Buoyed by a file footfall of vacationers of 23 lakh the earlier yr, the J&Ok tourism division on Thursday determined to deliver less-travelled Doodhpathri meadows in Budgam district on the winter tourism map.
Just 44 km away from capital Srinagar, Doodhpathri hosted a day-long snow pageant, which was attended by lots of of native and home vacationers. Exciting snow sports activities, resembling snow kabaddi, tug of battle, rallies of all-terrain autos, snowmobiles and ski runs have been held on the event.
“Doodhpathri is given a boost as a winter destination. The destination has been kept open this winter to attract more tourists. Introduction of various snow activities and the operationalisation of a ski shop would be a game changer for the destination,” Director Tourism, Kashmir, Fazlul Haseeb mentioned.
The ski drag elevate can also be being made practical by the subsequent summer time, which might make Doodhpathri a distinguished snowboarding resort after Gulmarg within the Valley.
Syeed Fakhrudin Hamid, Deputy Commissioner of Budgam, welcomed the tourism division’s transfer. “This event has a unique model where tourism, employment and infrastructure sectors are being approached in a convergent manner for the sustainable development of the area,” Mr. Hamid mentioned.
DC Hamid expressed satisfaction on the large turnout of the occasion. He praised the keenness and dedication of locals and acknowledged the efforts of the tourism division for collaborating with the district administration on such a profitable occasion. He expressed confidence that such occasions will ultimately see Doodhpathri emerge as finest winter vacation spot in J&Ok and in addition generate self employment alternatives for the youth.
Kashmir hosted recorded 23 lakh vacationers in 2022, highest figures since 2013 when round 13 lakh vacationers visited the Valley. The tourism division is constructing on vacationer move and increasing winter tourism infrastructure.