Tourism Regulatory Framework

Although the Indian government has myriad schemes to promote tourism, there is no regulatory framework for the sector. If tourism is to be sustainable, with minimum impact on biodiversity and the environment, a regulatory policy framework is urgently needed.


A Tranquility Called Lansdowne

The trek. Profile of ridge after ridge. Tall sturdy pine and rhododendron trees. The Garhwal Rifles. Hilltop houses. Village Zehrikhal. Laxmi from another village on another hill. Children back from school. The market downhill. Pocket sized shops. The effervescently handsome CD woman. Hot buns off the divinely fragrant bakery. Whitewashed buildings with ornate gates. Kitchen gardens or lack of it. Yellow and white daisies. Sharp strong sunlight. Bungalows under construction, dust, cement, bricks and stones. St. Mary's Church and battle mementos. Waiting endlessly for lunch and dinner. Shaggy dogs and stocky horses. Goat crossing. Birds all over. Tents with a view


Freshwater fish found in the Himalayan river basin under threat

Freshwater fish in India, especially the ones that occupy cold-water regimes, are increasingly becoming threatened due to overexploitation, loss of biodiversity and anthropogenic interventions. Angling is a good way to raise awareness about freshwater fish, where fishing is engaged in as a sport. The fish is released once the catch is measured and photographed. India’s mahseer fish species found in the Himalayan river basins offer abundant opportunities for water angling activities. The mahseer...

Travel | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Narara Marine National Park

India’s only marine park recognised by International Union for Conservation of Nature, is inhabited by varieties of water species and is an enthralling experience. Unfortunately, industrial activities and oil spill have affected the ecosystem and initiatives are needed to stop further degradation.

Travel | VOL. 15, ISSUE 93, November-December 2015

The Chambal

The Chambal National Park is a rare, unspoilt place off the tourist circuit where you can enjoy the sight of the Indian gharial, and flocks of Indian skimmer in their natural habitat.

Travel | VOL. 15, ISSUE 90, May-June 2015

Exploring Ladakh

Our car zoomed along the Leh-Srinagar NH1 Highway with the Ladakh Range sprawling in the south and the Karakoram Range in the north. The snow clad peaks stood out in shocking contrast against the brown and barren landscape, and there was not a patch of green anywhere to soothe our sights. Amidst the thorny bushes, a vibrantly hued Yellow-billed Blue Magpie and a Chukar Partridge hopped along in search of food, while square military barracks and adventurous bikers on Royal Enfields were the only reminders...

Travel | VOL. 15, ISSUE 89, March-April 2015


A high altitude escapade that stole my heart. It is indeed perfect for those who seek quiet getaways.

Travel | VOL. 13, ISSUE 79, July-August 2013

Kanchenjunga Cheated Me

Sunrise at Tiger Hill, 13 km from Darjeeling was an experience to remember—for all the wrong reasons...

Travel | VOL. 13, ISSUE 77, March-April 2013

The Chadar Trek

Days of preparation in Delhi, collecting accessories and walking for hours all over the city culminated in the Air India flight to Leh on February 1, arriving at the KushokBakula Airport on a bright and windy day with undulating mountains enveloped in a white blanket of snow. I was received at the airport by an old friend, Wangchuk with instructions not to stir for the first two days! Between admiring the snow views from the hotel window, watching television, reading novels I carried and consuming...

Travel | VOL. 12, ISSUE 75, November-December 2012

Ecotourism for the coral islands of India

Lakshadweep needs to practise ecotourism to promote tourism and at the same time to safeguard the fragile ecosystem of the region. This will also provide a sustainable livelihood option for the islanders.