Leh’s not all smiles about rising tourism

It’s the peak tourist season which young Ladakhis like Jimmy Thinless, a taxi driver, await eagerly to make a decent earning to see through the winter until the next summer. Ironically, tourism, which helps Leh economically, is becoming a matter of concern for the environmentally conscious locals in this picturesque town in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The number of tourists coming to Leh has increased many times over the past few years. For locals like us, this has created more jobs,” Thinless told IANS. “There is development taking place; young men like me work as taxi drivers; some become trekking guides; the number of restaurants and hotels is much more than ever.”

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