Kashmir’s Travel Industry badly shattered by COVID19 Second Wave

Kashmir's Travel Industry badly shattered by COVID19 Second Wave

The tourism sector in Jammu and Kashmir had picked up in November-December of last year with tourists coming to the valley in large numbers to enjoy the snowfall and serene views. However, the second wave of Covid-19 changed everything. The second wave of Covid-19 has badly hit tourism in Kashmir valley. According to the local tourist operators, tourism season gradually picked up from October last year. Heavy snowfall in the last winter attracted thousands of tourists in Kashmir especially in Gulmarg where the grand sports event ‘Khelo India’ was organized…

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Evening flights to Srinagar will give major boost to Kashmir tourism: Dr. GN Itoo

Welcoming the start of night flight operations at Srinagar airport, Director Tourism Kashmir Dr. GN Itoo said evening flights and direct flights from major cities will give a major fillip to the Valley’s tourism sector. He added that both the evening and the direct flight from a major city like Bangalore will go a long way in attracting more tourists to the Valley. “We have been pursuing direct and the evening flights for a long time which has now got materialised. There are many travellers, especially business class who fly…

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Tulip Festival 2021 to kick start from today

Asia’s largest tulip garden, overlooking the famous Dal Lake here, will be thrown open to the public on Thursday, marking the beginning of new tourism season in the Kashmir. Formerly known as Siraj Bagh, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden was opened in 2008 by then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. The idea of the garden, spread over 30 hectares in the foothills of snow-clad Zabarwan Range, was conceived to advance the tourism season in the Valley by two months. “The garden will be thrown open for public on Thursday,”…

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2021 Gave a dream start to the dead tourism industry in Kashmir

Come Spring, Kashmir is fully sold out with hotels booked to the brim. An official of the tourism department said they are preparing for bumper spring and summer seasons in Kashmir. “Travel agents are receiving satisfactory queries from tour operators across the country. The bookings have surged since December. Hotels are 100% booked till April,” he said. Post unlock, Kashmir has been one of the most sought-after destinations for backpackers.Data reveals that tourism arrivals surged by 30 percent in the first quarter of 2021. As per the figures, more than…

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Doodhpathri the Valley of Milk

Around 47 kilometres away from summer capital Srinagar, Doodhpathri – a tourist destination and a hill station is located in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. At an altitude of 2,730 meters from sea level, the breathtaking destination lies 22 kilometres away from district headquarters Budgam. Popularly known as ‘Valley of Milk’, the revered saint of Kashmir Hazrat Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani (RA) would spend time here and pray. According to the legend, the Sheikh went into the forests to quest his thirst but he found nothing. The legend goes that the Sheikh…

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Tenon, Haryana based IS & FM Company bags J&K Bank contract deploys 1100 employees

Tenon- India’s leading Integrated Security & Facility Management Service Provider has secured a contract for facility management with Jammu & Kashmir Bank across the Kashmir region. In a statement to news agency, the company has been already operating the security services in the region of Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir. The statement said “Tenon has deployed more than 1100 highly trained housekeeping & FM staff in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir, who are known for their professional & tech oriented integrated facility management solutions.” Quoting Major Manjit Rajain,…

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A two-day winter carnival in Pahalgam generates new hope within the industry

A two-day winter carnival to revive the tourism sector, hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, began at the famous resort of Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, an official spokesman said.The popular tourist spot reverberated with colorful activities, including cultural programs, display of art and craft, live painting, and calligraphy both by amateurs and professionals, as the carnival organized by the Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir, began at the resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, he said. The festival was inaugurated by Director Tourism, Kashmir, G N Itoo. Traditional music performances…

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Tourism Industry eyeing Tulip Festival 2021

India celebrates the Kashmir Tulip Festival each year during spring. The main venue for this festival is the Kashmir Tulip Garden. The festival is held in the Kashmir Tulip Garden which is named after former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Enjoy stunning views of Kashmir’s Dal Lake from this terrace garden which was constructed with the sole aim of promoting tourism in Kashmir. The famous tulip garden in Srinagar is gearing up to surprise its visitors during the upcoming tulip show in 2021. As per the plan, 1.5 million Tulip…

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New Year with New Hope: Kashmir abuzz with tourists

After a lull of nearly one-and-a-half years, Kashmir was again abuzz with tourists as thousands of people from different parts of the country descended on the picturesque Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and other areas of the valley for the New Year. After a lull of nearly one-and-a-half years, Kashmir was again abuzz with tourists as thousands of people from different parts of the country descended on the picturesque Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and other areas of the valley for the New Year. As tourist arrivals spiked, the region witnessed huge traffic jams. The situation…

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New Year enthusiasts flocking towards ‘Freezing Kashmir’

Undeterred by the intense cold wave sweeping through the valley, scores of adventure sport lovers and new-year enthusiasts have been rushing to Kashmir, as minimum temperatures across Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh remained below the freezing point on Friday. Among these New Year enthusiasts are also honeymoon couples who are thronging the famous ski resort of Gulmarg, with the minimum temperature dipping to minus 5.6 degrees Celsius. Hotels, huts and other accommodations are all sold out at the ski resort, as authorities are engaged in ensuring comfort for the arriving tourists.…

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