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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
REACH DARJEELING BY EVENING AND REST
VISIT TO SMALL TEA GROWER
METHODS OF ORGANIC & BIO-DYNAMIC CULTIVATION
METHODS OF TEA PROCESSING
VISIT TO CONVENTIONAL TEA GARDEN
METHODS OF CONVENTIONAL TEA CULTIVATION
METHODS OF TEA PROCESSING