Human Civilization is thousands of years old and the urge to explore a new land has always got the better of humans. Whether the purpose is pure exploration or chronicling a new civilization etc, travel and hospitality have been an integral part of our existence.
Let’s recollect a few travelers who had a profound impact on our present-day world.
- Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) was attributed as Visionary, ruthless and neurotic, who stopped traveling only when mortally ill. He conducted 4 voyages across the Atlantic and is credited with having founded Iceland (though it’s debatable).
- Ibn Battuta (14th century) who traveled more than 120,000 km and 44 countries. He offered a rare insight of the 14th-century Muslim world.
- Captain James Cook (18th century) who circumnavigated the globe twice, visited all seven continents and crossed the Arctic and Antarctic circles. He is credited with finding Australia and New Zealand and building up the map of Pacific as it is known today.
I am sure there are loads of other writers whom I have not named and before you start filling up the comment box with their names, let me move on to the main objective of this blog!
Presumably, you and I both love to travel but the problem that we face today is the lack of resources or the depletion of resources when we travel today vis-à-vis the times of Columbus’ or James Cook or Ibn Battuta. I don’t think they were aware/concerned about the rapidly depleting water, land, and other resources but in our times, Mother Nature is suffering a lot. However, the good part is that you are reading this blog and in the process, we are becoming more aware!
Time for a bit of gyaan on the concept of Bed and Breakfast accommodations in India. So Bed and Breakfast scheme started in India before Commonwealth Games 2010 ie in 2006. It was estimated the number of rooms that would be required to accommodate the players, the fans, and other sports enthusiasts.
0.1 million tourists were expected in the event. The government of India went into a huddle and realized that they would require 30,000 rooms in Delhi. They realized that they were short of 10,000 rooms. Now it’s tough to build more hotels overnight so, the only way left was to convert the existing homes into hospitable properties for guests to stay. What could be more engaging than staying in an Indian home and being hosted by a warm and caring Indian family? So, the concept of Bed and Breakfast was born in India.
This is not the end. There was one more side to it.
Why Mother Nature loves BnBs
Food for thought: What do you think is the cost of building a hotel room?
The cost of construction of one room of a commercial hotel is INR 35 lakhs. This figure was arrived on the basis of cost analysis prepared for construction of 129 room- hotel on Vasant Vihar depot in Delhi by DTTDC, the estimate of which came out as INR 45 crore (US $6,556,500.00). This figure excludes the cost of land.
As an alternate option, consider registering a home as a Bed and Breakfast and refurbishing 5 or 6 rooms by fulfilling the basic requirements of a 3-star hotel room. The entire cost of such an activity might be a few lakhs at max. Now, compare that with the gigantic figure of INR 35 lakh for building one hotel room! This is beside the estimation of expenditure on extra water, electricity and sewage disposal.
Thus, if 1500 such BnBs rooms are built instead of as many hotel rooms, there will be a significant cost saving plus the option will be more environmentally friendly. If you look at it in the long term, cost saving shall run into billions of rupees!
Do you love Mother Earth and have you learnt the lesson?
Sadly you and I dont have a scope to travel irresponsibly!
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