Hither and Thither

Jiwa Nala – Parvati Valley Trek: The Shining Beacon of the Great Himalayan National Park

The Jiwa Nala – Parvati Valley trek is one of the hidden treasures of Himachal Pradesh, located in the Great Himalayan National Park. The 8-day trek is not for the uninitiated, and requires prior experience in high altitude wilderness, the trek takes one through the rugged back country of Sainj and Parvati Valleys. Steep gorges, lush meadows, two passes and an emerald green high altitude pond, all in the backdrop of the snow capped peaks make up for an exciting jamboree.

A Harping Crampon: Stok Kangri and the modern adventure travel industry

The modern psycho-philosophical motivations in a burgeoning mountain adventure landscape explored through the case of Stok Kangri peak in Ladakh region of India

A Gaddi Conundrum: The capitalist flux of conservationism in Great Himalayan National Park

The Great Himalayan National Park is the youngest UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) in India, and consequently, the most threatened by capitalist paradigms of development conservation.

‘Sundarbans – Life twixt Tigers, Tsunamis & Trepidation’

The Sundarbans is the world’s largest estuarine ecosystem, covered by one of the three largest single tracts of mangrove forests in the world. Spanning over 10000 square kilometers, 40% of which lies in the Indian state of West Bengal and the rest in Bangladesh, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. While a majority of the landscape falls within a protected zone with no human habitation, the buffer regions play host to some of the most resilient communities on the planet.

Of Succinct Snow and Winter Warps

Winter trek to Brahmatal, Uttarakhand, India

ENVIS Newsletter, Vol 12 (3)

With their peaks, unique landscape, flora, fauna, and culture, mountains are important assets for the fastest growing tourism industry in the world. Globally, mountain tourism accounts for 15 – 20% of worldwide tourism with US$ 70 – 90 billion per year (UNEP) business. Among the world mountains, Himalayan region holds a unique position from the standpoint of tourism.

Tourism is vital to the conservation and development of mountain regions. With all socio-techno-economical developments in the Himalayan region tourism has a promising potential for alternate livelihood that may provide a better adaptation strategy in the face of climate change. For example, winter sunshine tourism in mountains is becoming popular in the recent years.

As the economy is growing the impacts of unregulated tourism on mountains and their natural resources also come under stress. However, a multiplier effect of tourism can improve the economy of the region, by developing the strengths of this sector with adequate safeguards in place against the negative impacts of tourism. Therefore, paradigm shift is required to change the traditional way of tourism. In this approach the mountain tourism need to be linked with the local traditions, culture, production system, and capacity building of communities to take advantage of this growing industry.

Cooperative Tourism Development Project

Edge of India project envisages establishing a scalable model for sustainable economic development through tourism by applying co-operative principles to destination management and tourism development. The project, through its unique methodology focused on three crucial aspects. Stakeholder Alignment is one of the foremost objectives, ensuring an equal voice for all stakeholders, aligning aspirations and fostering ownership for common goals and providing platforms, skills and opportunities for communication. The project maintains a clear People Focus by empathizing and building trust to inspire innovative problem solving, at the same time recognizing stakeholders’ diverse needs for recognition and acknowledge their contribution accordingly. The model also places emphasis on Process and Institutionalization of grassroot aggregation models, learning from the setbacks and improving the process continuously. Overall, the project aims to address the important aspect of Social Equity in Rural Tourism, ensuring that the outcomes are ‘sustainable’, ‘responsible’ and ‘inclusive’.

Adventure Tourism Companies & Climate Change: Observations from the Himalaya, Amazon, and Polar Regions Spark Adaptation Strategies for Business

In contrast to leisure tourism, where more emphasis may be placed on man-made settings, adventure tourism’s business model is thoroughly exposed to the slightest environmental changes. Adventure tour operators, with products and services that depend on healthy natural environments, have a regular and direct connection to important environmental issues such as climate change.

The broader tourism industry has mainly focused on adaptation strategies for two major travel sectors so far — coastal island and ski tourism. This paper focuses on the smaller players in remote environments. We believe that while adventure tour operators may respond to climate impacts in varying ways depending on their location of their operations, they can apply similar business practices to cope with its effects on their business.