Tourism does not just mean commercial mass tourism. There are a lot of tourists who love to travel to places that have not fallen prey to commerce; places that are full of natural beauty, and relatively undisturbed. Owing to the adverse effects of commercial mass tourism, eco-tourism is much encouraged these days, and thankfully, there are a lot of takers.
India is one of the eco-tourism hubs of the world, and here are a few places in the country that are excellent for the eco-tourist in you!
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
The Spiti Valley is one of the most remote mountain valleys in the world. Located in the mighty Himalayas, the valley remains cut off from the rest of the world for 5-6 months each year. It is a high-altitude mountain desert, and its landscape is breath-taking. Culturally, it is a hub of Buddhism, just like nearby Tibet.
Even though tourism has considerably increased in the valley over the last decade, it still remains relatively untouched and undisturbed. The dumping of plastic waste has been something of a problem in recent years. However, various organizations with their initiatives are trying their very best to rid this beautiful Himalayan valley of the plastic menace.
Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal
While the Sunderbans National Park is famed for being home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, it has much more in store for the curious eco-tourist. The national park is home to the largest mangrove forest in the world, and it is also home to rare and endangered species such as ground turtle, saltwater crocodile, and Gangetic dolphin.
The biodiversity found in the Sunderbans is extremely rich, and numerous organizations and initiatives are doing their all to protect it from the harmful effects of mass tourism.
Situated less than 80 km. away from the hill-station of Shillong, Mawlynnong is regarded as one of Asia’s cleanest villages. Mawlynnong is not too far away from the India-Bangladesh border, and you can even take a peek into neighbouring Bangladesh as you keep walking through the evergreen forests here.
Even though Mawlynnong witnesses a lot of tourists throughout the year, the discipline of the locals ensures that the village stays clean. In addition the cleanliness of the village and the evergreen forests, the area is also known for a living root bridge, and it also boasts of numerous caves and waterfalls.