How our tourist visits to Ladakh are harming the region

How our tourist visits to Ladakh are harming the region

Tourists must ensure that they do not add to the exploitation of scarce resources, especially water, available to the local community.

“Dry toilet?” my friend asked in a perplexed tone as I showed her the photos of a dry toilet from my recent trip to Ladakh. Typical city slicker, she had not even heard of the concept. I am sure, many of you too have not heard or read about it either.

Over the past two decades, Ladakh has emerged as a popular tourist destination. But as much as this tourism explosion is important for the jobs-scarce Ladakh, the infrastructure development in the name of tourism, especially in Leh town, is proving to be an unwarranted tax on one of its precious natural resources – water.

This is an excerpt from an article first published by daily O. Read the original article here: How our tourist visits to Ladakh are harming the region. 


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