India’s sustainable tourism: Maroon Migrates

If you are looking toward a trip to India and have an eye for all things sustainable, check out Maroon Migrates. Photo: Maroon Migrates

DALLAS, April 9, 2013 – If you are looking toward a trip to India and have an eye for all things sustainable, a company called Maroon Migrates is a great choice. The company is a modern version of the zest to innovate the methods of development in that country while also identifying sustainable ways of survival so as not to alter the present scenario of the natural resources.

Community Interaction

Community Interaction

The company is located in the Indian state of Gujarat, most closely associated with Ghandi. Maroon Migrates chief explorer, Nischalavalamb Barot is also from the region and after finishing his Masters in Environmental Sciences returned to the area in order to work for the forests-rivers-people-nature-environment of the Narmada region of the state. 

Barot now works in conjunction with Maroon Migrates doing work to stop what he calls the “degradation of the natural resources of the region; the area was totally discriminated and was under tremendous pressure to cope up with the modernization.”

Along with visitors who travel with him, Barot visits villages of the region meeting with community members to discuss the livelihood of the local forest, which lately the local people have been exploiting in order to survive.

Barot says there is a better way for the local community to survive than depleting the forest.  To this end, Maroon Migrates has been bringing tourists to the area since 2005. They launched a website the following year in conjunction with the Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi in February 2006.

The company offers visitors rural/tribal adventure activities such as tribal boat safaris; where a local tribal person rides in the fishing boat with the guest deep into the submerged forest of Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. Another option is farming with the tribe, in which visitors are allowed to work on the farm with the locals.There is also the local culinary option, cooking alongside a tribal woman in her kitchen.  

“Our work came into notice of the Urban World and we got good response for our activities,” says Barot. “We believe tourism is one of the strongest tools for environmental conservation and sustainable development. We believe, to achieve sustainable development, we will have to find unconventional ways of development as our current ways of development are not capable to achieve the desired goals. So we are just trying to identify and implement the possible innovative ideas using tourism as a tool to witness sustainable development.”

Barot says Maroon Migrates is also hoping to expand its horizons taking its successful model to help identify new ways for new areas. “It is not a rocket science, by the way,” he concludes. “What we have done in the past is at least satisfactory and encouraging enough for us to work more on the same path with the same zest. In simple words, we are ‘Exploring better places for people to live in and for people to visit.’”

For more information or to book a trip with Maroon Migrates visit

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1300 articles to her credit in the past 15-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a national radio show called “The Duva Show” where her “The Insider Mag’s” I’m Standing Here segment can be heard weekly between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Monday evenings. 

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and the North Texas Film Critics and writes for the Dallas Morning News, Focus Daily New, Living Magazine and Valley Scene Magazines as well as www.greensourceDFW.  She also spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book release is “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma” from and she will be publishing her ninth book this spring about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.



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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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