‘More Beautiful Than Europe’: Indians Flock to Kashmir’s Lakes, Boats

'More Beautiful Than Europe': Indians Flock to Kashmir's Lakes, Boats

India’s Kashmir region is attracting record tourists after the easing of pandemic restrictions and some improvement in the security situation, bolstering local businesses. Tourist arrivals are set to touch a ten-year high this year after more than 340,000 tourists have come since January, local tour operators and government officials said, despite restrictions on foreign tourists and some recent incidents of violence. Tourism plunged in Kashmir after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration stripped the region of its special status and autonomy in 2019, and later as the COVID-19 pandemic cut domestic…

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