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Tourism Boom in Kashmir

Buoyed by a relatively peaceful recent years, which have seen very little terrorist activities or even internal strife in the form of strikes, shutdowns and stone pelting, the state of Jammu and Kashmir which is nestled in the Himalayas, is becoming an increasingly favoured destination in the country. The north-west Indian region of Kashmir could become popular among adventure tourists in the near future. State Govt. is to open up a number of high-altitude mountain peaks to travellers in a bid to boost tourism in the area, which could be beneficial for people who like to see the world and do plenty of climbing while they're at it. The new climbing routes will be popular among foreign tourists, as Kashmir is a stunning part of the world. Over the past decade adventure travel has been the biggest growth sector of travel and as more of the public experience a trekking holiday, it is natural for them to want to up the challenge for their next adventure.

Once violent streets of Lal Chowk both Residency Road and Maulana Azad Road are witnessing a huge rush of tourists resulting in traffic jams. These streets might be witnessing few stone pelting incidents with lesser frequency now; it’s not deterring tourists’ anymore. Normalcy in the Kashmir will give rise to tourist inflow not only from the country but across the world as a whole. It will enhance the economy of both the state and the public in general. The tourists should visit the valley and enjoy its ethnic beauty. The Kashmiri public has already branded as a good host to outsiders, particularly to non-Muslims. They should ensure that tourists do not face any difficulties during their stay in the state.Common man will be benefitted more to earn their bread entirely from tourists’ visit which was otherwise badly hit after the militancy broke out in the state in 1989.

Before militancy intensified in 1989, tourism formed an important part of the Kashmiri economy. The tourism economy in the Kashmir valley was worst hit. However, the holy shrines of Jammu and the Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh continue to remain popular pilgrimage and tourism destinations. Every year, thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit holy shrines of Vaishno Devi and Amarnath which has had significant impact on the state's economy. The Vaishno Devi yatra alone contributes Rs. 475 crore to the local economy annually.

Tourism in the Kashmir valley has rebounded in recent years and in 2009, the state became one of the top tourist destinations of India. However with the decrease in violence in the state has boosted the state’s economy specifically tourism. It was reported that 7.36 lakh tourists visited Kashmir in 2010 including 23,000 foreigners. In 2011, the number of tourist arrivals in Kashmir touched the mark of 10 lakh and in 2012 it has touched the figure of all time high i.e 14 lakh. As the initial indications has received regarding the tourists inflow it may break the record of previous year figure and set a new benchmark for other states of India.





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