Image of the ambiance of Sundara Mahal after sunset our Raison d'être

Raison d’être

As a family of believers in the concept of Responsible Tourism, we share the economic, social and environmental benefits that accrue from these operations with members of our society. Ordinary folk, whether they are cab drivers or potters, masseurs or guides, beauticians or farmers, housewives who are excellent at cooking certain dishes, each contribute with their unique skill sets into this effort. In order to assure that the economic benefits are passed on we have decided against offering any of these services in-house but will facilitate the same from providers directly to our guests. As we personally know who are the best providers in our society we will assure quality at competitive rates.

Willingness to pass on the economic benefits to society results in income distribution and job creation both direct and indirect. In a predominantly agrarian area, currently in the throes of immense uncertainties, tourism offers one of the few hopes for farmers to supplement their incomes and  for young people to earn a decent living. The visit of each guest family creates a small ripple on the demand side which proves beneficial to someone, somewhere in the locality however small. We recognize this and respectfully encourage the continued creation of these ripples.

Our micro climate dependent on the immediate environment is our primary resource. Alternate energy generation through solar panels, composting of organic wastes, plastic waste management, watershed management, energy conservation through use of energy efficient lighting are some sustainable practices that are followed here. Conservation agricultural practices assure the preservation of large varieties of mother plants of rare species in situ. We have understood the threat of climate change and the need to monitor carbon footprints. Towards this we have painstakingly collected primary and secondary data over decades and are in the RAC (Research, Analysis and Communication) channels, learning, advising and consulting on methodologies and benchmarks on the road ahead. Guests who find these efforts sincere and worthwhile join in and extend our network. This is an extremely labour intensive task and a few talented colleagues deal with various modules of the effort. Our hope is to fine tune operations to the extent when our guests visit us and return home, their holidays leave no carbon footprints!

As the saying goes…. ‘‘There is nothing good or bad in this Universe, only the Beneficial or the Disastrous”.

We believe Benefits are like Knowledge,  the more you share the more you get!!