India Knocks | 2017-01-30
Govardhan Eco Village bags UNWTO award

Govardhan Eco Village (GEV), an ISKCON project, a wellness destination for world citizens which is a premium MahaBhraman status certified by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) recently received the prestigious UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, recently announces the launch of Govardhan School of Yoga.

Govardhan Eco Village highlights the importance of spiritual ecology, the need for us to live in harmony with ourselves, and to discover, practice spiritual and eco-friendly principles. The 28-day residential program enables you to not only learn and teach yoga, but also to learn healthy eating, taking care of your body, meditation practices from the bhakti tradition and generally making yoga part of your lifestyle.

Gauranga Das, Director, Govardhan Eco Village said, “It’s our honour and privilege to receive this award on behalf of land of India and we would like to express our gratitude to UNWTO for giving this opportunity to share this message of sustainability on a larger scale especially in this year which is celebrated as the year of sustainable tourism. We hope and pray that we will be able to utilise this honour to spread the message of peace, harmony and sustainability more and more.”

Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Government of Maharashtra said, “Govardhan Eco Village is doing a commendable work by providing sustainable livelihoods and shaping global tourism through innovative initiatives. Looking at the NGO’s contributions and efforts, we are honoured and happy to see GEV receive this prestigious award by UNWTO. Maharashtra as a state has always promoted and supported sustainable tourism. Yoga is India's gift to the world which holds the promise of self-realization. The concept of Yoga has the potential to draw in a significant number of travellers and the launch of Govardhan School of Yoga is an immense opportunity for the boosting yoga tourism in the state.”


Dr. KH Govinda Raj, IAS, Managing Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation said, “We are delighted to be associated with Govardhan Eco Village as they are significantly contributing through innovative initiatives which are competitive and at the same time sustainable in character. Govardhan Eco Village is the only destination in Asia to be awarded by UNWTO this year. As more people embrace overall healthier lifestyles at home, we are now seeing those behaviours translate and be integrated into their travel and vacation habits. This initiative will attract tourists from all across the world.”


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