Sustainable Tourism

India as a country is truly blessed with humongous diversity in its topography, season, climate, culture and its people. For centuries it has truly sustained and flourished in its natural surroundings. Besides this, India is also a major tourist attraction for travelers from far and wide owing to its cultural and social expanse. Its year on year contribution to the field of tourism cannot go unnoticed.

Apart from the mundane, India also thrives on Sustainable Tourism. Sustainable tourism is a kind of approach to tourism meant to make the development of tourism ecologically supportive in the long run. The very essence of sustainable tourism lies in its motives to conserve the natural resources and increase the value of local culture and tradition. Sustainable tourism is a responsible tourism intending to generate employment and income along with alleviating any deeper impact on environment and local culture. It can be classified as being informatory, as it doesn't only let tourist know about the destinations but also it helps locals knowing about the culture and civilization of tourists.

In this classification of Tourism, tourism ought to be initiated with the help of local community as the involvement of local community helps in maintaining appropriate tourism development all across. To convert a large growth into sustainable development, it is very important to have the codes, ethics and some fair guidelines in place. Link between local business and tourism enable local people to gain economically as well which also is their mode of sustenance. In order to heighten the importance of heritage and natural resources, and manage them better, training and education program should be instituted.

Ecotourism and Sustainable tourism have certain commonalities. The former deals with nature based tourism, and is aimed "to conserve the environment and improves the well-being of local people", and the latter includes all segments of tourism, and has same function to perform as of ecotourism. Though the goals of both are much similar, but the latter is broader and conceals within itself many aspects and categories of tourism. Sustainable Tourism seeks deeper involvement of locals, which provide local people an opportunity and make their living. Above all, Sustainable Tourism stresses pointedly upon integrity of the tourist places. Sustainable development of tourism is possible only if its follows some of its guidelines and principles.

Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Gujrat, Tamil Nadu, Assam and West Bengal are major contributors towards this form of Tourism. Rajasthan too in a certain way can be termed as a contributor to sustainable tourism.

In today's time there is tremendous human interference in Nature laws which are evident in form of rising pollution, increase in carbon footprints and poor quality of life in big cities. Man today has become so lustful of wealth that he is oblivious of the thought that the seeds of his deeds sown today would have to be reaped by his future generation.

However, amidst all this global deterioration it is Sustainable tourism which is slowly yet steadfastly continuing in its drive towards preservation of ecology truly like a knight in shining armour. Besides, it gives us humans enough opportunities to contribute in this movement.

Let the drive continue…..!!