India is a land of contrasts with diverse languages, ethnic groups, religions and traditions. Immerse yourself in the teaming bazaars, holy cities and Moghul forts. See a wide array of wildlife with 500 species of animals including tiger, leopard, elephant, and rhino, 200 species and sub-species of birds and 30,000 insect species.
Find an eco tour in India. A list of eco tour operators, travel agents and accommodation providers either based in or that can organise trips to India. Each listing includes a full page description so click for more information.
Wildlife Photo Tours - Tiger watching and photography holiday in India
Travel with a wildlife photographer as a small group to Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks, the two best places to see and photograph wild bengal tigers up close along with the rare Barasingha and other wildlife. Staying in Bandhavgarh & Kanha in eco-friendly, luxurious, jungle resorts.
True Luxury Tours - Rajasthan, India
Small group tours (1-6 travellers) to India's only privately owned wildlife Sanctuary and select jungles to view rare and endangered wildlife, unique cultural experiences and subjects not easily accessible to off the beaten track areas of India.
Mountain Trail Resort
Eco Friendly resort ideall for Nature Holidays, Bird Watching and Trekking in the foothills of the Himalayan Moutains. The isolation, tranquility & serenity of this holiday Hill Station are ingredients for a peaceful relaxed holiday in the lap of Nature.
Travel agents that can arrange tailor made eco holidays to India:
Small groups, great prices… Gecko's offers the value and freedom of backpacking, without the hassles. Your local leader will take you off the beaten track, but you won't miss out on the famous sites! 181 adventures across 50 countries.
i-to-i Meaningful Travel
i-to-i is the world leader in ethical volunteer and gap year travel. We send 5,000 people a year to work with 500 important community development, teaching, and conservation projects in over 30 countries across 5 continents.
ecotours organizes small-group creative adventures that aim at balancing leisure travel with sustainable development. Discover the cultural and natural treasures of the countries you visit while minimizing the negative impact of your trip.
Tribes, the Fair Trade Travel company, offers quality small group and tailor made holidays worldwide. Whether you want a luxury safari, a Galapagos cruise or to hike the Inca trail, Tribes can help.
A Closer Look Travel
Specializes in booking eco travel, community (real cultural connection) travel and volunteer travel. We have one of the largest databases (about 3,300) of worldwide sustainable travel opportunities in the US.
Explore pioneers small, group adventure holidays around the world. Explore’s responsible tourism policy is the cornerstone of the company’s approach to tour operating.
Below you can find a collection of resources related to ecotourism issues in India.
Articles on ecotourdirectory.com:
Information from wikitravel.org*
As a rule India is quite safe for foreigners. However, check with your embassy and ask for local advice before heading to Kashmir or northeast India (Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur), as both areas have long-running insurgencies. Also take extra caution when traveling at night in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand and downmarket districts of large cities.Unfortunately theft is quite common in places visited by tourists, but violent thefts hardly ever occur. More likely a thief will pick your pocket or break into your room. There is little risk of street robbery in India.Some people handling your cash will try to shortchange you or rip you off. This does not exclude official ticket sellers at tourist sites, police employees at prepaid taxi stands, or merchants in all but the most upscale businesses. Count your cash before handing it over, and be insistent on receiving the correct change.Agree on all fares and payments for services clearly in advance; some people go as far as to write them on paper! Being told that you can pay "as you like" is a sure warning sign. Don't give more than agreed, no matter what explanation is offered at the time of payment. Be particularly wary of frauds at tourist attractions such as the temples of Kanchipuram, where they prey on those unfamiliar with local and religious customs. However, don't get too paranoid: fellow travelers on the train, or Indian families who want to take your picture on their own camera, for example, are often just genuinely curious.Travelers should be cautious when visiting villages and rural areas in the night. Bandits occasionally abduct and rob tourists, as it is assumed they possess large amounts of wealth. But this is rare and happens most often in remote areas. Ask at your hotel to see if this is an issue in your area. Also, think twice about taking night buses or driving at night in these areas. Bandits are said to stop night buses with fake checkpoints and rob everyone inside. The frequency of this occurring is extremely low and the state governments are working hard to arrest these bandit groups, but take extra care nonetheless.
Information from wikitravel.org*
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development in India
If there is an ideal ecotourism destination in India, it is Sikkim. This eastern Himalayan state of India with its pristine mountains, crystal clear lakes and rich cultural and natural diversity, is fast gaining popularity. Attracting some 200,000 tourists a year, of which 12,000 are foreigners, it has witnessed a 15 per cent growth in the past three years. Rustam Vania reports on the country's potential for ecotourism development.
and conservation in India
Ladakh’s high altitude wetlands are under severe stress from the livestock population as well as tourist influx. And says environmentalist, Ott Pfister, a big educational effort is needed to conserve these fragile environments, which are vital for the survival of a multitude of flora and fauna species.
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* ecotourdirectory.com is not responsible for the travel advice and travel with respect sections on this page. We would strongly advise that before traveling to India you consult your countries embassy for the lastest guidance.