Many people may find India to be a familiar country in terms of movies and food, and it is also a country that you may feel a bit difficult to visit because of safety concerns. Of course, there are things to be considered in terms of security, but it is said that “going to India will change your outlook on life.” It’s a country that gives travellers the opportunity to get involved.
The city is full of cows because Hindu teachings consider cows to be sacred creatures. There are dogs, monkeys and squirrels also. Many people may talk to you cheerfully, so you might be surprised, but you can’t really experience it outside of India.
The Taj Mahal, which is a World Heritage Site, is famous as a tourist attraction. Other than that, there are historical buildings such as the Hawa Mahal (palace of the wind), which was built to hide the appearance of a royal woman while offering a view of the city. There are also places where you are able to experience Indian culture. The Taj Mahal is designed as the wind circulates through a small window, and the power of nature keeps the rooms cool.
Features of India
As of 2020, India is the second most populous country in the world after China, and is home to several ethnic groups, including the Aryans of India, the Dravidians, and the Mongoloids. The official language is Hindi, but there are 21 recognized state languages.
The climate is roughly divided into 3 seasons: The hot season (April – May), a rainy season (June – October), and a dry season (November – March). During the dry season, there is almost no rainfall and the temperature is suitable, so it is recommended for sightseeing.
However, it is good to remember that climates vary greatly from region to region. In the north, which includes the capital New Delhi, there may be a minimum temperature below freezing during the dry season. Depending on when and where one visits, it can be extremely climatically difficult, so prior research and preparation are essential.
In recent years, India has been focusing on ecotourism and is working on solving social problems via ecotours.
An eco-tour is a trip that aims to help tourists understand their value by communicating their unique attractions such as the natural environment and historical culture to the tourists. (For details, see “10 Reasons to take an eco tour“)
In fact, there are many eco-tours that are worth participating in, in India.
Reasons why eco tours are recommended
for travel to India
Can provide an education to children
The state of Uttarakhand was hit by a catastrophic flood in 2013, and villages in high altitude areas have also recently had urban outflows. Meanwhile, more than 100 homestay projects have been developed by organizations such as Green People and Bakri Chup Natural Himalayan. The revitalisation of agriculture has made it an eco-tour spot where it is possible to have a homestay. This eco tour provides computer education to children in the local villages, so one can indirectly support education for future children by having valuable experiences such as homestay.
Himalayan ecotourism, which won the gold prize at the Indian Responsible Tourism Award 2019, offers trekking and camping in and around the Himalayas National Park as an ecotour. By operating ecotours, women are working on empowerment and environmental issues. We use the benefits of ecotours to provide employment training and tree planting so that women can become financially independent while helping the environment.
Eco tours around Himalaya National Park
- Trekking (from a short 2 days trekking to more than 1 week)
- Fishing and mountain descent
- Rock climbing
- Starry sky viewing
Protecting flora and fauna as well as employment
There are many national parks in India, and many of them are home to endangered species. For example, the Eravikulam National Park is home to animals called Nilgiri Tahr, a member of the bovine family, and Bandhavgarh National Park has become a world-famous tiger reserve.
It can be difficult to combine eco-tourism and animal protection in the first place and now the number of tourists has increased so much that a court order has been issued to temporarily stop tiger tourism in protected areas. The government and related organisations strive to strike a balance between protection and tourism.
By participating in an ecotour as travellers, we can have a great experience and at the same time, the wild habitat can be protected as well as creating jobs for local people on eco tours.
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Things to watch out for in India
It’s a trip to India where one can see wildlife which can’t be found anywhere else and to experience the culture with a homestay for trying various activities. It is a fun trip and one to be excited about, however one must pay attention to safety issues.
- Don’t go out alone after dark
- Avoid places with few people
- Avoid public toilets
Crimes aimed at women are occurring.
- Be cautious of ‘too-friendly’ people
Beware of possible fraud and the possibility of pills being slipped into drinks.
- Wear clothes that avoid exposure
Women should wear long skirts, etc. as it is a good idea not only to avoid crime but also to respect the culture.
Would you like to take an eco tour in India?
It is said that travelling to India, where the climate and culture can be completely unique to many countries in the world, changes the way people view life. While there may seem to be many things travellers should be aware of, these precautions are things that travellers should remain aware of wherever in the world they are. If you take an eco tour, it should offer the ability for the traveller to be able to experience India even deeper!
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