||As an eco-tourist, travel
respecting local culture and traditions
and encouraging local pride---local
cuisine, folk songs and dance, traditional
dresses, local etiquette, local architecture.
There is a science (gharat) and art
(colour) in everything. Be friendly,
inquisitive and patient. Respect holy
||Understand that leakage
of economic benefits outside the community
due to non-local ownership of tourism
business is bad. Give a fair price
to rural produce by buying local.
Indigenously crafted or value added
products provide the right livelihood
to the locals and use up less natural
conservation conscious. Support friendly
resource usage-water through rain
water harvesting, use of non-conventional
energy; if electricity is unavailable,
use energy-efficient kerosene stoves.
||Be environmental sensitive
- respect biodiversity. Respect carrying
capacity of the physical environment
and the resources, knowing that overcrowding
leads to a lessening of the tranquility
and simplicity of life that attracts
you in the first place.
||Make positive contributions
to the conservation of natural and
cultural heritage, maintain local
harmony. Help the guides and porters
to observe eco-conservation measures.
Remember that erosion of cultural
integrity and values due to the introduction
of 'outside' influences is ruinous
to indigenous cultures. Avoid over-use
of community infrastructure.
||Keep local water sources
clean and avoid using chemical detergents
in streams or springs. If no toilet
facilities are available, make sure
you relieve yourself at least 30 metres
away from any water source, ensuring
to bury any waste. Conservation of
water is vital, especially drinking
water. Water from Kitchen waste or
rain-water through regular harvesting
be used for sanitation and use, where
quality of water required is not very
high. Water source should not be contaminated
in any way.
garbage at the minimum. Composts,
recycles and reduced pollution are
what must be practiced. Proper disposal
must only be at appropriate points
along the route. Leave no eye-sores.
Folow the'Leave no trace' principle.
Camping areas should be left cleaner
than what you saw when you came. Remember
that another party would be using
the camp site after your departure.
Differentiate between non & biodegradable
garbage. Burn or bury paper, natural
refuse and litter. Keep for recycling
and don't throw away any non-degradable
garbage like plastic bags, foil, packets,
glass bottles and metal cans.
||See that no damage is
done to vegetation. Taking away cuttings,
seeds and roots without permission
of the authorized persons is illegal,
especially in nature reserves. Stop
people from plucking flowers or leaves.
They should be left as they are for
all to enjoy. As much as possible
keep to the treks/trails/hikes and
avoid stepping on to vegetation-you
destroy vital biodiversity. Avoid
collecting souvenirs. Reduce impact,
keeping to marked routes and paths.
||Damage to trees/vegetation
must not be there. Do not carve initials
on trees or spray graffiti on monuments
- defacing rocks is pollution and
the Apex Court too took badly to it.
||Firewood is scarce and
should be used sparingly, whether
for heating water (hamam) or for bonfire
or for fire-places provided. Avoid
making open fires and discourage others
from doing so. There should be no
carelessness with reference to fire.
One small careless fire can destroy
an entire forest. Extinguish any fire-bonfire,
fire in grill etc before leaving the
place. Do not throw away cigarettes,
bidis or matches.
||Read up literature,
brochure, be aware of the environs
and surrounds. Be clear about the
trek-some have a gentle slope, some
have a moderate slope and others are
precipitous. Match your physical fitness
with the hike being taken up. Keep
required medicines, water and inform
the guide / networking coordinator
complete details about yourself. You
cannot half way ask to terminate the
||Take all precautions
not to get lost and in the eventuality,
specified instructions be followed.
Avoid confusion and panic.
||Check vehicle travel
to reduce for polluting gases/smoke.
Pooling for travel is cheaper and
lesser polluting. Use bicycles/horses/ponies
and wherever possible walk---healthy,
non-polluting-stand and stare-there
is so much to absorb-the mountain
terrain is awesome, serene and educative.
Avoid noise pollution-blaring horns,
music systems (radios/tape-recorders),
loud mobile talking. Silence in the
majestic mountains has meaning and
character. Take in the peace and tranquility.
||Avoid offering food
to animals and birds as thereby you
are threatening their foraging and
spoiling their hunting skills. Otherwise
too, the food you give will probably
make them unhealthy. Feeding monkeys
too is common and should be discouraged
as it spreads nuisance. A monkey bite
can mean spread of rabies. If you
see anyone hunting or hurting/teasing
animals, report them to the authorities;
if you cannot stop them yourselves.
Wildlife viewing must be done, observing
all security and conditions prescribed.
Shouting, teasing or chasing animals
is strictly prohibited.
||It is illegal to carry
fire-arms/nets or any explosives.
Do not also carry polythenes or other
||While taking photographs
or shooting with your video-camera
(for which there is a prescribed fee)
you are encouraged not to disturb
the subject you want to capture in
any way. Do not use flashes, particularly
close up, as this can disturb and
annoy wild animals and nesting birds.
||Strictly follow the
guidelines for personal safety and
security taking required precautions.
||Wear comfortable clothes
with inconspicuous colours like khaki,
olive green or grey so as not to disturb
environs with bright and gaudy colours.
Use good quality trekking shoes-some
are rain-proof too. Use hats/caps
during hot days and rain gear during
rains and jackets/wind-cheaters during
cold. Travel light in terms of baggage.
Back packers only carry essentials-food,