here is a way the tourism players across the world describes the natives who visit the places in the countryside for a one day excursion-they are called ‘locals’. The locals also contribute a great deal in the economy, as their number defines how much hard cash flows in the market. This fresh cash keeps the market buoyant and is vital for tourism sector. However, in Kashmir we have witnesses the phenomenon of over-tourism of a lot famed tourist spots like Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Dodhpathri, Achabal, Kokernag and Verinag. The locals literally capture these spots almost every day and they resemble like small towns in the countryside. These days these serene picnic spots witness a lot of scuffles, eve teasing, crowd-mismanagement and obviously over-crowding. People litter beverage cans, candy wrappers, potato chips packets and the left out food as and where they want to leave it. There is no proper monitoring of the establishment at these places.
A lot of people have been seen gambling up there in the mountains somewhere where people in high spirits put a good percentage of their income as stake money. Besides, a lot of bootleggers are seen boozing amidst the crowd under full public gaze. Young men flaunt their beer cans as if it is some kind of a trophy. On a mild walk up there in the mountains you can inhale the smoke of weed which the young men joyfully indulge in.
All this is killing the spirit of a family picnic. Many families are now avoiding these picnic spots for the safety of their women. The authorities need to crack down on all the anti-social activities happening at these picnic spots so that every gentleman would feel secure to take his family on a picnic.
The problem of over-tourism can be solved to a large extent by popularizing other virgin places so that some rush of people is diverted to other places also. It would help each and every region of Kashmir to earn livelihood and besides we can maintain the sanctity of these places.