First the pandemic and then the border tension on the LAC cripple economy in Ladakh

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I earned just Rs 1500 this year after giving a lecture to a group of students. All the other bookings have got cancelled which cost us crores of rupees,” says Deleks Namgyar (43) who started his own travel agency ‘Ladakh Safari’ in 2010. He had put all his savings into the venture.

But first the pandemic and now the border tension in eastern Ladakh have hit tourism, the mainstay of the economy in the region, hard.

Namgyar, who has to pay salary to six of his employees, is worried. He had worked in advertising agencies after completing his Honours in History from Delhi University.

“All the money I had saved has been exhausted. This year has been a zero income for 350 travel agencies operating in Ladakh,” he said, who is also General Secretary of Ladakh Tour and Travel Agents Operators.

“Pangong Lake is the most sought destination and majority of people visit Ladakh because of this famed lake. There won’t be any tourism next year either if the prevailing situation continues along the LAC,” he said.

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