Dear Patrons and friends,
We hope you are reading these lines from your home. The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus the world over has suddenly turned things upside down and has put before us, especially in the travel industry in unique difficulties never seen before.
Wildlife lodges are not city hotels and cannot go back to business as usual so easily. Their sheer location far away from the city makes them difficult to reach and therefore they operate on low occupancy levels. Most of the earnings are made during weekends and the holiday season, both of which are in jeopardy now. As a homestay which is into responsible tourism and maintains high level of operation and employs eco-friendly methods the running costs are high. We are a homestay in rural Karnataka and employ 15 persons who are not just employed but also unlike many other smaller establishments registered under social security schemes.
According to us it will take quite some time and probably a couple of years, till we are in safe waters. The communities here in Bandipur, village and tribal depend directly and indirectly on wildlife tourism and thus are the most vulnerable members of our society here.
The loss in revenue is going to affect us badly and it is here that we seek your support and help. The nature of running a homestay is built around being personally involved in every small detail of hosting guests and making them comfortable. We do want you to return to us. However, to expect that we pay a full refund will make our lives difficult and clip our wings.
We at Dhole’s Den are not laying off staff nor have sent them on unpaid leave. For the homestay to receive its guests we need to maintain a level of functionality and work in unison with guests and travel agents alike. This is the right moment for us to work together, support and safeguard complete livelihoods in Bandipur.
Thus, for guests who have booked with us we offer the following solution:
Being an optimist, I feel this too shall pass and we will come out stronger than before thanks your support. For those who have read this by mail and wish to support us when we are open again, send us a sms to 9591297056 with the code Bandipur 2020 and receive a special discount coupon valid for your next booking.
Thanks, Stay home, stay safe.
Karthik Davey & The Team at Dhole’s Den