The Responsible Travelling in Leh Ladakh India : Please Things To Keep In Mind

Ankita | Updated on May 16, 2022

Eco-Tourism as sustainable tourism in Ladakh, Go2Ladakh initiate and appeal to visitors to help keep the green save our Himalayan & Glaciers

Since the opening of the tourism industry in Ladakh in the year 1974, tourist influx in Ladakh increased every year but after 2007 the number of tourists visiting every year grown beyond expectation.

Ladakh is known for its distinct identity, culture, wildlife and mesmerizing landscape which attracted people from different corners of the world. The growing tourism influx every year caused several issues pertaining to the environment, culture, and tradition. Famous tourist destinations such as Pangong Lake and Khardongla pass (The highest motorable road) are facing a big threat because of mass tourism, lack of waste management and disposal facilities. The growing issue and concern can’t just be blamed to the tourist as locals are equally responsible. Seeing the economic boom and potential of the region, commercial establishments mushroomed on the agricultural lands, encroachment on the protected areas thus disturbing wildlife and mounting garbages everywhere.

The uncontrolled measures and absence of management have massively contributed to the destruction of the fragile ecosystem. Tourism industry being the major economic source for the people, the focus is needed to make it sustainable.

Eco tourism concept is becoming a need of the hour to protect the fragile ecosystem and preserve the unique culture and tradition. The concept should be more about benefiting people in an environmentally sound and socially responsible way.

In the year 2015, Takmachik village was launched as an Eco- model village by Ladakh Environment and Health Organisation (LEHO). The whole concept of the project was “Tourism and Agriculture” to benefit both Takmachik villagers and tourists. The villagers adopted organic farming for a sustainable future. Along with the traditional crops such as wheat, peas, barley, and buckwheat seasonal vegetables like brinjal, capsicum and tomatoes are easily grown. In fruits varieties of apricot and apples, plum, cherries, walnut and watermelon are grown. The watermelon of Takmachik became famous in Ladakh because of its sugar-sweet watery taste and size. The promotion of a true Ladakhi culture via eco-friendly tourism is the uniqueness of this village.

Planning to Travel Sustainably is Easier Than Ever Before in Ladakh, if not the, most popular eco-tourism in India, the more we allow for destructive habits that negatively impact our Himalayas. For example, there are plenty of litter and waste often left behind when a huge number of tourist and visitor congregate at events that do not encourage the use of recycling bins, contributing to pollution.

Ladakh is opening a new horizon to attract more and more tourists in the winter season. When the temperature dips below freezing point, the scope of winter tourism in Ladakh increases, thus, making one experience a life of Ladakh in winters when it is cut with the rest of the world. To promote winter tourism, unique ideas such as Ice café and artificial glacier climbing has come up. The artificial glacier is made to meet the water scarcity issue by harvesting the winter water which is not much of use. Today with creativity these artificial glaciers are not just aiming to serve the water requirement but attract tourists as well. Don’t throw plastic on road during travel to Himalayas Region

Advise another tourist also

  • keep crush bottles in the car while journeying
  • Don’t ask plastic bags from the local shop always ask cloth bag
  • Don’t throw bottles and plastic in Pangong lake and open area
  • cooperate with local peoples
  • Carry water bottles as possible
  • Enjoy local food
  • Educate local peoples about eco-tourism to promote

Enjoy in Leh city tour with Bike cycles and say No to the car in the city.

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