Ever since the start of civilization, man has always been a traveler at heart. He has gone to great lengths in order to quench his thirst of discovering something new and exciting. However, since long, we have paid little heed to the environment around us while satisfying our travel lust. Times are changing though. There is a new breed of travelers on the horizon, travelers who are conscious of the environment around them.
Environment does not only refer to nature, but also the ecosystem and culture of a place. Having the best of a destination without hurting this ecosystem is hat eco-tours are all about. India has its fair share of eco-tours, some of the best ones being:
1. Taj Mahal, Agra- The Taj Mahal dates back to the 17th century. It is counted amongst the Seven Wonders of the World, and it is vital part of India’s identity and culture. In order to preserve this heritage monument of the country, authorities have banned vehicles in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal. A visit to Taj Mahal gives you a chance to appreciate one of the best pieces of Mughal architecture, without harming the ecosystem surrounding it.
2. Corbett National Park- It is the oldest of all forest reserves in the country. It is also one of the best wildlife reserves to spot the tiger, or groups of Asiatic elephants. Only a portion of the national park is open to public, which protects the interests of the animals, while giving adventure seekers a thrilling time. Take a wildlife safari through the national park and experience the wild side of nature from up, close and personal.
Corbett National Park, India
3. Andaman and Nicobar trip- Andaman and Nicobar islands may be a remote part of India, but they still have a lot to offer to the tourists. The islands have the best marine life in the country, the beautiful corals deserving a special mention. You could go on an exploration of the marine life of the region while staying within your boundaries. Restrictions have been put in place in order to preserve the rare marine life of the region, while protecting the interests of the travelers and the tribals that inhabit the land.
4. Sunderban Eco tour- The Sunderban delta is made up of several creeks, rivers and muddy water. This natural surrounding is ideal breeding grounds for wild animals such as tigers, elephants and more. The Sunderban wildlife reserve aims to protect the wildlife of the region, while giving the tourists a wild experience. Only a part of the wildlife reserve has been made available to the tourists, thus making for an amazing eco-tour in the wild.
5. Goa- Most are aware of the hottest beaches of Goa which come alive during festivals such as Christmas and New Year. However, not many are aware of Goa’s natural beauty, its waterfalls and its lush forests. Goa can be an amazing destination if you are looking to experience the best of nature. Care has been taken to maintain the ecological balance of the region while giving tourists a nice time in natural surroundings.
6. Kerala- Kerala is one of the best romantic destinations in the country. The Ayurveda massages, the pristine beaches and the lush greenery are ideal for couples looking to catch their moments of togetherness. In fact, you could take a Kerala honeymoon tour with your beloved or explore the state on your own, visiting the majestic mountains and taking a cruise in the backwaters of the region. While Kerala is a hot tourist destination, each tourist activity here is designed coherent with the natural ecosystem that exists in the region.
Munnar, Kerala in India
7. Arunachal Pradesh- Arunachal Pradesh is an Indian state blessed with some of the best gifts of nature. There is wildlife to explore, lush trekking trails, and tribal villages to visit. If you are looking for a different travel experience in India, Arunachal Pradesh could be your calling. Take an eco-tour of the region and you will fall in love with the destination.
8. Ladakh- Ladakh may be a lost kingdom, but its popularity as an adventure destination has risen manifold in the last 2-3 years. Trekking enthusiasts and mountain climbers flock to Ladakh to have an adventurous time. Ladakh may seem like a lost land to some, but if you look closely, you will find everything in unison with nature. A Ladakh trip is one of the best eco-tours you can have in the country.
9. Kutch- Rann of Kutch is largely a barren land, much like Ladakh, although on the opposite end of the spectrum. You can see white sand here, which is actually salt deposits, as far as your eyes can see. You could take an offroading trip in Rann of Kutch, or explore the rare flora and fauna of the region.
10. Valley of Flowers- Valley of Flowers is a National Park in Uttarakhand which is open to public only during the summer months. The valley remains frozen for most months of the year, but when the snow melts, it gives way to stunning varieties of flowers. Take a trek to the valley of flowers and experience nature at its gorgeous best. You could even spot a snow leopard, blue sheep and other exotic animals here, if you are lucky enough.
Valley of Flowers, India
Feature images courtesy of Divij Pasrija.