HIMALAYAN TEA TOUR - BEST ECOTOURISM IN INDIA

What is Ecotourism ?

Ecotourism is a travel concept that requires travellers to visit natural places and adopting all eco friendly and environment friendly activities. This term was first coined in the late 80's and has been prevalent since then. It is an act of making a positive impact towards the environment.

As per The International Ecotourism Society,

Ecotourism is now defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015). Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.”

Additionally, ecotourism in India is a part of environmental conservation and involves understanding the needs of the indigenous people of the area so that the quality of life of these people can be improved. Ecotourism also involves learning more about the history and culture of various cities and preserving the historical landmarks of these cities.

Types of Ecotourism

  1. Mass Tourism

  2. Alternative Tourism

Mass Tourism

Mass tourism we saw as the more traditional form of tourism development where short-term, free-market principles dominate and the maximization of income is paramount. The development of the tourism industry was originally seen as a desirable and relatively ‘clean’ industry for nations and regions to pursue.

This was particularly true in terms of benefits in foreign exchange earnings, employment and infrastructural development such as transport networks. These days we are more prone to vilify or characterize conventional mass tourism as a beast; a monstrosity which has few redeeming qualities for the destination region, their people and their natural resource base.

This is not to deny that ‘mass tourism‘ has caused problems, because it has. There has, quite justifiably, been a need to identify an alternative approach to tourism development that lessens the negative consequences of the mass tourism approach.

Alternative Tourism

Thus the ‘alternative tourism‘ perspective has become a popular paradigm. This alternative approach has been described as a ‘competing paradigm’ to mass tourism, but it can also be viewed as a complementary approach to tourism. That is, it is not possible to have ‘alternative tourism’ to.

So, the discussion returns to a semantic debate, perhaps it is best to accept that alternative tourism is a natural outcome of the maturing understanding of tourism development and its strengths and weakness. Fennell states that:

Alternative tourism is a generic term that encompasses a whole range of tourism strategies, all of which purport to offer a more benign alternative to conventional mass tourism in certain types of destinations.

Principles and Guidelines of Ecotourism In India

People who wish to interact with the environment and develop their knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of it are attracted to ecotourism. The Ecotourism Society gives the principles and guidelines of ecotourism. These are following as:

  1. Prepare travelers to minimize their negative impact while visiting sensitive environments and cultures before departure.
  2. Prepare traveler for each encounter with local cultures and with native animals and plants.
  3. Minimize visitors’ impacts on the environment by offering literature, briefing, leading by example, and taking corrective actions.
  4. Minimize traveler impact on cultures by offering literature, briefings, leading by example, and taking corrective actions.
  5. Use adequate leadership, and maintain small enough groups to ensure minimum group impact on the destination. Avoid areas that are under-managed and over-visited.
  6. Ensure managers, staff and contract employees know and participate in all aspects of company policy to prevent impacts on the environment and local cultures.
  7. Give managers, staff and contact employees access to programs that will upgrade their ability to communicate with and manage clients in sensitive natural and cultural settings.
  8. Be a contributor to the conservation of the region being visited.
  9. Provide competitive, local employment in all aspects of business operation.
  10. Offer site-sensitive accommodations that are not wasteful of local resources or destructive to the environment, which provide ample opportunity for learning about the environment and sensitive interchange with local communities.
  11. Focuses on personally experiencing natural areas in ways that led to greater understanding and appreciation.

Session Details

Indian Tea is all about the culture, people and traditions. The popularity of our Eco tourism is primarily due to its balanced curriculum of unique practical experiences. Four days in the tranquility of the Himalayas, amidst the extolled Darjeeling tea gardens, will help you explore the world of tea like never before.

  • Darjeeling, India
  • 4 Days

Curriculum Details

1

Day 1

REACH DARJEELING BY EVENING AND REST
WELCOME DRINK

2

Day 2

VISIT TO SMALL TEA GROWER
METHODS OF ORGANIC & BIO-DYNAMIC CULTIVATION
METHODS OF TEA PROCESSING

3

Day 3

VISIT TO CONVENTIONAL TEA GARDEN
METHODS OF CONVENTIONAL TEA CULTIVATION
METHODS OF TEA PROCESSING

4

Day 4

VILLAGE WALK
LUNCH
DEPARTURE

  • Included :

  • FOOD AND ACCOMODATION LOCAL COVEYANCE – WITHIN DARJEELING/SILIGURI TRANSPORTATION FROM KOLKATA TO DARJEELING (BY TRAIN/BUS)
    (Provided only for participants taking combined program)

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email
  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed
  • If cancellation is done at least 15 days prior to the commencement of the program, 25% of the advance payment shall be deducted and the balance amount shall be refunded.
  • If cancellation is done lesser than 15 days prior to the commencement of the program, 50% of the advance payment shall be deducted and the balance amount shall be refunded
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

In Collaboration With Offbeat CCU

INR 40,000 / Person
INR 65,000 / Person
Combined Program - Tea Master Certification Program + Himalayan Tea Tour (7N /8D)