Responsible and Sustainable Tourism
Conservation should always be on a travelerâ€™s mind: whatever helps the environment, such as recycling or staying in an eco-friendly hotel, also protects heritage.
Visit lesser-known placesâ€”they may be far more rewarding (not to mention less crowded) than tourist hotspots. The Taj Mahal may be a must-see, but India has more than 25 other spectacular World Heritage Sites.
Be mindful of visitor wear and tear. Visiting crowded sites at off-peak hours or popular destinations in the off- or shoulder-seasons will reduce your impact. Stick to marked paths. Wear sensible footwear such as sneakers; heels can damage fragile sites. Donâ€™t climb on monuments or touch rock carvings, as it can damage them.
Never remove anything from a site: you may think one stone wonâ€™t be missed, but if every one of Pompeiâ€™s two million annual visitors took something home, soon thereâ€™d be nothing left.