June 18 (TravelAndy): The troubled north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir organised a familiarization trip for five foreign travel writers earlier this month, Greater Kashmir reported.
The writers from Australia and the UK visited Leh and Srinagar during their trip.
At the end of their trip, the visitors met the state’s tourism minister who told them about the wonderful experiences that the mountainous state had to offer. They were also made aware of the steps the authorities were taking to ensure safety of tourists. Continue reading Trouble-torn Kashmir seeks to attract foreign tourists
March 4 (TravelAndy): The Tulip Garden in Srinagar has added 50 varieties of flowers and north India’s Jammu and Kashmir state government expects a boost in tourist inflow because of that, said The Kashmir Monitor.
Travelling to Kashmir has always been on my bucket list and this time I finally made it!
I’d always heard Kashmir was a land of magic that exhibits diverse beauty in different seasons. So I planned to start with winter, the season of of white bed of snow, chilling breeze and multiple-layered cloths and traditional Kangri hidden under Pheran (a traditional knee-length cloak).
After I reached India’s northernmost state, the first flavour of Kashmir I took in was with the sip of Kehwa, traditional Kashmiri green tea in my hotel located in an alley close to Dal Lake. I spent the day sailing around the lake.
Unlike other seasons, Dal lake during winter is not so colourful, but still it is mesmerising and equally absorbing. A blanket of mist covers the lake and from it emerges colourful Shikaras captained by the local people, whose lives are very much dependent on this beautiful lake. Sailing the Dal lake it a must-do when you’re in the area. Sailing through Dal lake in winter is like removing layers of fog one after the other and going closer to a refreshing beauty of its floating vegetable market and wood crafted houseboats. Continue reading Why you should visit Kashmir in winter
February 19 (IBNS): The first AirAsia India flight touched down at Srinagar, capital of north India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, today.
The troubled mountainous state, which is a bone of contention between the nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan, attracts thousands of domestic and international tourists with his incredible beauty — because of which it has often been referred to as “heaven on earth”.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti waved the flag “as a landing signal” to the first AirAsia India flight today. Continue reading AirAsia India starts flights to Srinagar
November 22 (TravelAndy): To attract wildlife enthusiasts, Srinagar, the capital of India’s Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state, has decided to start safari services in the city forest area, said reports.
“The introduction of wildlife safari buses in Srinagar will help restrict the movement of private vehicles to such eco-friendly areas and the tourists and locals would get the best possible view of the areas, their wildlife and habitat,” reports quoted Choudhary Lal Singh, the state’s minister of forest, ecology and environment, as saying.
The development of the city forest area in Srinagar is also aimed at promoting eco-friendly tourism. Safari services will also restrict movement of private vehicle along the green area. Continue reading Srinagar mulls city forest safari
February 25 (TravelAndy): Jammu and Kashmir has thrown open the gates of the historical Hari-Parbat fort for visitors, said reports.
Visitors can buy tickets from the two counters set up for the purpose at Interpretation Centre Chatipadshahi Rainawari and TRC Srinagar.
This historical fort, believed to have been built during Mughal emperor Akbar’s reign, is located on the top of Sharika hill, along the bank of Dal lake in Srinagar. Continue reading Srinagar’s Hari-Parbat fort opens for public
October 15 (TavelAndy): To promote adventure tourism, the 17th Himalayan motor rally was flagged off on Wednesday, by Farooq Ahmad Shah, secretary tourism of Jammu and Kashmir state in India, said reports.
The rally commenced on October 11 from Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Before arriving at Srinagar, the rally had already covered places including Delhozi, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah. It reached Srinagar on October 13 via Sinthan Top.
Starting off from Srinagar, the rally will head for Drass, Sanku via Amballa pass to Rangdum. With favourable conditions, the rally is expected return on October 16. Continue reading Kashmir flags off Himalayan motor rally