Ecotourism acts like an effective bait for any person nurturing love for the wilderness. This concept of tourism, though quite nascent in India, is indicating all signs of a promising future. An eco-tour is designed in such a manner that it entertains the traveler without causing any harm to the natural environs. At the same time, it should also sustain and support the native cultures in the area where it’s being organized. Normally, the main focus is on the local flora, fauna and cultural heritage. In brief, eco travel can be described as an expedition that concentrates on nature and is ecologically sustainable, of which education and elucidation is a major element and through which the locals are benefited. People who love to connect with the nature and rejuvenate their mind and body are the ones, who love to take eco-trips.
The concept of worshipping and respecting nature is age old in Indian culture and tradition. It’s only that the same concept now has been enveloped in a new packaging called ecotourism. India, in fact, boasts of a number of destinations proffering fitting options for conducting eco tours. For instance, many holiday camping alternatives are available in the Himalayan belt where the travelers can indulge in soft adventure activities like trekking, skiing, etc. One can choose to live in exotic resorts tucked away in the heart of Karnataka forests or relish the magic of the Kerala backwaters on traditional house boats. Additionally, one can choose to go on sightseeing tours in and around a particular place. All these and more combine to proffer the nature lovers delectable combo options for eco tourism in India.
The country simply abounds in rich flora and fauna. There are many rare and endangered species in its surroundings. The setting up of several wildlife areas and national parks across the country has given fillip to growth and protection of wildlife resources. There are about 80 national parks and 441 sanctuaries in India at present. Eco travel tours can be conducted to any of these all the year round. Apart from these, there are also many botanical parks and gardens in India that provide much needed peace and tranquility to the visitors. The natural abundance of India has allowed it to gradually gain popularity as one of the viable eco-tourism destinations in the world.
The most famous eco-parks in India, which are frequented by tourists, are Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Periyar Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Ranthambhore National Park, Corbett National Park, Kanha Tiger Reserve, Dachigam National Park, Dudhwa National Park, Nagarhole National Park and Silent Valley National Park. Other favorite destinations to undertake eco tourism in India are Ladakh, Nisargadhama, Amboli, Khekranala, Karwar, Velaghar, Jawahar, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rishikesh, Tawang Pass, Simonga, Coorg, Coonoor, Mahabalipuram, Sela Pass, Sonamarg, Kumbhalgarh, Mount Abu, Pachmarhi, Chandertal, Lava and Lolaygaon, Saputara, Mandvi, DIU. Apart from these famous destinations, there are many other lesser-known places in India, which fit within the gamut of eco-tourism destinations. You just need to be ready to explore!