Heritage Bus Service, Walk Organized on National Tourism Day – Jammu and Kashmir Latest News | Tourism
SRINAGAR, Jan 25: Aiming to commemorate the National Tourism Day celebration, Kashmir Department of Tourism has today launched the ‘Srinagar City Sightseeing Bus Service’ for tourists to showcase the heritage sites , cuisines and crafts in the city to enhance the experience of visitors who flock to the area from around the world.
Tourism Secretary Sarmad Hafeez in the presence of Tourism Director GN Itoo today announced the bus service which will take tourists to important sites in the city of Srinagar including Burzhama, Hariparbat, Chatipadshahi, Jamia Masjid, Hazratbal, Harwan Buddhist site, Pari Mahal and other places.
The objective of the heritage circuit is to boost the heritage tourism potential of the city in addition to promoting nature tourism.
Furthermore, the tourism department has simultaneously launched nationwide tours to Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Aru Valley, Doodpathri, Baderwah and other famous tourist destinations.
The Secretary, while elaborating on this unique government initiative, said the motive for launching the heritage tourist bus service is to enhance tourists’ experience of the heritage potential of the city by providing them with the best facilities. He said it was an appropriate day to launch a bus service to heritage sites while referring to the celebration of National Tourism Day.
He said the government is working under a well-planned strategy to ensure that all tourist destinations and resorts remain open during the winters while taking good care of the safety and comfort of tourists, which is always a priority. of paramount importance for the administration.
He informed that the Tourism Department is considering starting the Night Skiing and Night Shikara events in strict compliance with Covid protocols. He said all stakeholders associated with the travel and tourism industry have been fully vaccinated to contain the spread of the corona virus.
The Director of Tourism informed that in view of National Tourism Day, the department is organizing several snow events in Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Doodpathri and other places besides organizing renowned heritage tour in Srinagar.
He said on the first day of the launch of the facility, a team from Maharashtra will visit several places of great heritage significance like archaeological sites, shrines, mosque, temples in addition to kitchens and handicrafts.
Meanwhile, the Jammu Tourism Authority organized a heritage walk on the eve of the National Tourism Day of Ambaran (Buddhist site) at Jio Pota Ghat, Akhnoor. A group of 30 participants was jointly presented by Vivekanand Rai, IRS, Director of Tourism, Jammu, Izhar Alam Hashmi Superintendent Archaeologist, Srinagar Circle, Jammu and Naresh Kumar, Deputy Director of Tourism, Jammu of Ambaran, Akhnoor.
Joint Director of Tourism, Jammu, informed that the motive for organizing this heritage walk was to promote the historical sites in and around Jammu, especially Akhnoor which has many historical sites such as Ambaran (Buddhist site ), Akhnoor Fort, Guru Dwara Sundar Singh Sahib, Pandav Guffa, Jio Pota and Kameshwar Temple.
Participants were taken to historic sites in Akhnoor to show the rich heritage of the city from where Dogra rule began. On the occasion, the director of tourism Jammu said that professional guides from the Archaeological Survey of India were brought in to explain the historical significance of the Buddhist site of Ambaran and other places.
It was also revealed that many other promotional events are underway especially in the hilly areas to highlight the potential of winter sports in the Jammu division i.e. skiing, sledding and ice skating . The Director of Tourism, Jammu further informed that another adventure sport event i.e. Skiing and Sledding is being held in Patnitop by the Jammu Tourism Directorate. Participants in the Heritage Walk included travel bloggers, travel agents, travel writers and other travel industry stakeholders.