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What is responsible tourism? A story on sustainability in tourism

Responsible tourism is about “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.” That’s the official definition appointed at the World Summit of Sustainable Development at Cape Town in 2002. 

Our travel company Indian Terrain Nature Club is one of those rare travel companies committed to the concept of sustainability in tourism.  We organize responsible nature tours to many destinations in India and also abroad.

So what is responsible tourism all about?

 “For me, being a responsible tourism operator is not only about selling a concept, but it’s a holistic approach towards one’s own attitude and lifestyle. To put it simply, it’s an idea that preserves the world. And lets the future generation enjoy the same beautiful locations that you have had the privilege of visiting,” 

Geetanjali (Founder- IT Nature Club)

Showcasing the North-East region:

One of our biggest achievement has been to showcase the region of North-East to the mainland travelers. People would visit the more popular destinations like Shillong, Cherrapunji or Tawang. But our company organizes tours to the lesser known areas of North-East which are equally interesting, often giving you more stories to tell and a deeper experience than the common destinations.

We organize tours regularly to the regions of North-East like South-Garo Hills, Mechuka, Anini, Hunli, Ukhrul and Trishna.

What does responsible tourism do?

1. Responsible tourism helps in the growth of local economies:

We often complain of the rich, getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Travelling with tours company with this intention of responsible tourism, is your perfect opportunity to help the growth of local far-flung economies.

2. Responsible tourism is about giving back to nature:

One of our initiatives is the annual bird count around the protected areas, wherein the birdwatchers are invited and hosted by the tribal community in their homes.

 The participant fee became a huge motivating factor for the tribal community to look at their surrounding wild flora and fauna in a protective manner.

It was started in the year 2013, with support from the local forest department, local community leaders, and local stakeholders which has been a yearly event around the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. The data collected from the participants is shared with the forest department, which helps them evaluate the avian habitat surrounding the protected area.

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