Eco-Tourism in South Asia – India and Nepal


Eco Tourism in South Asia

Southern Asia flaunts some unique geographical features including a huge coastline spanning the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, the Himalayan Hindukush mountain ranges, and a gigantic fresh water reserve which serves as the water resource for the whole of Southern Asia. Add to these the rich history and cultural heritages of the region and you know what bring millions of visitors to this part of Asia annually. South Asia mainly comprises the nations of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. These countries share an ethnic background and possess similar cultures.

Eco Tourism in India
By far the largest of the South Asian countries, India is endowed with the most varied topography, having both Himalayan as well as marine tourism potential. Such diverse landscapes and climatic conditions result in myriad opportunities to enjoy Nature at her pristine best. The land of the majestic Tiger and the graceful Elephant — India boasts of an immensely rich and varied wildlife. About 441 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 80 National Parks have been established all over the country with the objective of conserving the endangered species of wildlife in their natural environment. The best known wildlife destinations in India lure thousands of wildlife enthusiasts and responsible tourists from across the globe to watch numerous endangered species in their natural habitats.

Besides, the Himalayan Region, the south Indian state of Kerala, northeast India, Andaman and Nicobar islands and the Lakshdweep islands are some of the places that top the priority of eco tourists visiting India. Thenmala in Kerala is the first planned ecotourism destination in India, built to satisfy the travel needs of eco-tourists and nature lovers.

Among the leading eco-tourism locations in India are:

  • Andaman Islands
  • Goa
  • Gujarat
  • Indian Himalayas
  • Karnataka
  • Kashmir
  • Kerala
  • Ladakh
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Rajasthan
  • Sikkim
  • Tamil Nadu
  • The Golden Triangle
  • Western Ghats
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • West Bengal

Eco Tourism in Nepal

The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is home to the highest mountains on earth, and presents an amazing kaleidoscope of natural wonders, ranging from the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, to subtropical valleys to alpine forests. Nepal offers some of the best access to the spectacular Himalayas. For a truly enriching green tour experience in Nepal, opt for any of the sought-after 5- to 25-day camping treks that are modeled after the first Nepalese mountaineering expeditions, with an entourage of guides, cooks, and porters following you. Some of the most popular eco-tourism locations in Nepal are:

  • Annapurna Circuit
  • Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Chitwan
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Everest Region