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.