The Indian Responsible Tourism Awards (IRTA) have recognised and applauded champions of ethical travel across the country since 2016. We are a UNWTO affiliate member and we have on board the Global Sustainable Travel Council as our knowledge partner. Over the years, we have garnered 50 million+ page views and built a community of 5,000+ members. We have partnered with 20+ states and positively impacted 3,500+ stakeholders through our outreach and up-skilling programs. We have celebrated the journeys of 109 winners across various categories.
The Indian Responsible Tourism Awards – National and State – are known for their formidable line-up of judges, and a thorough and transparent judging process. The judging process is both intensive and rigorous, spearheaded by a jury of industry experts from India, who are familiar with the country’s unique set of challenges, and international experts, who bring to the table their knowledge of global best practices.
An alternative imagination of travel… One that is gentle on the earth, and truly invested in the well-being of local communities.
To build, inspire, support and amplify the voices of a vast network of responsible tourism stakeholders across the 29 states and 8 union territories of India.
For nearly a decade, the Outlook Group has been hosting India's first and only Responsible Tourism Awards to celebrate and support the champions of people- and planet-friendly travel. Last year, we decided to go further… We made a commitment to reach out to every last district in our country, and include more people in our tribe! Small business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and anyone else who believes – like we do – in an alternative imagination of travel.
And we are incredibly excited to partner with Rajasthan Tourism once again to host the Indian Responsible Tourism State Summit & Awards 2023 in this iconic state. Our aim is to not only discover and celebrate a Rajasthan of havelis, forts, hills, lakes, wildlife, textiles, music, crafts, fairs and festivals, but also a Rajasthan of incredible stories, of incredible people! We’re coming to tell you these stories! We’re coming to recognise all the people who are quietly carrying the torch of sustainable and responsible tourism forward in the state… Come join us on this beautiful journey!
Rajasthan will leave you enchanted... This beautiful land and its people will show you how they choose to celebrate life every single day of the year. And how they awaken all the senses… Be it the clackity-clack of the 'khartal' (or the 'rhythm of the hand'), the bright reds and yellows of the dancing kathputlis (puppets), the taste of ghee-soaked ghewar (sweetmeat) in the monsoon, the aroma of the Pushkar roses, or the texture of the bark of the Khejri trees in the desert, the charm is in every detail, every experience that is local and authentic. The effect is heightened, of course, by the diverse landscape of the state too that serves as the perfect backdrop… The misty Aravalli Hills, the tranquil lakes, the dunes and salt pans of the Thar, the orans (sacred groves), the grasslands and much, much more.
Immerse yourself in the magical world of the warm-hearted people of Rajasthan, who share tales of valour and generations-old folklore steeped in a kaleidoscope of history, culture, and heartfelt hospitality. Chalo Rajasthan!