National Tourism Day: 5 Sustainable Stays In India For You

On this World Tourism Day, let us remember that travel can be both enriching and sustainable
The Sarai at Toria is an eco-lodge near Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
The Sarai at Toria is an eco-lodge near Khajuraho, Madhya PradeshSarai at Toria

As the world celebrates World Tourism Day, the spotlight is once again on responsible and sustainable travel. With an increasing awareness of the environmental impact of tourism, many travellers are now seeking eco-friendly accommodations that offer comfort and luxury and minimize their carbon footprint. In India, a country known for its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, several green and sustainable stays promise an unforgettable experience while supporting the planet. Here is a look at 5 such eco-conscious properties that you can book right now.

Rakkh Resort, Palampur

Cottages at Rakkh Resort
Cottages at Rakkh Resort Rakkh Resort

Rakkh Resort in Palampur, with the gorgeous Dhauladhar range in the background, is an earth-centric resort that encourages visitors to slow down, spend time in nature, and breathe in the fresh, sharp mountain air.

The resort's magnificent four-acre site provides 15 cottages and two interconnecting rooms. Because the rooms are built on the slopes of the Kangri hills, they have amazing views and have little impact on the hillside. Locals own and maintain the resort, so guests can enjoy a slice of authentic Kangri living, culture, and customs—from immersive village walks to adventurous expeditions and learning activities.

More info here.

Address: Ghamrota Village, Post Office, Balla, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh 176059

The Sarai at Toria, Khajuraho

The place uses local produce and building materials and engages with local communities
The place uses local produce and building materials and engages with local communitiesSarai At Toria

The Sarai at Toria is the brainchild of Dr. Raghu Chundawat, a conservation biologist, and Joanna Van Gruisen, a wildlife photographer, writer, and conservationist. Their love of wildlife and conservation inspired them to create this boutique resort on the west bank of the beautiful Ken River. The Sarai reduces its carbon footprint by using local produce and building materials and engages with local communities to perform awareness studies in order to make tourism tiger-friendly as well as helpful to local communities.

More info here.

Address: Mela Wali Galli, Village Toria, District, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 471101

Diphlu River Lodge, Assam

The Lodge was built with natural materials like bamboo and wood
The Lodge was built with natural materials like bamboo and woodDiphlu River Lodge

Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is recognised for having the world's biggest population of One-horned Rhinos. This unique region, bounded on the north by the Brahmaputra River and on the south by the Karbi Anglong hills, is home to a diverse range of plants and wildlife.

Stay at Diphlu River Lodge, which was built with natural materials like bamboo and wood to look like a Mishing (indigenous Assamese people) hamlet. The Lodge maintains the animal corridor by not erecting barriers between its grounds and Kaziranga National Park. In addition to promoting education, environmental protection, and rural community development, they hire locals, recycle grey water, and compost.

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Address: Kaziranga National Park Near Bagori Police Outpost, Kuthari, Assam 782136

Barefoot, Havelock

The untouchable rawness of the jungle combines recklessly with the beautiful blue—these surroundings welcome you to Barefoot in Havelock, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Choose from finely constructed thatch, tents, cottages, or villas, all of which are built with indigenous, environmentally safe materials. Fresh produce is used in all of their cuisine options. With the quiet Radhanagar beach nearby, visitors can find the ideal escape from the monotony of daily life here.

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Address: Beach N0. 7, Radhanagar Village Havelock Island Andaman Islands Havelock Island, Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744211

Svatma, Thanjavur

Svatma, located in the centre of Thanjavur's picturesque and culturally rich town, delights and delivers guests. Every activity at the resort is wholesome and rich, designed as a voyage of discovery of the intellect delighting in the pleasure of leisure. The food is acquired locally and prepared to order at the restaurant, with the trash converted into fertiliser that feeds the lush grounds. Even the spa employs only local, seasonal ingredients that are made on-site. The space, built to allow possibilities for dialogue and respite, retains a historic charm while providing all of the conveniences of a high-end establishment.

More info here.

Address: No. 4/1116, Blake Hr Sec School Road, Maharnonbu Chavadi, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613001

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