxurious canvas luxury and allied services across different regions in India. We have our canvas luxury camps at Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, Kohima in Nagaland, Hampi in Karnataka and Dudhwa in Uttar Pradesh.
TUTC solely aims to offer its guests a seamless blend of being close to nature while offering to explore the destination closely. Our guests have loved every aspect of its culture, tradition, cuisines, and landscape. TUTC presents the land and focus every Glamping experience to understand the people of the land. We thrive to make our guests feel like they’re a part of that destination and provide everything in our reach to keep them connected to the destination and its diversity.
At TUTC, each destination is promoted, supported and conserved well within the campsite itself. We actively support green, eco-friendly, and responsible tourism whilst providing local employment opportunities to stimulate the local economy, enrich the lives of the locals and indigenous communities in each our glamping destinations.
Here are our humble attempts at promoting Ecotourism and reducing our Carbon Footprints at all our glamping sites in India:
1. Every Campsite Has An Organic Garden
Up to 6 acres of our campsite land at Thiksey, Ladakh has been demarcated to an organic garden that adorns the rocky landscape with a profusion of herbs and local vegetables like radish, carrots, potatoes, varieties of lettuces. The organic farm grows English vegetables like cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli, pepper and much more.
2. Conservation Of Micro-Habitats
Being the only luxury jungle camp with in-house naturalist, it becomes our prerogative to trailblazer not only environmental causes but also to sustain as a larger economic generator as many people in the locality depend directly or indirectly on us. At Dudhwa, we have been training the local fishermen community to commercially use their water canoes and implement their local knowledge. They take our guests for birding and mammal watching in the many “Jheels” (lakes) which constitute a very unique eco-system within the Terai macro eco-system. Money thus earned from this venture negates the fisherman from eliminating otter population living in these “Jheels” and increases their quality of life.
3. Promote The Conservation Of Wildlife
Dudhwa is one of the most bio-diverse regions and endangered ecosystems in India. One of the few protected areas in the country, the park is inhabited by 38 species of mammals, 90 species of fish, and some 500 species of birds.
Also, with every jungle safari taken at the Jaagir Lodge at Dudhwa, our guests are passionately briefed about the wildlife sanctuaries of India and its resident beings by our knowledgeable naturalists who know all the in-and-outs of the jungle. Most of our naturalists are wildlife conservationists and go out of their way to help preserve wildlife in India. They also have a passion in wildlife photography. Our lodge is also one of Indian’s largest repository of digital and printed materials based on wildlife which we showcase to not only our guests but also to our staff and local community.
4. Our Naturalists Help The State Forest Department With Animal Census
Working closely with the state Forest Department to gather and also disseminate proper jungle knowledge to not only forest guides and local naturalists, but also transfers it to schools in the vicinity of the jungle. Since most of all our jungle forays with our guest records, and animal and bird data, we provide firsthand account directly to the state Forest Department. We also assist in key decision making of Eco-Tourism and Responsible tourism principles, policies and practices.
5. Responsible Waste Management
To minimize our carbon footprint at all our luxury camping sites in India, we take waste seriously. The collective waste at all our campsite is carefully segregated into dry, wet and reusable waste, to make the most of our resources. Decomposable waste is further used in our organic farms as natural fertilizers to benefit from.
6. Offering A Personalized Water Flask To Our Guests
We actively thrive against the usage of any type plastic materials unless it is really necessary. We gift our esteemed guests with a personalized water flask with their names on it and encourage them to reuse RO water installed at our glamping sites instead of using mineral water plastic bottles.
7. Leave-No-Trace Camping
We are proud to say that TUTC’s glamping tents are the first truly mobile luxury camps in India. Our mobile luxury camps shift from region to region across 4 states, with each operational only for a short duration of time. TUTC is almost always on the move, and every move is a well-planned one. We believe in leaving the land spotless, just as it was when we moved into it.
8. Employment Opportunities For The Locals
We employ over 25 Ladakhis from the local community and hamlet of Thiksey who work with us from March to November. 30 percent of our support staff hail from the local Thiksey community and look after the Organic Garden as well as the horticulture in our campsite.
9. Empowering The Women Of India
At TUTC, we have an employee ratio of 60:40, with 60 percent being women who work an 8 hours shift, for up to 26 days a month. They take on key job profiles right from laundry, house-keeping, engineering, security, repair & maintenance, accounts, cooking and horticulture.
One of our senior camp colleagues, who is a local and lives in the camp vicinity is Ms Trering Choskit, remarks: “With the coming of TUTC, we from the local community have learnt a lot but most importantly, we are now self-reliant and now in fact contribute to the household economically too. We were basically homemakers then but today we take pride in the work we do in and around the camp. We have learnt a lot of new subjects and mine personally is working along with Unmesh ji – the camp horticulturist- who has taught us so many interesting aspects of plant life. Today we tend to a 6 acre organic garden within the Chamba Camp, Thiksey camp location where over 22 varieties of vegetables and herbs flourish. Unmesh ji talked us through the entire life cycle of each and every plants and how they are integral in supporting the micro eco-system of our Camp location – literally an oasis in these high altitude cold deserts.”
With sincere attempts taken to ensure environmental sustainability and promote ecotourism, we at TUTC take immense pride in our journey until now. We hope to help preserve this beautiful planet in every way possible and are grateful to all our guests for patiently cooperating with us on our green initiatives by far. Benefiting the ecology, environment and economy has formed the core of our business endeavors.
TUTC Wishes You “Happy World Tourism Day!”
Words By: Jovita Elveera Mendonca
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