JKTDC organising weekend events to boost local tourism in Kashmir

JKTDC organising weekend events to boost local tourism

Lubna Fayaz

Srinagar (NVI): Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) is organising events every weekend to give a boost to local tourism and revive the sector affected due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In this regard, JDTDC’s Kongposh restaurant was inaugurated here two weeks ago, where these weekend events are oganised on the banks of Jhelum.

Notably, tourists have started arriving in Kashmir in recent weeks, though not in large numbers, after fresh snowfall.

Manager JKTDC, Tabassum Kamila said that these events are meant to create some local tourism activity in the city.

Besides tourism, this festival would also give a chance to the youth to showcase their talent.

“The festival is particularly meant for youth and would act as a platform wherein they can exhibit their talent,” she said, adding “this place would act as a cultural forum, where cultural people would be roped in for the entertainment of people.”

The art and craft which would be exhibited in this fest would include candle making, calligraphy, pottery, etc, Kamili added. According to her, every weekend, there would be some activity happening at this place.

In addition to this, cultural event is also going to be held where different artists would perform.

Tabassum Kamila said that due to COVID-19, tourism has got badly affected and coming up of events like these would amplify the tourism-related activities.

“People are sitting at their homes, children fear to go out, that’s why we came up with this idea so that people get a chance to rejoice themselves after a gap of months.”

It’s pertinent to mention that the J&K Tourism Development Corporation threw open the Kongposh, a restaurant on the banks of Jhelum at Zero Bridge, Rajbagh, recently.

The restaurant was inaugurated by Advisor to J&K LG, Baseer A Khan.

JKTDC Manager Kamila, while talking about this place, the locals can relish traditional foods at the restaurant and catch glimpses of the local art. Besides, it will also provide a platform for the local artists, she added.