Eco Friendly Tourism
Do and Don't

Praise Eco Friendly Travel and be a Responsible Traveller
Eco friendly travel, relates directly to the environment including being aware of and minimizing your impact on the physical environment. It’s a narrower definition than responsible travel.

Responsible Travel : This Travel expands beyond the traditional notions of environmentalism and encompasses socially-conscious travel. It means understanding, respecting, and supporting the cultures and people in the area you are visiting. We like from Lonely Planet.

Environment Travel : Travel that minimises negative environmental impacts and, where possible, makes positive contributions to the conservation of biodiversity, wilderness, natural and human heritage.

Social/Cultural Travel : Travel that respects culture and traditions and fosters authentic interaction and greater understanding between travellers and hosts.

Economic Travel : This travel has financial benefits for the host community and operates on the principles of fair trade. If you were looking for a trip that’s only eco-friendly you might take a trip that minimizes your impact on nature. But if you’re going to take a “responsible” trip you would want to make sure that your travels support the local economy and respect the culture.

Before you take your  trip, be sure to consider whether you’re looking for eco friendly travel or responsible travel.

Getting some background information on India and the particular place that you are planning to visit is quite a good idea.

Staying in India is not a big problem. There are plenty of accommodation range from budget to 5-star hotels in India, measuring up to the international standards. They will provide you the comfort and luxury comparable to any other in the world.

Foreigners are required to pay all their dues regarding the hotel bills in foreign currency only, in the form of cash, traveler’s checks or credit cards. Even concessional tickets like.

Never ever purchase air/ rail/ bus tickets through strangers or unauthorized agents/ tour operators, also known as touts. They are not at all reliable. Buy tickets from govt  authorized centers only.

It is advisable not to hire any type of transportation from unlicensed operators.

In case of taxis and auto-rickshaws, try to hire them from the pre-paid booths, if possible. Otherwise, insist on going by the meter and check the readings regularly to ensure that the fare is correct. In case there are no meters or the meters are dysfunctional, set a fare in advance to avoid being fleeced later on.

Make travel arrangements well in advance, especially if you are travelling in the peak season (between October to March).

Get film and lenses ready in advance while you are waiting to board the elephant. Take extra film: you may need it!

Obey the mahout's instructions about where to sit on the howdah. It is important that the load be balanced.

Appreciate the jungle as you ride to the location of the tiger. You are seeing the forest in a way that is quite unlike riding down a park road.

Protect your eyes, spectacles, and equipment when you are riding through thick jungle. The bamboo can give you some nasty jabs if you're not careful.

Be prepared for the tiger to move at any time. If it does, your elephant will probably stay with it. The tiger show will develop an entirely different rhythm, so hold on!

Remain seated at all times, and make sure that small children are secure.

DON'T : -

Expect that there will be a tiger show every day. The mahouts are successful at their tracking only about 60% of the time.

Try to get your vehicle driver to jump the queue.

Try to persuade the mahout to disturb the tiger in any way.

Stand on the howdah or unhook the bar.

Make loud noise or use flash photography.

English is spoken at almost tourist destination in India these days. However, if you want, you may hire Government-trained and approved guides who also speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Russian.

Indian people are quite hospitable and friendly. Do not feel offended if they stare at you. It is just curiosity on their part. Most of the people will also go out of the way to help tourists and properly guide them.

It is advisable for you to carry your own medicines. Almost all medicines in India are locally manufactured and you may not find the same brand names. However, you may easily set substitute products here. But take the advice of reputed druggists or doctors for the purpose.

Make sure to remove your footwear when visiting a place of worship or mausoleum. Some temples in India will not even allow you to carry leather articles inside. You can deposit them in the temple cloakroom and collect it on your way out.

It is not entirely unsafe to travel in India. You just have to take some precautions like avoiding isolated places, not going out after its too late, etc.

The electric current in India is 220/ 250 volts and 50 cycles. It is AC practically everywhere. Carry converters if you have some electric equipment with you.

Respect the local culture always.
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