Green Transport


Transport generates around three quarters of the 5% of the global total of CO2 emissions contributed by tourism. Transportation has a high level of carbon footprint. This aspect should not be neglected. Pilgrims should be taught to minimize carbon footprint.

Jerusalem is outlawing vehicles in the old city and has opened a new light rail system to help the environment and enable a pleasant pilgrimage

Amritsar in Punjab has made the area in front of the Golden Temple accessible by foot and cycle only.  The city has also introduced locally made eco-rickshaws, lighter than the existing cycle rickshaws.

In Indonesia, pilgrims leaving for Mecca should plant a tree in their own district before they leave, to reduce carbon footprint, as per the Green Guide for Hajj which was translated and adapted for use in Indonesia.

The Indian Railways operates pilgrimage tours – Kashi Yatra, visit to Navagraha temples, Shirdi, Mantralayam, Devi kshetrams, etc. at a very nominal rate. The tours have been appreciated by all because of the food and amenities, safety of passengers, transport facilities, etc.  The Indian Railways has made elaborate arrangements to undertake pilgrim tours to several parts of the country.

Temple authorities can provide detailed information to pilgrims on the use of the public transport system to reach the temple by providing maps, bus and rail routes.

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