Kashmir valley promoted as ‘Safe Destination’ in Pune

In an effort to boost footfalls, the Tourism Department today promoted Kashmir as a safe destination during an event in Pune.
An official statement issued here said the Department of Tourism participated in an event on mountaineering titled, ‘Safe Climbing Initiative’. It said the programme was held to promote J&K as a ‘safe, forward and adventure tourist friendly state’.
Around 500 climbers from across the country took part in the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Tourism Director, Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah said: “We have the highest number of high-altitude lakes in Kashmir, where many foreigners and locals trek. We also receive a bulk of tourists from Pune who do mountaineering.”
Shah said the department would bring experts for anchor replacement in the mountain peaks of Kashmir.
“We will replace old and weathered bolts with new and strong stainless steel ones, which have a lifespan of over 50 years, on mountain routes. The regular anchor replacement is necessary for the safety of the mountaineers as the old bolts have rusted over a period of time due to harsh weather in our state,” he said.
The Tourism Director said the department was organising mountain climbing training at an artificial rock at Tourist Reception Centre, Nowgam, for local youth, especially students, who can then take is as a career.
“We have trained hundreds of youth, most of whom are working as guides for climbers. As you visit Kashmir for climbing, you won’t find dearth of expert climbers who will guide you through routes,” he added.

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