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Srinagar , 11 Nov 2019

Even as all the major tourist resorts in Kashmir including famous Ski resort Gulmarg have witnessed heavy snowfall, the Tourism department is offering nothing big to woo tourists for winter tourism in the Valley.The tour operators say very less number of tourists are present in Kashmir and the flow is too less in the wake of prevailing uncertainty triggered by the revocation of Article 370 and bifurcation of erstwhile State into two Union Territories (UTs).Mudasir Nazir, who owns a hotel at Gulmarg ski resort, said that the tourist arrival has sustained a dent in the wake of advisory issued by the Centre on August 3 this year prior to the revocation of Article 370 and division of erstwhile state into to UTs—J&K and Ladakh. “For three months—August, September and October, Gulmarg witnessed complete silence with all hotels empty.In first week of October, a few tourists arrived but again there was a lull,” he told wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “In November, we were expecting tourist arrival but there is nothing like that barring a few domestic tourists have arrived to experience the Gandola ride and snow.”In Srinagar, hoteliers say that there is a very less flow of tourists this season. “There has been a lot of negative campaign as far as Kashmir tourism is concerned. Majority our hotels are empty and same is the condition of houseboats. The early snowfall has also played a spoilsport as electricity supply has not been permanently restored. It continues to play hide and seek,” said Siraj Ahmed, who owns a hotel on Boulevard, Srinagar.A P Maheshwari, a tourist from Maharashtra said that there has been a lot of negative publicity about Kashmir in many Indian States, especially after revocation of Article 370. “But we decided not to pay heed to such rumours and headed for Srinagar. Luckily, we also experienced snowfall here too. People here say November snowfall is unusual in Kashmir,” he told KNO.Director Tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmed Wani said that the department announces packages and offers for the tourists on the eve of Christmas and New Year. “We announce offers in December. At present we have not announced any big offer for the tourists,” he said. (KNO)

 

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