For the travel enthusiast who loves travelling. You have an added opportunity. Ecotourism is a new trend now in India. Conservations of country’s natural heritage is a beautiful way of promoting rural areas and upholding the traditions and culture of the place. However, there are many beautiful unexplored destinations in India that demand your attention.
Let’s Know What Ecotourism is
Ecotourism is a unique way of conserving nature and biodiversity which promotes responsible travel. It also involves environment growth, minimum destruction and preaching the sustainable way of living on the planet.
Likewise, the travellers get to spend maximum refreshing moments amidst natures and destress themselves.
The Non-profit organisations are taking initiatives in association with the government to boost ecotourism through travel programs. These include trekking to seek the attention of youngsters and nature lovers. Eco-Sensitive Zones (ESZs) have been developed to put a spotlight on India’s wildlife sanctuaries, forest reserves, and biodiversity parks.
Why is ecotourism necessary?
Global tourism which has become a worldwide concern and this degradation of nature has paved the way for ecotourism. This endeavour promotes fragile & undisturbed nature. Moreover, it connects secluded environs with the mainstream.
Ecotourism also emphasises the reduction of carbon footprint. The sprawling resorts, homestays and eco-friendly hotels in India offer a natural retreat in India’s favourite tourist destinations.
Ladakh which is also known as “The Land of high passes”. It is endowed with vastness, isolation, rigour, hospitality, spirituality, traditions and splendour. However, it is more popularly and affectionately known as the Little Tibet in India.
Ecotourism is penetrating to this paradise. It glorifies most of the places which are less explored. For eco-travellers, the top destinations are Hemis National Park, Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve, ancient monasteries. Moreover, you can go trekking that spans across villages, or you can even get a chance to experience life in the valley.
Several organisations promote the sustainable society in Ladakh like Leh Nutrition Project and Ladakh Ecological Development Group.
You can opt for Eco-friendly stays in Ladakh like Eco Popular Resort in Leh, Himalayan Eco Resort in Leh, and homestays in Leh.
Himachal has a rich biodiversity and a perfect sought after ecotourism destination. The high range of Himachal borders Tibet and Jammu & Kashmir. It is one of the most beautiful states with abundant serenity. For nature lovers, Himachal is teeming with beauty. The snow-capped peaks, meandering rivers, perennial springs, vast stretches of alpine meadows and lush green forests known to grow a variety of plants and animals.
in order to promote ecotourism and conserve natural and cultural resources in the region The Ecotourism Society in Himachal is practising Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET).
The eco-tourism spots in Himalaya include the Great Himalayan National Park, Pin Valley National Park, Chandratal. Besides, there are more than 3300 varieties of flora, the indigenous tribes of the region.
For Eco-friendly stays in Himachal Pradesh, you can stay at Oakwood Hamlet in Shimla, The Himalayan Village in Kullu, and also Homestays in Spiti Valley.
Delhi through a metro city with urban settlement butt yet it promotes ecotourism in India. Many destinations are for ecotourists like Chhawla-Kanganheri – an ecotourism park near Najafgarh drain. You can also go for recreational activities like boating, camping, paintball and many more. For the promotion of ecotourism, the farm stays play a significant role.
The Ecotourism Society of India has encouraged sustainable practices through minimising carbon footprint and creating awareness. There are some attractions for eco-travellers in Delhi which includes JNU Caves, Yamuna Biodiversity Park, The Ridge, and The Yamuna.
For Eco-friendly stays in Delhi: Surjivan Resort, Thakran Farm, and Uppal’s Orchid
Uttarakhand is one of the ecotourism hotspots where you can experience uncountable adventure and culture. As a result, the tourism department of Uttarakhand arranges several village treks to provide insight into the lives of Kumaoni villagers. The Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Garhwal-Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, and ecotourism division of the state forest department successfully executes the eco-tours through adventure tourism. There are also homestays in the area which is run by the organisations, and they provide necessary aid to the homeowners to provide proper facilities to the tourists.
The forest department organised State Bird Spring Festival to boost tourist and aware about the birds. Communities like Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve contributed to tiger conservation in Ramnagar through eco-tourism.
The best attractions for eco-tourism in Uttarakhand include Valley of Flowers and Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.
The Eco-friendly stays in Uttarakhand: Emerald Trail, camps and eco-lodges in Jayalgarh, Auli, and Ghangaria.
The uniquely prized jewels of Northeast India, Arunachal Pradesh, has many unexplored terrains. In the first place, it is the ideal destination for eco tourism in India. Moreover, the Future Generations Arunachal and Green Pastures are the organisations that work for promoting awareness of ecotourism. They also encourage homestays in the region.
For the preservation of tribal culture and safeguarding the nature around the Institutions like Ngunu Ziro is contributing.
The Association for Conservation and Tourism are taking initiatives for creating a friendly environment for tribals. In addition it is also meant for conserving the environment which includes Apatani Plateau Initiative, Ziro and Tangsa Community Conservation Reserve Initiative, Changlang District.
Further, you can visit the wildlife sanctuaries, and also go for climbing, trekking and nature walk in the valleys.
The eco-tourism attraction includes Tsanga Community Conservation Reserve, Namdapha National Park and Apatani Plateau.
You can also stay in homestays run by NGO called Ngunu Ziro at Bagun Welfare Society in Thembang. You can also stay in a guesthouse in Namdapha National Park run by an NGO called SEA COW.