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Srinagar: Asia’s largest Tulip Garden, situated on the bank of the world-famous Dal lake is all set to be thrown open on March 25 subject to the weather conditions. According to Director Floriculture, Farooq Ahmad, the department has decided to throw open the famous Tulip garden on March 25 (Thursday). He said that a record number of Tulip’s will bloom this year and all the arrangements have been finalized for opening the garden. In wake…

Behind the current tourism façade, the unaddressed issue of fading boats is distressing Dal Lake dwellers. Part of the problem is said to be last year’s draft and decree of years — pushing the ‘anchorless’ community to obscurity now. On the deck of his floating house, Yaqoob Duno laments over his tribe’s identity loss in the ‘water graveyard’. Ever since the pandemic created another phase of pathos in the “world-famous Dal Lake”, it has consumed…

Won’t host guests till license renewed: KHBOA Srinagar: Houseboats, which catches the eye of tourists at the Dal Lake and other water bodies are craving for government’s attention while the houseboat owners express concern over the embargo on the repair work. Kashmir Houseboat Owners Association (KHBOA) President Abdul Hamid Wangnoo said that the number of houseboats is declining with each passing year. “There were 1500 houseboats five years ago in the four major water bodies…

Sonamarg: Jammu and Kashmir administration Thursday opened the picturesque tourist spot of Sonmarg in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district a month earlier than the scheduled opening. Sonmarg would usually open for tourists in the month of April. The opening was marked by the day-long long festival organised by Directorate of Tourism and inaugurated by the Advisor to J&K LG, Baseer Khan, who also flagged off many sports activities. Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Shafqat Iqbal while speaking on…

If weather remains same, garden will be thrown open on March 20: Dir Floriculture Srinagar: Tulip garden in Srinagar would likely be thrown open earlier this year in case the prevalent weather conditions persist in the Valley, officials said on Thursday. Director Floriculture, Fayaz Ahmad Rather said that the date for opening the Tulip garden has not been decided yet as it is subjected to the weather conditions. “We are expecting an early opening of…

Two-wheeler, Shikaras damaged Srinagar:: A two-wheeler and some Shikaras were damaged after a portion of road at ‘World Famous Tourist Destination’ Dal Lake caved in on Wednesday afternoon. The pavement as part of the boulevard road at Dalgate area caved in all of a sudden, however, no injuries have been reported. Officials said that no loss of life or injury was reported during the incident. Locals said that a Scooty, which was parked on the…

Srinagar: After remaining suspended for around 11 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic train services resumed in the Kashmir Valley on Monday. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said this will enhance ease of movement and provide a big boost to the tourism sector. “Railways to resume train operations in Kashmir Valley on Banihal-Baramulla section from 22nd February, with two services operating initially,” Goyal tweeted. Earlier, the Railways said that no date has yet been fixed for…

Srinagar: Kashmir tourism has seen a very steep decline in tourist inflow as a mere 84,000 visitors arrived in the last 18 months in Kashmir — post abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019. The numbers are just 0.8 percent tourists that had visited Kashmir valley annually as over one million tourists had visited valley in 2010-13. Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel informed the Parliament that 84,326 tourists visited Kashmir since August 5, 2019,…

Srinagar: The big banners of Bollywood are on a 4-day visit to Kashmir to explore scenic backdrops for their future film projects. The top names which have arrived here include Ajay Devgun Films, Sanjay Dutt Productions, Reliance Entertainment, Rohit Shetty Films, Zee Studios, Adhikari Brothers & SAB (Marathi), Endemol, Rajkumar Hirani, Excel Entertainment, etc besides representatives from Producers Guild, Mumbai. Soon after their arrival, the 24-member delegation of top-notch banners and other artists visited Gulmarg…

Lucknow: Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department stall at the India Travel Mart (ITM) in Lucknow has been evoking a keen response from the stakeholders particularly tour operators and intending tourists. The three-day tourism event was inaugurated by Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Uttar Pradesh, Mukesh Kumar Meshram and is closing by tomorrow. A large number of visitors who visited the JK stall evinced keen interest in the tourism products on display and enquired about the…