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
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.
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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