Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta can attract most visitors from abroad, but 75 percent of the population lives in villages. Although tradition lives in rural India, Indian villages have also become centers of experiments in sustainable life. Visitors looking for inspiration and innovation, or just a break from city life, can visit the flourishing eco villages of India, where they can learn about grassroots solutions to our most pressing environmental issues. Many even host volunteers.-Ariel Sophia Bardi
WHERE: JODFUR, RAJASTHAN
This eco-community, aimed at finding a balance between the desert and its inhabitants, includes an ethnographic museum built on the site of an old sandstone mine. The museum shows tradition traditions - a running, three-year exhibition shows 160 species of Rajasthani brooms, and features brilliant workshops. It is a sanctuary for desert flora and fauna. It is especially suitable for Rajasthan's own rural communities, but accommodations and local meals are also available to foreign visitors.
AUROVILLE AND SADHANA FOREST
WHERE: PONDICHERRY, TAMIL NADU
Auroville, a Utopian spiritual community located on the hot, dry edge of Pondicherry Coast, is internationally known as India's best known eco village. Yet it was founded in 1968 by a French expat-Mirra Alfassa (known as devotees as "The Mother"), the long-lived spiritual partner of Indian New Age philosopher Sri Aurobindo. Today it is home to about 2500 inhabitants from all over the world, hosting thousands of visitors a year. While the devotion to "The Mother" may not be in every way (her portrait is omnipresent), Auroville also serves as a sustainable living laboratory, including courses in natural building and permaculture, while the restaurants serve delicious, farmer's food . The nearby Sadhana forest, not connected, but with shared ideals, focuses on reforestation and houses long-term volunteers.
GOVARDHAN ECO VILLAGE
WHERE: PALGHAR, MAHARASHTRA
Seventy miles north of Mumbai, this eco-ashram is at the foot of the Western Ghats, India's low-rise western mountain range and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided by ISKCON-better known outside India as the Hare Krishna movement - it focuses on a range of environmental activities, from water conservation to green building techniques, which are based partly on ancient Vedic traditions. The center welcomes volunteers and conducts workshops in organic farming and yoga.
WHERE: JAMUI, BIHAR
Nowadays, there is not a lot of good news from India's agricultural sector, with a result of farmers killers who obscure his image abroad. Chemical fertilizers pushed by companies and subsidized by the government have led to large-scale soil erosion. But Kedia has emerged as a success story success story. In 2014, Greenpeace India helped to develop the village of Bihari in an eco-farming community, and is now completely chemically free. Villagers make their own pesticides and fertilizers from natural materials, and each household is equipped with a biogas plant, which converts waste into energy. Add picturesque fields and a peak in Bihari's village life, and Kedia is definitely worth a visit.
WHERE: BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA
Not only a village but a whole network of eco villages around the eastern state of Orissa, Siddharth works with 200,000 tribes to promote indigenous culture, organic farming and farm education. Guests are welcome to stay in the picturesque headquarters of the rolling green Barunei hills, located outside the capital of Orissa, where you can visit and stay in the surrounding villages. A third of all proceeds go to Orissa Nari Samaj, a federation of 54 tribal women groups.
WHERE: BHUJ, GUJURAT
Not an unambiguous village, but this eco resort is a pioneer to promote sustainable living throughout India. Through a partnership with UN United Nations UNDP program, the resort in Gujarati's lawns looks at tourism to protect the cultures of the region. It uses traditional mud bricks, wicker houses and organizes visits to craft workshops. Become aware of his fragile ecology.