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Top 6 sustainable destination in India

Spanning India are some of the most splendid and flamboyant destinations that have attracted the attention of sustainable travellers.

Sustainable travelling goes beyond the actions we take to reach and be at a destination. The place that we travel to also determines significantly the level of the carbon footprint we leave behind for the generations to come.

When trying to enlist the destinations you can visit to leave a light footprint, certain criteria are taken into consideration such as if the place has a governing body to manage sustainability, a commitment by the habitants and the governing body towards protecting the natural resources, it’s people and heritage; reduced energy consumption and many others.

With all that said, here is a list of the eco-friendly places that you can escape to every so often:

  1. Kanchenjunga National Park, Sikkim

Khangchendzonga National Park, which got its status on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2016, is home to stupefying biodiversity, ranging from rare orchids to the endangered red panda. It gives us a glimpse into how humans and nature can dwell harmoniously side by side. 

Khangchendzonga National Park covers almost 30% of the total land of Sikkim in northeast India. It houses exceptionally high and rugged Khangchendzonga Massif and other peaks surrounded by old-growth forests, spectacular glaciers, lakes, rivers, valleys, caves, and plains that make it an exceptional panoramic landscape to behold. A trek across Mt. Khangchendzonga is an experience you can not miss.  

  1. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Awarded the title of the cleanest Village in Asia by Discover India, Mawlynnong is a place marked by alluring fruit orchards, galloping streams, swaying palms, and the well-preserved traditions of the Khasis. 

The entire process here is imbibed to ensure cleanliness and harmony with nature. The streets are lined with bamboo dustbins, with every house having a functional toilet and, unlike in most parts of India, there’s hardly any litter to be found.

To add to this are the guest houses crafted out of bamboo. Composting and nourishing tree plantations are also common practices in the village. The Living Roots Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see structure, is at the neighbouring Riwai Village, which is a short hike from Mawlynnong. The Khasi tribes of Meghalaya have intertwined the roots of Ficus Elastica tree to curate the signature natural bridge.- the Nohwet Living Root Bridge.

  1. Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh