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Girl in Maneydara, an eco-tourism villageEco-tourism in North East India

We at naturebeyond have strived to plan ecotourism projects in our area of functioning. naturebeyond members has been actively engaged in several social activities in the region for the last couple of decades. We feel the natural resources of our villages, if put to the world in its true form, will attract great admiration. This will not only help create economic opportunities for the local, but also preserve our natural heritage. Hence, we are highly enthusiastic about our eco tourism projects so that we can provide you a wholesome experience of pleasure and service and serve local communities at the same time.

naturebeyond’s eco-tourism initiatives include acting with the local people in remote villages in order to develop tourism as well as answer livelihood issues by empowering the people and providing direct financial benefits. We are closely associated with NESPON, an environmental organisation working at the grass root level in the north east. We are also working in close co-ordination with Forest Forum, an umbrella organisation of the people leaving in and around the forests. Together we are constantly developing several eco-tourism destinations which are placed in front of the travel fraternity from time to time.

guests dancing with the local peopleEco tourism is a small but growing segment of tourism. The international eco-tourism society has defined ecotourism as `responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.` The term is much used and abused because of its wider acceptability among the environmentally concerned travelers. Lack of a clear directive on what constitutes eco-tourism also has helped increase the abundant use of the term eco-tourism.

Understanding local people and their culture is an important part of eco-tourism. At naturebeyond we pride ourselves for being close to our roots. naturebeyond is closely connected to the different local communities and can organize ethnic tours for its guests. Information about the different inhabitants of the region and their culture can be seen in the peoples section.

lepcha girl looking through her windownaturebeyond has set up its own guideline in promoting genuine eco-tourism initiatives. For us eco-tourism means direct participation and benefit of the local community. You can find out more about eco-tourism guidelines of naturebeyond in the resources section.

Based on our guideline we have categorized certain accommodations as eco-tourism initiatives. A few such accommodations can be found in the eco-resorts section.

naturebeyond members take active interest in eco-tourism. Many of our members are active members of nespon, an NGO involved in the grass root environmental activity including eco-tourism activity. naturebeyond is also undertaking independent as well as joint projects in eco-tourism. More about our activities and initiatives can be found in the projects section.

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