Water | VOL. 9, ISSUE 56, September-October 2009 |

Ladakh: Water Security and Climate Change

Ladakh, India’s only cold desert, is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the subcontinent today. Sample this - as many as 75,000 tourists visited this scenic district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) last year, a 100 per cent increase in the last five years (around 35,091 tourists came in 2004). This is indeed a meteoric rise from the time the spectacular landscape was first thrown open to tourists in 1974. “At that time, Ladakh had a mere 400 tourists...

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