A green holiday to remember: ecotourism and environment

Hiking on mountain trails, fishing in streams, eating local food and camping in the great wide open... Eco-tourism is on every traveller’s wishlist. But is this fad taking away from the environment?

The heart of Tibet, which transplanted itself during the 1959 failed uprising against Chinese occupation, still beats in a small corner of India. McLeodganj, perched on the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, 6,000-odd feet above sea level, is called Little Lhasa or Dhasa for a reason — it is home to numerous Tibetan refugees who have settled here, including Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

Live like the locals

Swathed in cedars, pines and spruce, the place resounds with the complex amalgamation of dung chen, cymbals, chants and drums. But it also holds the echoes of tranquillity. Nawang Chugh, a sports writer, who visited last year, admits as much. “It was so clean and peaceful,” recalls Chugh, who chose to stay in a homestay to “experience” the place better. “I wanted to live the lifestyle of the people here,” he says......................Read more


Source: The Hindu

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