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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Dos & Don’ts: Administration issues guidelines for Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims

Dos & Don'ts: Administration issues guidelines for Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims

While specifying precautionary measures, Principal Secretary to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Nitishwar Kumar said that devotees should go on a morning walk, do breathing exercises, must keep their warm clothes, food items and keep themselves hydrated. Ahead of the commencement of the 43-day-long annual Amarnath pilgrimage, Jammu and Kashmir administration issued the dos and don’ts for the pilgrims urging them to “go on a morning walk daily and practice breathing exercises” to keep oneself fit at the high altitudes. While specifying precautionary measures, Principal Secretary to Jammu…

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Shawl Weaving to Paper Mache: Craft safaris attract tourists in Kashmir

Shawl Weaving to Paper Mache: Craft safaris attract tourists in Kashmir

Tourists have started showing a keen interest in craft safaris in the old city areas. Tour operators have started receiving specific inquiries for craft safaris from the tourists. “This is a completely new dimension of Kashmir tourism. We have already received groups from Surat, Jaipur, and Mumbai and more groups are coming shortly. The Handicrafts Department had earlier conducted a dry run of sorts for locals but thanks to the media coverage and social media buzz, craft safaris have started attracting tourists,” Javid Amin, travel consultant and proprietor of ‘JKL Travels’…

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Paragliding in Srinagar, Tourists, Locals enjoy adventure ride

Paragliding in Srinagar, Tourists, Locals enjoy adventure ride

Amid the stifling heat across the country, tourists now have steered towards the Kashmir valley at a bewitching new paragliding spot, Astanmarg top. With the aim of promoting tourism, the Kashmir department of tourism in association with a private paragliding firm launched adventure paragliding in Srinagar, said the authorities on Sunday. “I did realize my dream of flying like a bird from Astanmarg which overlooks Dal lake, Mahadev peak, Dachigam National Park, and Mughal Gardens and it feels mesmerizing from the top,” said a tourist, Atish Jain. The trainers present…

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Price Cut: Petrol by 8.69, diesel by 7.05

Price Cut: Petrol by 8.69, diesel by 7.05

Petrol price on Sunday was slashed by Rs 8.69 a litre and that of diesel by Rs 7.05 per litre following the government’s decision to cut excise duty on auto fuels, giving relief to consumers battered by high fuel prices that had pushed inflation to a record high. The government had on Saturday announced a record Rs 8 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and Rs 6 reduction on diesel. The excise duty cut will translate into a reduction of Rs 8.69 a litre on petrol in Delhi…

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Kashmir is now Cash-Mir; Allege visiting tourists

Kashmir is now Cash-Mir; Allege visiting tourists

Kashmir valley is witnessing a significant increase in tourist arrivals but at the same time “fraud” is on the rise. Tourists and tourism professionals alike are happy, but with this bumper season comes complaints of overcharging and fraud. People associated with tourism say that the process of nexus has increased which is damaging the image of Kashmiri hospitality. A delegation of Tourists while speaking to KIF alleged that there is a complete nexus between Shikara owners and showrooms who work on commissions and are robbing many tourists. We came across…

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To beat the heat, Kashmir Valley emerging first choice of tourists coming from the rest of the India

To beat the heat, Kashmir Valley emerging first choice of tourists coming from the rest of the India

Kashmir Valley is the first choice of tourists coming from the rest of the country to beat the heat. Thousands of tourists flock to the Kashmir Valley every single day. The main reason is the weather. The temperatures across North India have crossed 46 degrees while the temperature in Kashmir is hovering around 20 degrees, one of the reasons behind the increase in tourist arrivals. The whole of India is facing heatwave conditions, where temperatures are touching 50 degrees, and this has pushed the tourism industry further in the valley.…

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