Published on : Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Sustainable tourism is gaining ground, more and more people are now aware of the ecological and social impact of tourism. The easiest thing one can do is to pick up retreats that closely blend sustainability with comfort. Three main things to look after at the first is taking active steps to reduce their carbon footprint if they help to boost the local economy by employing people from the local community and lastly if they help to preserve the cultural and natural history of the region.
There’s a list of six local properties across various destinations in India where travelers can experience unforgettable sustainable travel this coming winter.
The enchanting Club Mahindra white meadows, (Manali)-
The beautiful white meadows Manali resort in the midst of nature and culture where the beauty of the outdoors is beautifully matched by the luxury indoors. The resort maintains sustainability and offers guests a sustainable stay.
Single-use plastic is not used for any amenity offerings. Food prepared at the resort is locally sourced. The property uses 100% renewable electricity throughout its premises. The Property also offers bicycles for rent.
The property invites local guides and businesses for hosting tours around Manali and provides guests with information on local ecosystems, heritage, and culture.
The charismatic Taj Mahal Tower, (Mumbai)-
It was built in 1973, stands across the gateway of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The Tower contrasts to The Taj Mahal Palace with its arched balconies and newly refurbished rooms. The hotel invests a percentage of revenue back into community sustainability projects, a big tick for the 68% of Indian travelers who want the money that they spend when traveling to go back to the local community.
Its windows are double-glazed, which provides great insulation for the rooms. This accommodation has green spaces including gardens and rooftop gardens on the property and saves a lot of water through water-efficient showers and toilets.
Namahstay ECO hostel & CoWorking & Art Community Space, (Arambol)-
Namahstay ECO hostel offers travelers a community-focused sentiment. guests can explore their artistic side as the hostel has its art and craft. They also host local artists for music shows, paintings, and making crafts out of recyclables. Being 2kms away from Querim beach, it is adorned with many potted plants in reused glass bottles and has a garden where guests can plant trees to mark their stay.
Eco-savvy travelers will be impressed to know that most food served at the onsite restaurant is locally sourced. The hostel also offsets a portion of its carbon footprint, perfect for an indulgent, responsible getaway.
APKA ECOvillage, (Trichur)-
For those who are looking for a sustainable stay that is totally off-grid, APKA ECOvillage is a hidden gem in the city of Trichur in Kerala. This Farmstay’s tents have been designed to provide the most relaxing, inspiring, and comfortable experience possible, empowering guests to truly commune with nature.
Going above and beyond the usual expectations for an eco-stay, as 74% of Indian travelers want to have authentic experiences. The retreat also offers a platform for local artists to display their talents and has a host of tours and activities on offer that are organized by guides and businesses in the region.
Jai Mahal Palce, (Jaipur)-
It is a site of historical significance that still brings in modern practices of sustainability. It provides luxury but also ensures sustainability. The Palace has adopted conservation measures at the property, including using water-efficient toilets and showers, as well as offering guests the option to opt-out of daily room cleaning.
A nature retreat Tribe Aqua, (Neergah)-
Tribe Aqua is a unique nature retreat that lives up to its name. It is located above Neergah waterfall, this retreat provides guests with a stunning showcase of the region’s culture, and it doesn’t end at the landscapes. They provide guests with information regarding local ecosystems, heritage, and culture, as well as visitor etiquette.