chambal river resort, hotel

26/12/04 5:32 pm Chambal River Safari Resort:

Sometimes have electricity. Room cold in winter (around 10C at night) but the blankets are very warm. Various spices of insects can be observed in the bathroom. Cottage is generally clean but pretty basic. Hot water maybe working (didn't try the geyser because it caused my lights to dim). Food is excellent. Staffs are generally friendly. Everything there is too overpriced (watch out how much they charge for water). But it is a good place for bird watchers (and maybe cheaper than other bird watching place?)

The river safari is good for bird watching (especially for Indian Skimmers), and crocodiles, and gharial and (very rarely) some endangered dolphins. It is fun enough for common tourist.

Overall, the experience is kind of positive. I was convinced to pay a huge sucker price; otherwise it would be a better experience for me.

Now I am rethinking my charity strategic.

Should we give money to the people who beg for money? If we do, we are only encouraging them to beg.

Would it be better we pay money to the tourist company like a great sucker, if so, we are creating more job opportunities for the locals? Maybe my naturalist friend was right: I should not pay money to the beggars, but should give big tips for him. Then he can hire more people and eventually solve the poverty problem in India. I'm glad to think that my contribution to the Resort has helped some poor souls.

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