"This remains one of our very best holidays and we shall always remember all the wonderful people we met, the kindness we received and how much it challenged our thinking and emotions in so many ways. We can't thank you all enough."

 

Inspiring and delighting guests, and helping build a future for rural communities

We love experiencing traditional village life and know our guests do, too. Sadly, villages are under threat all over the world, from outward migration, rural poverty, and the threats posed by the climate crisis. We work in partnership with very special villages in India, Nepal and Bhutan to help sustain their village life through low impact tourism. Above all, the aim is to provide great holidays that inspire and delight our guests, whilst providing the village communities with a further income stream and job opportunities. This village work in tourism runs alongside, but does not displace, traditional rural livelihoods. After more than 10 years since our launch, we are proud of what we have achieved, and look forward to a positive future.

Truly responsible tourism that brings positive impacts

Since we started our projects over 10 years ago, we have won numerous awards for our unique approach. Positive, sustainable tourism is in our DNA. Guest visits leave our communties better off, both economically and socially. We limit environmental impacts at every stage. We use local materials, and local labour, in the construction of new buildings, or refurbishment of existing buildings. We employ low-usage water systems in areas (like the Himalayas) increasingly vulnerable to water shortages, and use solar power for water heatings and lamps in communities that remain 'off grid'. We encourage crop diversification so that communities grow crops for guests, at a time when failure of traditional crops due to drought is an increasing issue. Importantly, we work at a local and regional level to help communities find solutions to problems that are already happening due to the climate crisis. We use, wherever possible, rail travel rather than cars or internal flights, for guests, and Indian trains are very much a part of the overall holiday experience!
We provide ongoing training for everyone involved in the tourism enterprises, and also arrange visits to other partner communities - often, the first time villagers have traveled away from their local areas. We encourage gender equality, and the representation of minority castes and peoples on the committees that manage the enterprises.

Connecting you to rural life

Village Ways trips bring you into welcoming villages in unspoiled regions of India, Nepal and Bhutan to experience the ancient rhythms of life in these special places. Our local guides help you connect and interact with your hosts, and you stay in our unique village homestays, where you are hosted by communities and enjoy delicious local cooking. In a time when many places are struggling with the challenges of overtourism, our communities would love to welcome more guests, who bring such benefits to the hosts. With Village Ways, your holiday is truly a force for positive change.

Read more about how we work in partnership with the villages to sustain village life.

 

 

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