Bari Kothi is establised on the bank of river Bhagirathi, a branch of river Ganga and is considered to be a City Palace in the town of Azimganj. Belonging to the Jain community, our family follows Ahimsa, meaning non-violence and believes ‘all life on Earth is sacred and everything has a right to live fearlessly to its maximum potential’. We at Bari Kothi try and reduce wastage of any kind and conserve as mush possible.
Wildlife in the region comprises primarily of birds such as - Red Avadavat, Barn swallow, Loten's sunbird, Red turtle dove, Olive-backed pipit, Bengal Bush Lark, Black-headed Oriole, Small Green Bee-eater, Coppersmith barbet and many others. Hence, we have always been compassionate towards the wildlife specially birds. And birds in return help to disseminate plant seeds, allowing more plant to grow and feed other animals within the ecosystem.
To generate awareness, we take the following measures to conserve and protect these species of birds.
- We have curated experiences of enjoying the wildlife on the banks whilst sailing on the Ganges.
- Bird feeders placed at the Ghaat.
- More trees planted on our Ghaats for wildlife sustainability.
- We use only natural pest control.
- To avoid collision of birds with overhead wires, we have laid them underground.
- We avoid the use of plastic in the property. If used, they are disposed responsibly.
- We promote reading books on birds of Murshidabad.
- We are trying to tie-up with bird conservation groups/organizations.
Other conservation methods practices :
- Switch off and unplug all appliances after their use. Electricity to power appliances and electronics are still consumed while the devices are turned off.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and or LEDs in the public area and around the hotel.
- Train employees and housekeeping staff to identify and report leaking toilets or ones that are not functioning well. Leaking or malfunctioning toilets can waste gallons of water and increase costs.
- Turn off exterior decorative lights in the middle of the night when most guests are asleep.
- Reduce water waste.
- Replace old toilets with new high efficiency toilets that save water and have a dual flush system.
- Towel and linen reuse programme to help in water saving. Keep a card in all the bathrooms to educate guests. Ask our guests to leave towels that they wish to be washed on the floor, and hang towels that they will reuse.