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Hunder Ladakh

Ladakh: 10 Foolish things not to do

Ladakh is a terrain which is famous for its landscape and beauty, as well as the difficulty to travel. Acclimatisation is very important when you travel there or else it’s no point roaming and seeing the beauty when you are sick. So here are a few points to keep in mind and be prepared while going to Ladakh, a region of vast and massive landscape.

1. Do not go without a proper plan

–        Planning is really important when it comes to travel. You should know the basic information about the places to see and planning helps there. Try reading blogs related to Ladakh and its weather conditions, culture, food and people. This will help you to understand where you are going and what happens there. Do your homework.

2. Do not ignore acute mountain sickness

–        High altitude regions have lower levels of oxygen and decreased air pressure. When you travel in a plane, drive or hike up a mountain, your body may not have enough time to adjust with the weather condition. This can result in Acute Mountain Sickness. Therefore, rest as much as you can when you reach Leh and go out only when you feel fine. Keep drinking water so that your body is hydrated well.

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3. Do not expect good mobile connectivity

–        The only network area where there will be internet in Ladakh is in Leh town. It supports Airtel, Jio and BSNL. There are BSNL towers everywhere, so it is safe if you carry the sim with you incase of any emergency. Airtel and Jio only work in Leh where you will get 4G connectivity.

4. Do not go without proper Inner Line Permit

–        Inner Line Permit is an official travel document issued by the government of India.  It allows inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected area for a particular amount of time. You can apply online for that. You have to take a stamp on a printed copy you have after paying the money for it. This all happens in the Leh tourism office which is near the market in Leh.

5. Do not forget sunscreen and skin protection

–        UV rays at high altitudes can be quite damaging to the skin. Winds will be faster than ever, so please do carry something that can cover your feet, ears and hands because these body parts are your insulators and it gets cold really fast. Sunscreen lotion with SPF 30 or higher should be applied properly before going out in the sun. Lip balm will also help protect your lips.

6. Do not overeat while travelling

–        Overeating can be a problem when you are on the road in a higher altitude region because you can’t digest the food properly. It creates trouble for you only. So eat a proper quantity of food that you can digest.

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7. Do not take a dip in the lakes

–        Most of the lakes are sacred and they are believed to be preserved for years by being untouched. Therefore, avoid going or dipping yourself in the water because if a local sees you doing this, he or she won’t be quiet.

8. Do not litter

–        The habit of keeping the place clean is the ideology in Tibetan Buddhism so it is better not to litter in the Himalayas. Be responsible and keep it pure as it is known to be.

9. Do no take rented vehicles outside Ladakh for sightseeing

–        The problem is if you take vehicles from Manali or any place on another route, you will be tired of riding all day. When you drive in the higher altitude regions on the roads there, it could affect your body. There are possibilities for dizziness and back pain. So better take vehicles from Leh only.

10. Do not drink and drive

–        It’s a humble request not to have alcohol while driving in the mountain areas, because you never know how many problems it can create for you as well as for others. In case of an accident or misfortune, you may or may not get help in time. So avoid such nuisance and drink responsibly.

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