People looking to take an eco-friendly trip to India may wish to consider an adventure tour near Nanda Devi, the highest peak located within the borders of the country, according to a journalist.

People looking to take an eco-friendly trip to India may wish to consider an adventure tour near Nanda Devi, the highest peak located within the borders of the country, according to a journalist.

Writing for Asia Times Online, Raja Murthy noted that the mountain’s name translates to “mother goddess of the mountain” and is located within a United Nations-designated world heritage park.

In his autobiography, Sir Edmund Hillary declared Nanda Devi to be “India’s training ground for adventure”.

Situated in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand – which means “land of gods” – the peak is one of the region’s “major attractions”, he wrote.

“The gods can’t be faulted for their taste in real estate, as the Nanda Devi region, including the Valley of Flowers and the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, form one of the more spectacular scenic spots in south Asia,” he said.

And recently the area has played host to eco-tourists from all over the globe, including groups of American university students taking part in the Adventure Summer Course.

Champions of the region are calling for further expansion into the realm of eco-tourism, with greater involvement in the community, Mr Murthy concluded.

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