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Will the tremors of Article 370 affect your trip to Ladakh?

Blog By : Ambika Bhardwaj

In the light of recent events and changes in the valley of Kashmir, if you are planning a trip to Leh-Ladakh, then worry not because you are good to go. The scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution in the state of Jammu and Kashmir has increased the uncertainty of the state’s future, including tourism. The speculations of consequences have loomed over the valley as the government cancelled off Amarnath Yatra and asked all the tourists to leave the state. But how does all of this affect the tourism of the state, the backbone of the economy? The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is tense but Ladakh is as smooth as it was yesterday. The desert district of Ladakh is untouched by the consequences of the abrogation of the Article.

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What was Article 370 and what is the significance of the new bill?

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Article 370 of the Constitution grants a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, while Article 35A ensures special rights to the permanent residents of Kashmir. According to the new bill, Jammu and Kashmir will be reorganised as a Union Territory with an Assembly, and Ladakh would be a separate Union Territory with no legislature. The Union government will have the Law and order powers of policing in the new UTs.

How is the daily life affected in Ladakh?

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With schools and offices running smoothly like butter, the daily functioning of Ladakh has not been affected at all. Markets are open and cafes are serving. According to our local vendors, too, the business is as usual in Ladakh. There are zero cancellations from travellers yet. The officials have not imposed any restrictions on travel in and around the area. Life continues as always here. With the prospects of becoming a separate Union Territory, the tourism of Ladakh will run completely separate from the tourism of J&K. So, if you are hesitating to embark on your adventures to Ladakh, then fear not. The mountains are still calling you.

How to reach Ladakh?

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There are two routes that you can take to reach the cold mountainous desert. The first route is via Srinagar-Leh Manali. It is currently not advisable that you take this route for your own safety. The second route is via Manali and Rohtang pass, which takes you across the 475km stretch. This route is not in proximity to the valley and hence it is completely safe and good to drive on. The route is also not beefed with military troops indicating that the roads are unaffected! The government buses are also operational every alternate day from Manali to Leh and Leh to Manali. It is also a positive news that the Leh airport is running its usual business.

What are the conditions of local transportation in Ladakh?

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According to the locals, everything is functioning normal in the district of Ladakh. Only the way to Srinagar-Leh highway has been affected. According to CNT‘s report Angrub Dorje, who runs Discover Ladakh has stated, “Both Leh and Ladakh are completely safe. It is a normal day here, schools are open, the internet is working. Access to all tourist spots is open.” Most of the travel agencies will also take you via the Manali-Leh highway. WanderOn’s Leh-Ladakh tour package also takes you to Ladakh via Manali, Rohtang pass and Spiti valley. Reaching Ladakh via Manali is also cheaper than reaching your destination through Srinagar.

Where to stay in Ladakh?

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Options ranging from homestays to hotels are available for accommodation. Hotels like K2 Continental, Grand Chubi and Hotel Lumbini are available at affordable prices! There are various campsites near the vicinity of Pangong Tso like Himalayan cottage. Hotels are also open in Nubra Valley including Hotel Lhasthang. There are many camps in Jispa as well one of them being Eco camps where you can plan your stay.

Even though the situation in the paradise of India is uncertain and scary, the region of Ladakh is actually safe, with no signs of tensions and violence. So, plan without thinking twice.

Note: We will keep updating the article if further notices come out.

Showing 19 comments
  • Jenny gatien
    Reply

    Best destination in india is ladack ….beautiful place peaceful …and people so friendly and welcoming tourist in the best way they can …i am from france and everyone is coming to ladack dispace that oxigene can be a probleme ….we are ready to face it ….ladack should stay the best destination ….jenny gatien….

    • Nimesh
      Reply

      I am traveling from Mumbai to Leh via flight on 20th August 2019 and return 26th August 2019 via fliy from leh airport to Mumbai. It’s more of leisure trip kind of with 2 night at Nubra and 1 night at pangong.

      Is it advisable to continue with trip or need to cancel plan ? ..Flight booking done …Hotel booking pending and not booked due to current situation .

      Please advice on above , if anyone can help on same.

      • Arindam
        Reply

        Cancel ur trip cause ull end up in spending more money and experience only half of the tour….don’t venture in kashmir now

  • jeegnesh
    Reply

    Now, do we need Inner Line Permit?? or any other Changes?

    • admin
      Reply

      Hey Jeegnesh
      The status for Inner Line Permit is the same.
      It’ll be required to visit different parts of Ladakh just as it was.

    • Prachi Sharma
      Reply

      Ladakh is as beautiful as it was yesterday, one of the most peaceful place in India. Just go ahead and plan your vacation. I visited ladakh in the month of june and it was the best trip of my life.

  • Pooja Bondkar
    Reply

    Thanks for the post as i was confuse whether to cancel or to continue … Please keep updated

    • Akash
      Reply

      Yes correct, Infact we had also planned to go next week and we were thinking if this is safe or not ?
      I also had a talk with our organizers and they said no one has cancelled the plan as of now.. Hopefully everything goes well

      • Jayashree
        Reply

        Thanks for the information. It is helpful. We are going to Ladhak on this weekend. Feeling good after reading this article.

      • Pragnesh
        Reply

        Hi Pooja / Aakash,

        We are travelling Leh from 17th to 24th. I am also in worry whether to continue or cancel.

        Please update if anyone has latest update.

        Thanks
        Pragnesh

      • wanderlust
        Reply

        Anyone who has gone there post August 5 can please comment in the interest of everyone else planning to travel

    • Sangita Roy
      Reply

      I have tickets for leh on 18th August and return ticket via Srinagar on 24th August. Will it effect my trip

      • Arin
        Reply

        Plz cancel the trip for safety …go later

      • Harshit
        Reply

        Hello Sangita..

        Please update because our trip on the same router will start from next September ..

  • swapnil kumbhar
    Reply

    I am traveling this week to let, but I have return flight to Mumbai from Srinagar on 15 Aug. Is Shrinagar airport functioning? Will police allow us to visit Srinagar? Please reply.

  • BHARAT MOHAN
    Reply

    Are the phones and internet working there now?

  • Ranbir
    Reply

    Can I bring my friend’s personal bike from Manali to Ladakh as I have heard that Himachal bikes are not allowed in Leh and Viceversa ?. If so then till which point can I ride on the bike which is registered in my friend’s name ?

    • admin
      Reply

      Hey Ranbir
      You can take your friends bike from Manali upto Leh and then have to hire a Ladakh Registration Bike (JK 10 X XXXX) for visiting different places in Ladakh (like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, etc.) and then can again use your friend’s bike for your journey from Leh to Manali.

  • balli
    Reply

    We r planning a leh ladakh trip via jammu srinagar on 5th of sept.. we r from punjab..is this route safe for us after the article 370

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