Leh, India's remote northwestern corner, has become a dream destination for travellers and adventure enthusiasts, due to which the tourism has skyrocketed in the region in recent years. This rapid increase in the tourism has played a major role in the changing lifestyle and economy in the Indian Himalayas.
This pace of growth has offered new opportunities to the people living in the region, but is also gradually destroying the age-old Buddhist culture.
Tashi Phutit, an 81-year old wheat farmer and housewife, said the economy is changing for good but it is also making people greedy. "Now we can eat better vegetables and wear better clothes. The problem is people are becoming greedy," Phutit, who stays in a stone hut near Leh, told Reuters.
The residents in the Indian Himalayas also pointed out that the changing lifestyle has made their life easier and comfortable, as medical and schooling facilities have improved in the region. "Life has become much easier and much more comfortable," Tsering Gurmet, Phutit's 28-year-old grandson, said.
"The children here no longer care about the culture and they spend less time talking to each other," Mathematics teacher Phunchok Angmo said. "They spend their free time on laptops."
In photos below is the life of the people in the Indian Himalayas: