After a long period of decline, the tourism industry in Kashmir has recovered, and the mood is upbeat for those who are attached to the tourism industry.
Kashmir: After a long period of decline, the tourism industry in Kashmir has recovered. The mood is upbeat for those who are attached to the tourism industry. A large number of tourists visited Srinagar and the Kashmir valley in the last few months. Due to overcrowded tourists, it is difficult to get a place in the houseboats at Dal Lake, which have been fully booked, and people are thronging to enjoy the shikara ride.
Hotels situated nearby Dal Lake’s Boulevard Road and adjacent locations are almost overcrowded due to the arrival of many travellers from Delhi, Surat, Kolkata, and several other places.
The tourism sector suffered badly due to the COVID pandemic, which broke the backbone of the industry in Jammu and Kashmir. Notably, with the coming of people from across the country, the sector has breathed a sigh of relief, and Kashmir is once again welcoming visitors.
Tourists from all parts of the country have been visiting J&K this year. Hoteliers, houseboat owners, and taxi and shikara operators are jubilant to see the congregation of tourists, which will really boost their incomes as well.
Record number of tourists
Overall, about 1.62 crore tourists landed in Jammu and Kashmir in 2022. According to a J&K official last month, this is the highest arrival since independence. He further said that it was possible because of the overall development and change that the Union Territory has witnessed.
Sameer Ahmad, manager of Hotel Paradise on Boulevard Road, which is nearly 50 years old, said, “All our rooms are booked till next week right now.”
The visitors’ rush will go on until the start of severe winters. Several people visit here to enjoy the snowfall, and the moment snowfall takes place, Gulmarg resorts are booked much earlier. So, he explained, if no advance reservations are made, it will be impossible to get a room there.
The Union government allotted Rs 786 crore in the budget for the promotion of the tourism sector in J&K, which was Rs 509 crore more than the last budgetary allocation.