Dooars Tour....................
Hiamalayan Lake at freezing temperature
Terrain Hills .............
kalimpong................
Baranti ............... the unexplored
Toy Train through Darjeeling Himalayan.............
Hiamalayan.................
A fall of 300 mtr straight down in Simlipal Tiger Reserve .......
Jaldapara National park.....................
Himalayan Hills ....................
ECO TOURISM
 
Eco-tourism is our basic platform on which Eastern Heavens (Conducted Tour Operator from Kolkata) is doing business. We support eco tourism and advise our tour lovers to learn a little on how eco tourism works and impacts on our socio economic status.
What is Eco-tourism
Eco-tourism is "tourism that involves travelling to relatively undisturbed natural areas with the specified objectives of studying, admiring and enjoying the sceneries and its wild plants and animals, as well as in existing cultural aspects found in these areas" (WTO). Thus eco-tourism differs from Resort tourism or mass tourism by requiring lesser infrastructure development and lower impact on the environment.
Critical to Eco-tourism
"Existence of NP/Sanctuary/Nature as prime attraction. Should be ecologically, socially, culturally, and economically sustainable. Should have participation of the local stakeholders. Should be a low profile venture. Should be capable of forging partnership with the existing tourism industry. "
Principles of eco-tourism development
"It should involve local community and lead to economic development of the area. It should identify the likely conflicts between resource use for tourism and livelihood of local inhabitants and attempt to minimise such conflicts. The type and scale of tourism development should be compatible with the environment and socio-cultural characteristics of the local community It should be planned as part of the overall area development strategy, ensuring sectoral integrations. "
Why Ecotourism
"Brings the conservation efforts to public view
Increased awareness about P.A.s creates peer pressure for their conservtion
Helps in mobilization of resources for P.A. management
Strengthens interface between eco-tourists and local people "
Knowledge Enrichment
"Just because you are going on a family vacation doesn???t mean that learning should take a break too. Ecotourism is full of what educators call teachable moments or, more definitively, unplanned opportunities to explain a concept that has unintentionally captured a child???s interest. Whether it is touring the rainforests of the Amazon, observing blue footed boobies throughout the Galapagos Islands or understanding the water issues that surround the Okavango Delta in Botswana, ecotourism is a vacation experience that provides boundless opportunities to teach younger generations about the fragility of ecosystems and the significance of heritage. Who among us has not witnessed the common occurrence while visiting the local zoo, going hiking through the wilderness or even watching a local artistic exhibit of younger children looking with absolute wonder and amazement at the spectacle of music, art, flora or fauna? There is delight followed by an onslaught of illuminating questions about people and the natural world."
Benefits for Kids & Young
"Specifically, children can benefit from an ecotourism vacation because the experience offers an opportunity for - Instruction about indigenous wildlife ??? Ecotours are not only small group tours that allow for up-close-and-personal views of nature, but ones that are generally led by a naturalist that have been trained to understand plants, birds, insects and animals of the region and their relationships to ecosystems, thereby bringing education alive. Increased awareness about environmental degradation ??? An important component of ecotourism is to inform tourists about ways to minimize waste, soil erosion, air and water pollution so as not to disturb the environment ??? lessons that no doubt will stay with children. Involvement with conservation efforts. Whether it's helping to record sea turtle activity in Greece or understand the destructive role of invasive plant species in the wilderness, ecotourism allows for deep knowledge of the fragility of the natural world. Focus on the depletion of natural resources.  "Whether it's learning about how an eco-lodge harnesses solar or wind power for its operations or how countries are implementing renewable bio-energy to power engines, ecotourism teaches how the impact of tourism is affecting sustainable land development, public transportation choices and how other countries are using low-carbon technologies today. Exposure to cultural experiences." From tasting new foods to learning phrases in a foreign language, ecotourism interprets cultural traditions and experiences that provide long-lasting impressions about the world. Inspiration for a life's passion. "While snorkeling through a coral reef or observing animals in their natural habitat in Africa, ecotourism sparks the imagination to dream about a career or even find a solution to an environmental problem"
Transforming Tourism to Eco Tourism

"If you are planning a responsible ecotourism trip, it is very important to plan carefully and approach every decision with an eco-friendly attitude. Top ten most important points when considering different travel options.


Involving Local Communities : the full involvement of local communities in the tourism sector not only benefits the community and the environment, but also makes the trip more authentic.

  • Marketing Tourism Responsibly : marketing that provides tourists with true and valuable information increases respect for the natural, social and cultural environments of destination areas.
  • Undertaking Research : on-going research and monitoring by the industry using effective data collection and analysis is essential in problem solving and continual improvement.
  • Use of Sustainable Resources : the conservation and use of sustainable resources natural, social and cultural is crucial and makes long-term business sense.
  • Reducing over-consumption and waste : reduction of over-consumption and waste avoids the costs of restoring long-term environmental damage and contributes to the quality of tourism.
  • Consulting Stakeholders and the Public : consultation between the tourism industry and local communities, organizations and institutions is essential if they are to work together and resolve or prevent conflicts of interest.
  • Training Staff : staff training which integrates sustainable tourism into work practices, along with recruitment of local personnel at all levels, improves the quality of the overall experience.
  • Maintaining Diversity : maintaining and promoting natural, social and cultural diversity is essential for long-term sustainable tourism and creates a resilient base for the industry.
  • Integrating Tourism into Planning : tourism development, which is integrated into a national and local strategic planning framework and which undertakes environmental efforts, increases the long-term viability of tourism and supports a healthy Earth.
  • Supporting Local Economies : tourism that supports a wide range of local economic activities and which takes environmental costs and values into account, both protects those economies and avoids environmental damage."
 

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