Tourism in Leh is going through a rocky patch. The tourist footfall has reported a decline by 50 percent this year. This decline is a result of a host of reasons, including the Lok Sabha elections, late opening of Leh-Manali road, as well as curtailed flight services.
Situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Leh district has always remained a favorite tourist destination for travelers from India and abroad. According to the tourism officials, the land of high passes was visited by nearly 50,000 people from abroad last year.
A part of Ladakh region, Leh district houses over 100 tourist accommodations, including hotels and guest houses. These properties cater to foreign and domestic tourists, besides trekkers.
In words of Amrit Badam, a Leh hotelier, “There is a drastic fall in the arrival of tourists to Ladakh this year. There is nearly 50 percent fall in tourist footfall in these months as compared to last year during the same period.”
Badam also said that tourism in the region has also been adversely affected after Jet Airways, stopped its operations. The airline used to operate extensively on the route in summer, keeping a steady inflow of tourists from all over.
Other factors contributing to the decline in tourism in the region include Lok Sabha elections, security issues in Kashmir and India-Pakistan stand-off earlier this year.
Last modified: June 28, 2019