Market demand increasing for Calligraphic Kashmiri Silk Carpets

Market demand increasing for Calligraphic Kashmiri Silk Carpets

Young artisans and designers are incorporating new designs and techniques into the art of weaving and painting Kashmiri carpets, something that already has worldwide fame. Artists have started using calligraphy art for the first time on these silk carpets. This has resulted in greater demand in markets. This may also attract young talent to try their hand at the art. Beautiful Calligraphy work on these silk carpets is adding to its beauty. Most of these carpets are sold outside the country. Craftsmen like Shahnawaz Ahmad are making sure that this…

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‘Aao Kashmir’ theme will increase tourist footfall in J&K: LG Manoj Sinha

‘Aao Kashmir’ theme will increase tourist footfall in J&K - LG Manoj Sinha

Sinha visits ‘The Paradise Fest’ organized to celebrate World Tourism Week On the occasion of World Tourism Day, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today visited ‘The Paradise Fest’ organized as part of the World Tourism Week celebrations at Zabarwan Park saying the festival will help boost tourist footfall. The Tourism Festival from 27th to 29th September is being organized by various government departments including Tourism Department, JKTDC, SMC in collaboration with NGOs and the Indian Army. The theme of the fest is “Aao Kashmir”. During his visit, the Lt Governor inspected…

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Kashmir’s famed walnut industry is on the Decline

Kashmir’s famed walnut industry is on the Decline

Walnut producers in Kashmir have been hit by the decline in exports, with the lack of mechanisation in the production process leading to low yield and poor crop quality. Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) produces nearly 98% of India’s total walnut produce, with an annual production of around 2.66 lakh metric tonnes on 89,000 hectares. Each year, walnuts are shipped across the country in cardboard boxes and gunny bags. With walnuts from California, Chile and China entering the Indian market, Kashmir’s walnut industry has suffered a setback. Growers and producers of…

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Kashmir Craft has worldwide reach and the govt is committed for its promotion: Baseer Khan

Kashmir Craft has worldwide reach and the govt is committed for its promotion - Baseer Khan

Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan said that the government is fully committed to promoting all the crafts and handicrafts of Jammu and Kashmir and is taking several initiatives in this regard. He made these observations while inaugurating the Celebration of Vanijya Saptah at Kashmir Haat here, as part of the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, which marks the start of the 75th year of Indian Independence. Vanijya Saptah is a two-day event being organised by the Department of Handicrafts and Handloom in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce GoI,…

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Kashmir’s iconic houseboats fret over ‘Ailing Heritage’; A sinking feeling by Owners

Kashmir's iconic houseboats fret over 'Ailing Heritage'; A sinking feeling by Owners

A 2005 building and repair ban restricted owners from houseboat maintenance, causing many to sink Experts urge authorities to ease policies and preserve the ‘identity of Kashmir’ after COVID-19 related travel curbs upended the industry Manzoor Kundroo wistfully traces his fingers over the intricate woodwork that lines the interiors of the King’s Ring, his family-owned heritage houseboat and one of many stationed on the iconic Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir. It’s been the pride of his family for more than 80 years and their main source of revenue but fell…

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Tourism promotional campaign concludes in Kolkatta

Tourism promotional campaign concludes in Kolkatta

Chariot ride, interactions part of the concluding program. Tourism Department concluded its successful promotional campaign in Kolkatta by organizing a unique, colorful Chariot ride at the famous Victoria Palace. The innovative method of promotion mesmerised the locals and invoked a huge response from the local media, travel trade fraternity especially TAAB, TAAI, and other travel bodies of Kolkatta. The chariots were decorated with banners of J&K Tourism and officers/stakeholders of the Tourism Department wearing tourism promotional outfits sitting inside the chariots. Before the Chariot ride, the team of officers led…

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J&K lines up festivals to promote 75 new tourist spots

J&K lines up festivals to promote 75 new tourist spots

The J&K tourism department was asked to organise a 3-month tourism festival from November to January around the new tourist places To attract foreign and domestic tourists towards Jammu and Kashmir, the Union territory is planning to promote 75 new tourist spots through a dedicated festival which will be held by the end of this year. J&K is witnessing an uptick in tourist arrivals after a long time and the government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure more footfall, especially in areas less explored. J&K chief secretary Arun Kumar…

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What is better than Kashmir if you can’t go to Europe?

What is better than Kashmir if you can’t go to Europe

The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic may have spelt doom for the tourism and hospitality sector at large, but not in Kashmir. The valley has emerged as the most sought after destination in 2021 for premium domestic tourists otherwise accustomed to jaunts abroad, resulting in a major bump in business for luxury hotels and golf courses. A similar trend is emerging in Meghalaya, the second northeastern State after Sikkim to open for tourists, where high-end hotels are doing better than low-end and budget properties. Tourist footfall in Kashmir valley destinations such as…

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US issues a fresh travel advisory, warns Americans travelling to India to avoid J&K

US issues a fresh travel advisory, warns Americans travelling to India to avoid J&K

In good news for those in the US wanting to travel to India, the US government on Monday eased its travel advisory for India and lowered it to Level 2 or ‘Moderate’ but has urged  Americans not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest. Travel advisory Level 2 is considered ‘Safe’ and has come in the wake if a significant improvement in the COVID-19 situation in India. Early this year, the US had put India in…

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Mund Daji: A lesser-known picnic spot

Mund Daji - A lesser known picnic spot

Dr. Zubair Ahmad War Kashmir is famous for the gardens built by Mughal emperors, mostly located in the capital Srinagar. Hill stations such as Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam are famous for their scenic beauty. It is said that Kashmir’s Emperor Yousuf Shah Chak was fond of Gulmarg and used to frequent it along with Empress Habba Khatoon. Mughals too were interested in this place. During British rule, the Englishmen built Golf Courses and Ski Club in picturesque Gulmarg. Even after the British era, Gulmarg received due attention, and Cable Car…

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