Shared resources on Ecotourism

If you are located in the Himalayan region, then use these resources freely to further your work.

If you would like to share any other resources with us, join the Himalayan Collective group or contact us for any further information, write to: thehimalayacollective@gmail.com.

Standard Operating Procedure for Homestays

Eco-tourism | PPP – Titli Trust | Download

A checklist for activities and processes for any homestay operator to follow to ensure the quality of the experience is good for tourists.

PPP Homestay Visitor Guide Book

Eco-tourism | PPP – Titli Trust | Download

A sample of a guide book that can be used to introduce visitors to the area, location and local biodiversity. If you run a similar venture, you can think about creating a similar guide book for your own homestay / initiative.

Minimum standards for ecotourism homestays

Eco-tourism | PPP – Titli Trust | Download

Munsiari now has a very successful model of community-run homestays, and shared their learning with PPP and Devalsari. Similarly, your initiative can learn from this and avoid making the same mistakes.

Homestay draft agreement

Eco-tourism | PPP – Titli Trust | Download

Sample of an agreement between an organisation and the Homestay Owner (HO) to ensure fair and just distribution of responsibility and remuneration.

Ethical nature guiding

Eco-tourism | Titli Trust | Download

A short list of things to remember for ethical nature guiding. Use this to train your teams, or design it into a nice poster and put it up in your area.

General instructions to visitors

Eco-tourism | Devalsari – Titli Trust | Download

Short one-pager telling visitors what they can expect at the homestay, what they should remember in terms of amenities. Adapt this for your own use, or create something similar to put up in each room.

Ecotourism Do’s and Don’ts

Eco-tourism | Devalsari – Titli Trust | Download

One-pager that can be printed and put up in different locations to remind visitors about the difference between ‘tourism’ and ‘ecotourism’.

Code of Conduct for Nature Guides

Eco-tourism | PPP – Titli Trust | Download

It isn’t just visitors. Even nature guides need to keep in mind the principles of responsible tourism. Use the points mentioned in this document to train and remind the nature guides that work in your area about upholding certain values.

Checklist of birds in Uttarakhand

Eco-tourism | Sanjay Sondhi – Titli Trust | Download

An Updated Checklist and Bibliography of the Birds of Uttarakhand, published in 2017. May be relevant to organisations working in Uttarakhand, but those in Himachal might find some common species too.

Checklist of birds in Thano

Eco-tourism | Sanjay Sondhi – Titli Trust | Download

An Updated Checklist and Bibliography of the Birds of Thano, published in 2017. May be relevant to organisations working in Uttarakhand, but those in Himachal might find some common species too.

Checklist of birds in Jhilmil Jheel

Eco-tourism | Sanjay Sondhi – Titli Trust | Download

An Updated Checklist and Bibliography of the Birds of Jhilmil Jheel, published in 2017. May be relevant to organisations working in Uttarakhand, but those in Himachal might find some common species too.

Films on Ecotourism & Human Wildlife Conflict

Eco-tourism and human-wildlife conflict | Sanjay Sondhi – Titli Trust | Download

This list of films available online can be used as part of workshops and trainings, or shared with your team and community members.

Busting Myths about Leopards

Human-wildlife conflict | Sanjay Sondhi – Titli Trust | Download

An awareness booklet talking about leopards and common myths that affect communities as well as others that live among leopards.

Presentations on Indian butterflies and moths

Biodiversity | Sanjay Sondhi – Titli Trust | Download

A visual, photo-rich introduction to the different species of moths and butterflies found in India. Useful for training programs among communities, children, youth as well as aspiring nature guides.

Uttarakhand bird calls

Biodiversity | Titli Trust | Download

A set of 200 bird calls in audio format.