At Dharma Adventures, we are not just committed to providing incredible experiences, but also ensuring that our journeys contribute positively to the destinations we operate in. We recognize the importance of responsible tourism in preserving nature, cultural diversity, and empowering local communities in hope that our modest efforts to responsible tourism helps contribute to a sustainable world.
We affirm with the UNWTO's Global Ethics for Tourism and abide by its Sustainable tourism development and ethical practice guidelines. We ensure that journeys with us benefit both the destinations and the travelers hence we strive to work on management practices to create a suitable balance to achieve long-term sustainability.
From choosing eco-friendly transportation to advocating for responsible behavior among our travelers, we believe in leaving a positive footprint. We are committed to protecting the natural beauty and biodiversity of the destinations we explore. We stand against any form of wildlife exploitation and support ethical wildlife interactions. Our tours adhere to strict guidelines to prevent habitat disruption, support wildlife conservation efforts, and promote responsible outdoor activities.
We focus on responsible consumption and follow responsible waste segregation and disposal practices. We have incorporated strategies in our offices and tours to minimize single-use plastics, encourage recycling and leave no trace in natural areas. We actively support reforestation through partnerships with local organizations, we contribute to the regeneration of ecosystems, helping to counteract the effects of deforestation. Our commitment to minimizing environmental impact is an ongoing journey. We regularly assess our practices, seek innovative solutions, and adapt to evolving environmental standards and technologies.
Dharma Karma Society, formed in 2010, is a part of our CSR initiative to bring positive changes to the local people and the society. Dharma means good deed and Karma means the reciprocation of your deeds. Through Dharma Karma Society we want to empower and inspire as many lives as we can. Through this effort, we want to conserve the living cultural heritage and traditional values that we deeply respect.
We are dedicated to making a meaningful social impact in the destinations we serve. Our tours are designed to foster authentic cultural exchange, ensuring that local communities can highlight their unique stories and ways of life. From educational programs, community engagement, child welfare to women empowerment, our commitment extends beyond travel experiences to creating a positive change that empowers individuals and improves lives.
Responsible Tourism is a catalyst for positive economic growth, and we aim to ensure that the economic benefits generated by our operations create lasting and equitable prosperity for the communities we serve.
Our dedication lies in elevating the often overlooked segment within the tourism industry-the local communities. We actively promote cultural sensitivity and advocate for engagement in local customs, and practices. Furthermore, we encourage both travelers and partners to support local businesses in a manner that along with enhancing the financial wellbeing, also contributes to the growth of the local economy both in direct and indirect capacity. Our approach prioritizes the empowerment of indigenous communities and the preservation of their unique culture and artistry.
Ethical impact in tourism delves into the deeper understanding of the effects of travel on destinations, cultures, and the people. It embodies respect, responsibility, and consciousness, shaping how we engage with the world through travel.
We believe that change starts from within the organization, and the well-being of our team and partners is of utmost importance. We uphold and respect the rights of all people, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, or other characteristics. We strongly oppose any form of exploitation, discrimination, or any harmful practices. We ensure fair wages, safe and comfortable working conditions, and opportunities for professional growth. By treating our team with respect, we set a positive example for ethical labor practices and treat it as an essential element to achieve a positive outcome.
We are aware that all our strategies must evolve to meet new challenges of the dynamic world. We strive towards continuous improvement in responsible tourism guided by the belief that small changes, made consistently over time, can create a significant positive impact.
Buddhist Child Home expresses deep gratitude to Dharma Adventures for 15 years of unwavering support. Your commitment has been pivotal in ensuring the well-being and development of the children. Through your generous contributions, we have been able to offer them a safe and loving home where they can grow, learn, and thrive. The impact of your support is evident in the positive transformations we witness in each child, as they develop into confident and compassionate individuals.
Dharma Adventures' financial aid has addressed basic needs like food and education, aligning with our mission to instill mindfulness and compassion. As we reflect on the past 15 years of our partnership, we are filled with gratitude for the positive change that we have collectively brought to the lives of these children. We look forward to continuing this meaningful journey together and furthering our shared commitment to providing a brighter future for those in need.
Once again, thank you, Dharma Adventures, for your enduring support, compassion, and generosity. We are truly grateful for the positive impact you have made on our home and the lives of the children we care for.
With heartfelt thanks,
Durga Devi Mainali
Gambhir's 22-year journey with Dharma Adventures reflects a story of passion, dedication, and the transformative power of a fulfilling profession.
Born in the remote village of Kavre, Gambhir faced early financial struggles with the absence of a father who served in the army, he was compelled to work from a young age. Seeking a better life, Gambhir moved to Kathmandu, worked odd jobs, learned to drive in 1992, and became a public vehicle driver. Eventually, his passion for tourism and pursuit of financial stability led him to join Dharma Adventures.
Despite facing numerous challenges over the years, Gambhir treats the company as his own and has remained unwaveringly dedicated. He started his career in a rented accommodation while supporting his family, he expresses gratitude to Dharma for fueling professional growth and improving his financial standing. "Today, I am a proud house owner in Kathmandu," he declares happily. "Both my daughters are settled - one happily married, the other pursuing a bachelor's degree in New Zealand" he adds.
As life takes a slower pace, Gambhir remains committed to his work, grateful for the opportunities, stability, and familial bonds within Dharma Adventures. His story triumphs over adversity, illustrating how dedication to work transforms not only individual lives but entire families, bringing personal and professional fulfillment.