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75 New Tourist Places Identified in Jammu and Kashmir
| Infrastructure For Adventure Sports Ready
| Jammu And Kashmir Tourist Festival From October 20
| Jammu and Kashmir is Hundred Percent Safe For Tourists
| Tourism Directors of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mumbai, 15th September 2021 :
The administration of Union Territory of Jammu And Kashmir has identified 75 new tourist places on the occassion of 75th years of independance. The facilities for adventure sports have been created at many of these places, the directors of tourism for Jammu And Kashmir informed the press here today. Director of Tourism for Kashmir region Dr. G.N. Itoo and Director of Tourism for Jammu region Shri Vivekanand Rai addressed a joint press conference today to inform about the new tourism places and facilities in Jammu and Kashmir. They said that the state is hundred percent safe for the tourists.
Speaking with the press persons, Dr.Itoo said that 75 new virgin tourist places have been identified by the UT of Jammu and Kashmir administration and the basic infrastructure has been developed at these places. These places were neglected till date even though these places have excellent natural beauty. But now under the instructions from central government and under the guidance of Lt. Governor, the Union Territory administration has developed basic infrastructure at these 75 places. Many of these places have supplied with the infrastructure for adventure sports. The tourists travelling along with families will find special facilities for them too. New ice sports facilities have also been created at these places.
Dr. Itoo told the press persons that Jammu and Kashmir also has tourism options for bird watchers, sanctuary lovers and other nature tourists. The Jammu and Kashmir has a rich heritage of ancient houses and other buildings, temples, which can be a great attraction for tourists. Tourists will also enjoy the experience of the handicrafts and the hospitality of Jammu and Kashmir he added. The safron and other farmings is also another attraction of the state, he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department has taken up skill development programme for the private tourism service providers in the union territory, Dr. Itoo said. This will enhance the experience of the tourists to the memorable levels. The tourism department has also working on capacity building and enhancement programmes, he added further.
New Film Policy
Jammu and Kashmir was once a favorite shooting destination for the film makers. The union territory’s tourism department is striving form claiming that glory once again, Dr.Itoo said. A new Film Policy has been notified under the guidance from the honorable Lt.Governor, and a single window system has been created for all the necessary permissions for the film shootings.
Full Observation Of COVID Protocall
While many of the states including Maharashtra were facing curbs during second wave of the COVID, the Jammu and Kashmir was free from all the curbs as the COVID protocall was fully followed, Dr.Itoo said. Of private service providers, 95 percent of the persons have been fully vaccinated and the hundred percent of the government staff have been fully vaccinated. The tourists should visit Jammu and Kashmir without any fear, he said. Jammu and Kashmir is the only state where the vaccin doses have been made available even to visiting tourists. The tourists will get 10 minutes rapid test facilities at the airports and railway stations and bus stands, if they are not vaccinated. If found positive, the tourists would be provided with adequate treatments and quarantine facilities if required.
Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Festival
Jammu And Kashmir tourism Festival will be celebrated for three months starting from October 20 this year, told Shri. Vivekanand Rai, director of tourism Jammu region. The festival includes religious tourism, house boat festival, lake festival, safron farming festival etc. The oncoming Navratri, Durga Puja, Dashera, Deepavali and other major festivals will be celebrated in the state in the presence of national celebraties, Shri. Rai added.
Jammu and Kashmir is as safe for tourists as once own home, Shri Vivekanand Rai told press persons. He supported his statement by quoting the National Crime Records Bureau reports, which said J&K has zero percent crime against tourists. He said that Jammu and Kashmir is the safest place for the tourists in the country.
He also informed that there is a massive ongoing Cleaning Campaign going on in Jammu and Kashmir, which has resulted in overall healthy environment in the state for tourists.
Shri. Farookh Kuthu, president of the Jammu Kashmir Travel Agents Associations was also present during the interaction with the press. Abhijit Patil of Raja Rani Travles, which is credited as the pioneers of the tourism in Jammu Kashmir welcomed the press persons.
Kashmir region witnessed total of 41 thousand 267 tourists in 2020. Of which, the lockdown period of April May and June had zero tourists. July witnessed 186 tourists and December 2020 witnessed maximum 13 thousand 237 tourists.
2021 witnessed 2 lakh 50 thousand 689 tourists till September 7. Of which May witnessed minimum number of 1128 tourists and August witnessed maximum of 49 thousand 719 tourists.
Jammu region witnessed total of 34 lakh 34 thousand 886 tourists in 2020. Of which Vaishnodevi witnessed 17 lakh 24 thousand 185 tourists. Jhiyarat Shahadara proved to be the second largest tourist attraction with 5 lakh 20 thousand 232 tourists.
In 2021, Jammu region witnessed total of 61 lakh 33 thousand 317 tourists till September 11. Of which Vaishnodevi witnessed 31 lakh 18 thousand 254 tourists and Jhiyarat Shahadara witnessed 9 lakh 5 thousand 749 tourists.