India

| 5 Star Eco-Consciousness | While northern Goa’s post-hippie-yet-perfectly-hip beach communities (including Arambol, Vagator and Anjuna) have pretty much everything I’m looking for in tropical Indian vacation spots, the one less desirable quality is the increasing quantity of tourists. Fortunately, just a couple hours’ drive away in south Goa my friend and I find a shanti […]

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Winners of the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards are resorts in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Cambodia. Every year since 2007 the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific, or HICAP, has honored hotel operators and developers in the Asia Pacific region who demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices and

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ITC, the Indian luxury group that calls itself the greenest hotel chain on earth, is adding specially cleaned and filtered rooms to its sustainability portfolio. ITC Maurya, the company’s flagship in New Delhi, now has 80 allergy-friendly rooms and has upgraded systems to eliminate up to 100 percent of ultra fine particles known to cause disease

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| Greening On A Farm | To the outside world, the state of Karnataka is best known for its capital city of Bangalore, the high-tech hub of India where you have probably connected by phone or chat with an eager soul who wants to offer you excellent service on that problem with your laptop or […]

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Escape to green Goa

9 December 11

| An Eco State of Mind | If your notion is going to Goa for a short green vacation, be forewarned: it’s the Hotel California of India—you may never leave. Believe me, I know. Goa’s soft embrace almost feels a world apart from India’s numbing extremes and jarring contrasts. Think of this predominantly coastal state […]

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| Staying Green & Local | I have a hot lead on a green home stay (and a very cool community organization that fosters them) in the dusty central India town of Orchha. And so with my travel buddy Canada Mike, I hop a local bus and hit the road. Located in Madhya Pradesh state, […]

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| Green Travel News | All eight ITC luxury hotels in India have been awarded LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. This, says ITC, makes it the “greenest luxury hotel chain in the world.” The chain markets itself with a credo of “Responsible Luxury” that “integrates world-class green best practices with contemporary […]

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| Leela Palace & Green Leaf | India is continual contradiction. She is constant surprise. Hotels back in America have only recently begun to integrate energy conservation into their design and construction, yet here in New Delhi I find two new hotels that are not only very green but have been designed with the prestigious […]

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| Tata’s eco commitment | This is a tale of two Tajs. The Taj Mahal Palace and the Taj Lands End. Both are in vast, captivating Mumbai, a city equally well known for unparalleled elegance and sprawling urban slums. Both are luxury hotels of the first order yet could not be more different in style. […]

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| Kanha Roars Back | Two young Royal Bengal tigers are gorging themselves on freshly-killed chital. This is the moment I had come on safari in India for. The moment everyone comes for. I feel safe atop my massive Indian elephant. (Tigers and elephants honor an age-old truce not to mess with each other—I’m hopeful, […]

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