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Ecosphere has a big ask – for “the great legacy of the Himalayas to thrive so that future generations can equally savour its beauty and bounties”. Brave, considering this social enterprise is located in the high altitude region of the Spiti Valley, with a very short tourist season. Ecosphere has, however, created a collective of eighty homestays in six villages, generating 25 per cent of the average family income. As Buddhist culture encourages the marriage of economics and conservation, Ecosphere has created holistic products such as reviving indigenous, ancient pottery, traditional medicine as well as ‘Monk for a Day’ monastery visits. All innovative, culturally sensitive products right on their doorstep. And that is one big doorstep.

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