After a long period of closed borders due to the coronavirus, it is again possible to travel to India for your holidays, business trip, or family visit. Recent research has shown that 9 out of 10 travellers wish to travel more sustainably nowadays. Sustainability is being stimulated more and more, not only for flights, but also for accommodations and activities. Discover how India is developing itself towards the so-called ecotourism with the Indian visa, and read more about the possibilities of durable travel, here.
Influence of tourism
Indian inhabitants are growing more concious of the effect of tourism on their country’s and people’s wellbeing. Around 8% of all human produced CO2-emissions, comes from the tourist sector. Every time, more travellers prefere to travel sustainably, but do not know how. Luckily, it is growing more popular and the possibilities for durable travel are increasing.
There are 3 key concepts when it comes to sustainable travel: protecting the cultural and natural heritage, acting eco-friendly, and supporting the local communities. Mass tourism is making way for this ecotourism, in which the preservation of nature, animals, and humankind is prioritized.
From home-stays to luxury eco-resorts
What makes an accommodation sustainable? One of the most important features of sustainability, is supporting the local community. Many large hotel branches are from international origin and therefore do not contribute to profits for the Indian people, and hardly ever contribute to a more sustainable world. However, hotels that are often durable, are heritage hotels, or hotels with local owners and employees. There are also other eco-friendly options for accommodations.
Some locals offer their homes to tourists for home-stays. It literally means that you will stay with Indian people in their homes. The money you spend on it therefore automatically goes directly to the family, and for every tourist that stays in a home, other types of accommodations are not needed. Most people who offer their homes for home-stays, live outside the big cities where there is a lot of wonderful nature to admire. Additionally, it is the perfect opportunity to experience real life in India, and these locals are more than happy to teach tourists about ecotourism in India.
Other accommodations that are growing in popularity are eco-resorts. These are offered and maintained by locals in rural areas and are equipped with everything from their immediate surroundings. For example, the food comes from local farms, which means that large transportation is not necessary, and energy is usually generated using solar panels. The houses and huts are made of mud, stone or wood, which is typical of local architecture, and there are systems for collecting and using rainwater. These are examples of self-sufficient communities with a positive impact on the environment. The e-visa India allows you to stay up to 30 days in an eco-friendly accommodation of your choice.
CO2-compensation of the flight
More and more travellers are choosing to compensate for their flightʼs CO2 emissions when they book their flight. This is evident from the research results of booking sites such as Booking.com, which like e-Visa.ie, offer the possibility to compensate CO2 emissions. To be able to choose this option, it is useful to know exactly what it entails. All information about how e-Visa.ie contributes to the compensation of CO2 emissions can be found in this article about the compensation of CO2 with e-Visa.ie .
Apply for your India visa
Tourists travelling to India can apply for an e-visa if their stay is not longer than 30 days. This electronic visa is a convenient replacement for the paper visa. Applying for this e-visa can be done easily and quickly via the online application form..