Scenic Tourist Destination
The State of Jammu and Kashmir has everything to offer for vistors in all six seasons of the year.
Besides being famous for its landscape, Kashmir is also known for adventure tourism, pilgrim tourism and for its rich arts and crafts. Its monuments are varied music.
For the past few years, tourism has been picking up, with the number of foreign tourist arrivals increasing every year. Last year J&K witnessed record number of tourist arrivals.
However, the state especially Kashmir region is still unexplored for about 99 per cent of the travelers from india. With the increase in the dollar prices, travelling across Europe and Middle East has become very expensive.
Zahoor Peerzada Deputy Director Tourism Kashmir told Uday India that we suggest travelers to shift their tour itineraries to a much cheaper destinationâ€”Kashmir and see how God has adorned this valley with unparalleled natural beauty. Kashmir is as good as Europe and many local investors have come up with luxurious properties like Khyber Hotels and Resorts , RK Sarovar Portico, Vivanta by Taj and The Lalit-Grand Palace to welcome you with their best services.
For skiers, Gulmarg has no match.The tourism department has also introduced heli-skiing at Pahalgam, Sonamarg and Gulmarg.
Adventure lovers can visit Kashmir and Ladakh for high altitude treks,white-water rafting, kayaking and canoeing,paragliding while many inquisitive vistors will find history engraved at every pilgrim site in this state.
As also, the tourism department is developing and promoting new tourist desinations, which are equally beautiful. New tourist places including Bangus, Lolab valley and Gurez valley have been thrown open for vistors last year.
Managing Director Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation Mr Farooq Ahmad Shah who is also Director Tourism for Kashmir told Uday India that my humble suggestions to visitors would be not to pay any heed to rumors. J&K is as safe destination as any other part of world, while the bad incidents happen in other places also. The ingrained hospitable nature of locals has always made the guests feel at home even during our testing time. We wish all tourists happy holidaying in our J&K State.
UNTRODDEN GUREZ VALLEY
A trip to Gurez Valley is an unforgettable experience. Located at an attitude of 8,000 feet (2,400m),the place is a real treat for visitors as you get to see real village lifeâ€“people still living in long and wooden houses .
The stream flowing from Kishan Ganga River and a must-watch, Habba Khatoon peak will only help you relieve your mind of the noisy city and its hustle and bustle. The J&K Tourism Department have thrown open this valley for travelers.To attract tourist, tourism department is organizing festival every year. Gurez Valley is at distance of 123 kilometers from Srinagar and 86 km from the Bandipora town in North Kashmir.From Srinagar, the trip to this picturesque valley in a cab takes 6 to 7 hours.
Given the nature of the curvy roads curved out of mountains, mostly private transport piles on the route to Gurez. The journey is a treat with pine trees on both sides of the road refresh visitors with its cool breeze.
After enjoning a travel of 46 Kilometers from Bandipora town, the Razdan Pass, which boasts or rolling meadows, welcomes you. spending some time at this pass make one to forget everything for amoment.
The pass crosses through highest meadow in the journey and is a perfect picnic spot with tall pine trees rising majestically on the ridges. Several acres of rolling meadows on the top seem to be touching the sky while on a rainy day the clouds embrace the place. The forward journey from Razdan Pass is downslope and an entry into Dawar village of Gurez Valley. Dawar is a plane area surrounded mountains from all four sides.
By Manzoor Zahoor