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The Give-Back Factor in India

Updated: May 22

If planning a trip to India, travel with a top tour operator that gives back in a big way.

These five tour operators and posh properties across India create unforgettable experiences for their guests while protecting the environment and supporting the local communities around them.

This massive country encompasses a vast number of habitats and cultures. These five brands work diligently to sustain them with their itineraries, staff, and their eco approach.

Aquaterra Adventures

Aquaterra Adventures leads thrill-seeking trips in the Indian Himalayas and beyond. From rafting to camping to trekking, it provides endless experiences for the adventurous traveler. Since its founding, Aquaterra has expanded beyond India and Nepal, Bhutan, South America, and more.

As a longtime climber and guide, Vaibhav Kala was at the forefront of creating, planning, and leading adventure travel in India. He founded Aquaterra Adventures in 1995, as he wished to introduce travelers to the more adventurous side of India. His tours are diverse and engaging as he offers both custom and fixed trips. Now in its 25th year, Kala's commitment and vision and his company are still going strong.

In addition to his trips, his property Atali Ganga, set above the Ganga River, 18 miles north of Rishikesh, has been lauded by Travel & Leisure National Geographic, Trip Advisor, and several media publications. It is a top spot in the region and a great place to be based during one of Aquaterra's adventures.