A BRIEF INTRODUCTION:
Tourism in J&K is one of the most important sectors of economy. Being the largest service industry, tourism is a significant contributor to the state GDP,Â foreign exchange for the country, provides wide spread employment, yields tax revenue etc. Jammu and Kashmir has immense potential for Pilgrimage tourism also.
J&K has an immense potential for tourism from both domestic as well as international tourists. While mountainous landscape of Kashmir valley has attracted tourists for centuries across the globe. Some notable tourist places in Kashmir valley are Dal lake, Mughal gardens, Nishat Garden, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg etc. Kashmiriâ€™s natural landscape has made it one of the popular destinations for adventure tourism in South Asia.
Â Besides these tourist spots in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, the famous tourist destinations in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh areÂ Patnitop, Nathatop, Mantalai, Mansar Lake, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Verinag, Betaab valley, Shankaracharya temple, Hazratbal, Pari Mahal, Wular Lake, Shanti Stupa, Deskit Monastery etc.
Advantages and Disadvantages to visit KASHMIR .
â€œIdhar tourist log ko koi choo bhi nahi saktaâ€
(No one can even lay a finger on a tourist here)
These were the first words our driver uttered after we exchanged courtesies outside the airport and were now comfortably seated in a Tavera.
Because till that moment, my wife and I were, like most uninformed tourists, a tad apprehensive about Kashmir. Thanks to the media, the first imageÂ KashmirÂ conjured was of the rampant militancy. We hadn't heard of the legendaryÂ tehzeebÂ (refinement) of Kashmiri locals, nor the fact that militancy was all but finished in the valley. Then again, weÂ wereÂ uninformed tourists.
Yet, our driver, â€œAashiqâ€ (yes we too smiled at the name!) was comforting us to the point of cynicism. Anyway, my wife and I checked in to our modest hotel overlooking the quiet and beautiful Dal Lake and spent the day absorbing gorgeous views and formulating defence strategies should we land in to any trouble.Â
Everyone we met during the whole trip seemed to echo Aashiqâ€™s words (Idhar tourist log ko koi choo bhi nahi sakta) in their own way. I believe they were keen to re-establishÂ KashmirÂ as a peaceful and tourist-friendly destination.
For me, they succeeded. Now I know how safe is Kashmir for tourists. For you; why donâ€™t youÂ go to KashmirÂ and find out.Â
Â Abhishekh Mishra-Make My trip BloggerÂ
It has always been believed that tourists in Kashmir aren't deliberately targeted or harmed. Indignant protesters have made a special safe passage for tourists so no passenger gets harm.
,Â Digital Marketing Trainee at Total Holiday Options
Recently even after Pulwama Incident, A social media drive was held by many Local and domestic travel agents to show that kashmir is still the safer place to visit.
2)Â No Crime Record Against Tourists
Jammu and Kashmir has been declared as the countryâ€™s safest tourist spot for domestic travellers, and the tensions witnessed on borders have little to no effect on this, according to the state government officialsÂ .
Â The state has seen no crime against tourists in 2015 and 2016 as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) annual data.
3)Â Travel Companies Across India Selling Kashmir Like Hot Cakes.
Check Out the videos below from the reputed travel Companies who are supporting and selling kashmir with 100% confidence.
1. KESARI TRAVELS
2. HEENA TOUR AND TRAVELS
3)Â What is the ProofÂ of considering Kashmir Tourism Safer?
Check out the recent Videos below from the travellers across the globe who found KASHMIR not only Beautiful but all time safest place for tourists.
1. FILM ACTOR JOHN ABRAHAM
2. A Foreigner and a SOLO Female Traveller
3. Ms.Manisha Sharma ( New Delhi)
There Is No Disadvantage as Such If you avoid the things given Below:
1.Â Avoid watching Fake News Channels
This is the highest disadvantage , That people use to trust the news channelsÂ and Anchors who present the bad image of Kashmir just to raise the TRP's. Yes, There are exceptions likeÂ ParsonÂ Joshi,Â RavishÂ Kumar, Barkha Dutt, Abhisar Sharma and few others Who stand with the truth always.
Recent Pulwama attack was a tragedy for everyone, But media presented it like whole kashmir is involved, This thing should have been kept between Military and Militants or in broader terms POLITICS, Business should have been kept aside of it. Even though everyday is a tragedy to kashmiris as due to dirty politics Kashmiris have suffered alot.Â
2.Â Involvement Of Communal Groups
After PulwamaÂ attack and Others happened in past, Every time Kashmiris across the country were targeted by either so called patriot individuals or group of people associated with some organisations, Giving a wrong message to world that every Kashmiri Is a Terrorist, which is a total contrast to the ADVANTAGES given above. Such People are giving a message that they are only concerned about Kashmir and not the Kashmiris living in it.Â Even though Such People probably constitutes only a fraction of percentage but it adversely affects the backbone of kashmir tourism.Â
Should have been such Persons or Organisations be booked and banned ? No answerÂ
3.Â Â A Bitter Co-operation Between State and Central Government
when any tragedy like Pulwama and others happen in Kashmir, There had always been a complete separatism between State and Central Government. In Past, many of the Political leaders such as the Governor Of Meghalaya were also seen to deliver the speeches like boycott Kashmir,Kashmiris and its Products across the country.With that reason it creates a wrong perception and becomes very hard for the interested travellers to make a decision about Kashmir.Â
Government Of India Should take necessary steps to gain the trust of the people of kashmir rather than making the hate speeches. When there will be a Business inside valley everyone will be happy and engaged and when you create any problem, it will not be the problem for kashmiris only it would be a national problem ofcourse.Â
4.Â The SHUTDOWN
As all us know that due toÂ shutdown a normal life in kashmir gets hampered which in turn hampers the economical growth of the state. But whatever happen inside Kashmir has a story of its own, which has nothing to do with the tourists across the world. Besides few incidents created by some unknown fringe elements, every time a free passage to the tourists were givenÂ whenever there is any kind of shutdown call in Kashmir. Even though they are accompanied by the Local drivers who can risk their own life for the tourists if needed as said in kashmir Tourists are not only the tourists they are the esteemed guests for whole community.