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There is lot of curiosity especially among the youth to know about those tourist locations in Jammu and Kashmir which have not been explored. They want to stay in such locations in Kashmir which have not been visited so far by bulk of tourists.

Keeping in view of latest demands the government has said that they have identified 75 offbeat locations which will provide adventure seekers, trekkers, and international visitors with an experience of nature’s wilderness while also creating a livelihood in the villages in the forest environment through home-stays, nature guides, trek operators, food stalls, and forest souvenirs. Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha recently said that Kashmir was witnessing a golden period on the Tourism front as 80 lakh tourists have visited the UT in the past few months alone, breaking all the records of past 20 years.

Record number people are visiting Kashmir. This is a golden period on tourism front in the history of Kashmir and we should cash in on this period,” the Lieutenant Governor said. “In the past few months, 80 lakh tourists have visited Kashmir, which is record number ever if compared to past 10 to 20 years. Flight operations too have broken all previous records. Today all hotels are booked in advance and people of other States of India are finding it difficult to get an air-ticket for Srinagar.

The Union government is enhancing the efforts of the J&K department of tourism with necessary resources and assistance. Liberal funding of a record budget allocation of Rs 786 crores which is Rs. 509 crores more than the previous budgetary allocation, speaks volumes about the Union government’s eagerness to improve tourist industry infrastructure and related services in Jammu and Kashmir.

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