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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,…

‘Manali-Leh highway to be reopened by or before May’ Ladakh: Amid the India-China standoff, Tourism department in Ladakh union territory has reopened Pangong Lake for tourists from January 10 in this month after nearly a year of closure. Tourism department officials informed the news agency Kashmir News Observer that the prime tourist attraction in Ladakh UT, Pangong Lake has been reopened for tourists. Notably, the Pangong Lake in Ladakh was closed for tourists post border…

Srinagar: Following fresh snowfall in parts of Kashmir Valley including Srinagar, several flights have been delayed or cancelled at “International” airport here. Officials that given the weather, there was the possibility of more flight cancellations. “The concerned passengers are requested to follow updates of their flights and act accordingly,” they said. The flight operation at Srinagar International Airport resumed on January 6 after four days of closure due to heavy snowfall. Srinagar Airport witnessed highest passenger…

Srinagar: Snowfall continued in Kashmir Valley for fourth consecutive day on Wednesday. Flight operations to and from Kashmir remained suspended while Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed due to mudslide and landslides at several other places en-route the thoroughfare besides snowfall in and around Jawahar Tunnel where close to four feet of snow has been recorded. Amid heavy snowfall, the 270-kilometre Srinagar-Jammu National Highway remained closed while no flight operations could take place at the Srinagar International…

Srinagar: Flights remained grounded while the Jammu-Srinagar highway continued to be closed as snowfall battered Kashmir Valley for the third consecutive day on Tuesday. Officials told GNS that no flight could take off or arrive at the Srinagar international airport due to poor visibility. The airlines have already canceled or rescheduled the flights and as per the officials, it was highly unlikely for any operation to take place at the airport in wake of the…