A few days ago, I was doing some routine SEO check on some of my blog posts when I came across a webpage of a certain tour company called Western Ladakh Expedition or Leh Ladakh Tour; I am not even sure what their real name is. What however caught my eye was that a certain post on one of their pages was an exact and complete copy-paste of one of my articles. The entire post was lifted word to word and was a replica of my webpage. I have changed my post now but before I did that, I took a few screenshots so that I could post them here with the review. The first two screenshots are of my post from almost 3 years ago until I changed it last weekend. The third screenshot is of their webpage.
This third one is the post at the other companies website, Western Ladakh Expedition.
Western Ladakh Expedition Review
Now, this is not the first time that someone has lifted my content from my website. I have had this problem a few times before; and I am OK with it as long as the article is reproduced and the verbiage is changed. After all, it is common knowledge that I am sharing here on this blog; and I have no problem if someone wants to present it in their own words on their websites. But copy-pasting the entire thing word to word is not acceptable because then it is plain stealing.
Fortunately, in the past, when I came across any such instance, I dropped an email to the owner of the website and they were decent enough to remove it. But that is not the case with Western Ladakh Expedition. Not only these guys are thieves, but they also have the audacity to not admit and correct it when caught.
I contacted this company three times asking them to change or remove the content but my emails went unanswered. They did not bother to respond at all. Now imagine this, if a company cannot even afford to create and write their own website, how good can they be at managing your tour?
If you read their about page, they are calling themselves as “one of the premier travel agents”. Are you kidding me? Premier? You could not even create a proper web portal for their business. You started your business by stealing from others; and that is how I am sure you intend on runningit in the future. If you scroll towards the bottom of the page, you would see that they have even spelled their own name wrong; and written it as “Western Ladakh Expidition”. What a joke.
Bottom line is that these guys are one of the numerous so called travel agencies trying to benefit from the boost in tourism in Ladakh. But like the majority of them, they neither have the experience nor the finances to handle and manage tours. They just end up robbing people and ruining someone else’s vacation. I will strongly advise against booking any kind of tour with this company, either Western Ladakh Expedition or Leh Ladakh tours. They are just a bunch of stealing clowns who will take your money and provide a pathetic experience. Stay away from them at all cost.