For the primary time up to now decade, round 1.8 lakh vacationers visited Kashmir within the month of March alone, in keeping with the figures accessible with the Kashmir tourism division.
The tourism division is anticipating additional improve within the vacationer footfall within the subsequent two months, when temperatures would soar throughout India, Besides, the annual Amarnath Yatrawhich was suspended for 2 years as a result of pandemic, can even start on June 30 for a interval of 43 days.
Tourism director GN Itoo mentioned that within the month of March 2022, 1,79,970 vacationers visited Kashmir, which is a document up to now 10 years. “This is a record number and we are expecting further increase in it. The credit for the record number of tourist arrivals goes to collective efforts of all the stakeholders,” he said.
Itoo said that the tourism department has recently started the first hot-air balloon ride for tourists and locals at Zabarwan Park, Srinagar, while it was planning to introduce paragliding facilities for tourists at all the major tourist destinations across Kashmir.
Tourism secretary Sarmad Hafeez said that a series of road shows were held in Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Kolkata and other places to attract tourists to Kashmir. “This year, all the hotels and houseboats are booked for the next two months which is a good sign,” he mentioned.
He additional mentioned, “We predict an extra improve within the variety of vacationers in Kashmir in coming months.” “Our aim was to provide a unique experience to tourists visiting Kashmir. This year, while tourists visited the Tulip Garden, we had on a display the traditional Kashmiri cuisine, including wazwan and many varieties of Kashmiri bread. This was the added feature in the garden,” he said.
Officials said that it was for the first time after Covid pandemic that a huge number of tourists were heading towards Kashmir. “The government is also expecting record number of Amarnath This year as the Yatra had remained suspended for 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic,” they mentioned.