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Leh-Ladakh: What not to do 10 basic things

Leh-Ladakh is soon becoming the Goa of the Himalayas with families and couples from all across the country doing this coveted road trip. But there are a list of things you should not do while in the cold desert.  Listed below are a few things we are tlow feel you should not do.  

Don’t go unplanned

Ladakh is known for its rich Buddhist heritage and it is important to be mindful and respectful towards the local customs and traditions. Do not behave in a derogatory or disrespectful manner towards the local people or their religious practices.

Leh town May 2023

Planning is a vital part of every holiday. Leh-Ladakh is the kind of trip which needs in-depth planning starting with the duration and even the route and a lot of other small technical decisions which need to be pre-decided. 

Don’t hike alone 

Ladakh is known for its pristine and unspoiled natural beauty. Ensure that you do not litter or dispose of waste arbitrarily. Maintain cleanliness by using designated trash bins or carrying your waste with you until you find a suitable place to dispose of it.

Leh chai shop

Leh-Ladakh isn’t the place to hike alone since its so remote and vast that if something happens along the trail, it will result in fatal conclusions.  With death being the most extreme of them all. 

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Solo biking is a No Go 

Ladakh is home to many unique and fragile species of plants and animals. Avoid plucking flowers, disturbing wildlife, or causing harm to the local ecosystem. Observe wildlife from a safe distance and do not feed or touch them.

Yes, biking alone is similar to hiking alone. Regardless of how good of a biker you are, it’s always better to join a group of bikers along the way or get a buddy along from home. So you always have company along this long road trip. 

Don’t carry prepaid sim 

Water is a scarce resource in Ladakh, and the region faces water scarcity due to its high altitude and arid climate. Conserve water by taking shorter showers, turning off taps while brushing, and reusing water wherever possible. Avoid unnecessary wastage of water.

Postpaid is the only sim which will work in Leh-Ladakh region. This is purely because of security related reasons.  So the minute you arrive in J&K or Ladakh region, your prepaid sims will switch off. To avoid this disconnect, postpaid is the only option. 

Don’t trash the place

It is important to abide by local laws and regulations. Do not engage in activities such as drug abuse, smuggling, or any other illegal practices. Respect the law and maintain ethical behavior throughout your visit.

Waiting for the bike Leh town

Plastic and other city trash isn’t accepted in the Himalayas and Leh-Ladakh even more. So when your travelling always carry a packet of garbage bags with you. Trash all your unwanted things into your garbage bag. 

Don’t feed the wild animals 

Bargaining is a common practice in Ladakh, especially in local markets. However, be mindful not to haggle excessively or disrespectfully. Remember that fair prices are essential for the local economy, and it is important to support the local artisans and businesses.

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Himalayan marmot

Yes, this is very very important. Just for a picture or video to post on social media, don’t end up spoiling the ecosystem. It’s bad karma from all sides.  These animals ain’t used to chips and other packaged food. Please don’t feet them specially the Himalayan mamorth. 

Don’t smoke in public 

Ladakh has certain areas that are restricted due to security reasons or their sensitive ecological nature. Do not venture into these areas without proper permits or authorization. Respect the regulations and boundaries set by the authorities.

Smoking in public is totally banned in Leh-Ladakh and can lead to a fine of anywhere between ₹500-₹2000. Avoid smoking in public places to be free from this unwanted fine. 

Don’t talk in the monasteries

Ladakh has seen a significant increase in tourism over the years, and this has put pressure on its delicate environment and resources. Be a responsible traveler by minimizing your ecological footprint, choosing sustainable accommodation options, and supporting local initiatives that promote responsible tourism.

Monasteries are in plenty with a courtyard and temple. Respect the serenity of the place and avoid talking unless it’s absolutely necessary. Try to find your space in the crowd to be able to reconnect with your spiritual side.   

Don’t self medicate 

Ladakh is located at high altitude, and altitude sickness is a common concern for travelers. Do not ignore any symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches, dizziness, or shortness of breath. Acclimatize properly by taking it easy, staying hydrated, and allowing your body to adjust to the altitude.

The last point which should be the first on your checklist. This could be the most fatal. Not carrying meds is bad but self medication is the most dangerous. Please note that Leh has a very good hospital and every place you travel to has their very own health centre.  So ask the locals and you will be guided to the nearest health care centre. But don’t ever self medicate. 

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When visiting Ladakh, there may be specific guidelines or advice provided by local authorities or tour operators. It is important to follow these instructions for your safety and to ensure a positive experience. Do not disregard or overlook any safety precautions or guidelines provided by the locals.

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