Category Archives: sustainable living

Diwali turns out to be a Halloween!

Dogs and Cats fear the noises, hide themselves, cry out of fear during the bursting of crackers on Diwali.
Many insects die due to extreme air pollution and life-threatening reactions caused by the bursting of crackers.
Birds and tiny animals are not used to high decibels and very sensitive to the slightest of variations in the environment. Birds and small animals have died of heart attack because of suddenly caused simulation such as the bursting of crackers.

Halloween is around the corner and we decide to turn this Diwali a Halloween for all other lives including own kind! Why can’t we still comprehend the fact that we are degrading our environment, turning the air unbreathable and harming all kinds of living beings? Yet, we cannot resist our urges to celebrate this Diwali with all sorts of polluting firecrackers. Is it so hard to celebrate such an occasion of joy in an eco-friendly manner?

Diwali is all about celebrating the coexistence and enlightenment of all the living beings on earth!
Halloween is about tackling the inner demons and making oneself a better human being!
Let us not terrifyingly interpret these and stop being selfish. Let us make this planet a HOME, for all!

Let’s Help Build Some Homes!Camp Sparrow- Plantation Drive.

How many trees we would have cut down to build our homes? Weren’t they homes to many before us? How many jungles we would have scrapped down for our infrastructures like schools, roads, hospitals and what not? There used to live many more wildlife in harmony unlike humans. Some or the other way we are all guilty of it. Few of us feel it while a few do not. So, take this opportunity to give back to the nature what we have been exploiting from years now. Let us act upon the climate change, let us do what best can be done to save and flourish the existing forest and also let it increase. Healthier forests, purer air, purer water, safer cities and towns so that wild have their homes to stay within and we have ours. 

Visit the page- “Camp Sparrow, Plantation Drive” to take part !

Kalij Pheasants – Our backyard Neighbours!

We are named Kalij Pheasants by our Human friends. We are a family of five who live in the neighbourhood of Camp Sparrow. But resident all around the Himalyan region . Inclusive of males and two females in total, looking and foraging around for food. Every day, we reach backyard of Camp Sparrow in the evening times around 5.30 PM looking for some food and water. Sometimes even during early morning hours we are there with the very first rays of sunlight reaching the ground. But we are very shy creatures and run away the moment we sense humans walking by or any moments or voices similar. Only camouflaged people sitting in silence for a little longer without much bodily moments will be able to sight us. You can come by and visit us. Make sure not to disturb us so that you get to sight us in our most natural behaviour. 

Travel Responsibly.

There are simple measures which can be adopted while traveling which will reduce the impact on the places we visit. There is a constant tension of the damage we are causing to environment for the sake of our travel. In order to bring it down to the least or almost null we can follow certain practices and stick by them. Few are as simple as not Littering! 

Reduce travelling by air

There are fuel efficient engines lately which have a lesser emission of gases into the atmosphere. But, try as much as possible not to take planes to reach places which are accessible through other means. 

Carry your own water bottle

In order to reduce the use of plastic in the form of packaged drinking water bottles, carry your own bottles which can be refilled and reused. Try to refill every place you have an access to clean drinking water. 

Carry your own Toiletries

Bydoing this we you can reduce using the toiletries provided at hotels, which are usually not easily degradable and are disposed within one or two uses. 

Do not Litter

That shall be the biggest contribution towards nature. By only disposing garbage at designated areas and not littering around (especially plastic) a lot of pollution can be reduced. 


Use of Public Transport

While traveling alone or just two people avoid travelling by your own vehicles instead use public transport. This way you are reducing road congestions as well as burning of more fossil fuels. 


Use a soft copy of documents

Vouchers, tickets and other such documents the hard copy of which isn’t required can be maintained in mails or drives instead of printing them. 


Stay at Hotels or accommodations following sustainable practices

 These days more and more hotels/ homestays or campsites are following Eco friendly sustainable practices as they realize their effects on the environment around. By choosing such stays you are choosing nature. 

Camp Sparrow is one such Campsite located near Nainital following eco sustainable practices to the highest extent possible. Explore and Experience Responsible living at Camp Sparrow!! 

Let nature be part of your growth!

It’s summer, your kids are staying home, always couching around watching TV or playing with android devices? Its time they enjoy and come to life rather than the school books and routine. Let nature and wildlife become part of their upbringing. When they learn to respect nature, they learn to adapt, they learn to respect everything that is a reason for their existence and survival. Their horizons of thinking expand when they come across different trees, flowers, fruits, birds and creatures in the nature. Kids will build a curiosity in these elements of nature, once nature becomes part of their growing up, they will also learn not to harm instead conserve them. Its time you escape the summer heat, get away to the mountains and forests enjoy the climate as well as the scenic beauty. Camp Sparrow is a pleasant and appropriate place to learn, adapt and live in peace!

Something to learn from every season of Nature!

Conversations with wise and knowledgeable people are always fruitful. In one such conversations, I came to know about this flower fondly known as “Simbhal” in the local language. It is found in plenty around the region.Ask any local person, they will point out the tree for you. It is a flower which is useful at every stage of its growth cycle. Initially, in the bud form it is of a great medicinal and nutritional value. It is of utmost beauty attracting many birds and bees for its nectar at the flowering stage. Then comes the fruits which are very much similar to ladies’ finger and used in local dishes.  

This made me realize when such a flower can be of so much use at every stage of its lifecycle, how useful can our lives be. This one is just an example, wherein that’s how every element of nature is useful to another. Understanding this and living in total harmony with our environment is the key to sustainability. So,we are giving our possible best towards the cause, you too can be part of it. Experience our sustainable living and practices by staying at Camp Sparrow,Jeolikote-Nainital, or even by taking part in our frequent workshops.   

Healthy Experiences and Happy Thoughts!

Thoughts of countryside, people working on farms, fetching water, good air, good food must brighten up your day isn’t it? Villages, that too in and around the forests and mountains are something way more beautiful than those on plains. They aren’t just picturesque but also reflect a healthy and coordinated living. Camp Sparrow gives you an opportunity to witness and experience such a lifestyle along with trying your hands-on organic farming. We have our own small farm in the premises of camp, peach and pear orchards in the backyard and happy vibes everywhere. We also organize nature walks in and around Jeolikote which go through villages, their farms along with some beautiful landscapes. This introduces you to the local authentic food, organic farming at variated altitudes. This way we encourage people to live healthy, eat healthy and travel happy. 

Responsible Travel!

We all love travelling which makes one feel good. Have we ever given a thought about the harm we are causing to the nature in the name of travel? More number of low-cost carrier planes has increased the emission of carbon dioxide, use of artificial conditioning has increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Untreated sewage water entering our oceans are polluting them further and the list continues! All of these are in turn effecting our own health!! 

What can we do about these? Do we just stop experiencing new things? The answer is not to stop traveling but to travel mindfully.  

Camp sparrow facilitate such responsible travel and stay. Our Earthbaghouses are made of bags filled with earth which
are naturally insulating hence we do not use artificial conditioning of any sort. Garbage or waste disposal becomes a manure to the trees around, also we avoid almost everything that’s not natural. In addittion,our guests get a very earthy, country feel with the stay and homely appetite with homecooked meals. By choosing such properties you are contributing towards conservation. So, let’s take a pledge to start travelling responsibly and mindfully by reducing our effects on nature to the least!