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Evening hours on Dal waters without tourists

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By: Tariq Shah VOV


The still waters of Dal Lake with electrified houseboats giving a nice reflection of waters are a sad reminder that there is no tourism in Kashmir for yet another season.

Pic by Tariq Shah VOV

Normally in the month of May, the shikaras used to row on the waters with hundreds of tourists in the evening towards the houseboats for night stay after coming from different tourist destinations.

Pic by Tariq Shah VOV

The houseboat keepers in the evening hour’s row back to the houseboats to keep them clean and ready for the tourists who are not coming to Kashmir due to covid-19 pandemic.

Recently the business community of Kashmir met together with the high officials of J&K government demanding from the  a comprehensive financial package for the vulnerable sections which include the tourism sector as the corona curfew has broken the back of such classes in Kashmir.

But so far the government is silent on the package while the people connected with the tourism industry are reeling under debt and economic depression.

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