Eco-destinations of North India

Some of the famous Eco-Destinations of Northern India.(Tips for a green vacation)

Mountain Trail, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Situated in the midst of lush green forest east of Nainital district in UttaraKhand has plenty of eco activity including picnics, bird watching walks treks and bonfires. This chemical free fresh mountain air resort has 100% local labour & services, energy conservation, naturally sourced water, waste recycling and organic gardens.

Mary Budden Estate, Almora, Uttarkhand

Located in a cozy corner of the Kumaon, in the magnificent middle Himalayan Mountains in the midst of Binsar wildlife sanctuary. In this serene lap of nature one can unwind at the fully restore 19th century heritage home. Beautiful birds and many other wild animals are like Indian red fox, goral etc. attraction here. This hotel is not connected on grid and runs fully on solar power. Rain water harvesting is also done.

Ananda–in the Himalayas Tehri-Garhwal

Once the residence of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal. This organic, eco-friendly luxury Ayurvedic spa & wellness retreat in the Himalayan hills is an oasis of restoration, rejuvenation, and peace. The 3 R’s of reduce, recycle and reuse are fully implemented here. Recycled water for gardening, pens and bags made of biodegradable matter, reuse of linen, organic produce are some of its initiatives towards sustainable living. Hotel has afforestation drives to increase the green cover in the region.

Wild Mahseer, Balipara, Assam,

This award winning heritage home stay takes you back to the times of colonial tea plantation with a heritage bungalow and four other tea bungalows. It’s on a certified organic property.  In this tranquil resort one can relax, witness Assam’s breath-taking natural beauty and discover its rare and abundant wildlife. Using fully homegrown produce and harvesting rainwater is in practice. Solar power based systems are also being added.

Shergarh Tented Camp, Kanha National Park

Run by a Naturalist this has tents with open porches to enjoy the nature. Local produce, local catch and local labor are the main green usp. Reducing plastic and other waste and least impact on the surrounding area is another contribution to environment

The Fern Gir Forest Resort, Gujarat

This is  Ecotel® certified hotel having organic home produces, furniture made of reclaimed wood, energy and water conservation with tariff marginally more than the other resorts in the area.

Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort, Kutch, Gujarat

Local is the motto here right from the accommodation to staffing. The resort is owned and operated by villagers. Accommodation is eco-tents or Bingham(traditional mud hut).

The Serai, Jaisalmer

30 kms outside Jaisalmer is the luxury tented property ‘The Serai’, like an oasis in the desert. There are twenty one luxurious canvas tents having their own verandah , drawing room, spacious air-conditioned bedroom and en-suite bathroom. This place has its own eco-friendly practices in place like home grown herbs and other fresh produce. State of the art water filtration system for the pool so the water is not wasted.

Devi Garh, Udaipur

This hilltop fort palace has been restored fully into a luxury all suites hotel, hidden away in the Aravalli Hills. The hotel is committed to sustainable living. It uses only paper bags made by local women. Most of the herbs and fresh produce are grown organically in house. Staff is encouraged to use public transport or share common transport. Water treatment plant, rain water storage, energy efficient lights, paperless documentations etc. are some of its in house initiatives. The hotel has lot of other eco initiatives like teaching villagers waste management, funding dames for water collection and storage etc.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Once a royal abode this royal heritage hotel has been voted as one of the best hotels in the world time and again. It has set an example of sustainable and ecofriendly practices in the hospitality industry for which it was awarded Gold Certification on January 4th, 2014. 70% of its power consumption is generated through a 2.1 MW wind turbine at Jaisalmer. There are about 18 rainwater harvesting units around the 47 acre property. Water treatment systems, wet waste and dry management, e-waste management as well as recycling of used oil via pollution control board are some of its green usp’s. Encouraging local artists and craftsmen through entertainment programs is also one of its eco friendly initiative.

What is a green holiday 

 Featured Image:- Kanchenjunga Peak  from Darjeeling where most of the resorts are eco-friendly using local food, local people and promote healthy environment.


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