India — the land of demographic diversities and monuments act as tourist magnet round the globe. It is our tourist’s responsibility to preserve nature’s treasure trove and our duty to provide guests — A clean green India. Let’s take a quick look of 10 leading eco-tourism spots in India.
1. Poovar, Kerala
God’s Own Country blessed with coconut and palm trees, lagoons, backwaters, hill stations, hosts a lot of eco-tourism sites. Dense green cover in Thenmala shelters animals, diverse plant species is a popular halt. Konni, is a part of the green project too which offers elephant ride and feeding. Poovar offers a spectacular view of backwaters, with boating, swimming watersports. Water taxis escort tourists to mainland
2. Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
This is one of the best eco-friendly destinations in India. No vehicles are allowed in and around Taj premises to keep it off pollution. The white marble has to be taken care of, given rising carbon extracts from motors. Cultural tours are arranged to relate the history of Taj and its surroundings.
3. Sariska Tiger Reserve
Previously a hunter’s paradise, Sariska has now taken measure to conserve its predator population. Hunting has been banned and wildlife enthusiasts are allowed to undertake safari trips to watch tigers on the prowl.
4. Ajanta and Ellora Caves
The caves formed out of volcanic lava are flocked by thousands owing to its exquisite architecture and history. Lord Buddha’s journey finds a place in the intricate carvings inside the cave. These religious inscriptions appeal to tourists for their beauty. The richness of Indian culture is portrayed through the carvings.
5. Dandeli, Karnataka
Dandeli is one of the best eco-friendly destinations in India, better known as ‘Mini India’ in Karnataka is famous for adventure trail. Dandeli houses wildlife, which is now visible in open jeep safaris. Tigers, leopards, elephants, antelopes avian species and crocodiles dominate the sanctuary. Trained guides guide tourists through dense forests. White water rafting is also encouraged for eco-friendly tourists. Adventure treks to hills at a distance offers a spectacular view of the surrounding greenery and pristine water of Supa Dam.
6. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
The authorities of this national park have taken every measure to shelter the tiger and elephant population here. With a wide variety of flora and fauna, the park is one of the most sought after sanctuaries in India. Jeep safaris with a naturist guide are arranged to escort tourists into the sanctuary.
7. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Boasting of flora and fauna, these islands come with a wide variety of options for tourists. Be it water sports, scuba diving, deep-sea diving, snorkelling with elephants. Tourists can explore the rain forests on local boats. If you want to venture into the land of primitive tribes, which are another highlight of this island, you need a special permit from the local administration.
8. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park
This national park is famous for picturesque surroundings, Nanda Devi being a major highlight. Himalayan musk deer and snow leopards, red fox and diverse variety of flora dwell in this uninhabited area. The valley of flowers shelters endangered plant species including medicinal herbs. Tourists can now see the area under-regulated guidelines designed to preserve the environment.
9. Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra
Built off the shore of Arabian Sea, Elephanta caves wear the crown of World Heritage Site. The architecture of the cave gives you a taste of rich Hindu culture. Mythology has it, Lord Shiva dwelt in these caves. The caves were told to be destroyed by Portuguese. These caves give you an overview of Hindu architecture fused with Buddhism. Tourists can explore the caves, without causing any destruction to the epitome of ancient culture.
10. Keoladeo National Park
Bird watcher’s paradise. Also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the park shelters over 300 variety of chirpies, namely flycatchers, ducks, eagles, stints, wagtails, larks, wild pigeons among hundred others. Over 350 rare variety of plant species are sheltered here. Migratory birds are spotted here during winters. Tourists can visit the sanctuary on foot. Rickshaw and bike are also allowed inside the park.
Varied topography encourages diverse eco-tours from rock climbing, trekking, river rafting to scuba diving. This is the best way to discover the magic of nature without harming it. Nature-friendly tourism is the call of the hour. Think clean, think Green!