New trekking routes

Editorial Good Morning Kashmir
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Mountains always charm people and men are smitten to scale up the steepest of peaks to be one with nature. Kashmir has the most salubrious of all mountains in south Asia. In a mega push to promote eco-tourism in Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir government has identified new trekking routes in Kashmir Valley to promote “adventure tourism”. Be it Gulmarg, or Pahalgam, now adventure routes of Gurez, Tosamaidan and Bungus valley will be the new hot spots in Kashmir where we have identified new trekking routes and would be put through for the tourists undertaking trekking. In a host of Himalayan countries mountain tourism contributes a great deal to the GDP of these countries. Kashmir was known as a trekking heaven and many trekking enthusiasts in Europe had it on top of their priority list in the 80s. In the early half of the 21st century many trekking enthusiasts in their early twenties took to mountaineering as a part time profession but sooner observing the career prospects in trekking made it their full time profession.

 

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These trekking enthusiasts took to the social networking sites to post about their love for mountains attracting attention of trekkers all across the world. Sooner, trekkers started flocking the valley and scaled the mountain peaks. The enthusiasm shown by these trekking enthusiasts who are now full time professionals has rejuvenated the trekking tourism in the valley. In a recent B2B meetings, the Tourism Secretary also enumerated the initiatives taken by the Tourism Department to further broaden the spectrum of tourism products in J&K, and even mentioned projection of 75 lesser known and offbeat destinations, giving more push to adventure activities like trekking, skiing, rafting etc. and making a combo of cuisine, heritage and culture for retaining varied categories of tourists. The government can play a proactive role by training more and more youths in this regard as trek guides. It will also provide gainful employment to the local population and tap the adventure/eco-tourism potential of the UT.

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