HDFC Bank has opened its first branch in Leh yesterday, becoming only the fourth bank to setup operations there and the first private bank to start its operation in Ladakh.
While Leh already has branches as well as ATM Machines from State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank and J&K Bank, during peak tourist season, tourists and locals alike can be spotted in the long queues in front of the ATM machines.
Addition of another ATM Machine and that too from a private player, would helpfully ease up pressure and reduce the amount of time people have to stand in line to take out cash. Hopefully, more private as well as nationalized banks would follow soon and ATMs in Leh would become as easily accessible as ATMs in any other city in India.
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