Why you should opt for Eco-Tourism in India

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As commonly believed, Eco-tourism is not only nature loving travel and recreation. Eco-tourism means protecting and supporting the miscellany of the natural and cultural environments.

What is Eco-tourism?

Basically, eco-tourism is the way of helping the indigenous populace to sustain with as little environmental impact as possible and thereby inspiring the protection of wildlife while traveling. This is also the key to defensible ecological development taking into account the present day’s polluted environment.

The must follow principles of eco-tourism:

Minimize impact on environment

Construct environmental and cultural consciousness

Provide positive practices for both visitors and hosts

Provide direct financial aids for conservation

Provide financial benefits and authorization for local people

Do’s

Take back all non-degradable disorder such as empty bottles, tins, plastic bags etc. These must be disposed in municipal wastebaskets only.

Maintain the purity of holy sites, temples and local cultures.

Minimize noise pollution. Do not boom aloud radios, tape recorders or other electronic entertainment equipment in nature resorts, sanctuaries and wildlife parks.

In case of using temporary toilets near campsites, after excretion, cover it with mud or sand. The spot should be at least 30 meters away from the water source.

Respect people’s privacy at the time of taking photographs.

Don’ts

If you are travelling in Himalayan region then never ever pick or cut any flora and fauna as this is against the law. The environment here is delicate and the bio-diversity has to be protected at all costs.

Don’t use toxins such as detergent in streams or springs.

Don’t cut wood to use as fuel to cook food at the campsite.

Don’t scatter cigarettes butts in the forests.

Don’t drink bubbling drinks, alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicant and dispose bottles in the wild.

Don’t lure the locals, especially children by offering them foodstuff or sweets.

Golden Rules for Traveling

Gather knowledge about the destination before you reach there. Pay special attention to the customs like greetings, appropriate dress, eating behaviors, etc.

Eco-Tourism in India is still at an emerging stage, but there are determinations to save the delicate Himalayan Eco System, culture and heritage of the native people which is probably the largest attention in the world.

Some of the prominent eco-tourism sites are given below

Eco-Tourism Pioneers in Kerala – http://www.tourindiakerala.com

Jungle Lodges and Resorts – (Eco-Tourism Pioneers in South India) – http://www.junglelodges.com

The Camp RapidFire – Rishikesh, Uttaranchal

The Camp BodhiSatva – Rajgarh, Himachal Pradesh

The Himalayan Trout House – Tirthan, Himachal Pradesh – www.questrails.com

Info on Organic Farming & Eco-Tourism:

The Saat-tal Camp – Saat-tal, Nainital

The Camp Purple – Mukteshwar

The Camp Kyari (one of the finest models of Eco-tourism in the country) – Village Kyari, Ramnagar – www.wildrift.com

Camp Silver Sands – Rishikesh, Uttaranchal

Camp Lunagarh – Mori, Uttaranchal – www.treknraft.com

The Himalayan River Runner Camp – Rishikesh, Uttaranchal – www.hrr.com

The OAI Camp – Rishikesh, Uttaranchal – www.oai.com

The Leopard Beach Camp – Rishikesh, Uttaranchal – www.snowleopardadventures.com

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