Our View

Despite the misconceptions, the reality is that being a responsible tourist is easy. It’s about being a good being. That means treating the people, animals, and environment we encounter equally and respectfully.

 

Responsible tourism is about pure perception: the ability to remain conscious of what we encounter and to perceive it without judgment. But at the end of the day, as long as you support local people, respect their culture and go easy on their homelands, you are being responsible. It’s easy because it is just common sense!

Our View

A friendly face peers out from a sleepy tailor's shop in Yoksum, West Sikkim

Acknowledge Our Interdependence

We remain conscious of the local communities around our sacred sites—generations of people who have protected their natural and cultural wealth and who continue to shape their communities and landscapes. The acknowledgement and protection of these sites as a conservation strategy leverages the knowledge and spirituality of native communities. This in turn validates their beliefs and strengthens their rights. Thus, we strive to create an inclusive brand of conservation that empowers local communities while protecting bio-cultural diversity by providing employment opportunities for the communities, and we aim to further develop our contribution to, and engagement with them over time.

Asking for directions in Rinchenpong is always an opportunity to make new friends

Be Courageous, Be Compassionate

At Mahalaya we really think about the way we travel, and how it relates to the way we live. Our curated journeys inspire our guests to have the courage to slow down, see more, and to really get to know the destinations that they visit. We encourage guests to have the generosity and compassion to place the people of the destinations first: their livelihoods, their landscapes, and their living culture.

 

This kind of tourism can invoke more emotions than others, especially in seeing the disparity in wealth and privilege. But what our hosts may lack in the material, never reduces their spirit of magnanimity, and that is humbling to witness. And also imperative to support. It’s the everyday stuff that moves us on our travels!

On a morning village walk through Yoksum we were drawn to this house by this girl's beautiful voice