The government reported that over 1.6 crore visitors have come to the union region of Jammu and Kashmir so far this year. According to a news agency, this year saw the Valley’s highest level of tourism since India gained its freedom.
“For the second time, we are at Dal Lake. But after a very long period, we are finally here. We returned to Kashmir because of its breathtaking natural beauty.
To our amazement, this time around there are a number of enhancements and alterations, “From the Dal Lake’s shores, a tourist from West Bengal made the statement.
Tourists now feel secure visiting Kashmir because of the union territory’s better security situation, the ministry claimed.
Residents of the Valley, where the tourism industry continues to be the main source of employment, have reported a better quality of life as a result of the increased tourist influx.
“This trend is positive. This year has seen a spike in tourism, which is wonderful for us. Due to the large number of visitors that came here to celebrate Durga Puja during the previous few days, “a local who works in the tourism industry stated.
A migrant vendor who has been operating close to the Dal Lake for a some now expressed his satisfaction with the increased foot traffic. “My business is currently going nicely. I spend five to seven months working here each year. This is a positive trend, and I like how things are at the moment,” he said.
The information regarding the tourism industry was made public on Thursday by the directorate of information & public relations (DIPR) of the government of Jammu & Kashmir. According to media reports, tourism has surged at popular tourist destinations in the UTs like Pahalgam, Gulmarg, and Sonamarg, but Srinagar’s hotels and guesthouses are still completely occupied.