Commercial activity around Corbett threatens wildlife

A view of the Corbett National Park. Unhindered commercial activity around Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is posing a serious threat to this eco-fragile zone and obstructing movement of animals. File Photo; The Hindu

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Eco-tourism: Uttarakhand – Gem of Northern India

Uttarakhand or Uttaranchal is primarily made up of two regions namely Garhwal and Kumaon. Uttarakhand is also referred as Dev Bhoomi as it has numerous places of religious importance such as Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri. The state of Uttarakhand is equally famous for its well known hill stations such as Mussoorie, Nainital, Almora, Ranikhet, Kasauni and world famous “Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve”.

Uttarakhand has established itself very well in India’s tourism map and draws tourists not only from India but all over the world. It has developed excellent tourism infrastructure and has also adopted Eco Tourism policies so that environment is not affected due to tourism. Uttarakhand tours is also an emerging destination for adventure sports such as River Rafting, Skiing, Para Gliding, Hiking and Trekking and has numerous destinations such as Shivpuri in Rishikesh,  Auli, Valley of Flowers etc which caters to the needs of adventure seeking souls, so unwind yourselves and get your prepared for a wildlife safari in Corbett, get involved in camping and white water rafting in Rishikesh,  simply enjoy the cooler climes of hill stations in India or most importantly seek divine blessings from God in Haridwar, Rishikesh and other pilgrimage centres.

Natural Scenes from Uttarakhand

Natural Scenes from Uttarakhand

Cuisine of Uttarakhand

No region can be considered to possess a robust cultural heritage if the cuisine is not up the mark. The culture of Uttarakhand has maintained a good quality of culinary system. The term uttarakhand cuisine is used to denote cuisine from both kumaon and garhwal regions of uttarakhand. The traditional uttarakhand cuisine is highly nutritious, easy to prepare. Uttarakhandis has highly developed tastes for all types of vegetarian meals. Vegetables namely cabbage, spinach, green grams, peas are highly nutritious. Uttarakhandis also have fruits like orange, mango, peach, litchis, guavas, which in the long run help them to stay healthy. The raw ingredients are generally available at any local Indian grocery shops.From Uttarakhand Tour.org

EcoTourism-Finland to set up Innovation Centre in Delhi

Helsinki, Sep 11 (IANS) Out to prove that there’s more to Finnish technology than Nokia handphones, Finland is seeking collaborations with India in biotechnology and nanotechnology and will also set up a Finnish Innovation Centre in New Delhi.

The tiny but energy-efficient Scandinavian country also wants to work with India in healthcare, ecotourism and environment protection.

High-level delegations from the two countries will meet here in October to discuss plans for business and joint research and development. The Finnish delegation will be led by Foreign Minister Elina Kalkku.

“I can see a lot of future in the Indian market and we are looking forward to increasing research and development in sectors like science and technology, telecommunication, healthcare, ecotourism and clean technology,” Seppo I. Keranen, senior consultant, Finpro, told a group of visiting Indian journalists.

Finpro is an organisation under Finland’s Ministry of Employment and Finance. It has over 560 Finnish industries as its members.

Finland is also looking forward to setting up a Finnish Innovation Centre (called Finnote) in New Delhi by next year under a science and technology agreement signed between the two countries in 2008. Finland already has four such innovation centres in Japan, China, Russia and the US.

“Under the project we will put together researchers from both the countries and work jointly on developing new technology in various fields. The countries have great potential to work together and cater to third countries,” said Keranen, an expert on the Indian economy.

“India has highly technology-efficient people and we have high technology knowhow. So both the countries can work together in various sectors. India is a very important market for Finnish companies,” he said.

In healthcare, Finland has tied with India’s Department of Biotechnology to set up diagnostic centres in villages.

“We are in talks with some 10 healthcare companies in India to start telemedicine facilities for rural parts of India as providing better health facility continues to remain a key issue,” said Keranen, who worked as commercial counsellor at New Delhi’s Finnish embassy for five years.

Finland is also in talks with the Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to start ecotourism in the states.

“The climate in northern hilly regions in India is more or less similar to that in

Finland. We are in talks with both the state governments to build ski resorts and energy efficient buildings as we have highly efficient technology that can keep buildings warm in even several degrees below zero,” Keranen said.

There are around 75 Finnish companies working in India while 29 Indian companies are active in Finland. The volume of business between the two countries is over $1 billion a year.

By Richa Sharma – richa.s@ians.in