World Earth Day is an annual event observed on April 22 to promote environmental awareness and protect the Earth’s natural resources.
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 by American college students in response to the then-recently observed “first Earth Day”, which was a United States-wide event that focused on environmental activism and education.
Eco-friendly travel destinations in India:
OneLatitude, the first AI-based travel planner in India, is all set to help you pick the most eco-friendly travel destinations and activities so you can travel in a better way.
Companies like Blue Sky have been using OneLatitude to help their customers find the best place and time to visit. Other companies like Airbnb, Uber and Ola have also been using this
Bharat Seth and Simran, the co-founders of OneLatitude shared with us some of the best eco-friendly travel destinations in India that you should visit. These are:
Chicham, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Chicham is a village located in Spiti district. It is surrounded by spectacular mountains, rivers, and waterfalls. This small village has a population of around 964 as per the 2011 census.
Chicham is home to the only temple in Spiti Valley dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is also known for its pottery industry which has been running since ancient times.
It was a difficult task for visitors to reach this place especially after the closure of the famous Manali-Leh Highway due to landslides in 2010. Nevertheless, Chicham became known as an offbeat destination among travelers around the globe.
Ladakh is a region of the Indian Himalayas. It is the largest and northernmost of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir .
The Turtuk area in Ladakh has long been a popular tourist destination. There are many hotels, lodges and guest houses in the region.
Turtuk is one of the most visited places in Ladakh, because it offers comfortable accommodation with friendly service at affordable prices. It is nestled at an altitude of 3,849 meters above sea level on a lush green plateau overlooking Turtuk valley.
Located about 120 kilometers from Leh, this small town has many important sites for visitors to take interest in such as Stok Palace, Indira Gandhi’s palace which was renamed as Swimming Pool Palace after she left Leh to go to India’s capital New Delhi; Hot Spring Valley and Pyangal Pass which are some top destinations for hikers, trekkers and adventurers; Monastery wherein you can find unique Buddhist heritage
Tadoba is a very famous forest located in the state of Maharashtra. Belonging to the Western Ghats, it is one of the largest forests in Asia with a large number of tigers and leopards.
Tadoba has been recognized as one of the cleanest and least polluted locations in India. It also happens to be a part of a Project Tiger Protection Area that falls under the jurisdiction of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Despite its well-organized management, it is still an incredibly rich area for biodiversity and ecological research due to its abounding plant variety, which makes it an important source for new drugs and their compounds.
Munsiyari is a city in Uttarakhand and it is the headquarters of the district of the same name. Munsiyari was established in 1751 by Ramcharan Varma, the eldest son of Maharaja Trilochan Singh Deo.
Auroville, Tamil Nadu
Auroville is a township near Puducherry in South India, close to Pondicherry. It’s also the biggest community of people living as a spiritual community on Earth.
Auroville is an intentional city developed by Mirra Alfassa (1878-1973), an Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher who believed that a new age of human consciousness was dawning. Auroville was created to meet the needs of this new age and to serve humanity by building a model sustainable society.
Auroville started out as the utopian vision of Sri Aurobindo, who envisioned it as an experimental city in which individuals could pursue happiness, knowledge and action without worrying about physical survival or possessions.
Mawylynnong is a village in Meghalaya that is home to the Mawylynnong tribe. It is one of the villages with a high density of culture and tradition. Living there, you can experience the subsistence lifestyle and traditional culture in the village.
The villagers of Mawylynnong are known for their unique crafts and natural beauty that remains hidden within their hilly surroundings that are shielded from most people who only see its plainness. This village was included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites because its historic significance, cultural traditions, and craftsmanship provide a window into life in another era.
Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful place in the Himalaya mountains. It is known for fairytale-like straight mountain roads and scenic views. There are many tourist attractions including Hemis Gompa, which is situated in the valley and has a very beautiful monastery.
Tirthan Valley is surrounded by four beautiful towns – Gya, Dalhousie, Chail and Kangra. The valley also has its own micro climate that enables visitors to enjoy warm and dry weather throughout the year. However, it does have its share of problems like high pollution and lack of drinking water due to pollution from industrial salts that are used in agriculture in many of these towns
Kaziranga is a park situated in the state of Assam, India. It is known as the ‘jungle of Asia’ and is home to many animals including one of the world’s rarest species – one-horned rhinoceros.
The park has been declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts many tourists every year. It was also featured in a Diana Van Der Vlis movie called The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
Kabini is the third largest city in India and is located in the state of Karnataka. Kabini is home to a number of households, factories, and small scale industries.
Kabini also has many shopping complexes like the Big Bazaar and Big Bazar as well as its own famous temple, Sri Rajarajeswari temple.