Each and every place that we visit has some codes of conduct that should be followed while staying there. This shows our respect to the place and its culture and at the same time, makes our trip more enjoyable. We should remember that small little gestures make a long lasting impact. In the following lines, we have mentioned some mindful travel tips that should be followed by the tourists visiting Ladakh
Respect the Local Culture
Taking small precautions and adhering to a few rules will go a long way
in showing proper respect to the local culture of Ladakh. Please dress
conservatively. Do not wear short pants or other dresses that expose
your shoulders, midriff or back. This tip should be diligently followed,
especially at the time of visiting the monasteries. Do not take
photographs or enter gardens, houses, etc at your own will. Take due
permission before indulging in any such activity.
Say "No" to Plastic
Never ever use anything in plastic. Instead of throwing away your empty
mineral water bottles, get them refilled. For the purpose, you can make
use of the services offered by Dzomsa in Leh. They provide pressure
boiled water at the cost of 7 rupees per liter. At the time of buying
goods from the market, avoid using plastic carry bags. Always ask for or
use cloth bags.
Try to conserve water as much as you can. Make use Ladakhi toilets
instead of flush toilets, wherever they are available. Do not wash your
clothes directly in streams. It will create water pollution. Instead,
make use of eco-friendly laundry service.
Just like water, energy should also be conserved. At many places in
Ladakh, solar showers are available. Try to substitute them for the
other showers whenever possible. Always patronize places that utilize
renewable sources of electricity.
Limit Vehicle Use
Try to make the minimum possible use of vehicles. Instead, take a walk
or ride a bike. If possible, share rides with others. This will go a
long way in reducing the levels of air pollution in the valley.
Support the Local Economy When You Shop and Eat
Whenever you go for shopping or eat outside, try to support the local
economy. Buy locally made handicrafts, which make use of native and
natural materials. Local, organically grown food should replace the
other food products. Try to avoid the products of multinational
corporations as much as you can.
Support Local Organizations and Educate Yourself about Sustainable
After traveling to Ladakh, try to know more about the place, its
people, the local economy, etc. For the purpose, you can see "Ancient
Futures" and other documentaries at the Women's Alliance in Leh.
These documentaries are screened everyday at 3 pm, except for Sundays.
You can also discover appropriate technology at the library at the
Ecology Centre. Extend as much support as you can to the local