Adventure tourism gives Indian region a boost

2nd Jan 2013

Adventure tourism is expected to give a boost to the Indian region of Jammu and Kashmir thanks to the establishment of new trekking courses.

The tourism department in Jammu and Kashmir got together with the ski and mountaineering association to organise a trek was from a village situated 9.3 kilometres from Srinagar, called Faqeer Gujri, to Asthanmarg in the Zabarwan range..

The training of professional guides from the youth in the valley was one of the main purposes of the trip, as was the promotion of eco-tourism.

Mohammad Yousuf, the trek leader and organiser, aims to attract more young people to the sport and to raise the profile of adventure tourism.

Yousuf said: "In the last one or two years, the tourism industry in the Kashmir valley is reviving. But only pleasure tourism is being revived but the adventure tourism is not being promoted at that level.

"The reason behind it is the lack of manpower. I used to work as a mountain guide but I have grown old and I cannot go. Therefore, now we have to train the youth for trekking, skiing and rafting."

The government has been urged to increase the promotion of events like the trek as these have become popular in recent times both for local and foreign tourists.

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