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Ayurveda through Medicinal plants/ Conservation of Nature

Since Vedic times, the worship of Nature and Conservation Ethics have been an inseparable part of Indian thought and traditions. Traces go back to ancient civilisations of India, when people nurtured the philosophy of the oneness of life. Indian tradition has always taught that humankind is a part of nature and one should look upon all creation with the eyes of love and respect.

In the last few decades, it has been tragic to watch the exploitation of nature in the mad quest for the material and economic progress, both in India and abroad . Today, the entire world  faces a deep crisis and is in danger from the  exploitative greed of  mankind. The rich forest areas and biological diversities have been relentlessly divested to erect concrete walls. The continuous denuding of forest reserves has led to Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effects Fortunately, the world has now awakened to new beginnings about human responsibility towards nature, its protection and consveration.

Ecotourism in INDIA
The Ecosystem in the system in which we live - the system which includes the earth, the water, the sky and the living and the non-living objects in all these systems. It is a dynamic complex of plant, animal and micro-organism communities and their non-living environment interacting as a functional unit.

Tourism means - 'the practice of traveling for pleasure.' Thus, tourism which contains a visit to an Ecosystem is known as Ecotourism. Ecotourism is not only travelling to such Ecosystems, but also conserving them.

Basically Ecotourism means "Tourism involving travel to areas of natural or ecological interest, typically under the guidance of a naturalist, for the purpose of observing wildlife and learning about the environment and at the same time focus on wildlife and promotion of understanding and conservation of the environment."

This is a conscientious form of tourism and tourism development, which encourages going back to natural products in every aspect of life and help preserve nature. It is also the key to sustainable ecological development.

Principles of Ecotourism:
Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate.

Characteristics of Sustainable Tourism

  • Sustainable Tourism tries its utmost to maintain the importance of local culture and tradition.
  • Sustainable Tourism is informatory, as it doesn’t only let tourist know about the destinations but also it helps locals knowing about the culture and civilisation of tourists.
  • This kind of tourism is aimed to conserve the resources of destinations where one is visiting

INDCARE Trust and Ecotourism
INDCARE Trust has identified and begun the process of construction of twelve cottages in the region of Saat Taal in Bhimtal District of Uttarakhand. This is with a view to:

  • Foster better understanding of local culture with visiting tourists
  • Create a bridge for being close to Nature for the visitor
  • Provide livelihood to local population through this endeavour
  • Encourage Ayurveda by growing certain medicial plants that thrive in this region.
  • Erecting polyhouses/greenhouses for growing herbs/flowers in the area.
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