India holidays featuring the best eco-tour destinations
Eco-tourism is not just about being an environment conscious traveler. Rather, it is about travelling and exploring places, whilst preserving the cultural and natural history of the place. It is a way of travelling through which you do not disturb the natural state of ecosystem of the region, while creating opportunities from which the local people of the region can benefit.
There are places in India that provide an opportunity for an intimate experience without intruding on the natural eco-system of the environment. Here are top 10 eco-tours of India you shouldn’t miss out on:
1. Enchanting Kerala- Kerala is blessed with stunning natural beauty. There are majestic hills covered with coffee and spices plantations; there are tranquil backwaters to explore and much more. The tourist guides in Kerala see to it that you get the best experience of the destination without disturbing the ecological balance of nature here. If you are looking for an eco-tour in India, a Kerala tour is a must.
2. Taj Mahal- the epitome of love- Eco-tours aren’t just about travelling to places blessed with the best of nature. They are also about preserving the cultural integrity of a region. Taj Mahal is one of the most important cultural symbols of India. In order to preserve the culture and history of the region, vehicles have been prohibited in the surrounding areas. A tour of Taj Mahal and the surrounding monuments makes for one of the most beautiful eco-tours of India.
3. Corbett National Park- the wild side of nature
Jim Corbett National Park, located in Uttarakhand, is the oldest forest reserve of India. It is home to a variety of wild animals, reptiles and birds, including the Bengal tiger and the Asiatic elephant. Only parts of the national park are open for access to general public, thus preserving the natural habitat of animals, while giving you an adventurous experience.
4. A stunning Andaman and Nicobar trip- Andaman and Nicobar islands are some of the remote regions of the country. Spread over an area of more than 6,000 square kilometers, the islands are home to exotic marine life, and sites of historical importance as well. Care has been taken to preserve the ecological balance of the region, without playing spoilsport in many adventure activities possible in the region.
5. Valley of Flowers- an abode of beauty- Valley of Flowers, located in the western part of the Himalayas, was declared a national park in 1982. It was also declared a UNSECO World Heritage Site in 2005. The valley is covered in snow for most part of the year, but the short summer season lets you gorge your eyes on some exotic varieties of flowers that grow in the region. The national park is also inhabited by animals such as snow leopard, blue sheep etc. Only parts of the national park are open for public access, thus preserving the natural beauty of the place.
6. Sunderban Eco tour- an intimate experience with nature
The Sunderban Delta comprises of a lot of creeks, rivers, and tidal channels, making for an ideal habitat for wildlife. It is especially known to be a preferred home for the Bengal tiger, apart from other species of wild animals. A wildlife safari through the eco-reserve gives you an opportunity to see wildlife in action, apart from varied species of birds, and flora as well. Sustainable practices are prevalent in the region, making sure that the gems of nature are preserved.
7. A tour of the land of the rising sun- Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh is a largely unexplored territory of India, but there are real gems of nature to be explored in the region. Apart from a tryst with eclectic culture of the area, there is an ancient heritage which dates back to hundreds of years ago. There are trekking trails to explore and wildlife experiences to be had here, all without disturbing the natural state of the region.
8. Ladakh- a lost kingdom
Ladakh may have lost its significance as a trading route, but the beauty of the region has remained unharmed over the years. There are remote valleys to be explored, inhabited by Buddhist tribes, and unspoilt beauty of nature to be explored. A tour of Ladakh is one of the best eco-tours of India, giving you an opportunity to have an intimate experience with this remote part of India.
9. Rann of Kutch- an absolute delight- The Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. You can see white, rugged land here for as far as your eyes can see. Adventure enthusiasts flock to the area for a thrilling offroading experience. The area is also well known for its population of flamingos and pelicans, apart from animal species such as Golden Jackal, blackbuck and chinkara. A tour of Rann of Kutch can be an adventurous experience, and an environment friendly one too.
10. Goa- more than a party capital
Goa is more than just the party capital of the country. It is blessed with lush forests, and some enchanting waterfalls too, the Dudhsagar waterfall being the most famous of all. An eco-tour of Goa takes you on jungle walks, and excursions to beautiful waterfalls. It also takes you on a trip to some historically important monuments of the state, giving you a cultural experience too.
About The Author: Divij is an adventurer, a budding photographer and a writer. He has been to various trekking trails and to many offbeat destinations in India. His passion is to explore all the offbeat destinations in India. Currently, he writes articles on travel for www.Thrillophilia.com