Tourism boom in Ladakh is hampering local culture

Published on : Friday, October 14, 2016

tourism-boom-in-ladakhLadakh was first opened to tourists in 1974. Only 527 tourists took a trip there in the first year. Of them, 27 were Indians. But currently, with increased income and interest in travel, more and more Indians are flocking to Ladakh’s high altitude villages taking advantage of package tours and ease of access.


The number of tourists by 2017 is expected to hit 313,000, which is almost 10 times from the figures of 2002. Ladakh’s attraction is due to its breathtaking landscapes, icy lakes enchant visitors who become tired of busy city life. Ladakh is home to thousands of ethnic Tibetans who believe in Buddhism and it seeps into the villages and small towns here.


Ladakh also has a major Shia Muslim population. While tourism expansion has changed the quality of life for Ladakh’s residents, it has also endangering local culture and traditions. Although people here are leading better life, they are becoming increasingly avaricious for more. People here complain that they are fast losing their traditions.


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