Introduction J&K is one of the beautiful places in the country to visit. It is filled with beautiful lush green forests, cascading rivers and streams, Mughal gardens, snow-capped mountains calling people to visit and explore its beauty, and enjoy staying in the beautiful and pristine glory of the state. J&K is the abode of beauty, filled with grandeur and grace. The people are cordial, friendly and always helpful. However, after Pulwama carnage, there are concerns growing among people for their safety and security but even after the attack, people have visited and are still visiting the state to enjoy its scintillating ambience- so soothing and rejuvenating! National and foreign tourists are visiting the state without any apprehensions.
J&K is a safe place for tourists despite the border skirmishes and it has no effect on the tourism circuit of the state". Director tourism department in Kashmir said while leading a delegation from JK in Kolkata last year in November. He also maintained that JK is the only state in the country with zero crime record against tourists. He also said, that with a footfall of 1 lakh foreign tourists, the domestic tourists crossed 1 crore in 2017.
Amarnath Yatra Govt officials are also optimistic about the annual Amarnath yatra that begins from July 1, 2019, and lasts for about forty days. This will also help in the arrival of more tourists in the state. Officials have also intensified their efforts to counter the negative campaign against the state through different social media platforms. Devotees pay obedience to Amaranth shrine cave every year during July to August, and hundreds perform 'Pratham puja' in the cave which is accessible only once a year. Govt has made full proof security arrangement for devotees. The state has dedicated tourism police force for tourists and travellers to ensure their safety especially at places like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg. People visit the shrine without any apprehensions each year.
Tourists Places Apart from this Shive lingum, there are so many tourist places where people from across the globe visit and lap up in the scintillating charm and elegance of J&K. Be it Dal lake in Srinagar or lush green meadows of Gulmarg and Sonamarg. Be it Mughal gardens or other tourist places, people throng to the state to get some relief from scorching heat in other states of India and Kashmir Valley acts as the soothing destination to tourists in Summer. J&K is alluring and mesmerising in summers, but the joy of visiting Kashmir in winters is also dazzler and an eyeful.
Increased tourists influx and Hoteliers Summer vacations in educational institutions and workplaces have increased the tourist influx in the state and the airfares from Delhi-Srinagar are skyrocketing proves the fact that tourist in J&K are increasing and people are enjoying the summer in the state. Tourism players have welcomed the increase in tourist arrival and maintained the tourists season is picking up after a doom in the industry for last a couple of months. Our lavish and sumptuous food especially "Wazwan" with the tinge of Kashmiri Saffron- world's best herb, is very much enjoyed by tourists. States' rich culture also encourages tourists to visit this state more often. The arrival of visitors in the state in huge numbers has lambasted the negative publicity by fringe elements about the state. The who tourists visited here in the past are impressed by the peaceful atmosphere and hospitality of the state, hence, are countering those negative campaigns against the state.
Hoteliers in the state are upbeat about the tourist especially hoteliers in Dal Lake, Gulmarg and Pahalgam are keen to see the tourist from south-east Asian countries as well as neighbouring countries.
As per the official reports, in the last couple of weeks, the number of visitors has increased between 5000-6000 and, therefore, airfares are skyrocketing. Srinagar-Jammu national highway, Kashmir's only Jugular vein connecting valley to the rest of the country remains affected due to frequent landslides at many places. Therefore, Airfares have increased manifold from Delhi to Srinagar due to the rush of tourists in the state.
Wrap Up JK is as much safe for tourists as other states of India. Tourists from across the globe visit JK to enjoy its beauty without any comprehensions. Kashmir has been a favourite place for the visitors especially in the scorching heat of summer. So, visit the J&K and capture some beautiful moments of life with the people and scintillating beauty of the state. There is no need to feel insecure, tourism season is picking in J&K and is waiting to welcome you!