Govardhan Eco Village (GEV), an ISKCON project, Won 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, announces today 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.


Commenting on the occasion “Shri 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. He expressed his gratitude to HDG Srila Prabhupada, Founder of ISKCON, Radhanath Swami, Founder of Govardhan Eco Village, Sanat Kumar Prabhu, Head of Rural Developmemt Project in GEV, Chitra Vishvanath and to the entire community of ISKCON. He also expressed his special gratitude to Shri Narendra Modiji, Prime Minister of India and to the Tourism Ministry, Government of India.”We hope and pray that we will be able to utilise this honor to spread the message of peace, harmony and sustainability more and more” he added.


Smt. Valsa Nair Singh IAS, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Government of Maharashtra stated, “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.”

Honorable Cabinet Tourism Minister, Mr JayKumar Rawal said, This award is the first of its kind to be won by any NGO in Asia. It is a proud moment for Maharastra. We must celebrate the success of this achievement and let the world know about the “Jewel” of Mumbai.We would like to replicate sustainable model of Govardhan Eco Village and have identified few land areas for the same in partnership with GEV. The government will be happy to extend all possible support in this regard.


Dr. K.H. Govinda Raj, IAS, Managing Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation stated, “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.


About Govardhan Eco Village:


Govardhan Eco village is a place to inspire transformation in ourselves and the world we live in. This transformation begins by awareness of our good fortune in the gifts that nature has blessed us with. Spending time at Govardhan Eco village allows us to experience what it means to live simply, to appreciate nature, and to discover and practice spiritual and eco-friendly principles.

With this in mind, Govardhan Eco village is not intended to be a hotel. In the midst of this rural village in India, we are attempting to provide a simple place to breathe, walk around, practice yoga, meditate, pray, chant, and to serve. We believe that the joy of giving service brings more pleasure than accepting service.

We offer accommodation for a comfortable stay, and welcome everyone to disconnect from the demands of our often fast-paced and stressful life and to reconnect with yourself; with your family and friends; with nature and with us.


If you’re not attending one of our retreats, we encourage you to take advantage of the experience offered by our daily schedule


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