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Ladhak: women travellers be warned !

“I KNOW, I AM BEING HARSH WITH THE HEADLINE.”– Megha Sharma 

After all, I had the most memorable road trip across Ladakh last week but the one aspect that left me sore about the trip was the lack of facilities for women. Considering the huge flow of tourists visiting Ladakh between May to September each year, including families and solo female travelers, this is one let down area for female travelers transversing this terrain.

Guest article by fellow travel blogger – Megha Sharma

Things are okay if you are at your hotel or guest house in Leh city but you go beyond the city and you are in a spot. I traveled from Manali to Jispa to Nubra and beyond and the plight remains the same.

Things are okay if you are at your hotel or guest house in Leh city but you go beyond the city and you are in a spot. I traveled from Manali to Jispa to Nubra and beyond and the plight remains the same. Wether you want to go to a proper loo or if you have chums coming up, you are on your own.

SO HOW DOES ONE SURVIVE OR HOW DID I MANAGE THROUGH THE JOURNEY?

Basically by depending on the not so great toilet facilities managed by shopkeepers in each small town you cross. Once you are in the outer regions of Ladakh, you will come to these small towns with handful of shops for tea, food etc. Next to each shop or behind it, you will see a small, square tin structure – that is the toilet. It’s managed by the respective shop owner and you can ask them for keys (they’ve built these toilets for their customers, so its okay to ask). They don’t keep the toilets open, so you will have to ask for the key.

Megha_Toilet

Once you are in the outer regions of Ladakh, you will come to these small towns with handful of shops for tea, food etc. Next to each shop or behind it, you will see a small, square tin structure – that is the toilet. It’s managed by the respective shop owner and you can ask them for keys (they’ve built these toilets for their customers, so its okay to ask). They don’t keep the toilets open, so you will have to ask for the key.

The toilets prepared by the administration are in such poor shape, that you might faint from a distance. Take the Khardungla Pass toilet facilities for example – best not to use it. Disappointing.

The second best option is to go behind the rocks but highly avoidable unless you gotto go. You will rarely find hotels in outer regions of Ladakh, so the toilets in small towns are your worst and best options. Or you can wait to get back to your hotel. If you are crossing Deepak Taal (lake), there is a nice makeshift toilet there, so do make a note of it

There are some areas which are managed by the Indian Army eg Nubra. You can request them to let you use their services and they won’t decline.

Finally, should you need to buy personal women hygiene stuff, sanitary napkins, tissue rolls and medicines, do it at Leh (there are quite a few good chemists at Fort road and Leh main market). You can also buy from Manali and keep them handy in your purse or rucksack. If you suffer from any medical condition, buy your medicines from Leh but keep all these handy because shuffling through your luggage last minute can be an issue.

Overall, this is a definite issue and I am not sure why the Tourism Ministry or Ladakh Development Authority done anything about it. Meanwhile, my advice is to be prepared and hope something will be done about it soon!


Megha is an experienced PR professional who has been sharing her experiences as an independent travel blogger, travelling to unexplored and unique places around the globe. Recently she and I travelled to Ladhak for an eye-opening trip. This article narrates her experience while on this trip and as written on her personal blog Pinkbikersontherun.


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