Eco-Tourism Circles to be Introduced in Uttarakhand to Promote Responsible Tourism

Uttarakhand will promote responsible tourism in the region, as the state forest department will develop five eco tourism circles along with three eco-tourism destinations. To conserve the rich Himalayan biodiversity along with picturesque beauty, this can prove to be the best step taken by the forest department.

This upcoming development will proved to be a game changer in terms of conserving the environment as well as a forest in this region. The spots which are chosen for this purpose are categorized according to their proximity to each other and also similarities in biodiversity. As per latest reports spots which are chosen for eco tourism circles comprises Tankapur-Champawat-Devidhura (Pithoragarh)-Nainital, Yamuna Tons Valley, Ramnagar-Almora-Nainital, and  Dehradun-Rishikesh-Tehri. Also, the three tourism destinations which will be developed as eco tourism destinations are Ranikhet, Ramnagar, and Dhanaulti.

 As per the officials, those who will be given the top propriety to visit these specified eco-tourism destinations will include researchers, school children along with environmentalists. On the other hand, Harak Singh Rawat, Forest Minister, said that each of the above-specified destination and circle would be administered according to its carrying capacity, that means the number of tourists enters these spots will be limited. As per the minister that carrying capacity will remain in focus to preserve quality tourism with responsible tourist.


Dheeraj Pandey, additional Secretary of Forest Department, added that the main objective of this policy is to sustainable tourism and also giving back to nature and permitting local communities to benefit. There are also plans to build up the old trek routes to offer tourists an essence of life inside forests.

What actually is ecotourism?

Eco tourism is said to be a type of tourism in which the local community, the environment as well as visitors all benefit. It engrosses travel to destinations where fauna, flora along with cultural heritage are the primary attractions. The main objective of eco tourism is to offer tourist insight into the impact of human beings on the environment and also to promote a greater appreciation of our natural habitats. The main segment of eco tourism is the endorsement of energy efficiency, recycling, creation of economic options for local communities as well as water conservation.  Uttrakhand is considered as the best place for eco-tourism owing to its snow-capped mountains, high altitude lakes, Rolling Meadows, exotic wildlife, dense forests as well as wetland habitats.