“The planet earth is an island in space. If we pollute an island here on earth, we can always move to a cleaner island, whereas should we pollute planet earth, we cannot just move to another planet.” That was the haunting statement made at the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference held between 13th – 15th February in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India, reports Declan Hughes.
With people ready to travel differently and responsibly, here’s your chance to breathe some fresh air in the Himalayan foothills, checkout the sunrise and sunset, the wildlife and the night sky, when was the last time a city offered you this?
Many companies are now committed to reducing single-use plastic water bottles and items in their operations and on their tours, and they’re encouraging travelers to be part of the solution. “Guests are advised to carry bottles or hydration packs on their travels and refill them as they move from camp to camp,” said Vaibhav Kala of Aquaterra Adventures.
Yves Ouellet in India shares In 1968, the Beatles went to India for a strange pilgrimage to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram with their wives and twenty friends, including Mia Farrow, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, flautist Paul Horn and Donovan Leitch, who composes “Hurdy Gurdy Man”. A little over 50 years later, Rishikesh remembers…
Rishikesh beckons. Nestled in the verdant foothills of the Himalayas, the holy town in north India sparkles like a jewel in the hazy afternoon sky. To get there, I have to cross a narrow suspension bridge called Lakshman Jhula. It sways above the sacred jade waters of the Ganges, which is believed to wash away all sins.
I was cold and wet, my heart beating a mile a minute, and seconds later I would be caught in the Crossfire. And boy, was I looking forward to it! Living up to its name, the rapid Crossfire pushed the raft to a side, almost slapping its four occupants against the rocks. But we survived—with huge smiles plastered on our faces.
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