Post successful 2022, Kashmir readying for bumper tourist season for 2023

Post successful 2022, Kashmir readying for bumper tourist season for 2023

After a record number of tourist arrivals in 2022, Kashmir is readying for bumper tourist season this year with famous tourist resorts like Gulmarg already sold out till January end. As Kashmir is teeming with tourists this season, hotel owners have already announced special packages for winter months. On New Year’s eve, all the tourist places in Kashmir were jam-packed despite the bone-chilling cold. The Tourism department hosted mega events on all top tourist destinations like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg to keep the festive atmosphere alive for tourists and locals during…

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Flooded with apples, Jammu mandi sees dearth of buyers

Flooded with apples, Jammu mandi sees dearth of buyers

Flooded with Kashmiri apples, the only fruit mandi in Jammu has been witnessing a dearth of buyers, giving wholesalers nightmares. The Kashmiri apple harvest has been bumper this time, even more than the annual 20-21 lakh metric tonnes of production, causing a glut in the wholesale fruit market of Jammu. Wholesalers say the competition from Himachal apple too has affected their business as the harvest there too has been bumper. Bumper harvest The Kashmiri apple harvest has been bumper this time. Besides, wholesalers are also facing stiff competition from the Himachal…

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Tons of Apples rotting in trucks stranded on Srinagar – Jammu Highway

Amid a crisis over thousands of tonnes of apple rotting in stranded trucks along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to allow held-up trucks to move towards Jammu tonight so that they can take the apples to mandis in different parts of country. A statement said 4,000 trucks will be cleared tonight. These trucks are stranded after the traffic police stopped them for over a week. Fruit-growers say more than 8,000 trucks carrying perishable fruit were stopped and left to rot along the highway. At…

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Due highway halts truckloads of apples start to rot before deliveries

Due highway halts truckloads of apples start to rot before deliveries

Roadworks have halted thousands of trucks carrying millions of dollars worth of apples on Indian Kashmir’s main highway, a major union leader said on Monday, triggering protests by growers as their produce begins to rot. Highway repairs were causing massive delays along the highway that connects the disputed Kashmir valley to the rest of India, meaning huge expected losses. “We have 8,000 trucks carrying apples worth 100 crore rupees (one billion rupees, or about $12.25 million) stranded on the highway for the last two weeks,” Bashir Ahmad Basheer, the head…

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Stefan & Theresa; World touring couple finds Kashmir Safe, Beautiful with Hospitable People

Stefan & Theresa; World touring couple finds Kashmir Safe, Beautiful with Hospitable People

Travelling around the globe, Stefan Ublinger and his wife, Theresa are currently in Kashmir and the couple say that the place is safe for visitors. Using eco-friendly travelling mode, bicycles, the couple is on a whirlwind tour of the world. Ublinger and his wife put up a short film on YouTube in which they talk about Kashmir, its beautiful places and its hospitable people. “We are happy to be here because the landscape is so amazing and the people are so nice and hospitable.” “We did not know till we…

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Inflation: LPG price hiked by Rs 50; Rates up by Rs 244 in one year

Inflation: LPG price hiked by Rs 50; Rates up by Rs 244 in one year

Cooking gas LPG price on Wednesday was hiked by Rs 50 per cylinder, the eighth increase in rates in the last one year that took the cumulative rise to Rs 244. Non-subsidised LPG now costs Rs 1,053 per 14.2-kg cylinder in the national capital, up from Rs 1,003 previously, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers. Firming international energy prices have led to non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) prices being increased on eight occasions in the past year. In all, rates have gone up by Rs 244 per cylinder…

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Highway Curbs: Fruit growers protest at Sopore mandi over halting of trucks on national highway

Highway Curbs: Fruit growers protest at Sopore mandi over halting of trucks on national highway

Fruit growers at the Asia’s largest fruit mandi, Sopore, today held a protest against the forces for stopping their fruit-laden trucks on the national highway resulting in damage to the fruit. Since the start of Amarnath Yatra, fruit traders alleged that not only trucks are stopped but drivers are also harassed. For the past many days, the growers from the Valley have been dispatching early varieties and stone fruit trucks to various fruit mandis across the country. Sopore fruit mandi president Fayaz Ahmad Malik, alias Kakaji, who was leading the…

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​Yatra restrictions hit Kashmir Tourism; TAAK stopped promoting Kashmir outside J&K

​Yatra restrictions hit Kashmir Tourism; TAAK stopped promoting Kashmir outside J&K

​Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK) has taken strong note of the harassment and problems being faced by the locals, leisure, adventure, and tourists in view of the security arrangements for the Amarnath Yatra. In a statement to news agency Kashmir News Trust, TAAK President Farooq Ahmed Kuthoo said many tourists have got stuck on highways due to severe restrictions on the movement of non-yatri tourists. Not only have such restrictions put the general tourists to a lot of inconveniences but the travel agents outside JK have stopped promoting Kashmir…

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Undeterred, tourists continue to swarm Kashmir

Undeterred, tourists continue to swarm Kashmir

Targeted killings of non-Kashmiris and Kashmiri Pandits have failed to dampen the spirit of tourists who continue to throng the scenic valley giving a strong rebuff to those trying to disturb the peace. A report by Sunny Sharma. As against about 7 lakh tourists who visited in 2021, the Kashmir valley has seen over 8 Lakh tourists bewitched by its enchanting beauty between January and May 2022. What does this indicate? The Director, Tourism, Kashmir, G.N. Itoo said that the department has started promoting all the seasons in Kashmir. Itoo…

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Srinagar to Panchtarni: GoI planning third chopper route for Amarnath Pilgrims

Srinagar to Panchtarni: GoI planning third chopper route for Amarnath Pilgrims

The Centre is contemplating to start a new helicopter service from Srinagar to Panchtarni, which is the last drop-off point for pilgrims visiting holy cave shrine Amarnath, in addition to the two already existing chopper routes for the pilgrimage, officials said. The move came in view of the anticipated rush of the pilgrims to the shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located at an altitude of 3,888 metres in the upper reaches of Himalaya in Jammu and Kashmir. The pilgrimage is scheduled to begin on June 30 and will continue for…

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